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 100 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.
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Pedra Anixa

#1 - Pedra Anixa

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

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Is front to Portinho of Arrábida Beach Pedra Anixa is also known as Portinho Arrábida.
Forcadinho

#2 - Forcadinho

Portugal, Costa Verde, Esposende

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Forcadinho is also known as Baixo do Forcadinho.
Armacao de Pera

#3 - Armacao de Pera

Portugal, Algarve

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about 45 Km from, Faro airport, by autoroad A22, direction Armacao de Pera. Algarve, Portugal One your there, look for Dive Spot- Dive Center, they put you about 4 miles out in a natural reef, from 13 to 22 meters. Amazing . . .
Rodelha

#4 - Rodelha

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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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

#5 - Vila do Porto

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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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

#6 - Navio do Norte

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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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

#7 - Prego

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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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

#8 - Charneca

Portugal, Costa Verde, Porto north

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"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).
Pedra do Alto

#9 - Pedra do Alto

Portugal, Algarve, Albufeira

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Nice and easy dive site Easy to get to with GPS and boat Pedra do Alto is also known as Pedra da Oura.
Terceirense

#10 - Terceirense

Azores, Graciosa

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The wreck is located on the east coast of the island; in front of the harbour´s entry.
Sesimbra

#11 - Sesimbra

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

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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.
Dori

#12 - Dori

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Sa Roque
Ilhéu da Vila

#13 - Ilhéu da Vila

Azores, Santa Maria

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Cave on the north at about 12m deep. Vila do Porto
Baixa do Frade

#14 - Baixa do Frade

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Ponta Garça
Ilheu Oeste

#15 - Ilheu Oeste

Azores, Sao Miguel

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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.
Ilheu Leste

#16 - Ilheu Leste

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Ilheu Leste is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Sao Miguel which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Panela

#17 - Panela

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Agua de Pau
Pedra da Gaivota

#18 - Pedra da Gaivota

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos

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nice coral reef, easy to dive Pedra da Gaivota is also known as Seagull Rock.
Arcos do Hotel

#19 - Arcos do Hotel

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Agua de Pau
Arcos da Caloura

#20 - Arcos da Caloura

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Agua de Pau
Baixa das Castanhetas

#21 - Baixa das Castanhetas

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Baixa das Castanhetas is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Sao Miguel which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
2 Anchors

#22 - 2 Anchors

Portugal, Algarve, Albufeira

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Albufeira
Arriefes

#23 - Arriefes

Portugal, Algarve, Albufeira

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Albufeira
Machico

#24 - Machico

Madeira, Madeira

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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

#25 - Reis Magos

Madeira, Madeira

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

#26 - Kloster-Riff

Madeira, Madeira

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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.
Jardim das Gorgónias

#27 - Jardim das Gorgónias

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

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Sesimbra
Canico de Baixo

#28 - Canico de Baixo

Madeira, Madeira

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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

#29 - T-Reef

Madeira, Madeira

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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

#30 - Ponta do Garajau

Madeira, Madeira

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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

#31 - Porto Novo

Madeira, Madeira

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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

#32 - Lava Finger - Galomar

Madeira, Madeira

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Caniço. Lava Finger - Galomar is also known as Bird Foot, Galomar.
River Gurara

#33 - River Gurara

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

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Cabo Espichel River Gurara is also known as River Gurare.
Porto da Caloura

#34 - Porto da Caloura

Azores, Sao Miguel

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Porto da Caloura is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Sao Miguel which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Leven

#35 - Leven

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche

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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).
Caneiro dos Meros

#36 - Caneiro dos Meros

Azores, Flores Corvo

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This dive site is in marine protect zone, create to protect the Dusky Groper (Epinephelus marginatus). They are friendly and they follow divers during dive. Other fish: Barracuda, Northern bluefin tuna, Vadigo Ponta negra just behind the airport. Access by boat.
Vilarinho da furna

#37 - Vilarinho da furna

Portugal, Costa Verde

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Vilarinho da Furna, was a place in the parish of Field Park, located in the municipality of Braga, Braga district. Today is submerged in the reservoir dam Vilarinho. The construction of the dam forced to displace, in 1971, the inhabitants of the village of Vilarinho Community Furna .. Can be seen the houses without roofs, doors, windows, through the streets, paths and walls of the old village and the fields. The state of preservation is impressive. PT Vilarinho da Furna era um lugar da freguesia de Campo do Gerês, situada no concelho de Terras de Bouro, distrito de Braga. Actualmente está submerso na albufeira da Barragem Vilarinho da Furna. A construção da barragem obrigou a desalojar, em 1971, os habitantes da aldeia comunitária de Vilarinho da Furna.. Podem ver-se ainda as casas, sem telhados, portas, janelas, percorrer as ruas, os caminhos e os muros da antiga aldeia e os campos de cultivo. O estado de preservação é impressionante. From Campo Gerês drive towards Barragem de Vilarinho, folow a trail near the water, about 2,5 Kms to a fluvial beach nearby the ruins of Vilarinho da Furna Vilarinho da furna is also known as Aldeia de Vilarinho da furna.
Ilheu da Forja

#38 - Ilheu da Forja

Madeira, Madeira

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Sao Martino
Silveira

#39 - Silveira

Azores, Terceira

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By road next to Hotel do Caracol / Divecenter Anfibius Silveira is also known as Hotel do Caracol.
Cinco Ribeiras

#40 - Cinco Ribeiras

Azores, Terceira

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Very near from Angra do Heroismo, aprox 10km.
Fradinhos

#41 - Fradinhos

Azores, Terceira

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Fradinhos is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Terceira which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Pedra do Meio

#42 - Pedra do Meio

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Setubal

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Pedra do Meio 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.
Baía da Cal

#43 - Baía da Cal

Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge

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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.
Amorosa

#44 - Amorosa

Portugal, Costa Verde

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Amorosa is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Costa Verde which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Marinha Beach

#45 - Marinha Beach

Portugal, Algarve

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Marinha Beach is also known as Marinha Beach.
Praia da Victória

#46 - Praia da Victória

Azores, Terceira

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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

#47 - Arena

Madeira, Madeira

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Arena is also known as Boca da Caldeirinha.
Carlton Hotel

#48 - Carlton Hotel

Madeira, Madeira

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Carlton Hotel is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Madeira, Madeira which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Berlengas

#49 - Berlengas

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche

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Berlengas 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.
Vapor Lidador

#50 - Vapor Lidador

Azores, Terceira

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Vapor Lidador is also known as Lidador.
Ilhéu do Topo

#51 - Ilhéu do Topo

Azores, Pico Faial Sao Jorge

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Ilhéu do Topo 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.
Roteiro Arqueológico

#52 - Roteiro Arqueológico

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Roteiro Arqueológico is also known as Archeological Site Faro - A.
Cemitério das Ancoras

#53 - Cemitério das Ancoras

Azores, Terceira

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Cemitério das Ancoras is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Azores, Terceira which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Burgau

#54 - Burgau

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos

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Burgau is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Lagos which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Wilhelm Kraag Wreck

#55 - Wilhelm Kraag Wreck

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos

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36 metres sunk by a german u35 in ww1 Wilhelm Kraag Wreck is also known as Vapor 19.
Pedra Nova

#56 - Pedra Nova

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Pedra Nova is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Portugal, Algarve, Faro which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
B24 Liberator PB4Y

#57 - B24 Liberator PB4Y

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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

#58 - IPIMAR wreck

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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

#59 - Módulos de Protecção

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Módulos de Protecção is also known as Artificial Reef - Protection.
Módulos de Exploração

#60 - Módulos de Exploração

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Módulos de Exploração is also known as Artificial Reef - Exploration.
Mar de Pedra

#61 - Mar de Pedra

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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.
Nascente

#62 - Nascente

Azores, Terceira

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Ilheu das Cabras
Abismo Arco

#63 - Abismo Arco

Azores, Terceira

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Biscoitos
Poente

#64 - Poente

Azores, Terceira

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Monte Brasil
Baixa da Serreta

#65 - Baixa da Serreta

Azores, Terceira

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Baixa da Serreta is also known as Baixo da Serreta.
Gruta dos Ratões

#66 - Gruta dos Ratões

Azores, Terceira

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Ilheus das Cabras
Cabeço do Levante

#67 - Cabeço do Levante

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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.
Pé de Terra

#68 - Pé de Terra

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Natural reef Pé de Terra is also known as Pedra da Greta.
Pedra do Anzol

#69 - Pedra do Anzol

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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

#70 - Almas

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Almas 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 Greta

#71 - Pedra da Greta

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Natural Reef
Berlengas - Cova do Sono

#72 - Berlengas - Cova do Sono

Portugal, Costa de Lisboa, Peniche

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Berlengas - Cova do Sono is also known as Berlengas - Cabeça de Elefante.
Ponta da Fisga

#73 - Ponta da Fisga

Portugal, Algarve, Sagres

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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

#74 - Barrocas de Fora

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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

#75 - Batelão do Burgau

Portugal, Algarve, Lagos

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

#76 - Cabeço dos Robalos

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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.
Sea Horses

#77 - Sea Horses

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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One of the biggest community of Sea Horses on the world.
Pedra Rica

#78 - Pedra Rica

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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

#79 - Barrocas de Terra

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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

#80 - Molhe do Farol

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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.
Rebocador do Farol

#81 - Rebocador do Farol

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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Rebocador 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

#82 - Caldeira do Farol

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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

#83 - Armação Nova

Portugal, Algarve, Faro

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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.