Grab your snorkel and mask to discover the unique aquatic landscape around Santa Maria Island. Shaped by volcanic activity, the underwater world of the Azores is the perfect habitat for various sea dwellers. Get ready for colourful shoals of fish, cute seahorses and stunning corals. Under the guidance of the experts at Haliotis Santa Maria, snorkeling will be a real pleasure for young and old.
Diving around Santa Maria Island is a real pleasure, thanks to good visibility and a high abundance of marine life. At over 55 spots like Baixa da Maia, Gruta Azul, Pedrinha or Ambrósio, volcanic formations, caves, reefs, canyons and walls offer the perfect habitat for many subaquatic animals and plants. You may even encounter a very special sea creature, which we chose as our mascot because it is often seen around the island: the majestic Manta Ray. We select the best snorkeling site according to the conditions of the sea, as well as your preferences and previous experience.
- Meeting & Preparation:
We meet at our diving centre located on the premises of Hotel Colombo in Vila do Porto. Here you meet your guides, receive the snorkeling equipment and can use the changing rooms. As soon as everybody is ready, we head to one of our semi-rigid diving boats.
At the snorkeling spot, our experienced guides will give you an introduction to the particularities of the underwater world you are about to explore. Thanks to helpful tips and tricks provided by the experts, you will learn how to safely handle the snorkeling equipment in no time. After one hour of snorkeling take a break on board of our boat and have a light lunch, before we set out for another hour of exploring.
We return to the diving centre between 1 and 2 pm. Here you can change and clean your equipment.
- Total duration: 4-5 hrs
- Group size per guide: up to 7 participants
- Number of snorkeling sessions per trip: 2
- Certified snorkeling guide
- High-quality snorkeling gear (all you need for your dive: wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel)
- Light lunch
- Minimum age: 8 years
- Swimming ability