Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Portugal

Ready to check out the best sites in Portugal for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 72 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Portugal to suit your needs.
Portugal dive site map
Pedra Anixa

#1 - Pedra Anixa

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

beginner
(0)
Is front to Portinho of Arrábida Beach Pedra Anixa is also known as Portinho Arrábida.
Rodelha

#2 - Rodelha

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

beginner
(0)
This is a rock dive. "Rodelha" is one of many underwater rocks located out of Lavra village. This rock looks like a cork with a 19m maximum depth and 5m as minimum. The diver can find here the usual marine life of this kind of environments, such as anemones, molluscs, crustacea and a variety of fish. Good for novice divers. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author) Out of Lavra village
Vila do Porto

#3 - Vila do Porto

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

beginner
(0)
Portuguese cargo ship, launched in 1949. She was owned by Carregadores Açorianos Navigation Company and displaced 2.592 tons. This ship sank during a severe sea storm near Leixão Grande rock on the 20th of May 1955. The sea claimed the ship and broke her apart. Nowadays divers can find the ship's boiler and metal debris on the sea bottom. Due to the location of the wreck, diving is only possible when the sea is flat due to the risk of divers been throwned onto the rocks and pier by waves. She rests at 12m and, as all wrecks, has her share of marine life. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author) Vila do Porto is located just out of Leixões
Navio do Norte

#4 - Navio do Norte

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

intermediate
(0)
The history of this wreck is unknown. We know that she is quite old, built of wood, but what kind of ship, where she came from and her destination is still a mystery. "Navio do Norte" is the name given by local fishermen to this wreck, located north of Angeiras village. It means "northern ship". From this vessel rests her cargo, or part of it, composed of iron cannons, bullets, wheels and other iron debris. It's still possible to see some pieces of wood that belongs to the main structure of the ship that have remained well preserved under the sand. This wreck rests in open sea, on a sandy bottom at 34m. Marine life on this site is amazing, with lots of small fish, lobsters, conger eels and amazing octopuses. There are lost lines and fishing nets on the wreck. We believe that this wreck is part of the steam-boat Tiber, owned by British company P&O Line. Tiber was an iron paddle steamer of 763 tons. This vessel was laid down on August 8th, 1846, and arrived in Southampton on October 26th from builders, Caird & Co in Greenock. She was originally to have been named "Ceylon", and ran P&O's Peninsular, Italian and Black Sea routes. Tiber was 56.29m long, 8.15m broad and 5.26m deep. She had 280hp engines, a speed of 9 knots and a bunker capacity of 225 tons. This steamer cost £28.600 and was insured for £20.000. On 21st February 1847, early in the afternoon, Tiber sank out of Vila Cha when she was homeward bound from Gibraltar. Her captain was Mr Bingham. The cause of her sinking is still inconclusive. In Portugal we found documents that say that this ship sank due to a severe sea storm and despites the efforts of local fishermen to help with the rescue of both passengers and crew, around 30 people died in this tragedy. In other researche, we found out that the ship was sailing in dense fog, hit a rock and sank in deep water within minutes with no casualties to report. Her cargo and mail sank with the ship and were lost. Among the cargo was a load of gold coins destined for the royal treasury. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author)
Prego

#5 - Prego

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

beginner
(0)
This is a rock dive. "Prego" is one of many underwater rocks located out of Lavra village. With a maximum depth of 21m and a lower of 12m, this rock was baptized as "Prego" because of a crack that looks like a nail. "Prego" is the Portuguese word for nail. It's a nice dive where the diver can enjoy the anemone carpets, huge mussels the size of ones hand, sea bass and sea bream. This site is also dived for spear fishing as the crack is a good hide for adult sea bass and sea bream. There is a crucifix on the bottom of this rock in memory of a diver who lost his life while free diving. Any diver can enjoy this excellent dive. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author) One of many underwater rocks located out of Lavra village.
Charneca

#6 - Charneca

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

beginner
(0)
"Charneca" was a tugboat owned by Lisnave. She was sailing from Lisbon to give assistance to a cargo ship, but did not make it and decided to try to find harbour in Leixões where she arrived with many technical problems in the middle of a large and violent sea storm. The tug was throwing against the harbour water break by the strength of the waves, where her hull was holed and she sank on February 16th, 1986. Only one member of her crew survived. They were 4. The wreck lays in 14m of water on a sandy bottom. She is straight, pointing south, with her wheel house completely broken, reminding us of the fury of the sea that day. Her portside is slightly silted and in her midships, on her starboard side, divers can find the hole in the hull caused by the impact against the water break. There are many lines and cables loose inside the wreck, so care must be observed on entering. Outside the wreck, it's usual to see the existence of fishing lines and nets, which are a danger to divers due to bad visibility on the site. Due to her location, divers must also be aware of maritime traffic. Source: www.submania.pt (Reproduced with permission of the author) Just at the end of Quebra Mar (The wreck is S of the submerged breakwater reef).
Sesimbra

#7 - Sesimbra

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

beginner
(0)
Sesimbra is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Ilheu Oeste

#8 - Ilheu Oeste

Azores, Sao Miguel

beginner
(0)
Ilheu Oeste is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Sao Miguel which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pedra da Gaivota

#9 - Pedra da Gaivota

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos

beginner
(0)
nice coral reef, easy to dive Pedra da Gaivota is also known as Seagull Rock.
2 Anchors

#10 - 2 Anchors

Portugal, Algarve, Albufeira

beginner
(0)
Albufeira
Machico

#11 - Machico

Madeira, Madeira

intermediate
(0)
Rocks and sandy areas. Big black stingrays. Sometimes electric rays. From the boat if you like to dive out of the bay at the rocks. But one can also enter the water at the jetty of the marina as far as I remember.
Reis Magos

#12 - Reis Magos

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
cuttlefish, seaspiders scorpionfish, stingrays, nice landscape. By car from Canico de Baixo Reis Magos is also known as Madeira - Reis Magos.
Kloster-Riff

#13 - Kloster-Riff

Madeira, Madeira

intermediate
(0)
Big black stingrays and electric rays on the sandy area at 35m. Also Barracudas, Groupers and Murray Eels. by boat from canico de baixo Kloster-Riff is also known as Madeira - Monk Reef.
Canico de Baixo

#14 - Canico de Baixo

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Nothing special but a nice relaxing divesite especially for nightdiving. Electric rays, scorpionfish, octopus, groupers. lots of sea urchins. One can enter at the jetty of Hotel Roca Mar.
T-Reef

#15 - T-Reef

Madeira, Madeira

intermediate
(0)
T-Reef is a divespot with 2 huge pyramide shaped rocks in viewing distance from eachother. Guess why it's called T-Reef. ;-) You'll see murray eels, barracudas, sometimes groupers but best of all: schools of grey trigger fish. Hundreds of them swimming in open water. Pretty cool sight. But take care - they bite !!! From Canico de Baixo by boat T-Reef is also known as Titt Reef.
Ponta do Garajau

#16 - Ponta do Garajau

Madeira, Madeira

intermediate
(0)
Nice rocky place with several BIG groupers! They are used to divers and come very very close. It's really hard to resist petting them. By boat from Canico de Baixo
Porto Novo

#17 - Porto Novo

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Big black Stingrays, Octopus, scorpion fish, big Tonna snails. Cool site for nightdives. Porto Novo is also known as Madeira - Porto Novo.
Lava Finger - Galomar

#18 - Lava Finger - Galomar

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Caniço. Lava Finger - Galomar is also known as Bird Foot, Galomar.
Leven

#19 - Leven

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche

beginner
(0)
This is the wreck of the Leven, a 2381 ton steamer constructed in 1889 and sunk in 1905 and dismantled with explosives in this area. It was owned by Ropner & Company. Exposition to the northern waves make it difficult to find good conditions (only if wave height is under 2m and from the SW quadrant). Visibility may range from under 5m to 10m. The wreck is oriented from West to East. The anchor is 3m long but may be difficult to find as it lies on the sand 10m north from the main wreck. Although the wreck itself is worth the dive, it's mainly a muck dive with loads of macro life available to see, namely several dozens of nudibranch species but also octopuses and cuttlefish. A marker buoy is essential and mandatory by Portuguese law. No dive centers operate here so divers must carry their own gear. However there are dive centers in Peniche which rent equipment. 3km north from the town of Peniche, use the road accross the beach to get to the peninsula of Baleal and drive to the northern limit. Park near the chapel. Access is made through the small beach to the south (called "Praia dos Barcos", literally "Boat Beach") and then swimming 100m to North. Leven is also known as Baleal (Norte).
Ilheu da Forja

#20 - Ilheu da Forja

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Sao Martino
Fradinhos

#21 - Fradinhos

Azores, Terceira

intermediate
(0)
Fradinhos is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Terceira which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Baía da Cal

#22 - Baía da Cal

Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge

beginner
(0)
Baía da Cal is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Praia da Victória

#23 - Praia da Victória

Azores, Terceira

beginner
(0)
Praia da Victória is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Terceira which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Arena

#24 - Arena

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Arena is also known as Boca da Caldeirinha.
Carlton Hotel

#25 - Carlton Hotel

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Carlton Hotel is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Madeira, Madeira which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
B24 Liberator PB4Y

#26 - B24 Liberator PB4Y

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Four engines american bomber from second world war - 1943 B24 Liberator PB4Y is also known as Bombardeiro B24.
IPIMAR wreck

#27 - IPIMAR wreck

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

intermediate
(0)
Artificial reef of a steel fishing trawler. 45m long, sunk by Portuguese Fisheries Institute (IPIMAR) in 1995 IPIMAR wreck is also known as Navio do IPIMAR.
Módulos de Protecção

#28 - Módulos de Protecção

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Módulos de Protecção is also known as Artificial Reef - Protection.
Módulos de Exploração

#29 - Módulos de Exploração

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

intermediate
(0)
Módulos de Exploração is also known as Artificial Reef - Exploration.
Mar de Pedra

#30 - Mar de Pedra

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Mar de Pedra is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Baixa da Serreta

#31 - Baixa da Serreta

Azores, Terceira

intermediate
(0)
Baixa da Serreta is also known as Baixo da Serreta.
Cabeço do Levante

#32 - Cabeço do Levante

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

advanced
(0)
Cabeço do Levante is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pedra do Anzol

#33 - Pedra do Anzol

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Pedra do Anzol is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Almas

#34 - Almas

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Almas is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Ponta da Fisga

#35 - Ponta da Fisga

Portugal, Algarve, Sagres

intermediate
(0)
Diving in the inner bay (see Google Earth) to SE there´s a underwater cave beginning at -10m (depends on the tide) that crosses the Ponta da Fisga to the open sea, ending at -13m. From shore, swimming from Praia da Ingrina to the left (SE) near the rocks. It´s aprox. 400 m so, if you have a boat, it´s easier. Ponta da Fisga is also known as Ingrina.
Barrocas de Fora

#36 - Barrocas de Fora

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Barrocas de Fora is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Batelão do Burgau

#37 - Batelão do Burgau

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos

beginner
(0)
From Burgau beach (West), swim south aprox. 200 m. Batelão do Burgau is also known as Batelão.
Cabeço dos Robalos

#38 - Cabeço dos Robalos

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Cabeço dos Robalos is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pedra Rica

#39 - Pedra Rica

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Pedra Rica is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Barrocas de Terra

#40 - Barrocas de Terra

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Barrocas de Terra is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Molhe do Farol

#41 - Molhe do Farol

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Molhe do Farol is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Caldeira do Farol

#42 - Caldeira do Farol

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Caldeira do Farol is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Armação Nova

#43 - Armação Nova

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Armação Nova is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Barra Velha

#44 - Barra Velha

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

advanced
(0)
Barra Velha is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pedra do Guincho

#45 - Pedra do Guincho

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

beginner
(0)
Pedra do Guincho is also known as Pedra do Leão.
Rodão das Moreias

#46 - Rodão das Moreias

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Rodão das Moreias is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pedra da Pirâmide

#47 - Pedra da Pirâmide

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Pedra da Pirâmide is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Rodão dos Mulatos

#48 - Rodão dos Mulatos

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

beginner
(0)
Rodão dos Mulatos is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pronto

#49 - Pronto

Madeira, Madeira

intermediate
(0)
The Pronto is a small wreck, sunk in 1923 she lies upright, thouh somewhat broken as cruise liners visiting Madeira sometimes drop anchor on or in or near by...An interesting deep dive, many fish, moray, grouper etc By boat, from Madeira Divepoint Carlton Madeira hotel Pronto is also known as Funchal Harbour area.
Naufragio Scott

#50 - Naufragio Scott

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

beginner
(0)
Cargo ship sunk in the 60's Caparica Almada Portugal Naufragio Scott is also known as Skoth.
Océan

#51 - Océan

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos

beginner
(0)
Wreck of the Océan, sunk in 1759 by its crew after being surrounded by a British fleet. Some canons and anchors can be seen. There are identification plates on the bottom to help divers. Use one of the dive centers in Portimão. Océan is also known as Ocean.
Baleeira Fora

#52 - Baleeira Fora

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

beginner
(0)
Use one of the dive centers in Sesimbra. Baleeira Fora is also known as Baleeira (Fora).
Baixa do Ferreira

#53 - Baixa do Ferreira

Azores, Graciosa

intermediate
(0)
Baixa do Ferreira is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Graciosa which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Ilhéu da Baleia

#54 - Ilhéu da Baleia

Azores, Graciosa

intermediate
(0)
Ilhéu da Baleia is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Graciosa which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Torvore

#55 - Torvore

Portugal, Algarve, Sagres

intermediate
(0)
Torvore is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Sagres which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Baixa do Pesqueiro Longo

#56 - Baixa do Pesqueiro Longo

Azores, Graciosa

intermediate
(0)
Baixa do Pesqueiro Longo is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Graciosa which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Vapor do Trigo

#57 - Vapor do Trigo

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche

advanced
(0)
On the Berlengas Islands, out of Peniche.
Moinhos

#58 - Moinhos

Portugal, Costa Verde, Esposende

beginner
(0)
Moinhos is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Costa Verde, Esposende which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Mula, Estelas

#59 - Mula, Estelas

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche

intermediate
(0)
Mula, Estelas is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Fumarois

#60 - Fumarois

Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge

intermediate
(0)
the only interest is gas, exiting the ground. it makes you feel a bit like in a whirlpool. no fish, nothing. dives here don´t take too long. max 30 mins Fumarois is also known as Fumaroles.
Ilheu preto

#61 - Ilheu preto

Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge

beginner
(0)
a little cavern at the beginning and a nice topography is the main interest of this spot.
Thermopylae Wreck

#62 - Thermopylae Wreck

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa

intermediate
(0)
Fastest Clipper of its time. Beautyful sea life Thermopylae Wreck is also known as Naufragio Pedro Nunes.
Figueiral

#63 - Figueiral

Azores, Santa Maria

beginner
(0)
This shallow dive site is a wall-like basalt formation that can be viewed from both sides, protruding from the ocean floor. Mostly rock, with very small areas on the floor covered with sand. There are several small fish present, tritons and moray eels. Relatively close to the shore, however there are no roads leading to this place so it would be recommended to dive from a boat. Just 5 to 10 minutes away from the harbor.
Azul House Reef

#64 - Azul House Reef

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
It includes 2 little caves and a very nice arch where usually you are going to see snappers, parrotfish, barracudas, seabreams, nudies and much more! Particulary interesting is the night dive when stingrays, shrimps, octopi and morays are more active! Easy and comfortable dive just a few steps from Azul Diving Center.
Parede do Sardinha

#65 - Parede do Sardinha

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Parede do Sardinha is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Madeira, Madeira which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Arco da Badajaeira

#66 - Arco da Badajaeira

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
This divespot is located 300 mt offshore Farol Island in the Badajeira Seamount. Famous for its biodiversity Arco is a must for every divers who's visiting Madeira. Big groupers, Barracudas, Eagle rays a big schools of fish runs together with an amazing enviromet and excellent visibility. Arco is also visited by pelagic fish like sharks and Manta Rays. Diving Site reachable only by boat as it is 200mt offshore Farol Island. Arco da Badajaeira is also known as Arco.
Farol

#67 - Farol

Madeira, Madeira

intermediate
(0)
Dive site accessible only by boat. 10 minutes ride from Azul Diving Center at Quinta do Lorde Marina. The dive site is located on the north east side of the Farol Island.
Funchal House reef

#68 - Funchal House reef

Madeira, Madeira

beginner
(0)
Stairs leading down from the small pier making access to this dive site very easy.
Virginia Rock

#69 - Virginia Rock

Portugal, Algarve

beginner
(0)
Virginia Rock is also known as Anchor Reef.
Boca da Caldeirinha

#70 - Boca da Caldeirinha

Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge

beginner
(0)
Boca da Caldeirinha is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Primavera

#71 - Primavera

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche

intermediate
(0)
Italian steamer sunk in 1902 after a fire on board. The ship was carrying marble, both large blocks and small cubes. During the Summer there are usually many small boats at the surface so additional caution is recommended. Its position near the East side of the main island of Berlengas make it an easy dive. Use one of the dive centers in Peniche. Primavera is also known as Primavera wreck.
Ponta da Atalaia

#72 - Ponta da Atalaia

Portugal, Algarve, Sagres

intermediate
(0)
The broad inlet defined by Ponta de Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente and beyond is an excellent place for scuba divers to appreciate spectacular caves. Also don't miss the walldives on the outside with colourful diversity of gorgonia, lobster octopus, schools of fish. Sagres