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Scuba diving in Portugal . . .

Portugal is a country in southwestern Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula.

The climate is mild, both in winter and summer. The rainiest months are November and December and the period with the lowest rainfall is from April to September. Portugal is a superb holiday choice for a sunny family holiday that includes scuba diving.

With a long coastline on the Atlantic coast, diving takes place at many resorts including Porto, Aveiro, Peniche, Lisbon, Sines, Sagres, Lagos and Faro.

It is probably fair to say that you wouldn't come to Portugal for its diving alone, but as part of an overall holiday, it can be very pleasant.

What to see:
  • U1277 submarine (Oporto) rests since 1945 at 31m (102ft) on a sandy seabed, with the stern completely silted up and lying at about 45 degrees on her portside. Although the bow is missing, the four torpedo launch tubes and the conning tower where the anti-aircraft guns were mounted are still visible.  The U-boat was scuttled on the dawn of June 4th 1945 out of Cabo do Mundo, near Oporto, by order of her Commander, Captain-Lieutenant Stever, after sailing without orders through the Atlantic for month (the Armistice was signed on the 8th of May 1945, one year after her launch and almost one month before she was scuttled).
  • Tiber passenger liner (Oporto) - sunk in 1847 off the coast near Porto
  • The Sagres area is very popular for divers
Need to know:

It is worth checking with dive operators in advance as conditions can be difficult with tricky currents when diving the U 1277.

Useful stuff:
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Euro
Time: GMT
Climate: Mediterranean (South) Temperate (North)
Diving season: 12 months (South)
April - October is best (North)
Water temperature: Winter 16C (59F)
Summer 21C (70F)
Air temperature: Winter 11C (52F)
Summer 28C (82F)

Europe - Portugal: Latest User Reviews

Great diving with a friendly and professional organisation  Manta Diving Center, Portugal 5 Star Rating Added: 18th August 2013 by ScubaMick
This was my first visit to Madeira, though not my first Atlantic diving experience by a long way. As an experienced UK diver of almost 40 years, I know that Atlantic diving is more challenging than more popular diving destinations, like the Red Sea. However if, like me, you want...
best diving, best guides!  Indigo Divers, Cayman Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 12th August 2013 by greentrees76
This was my first trip to Cayman but I heard from many how great the diving is. Our friends travel to Cayman regularly and highly recommended Indigo Divers. I've traveled the world and have experience with many different dive operations and can say without hesitation that Indigo has been my...
Atlantic diving with German organisation & Portuguese charm  Manta Diving Center, Portugal 5 Star Rating Added: 11th August 2013 by squaletto
Just returning from 10 days at Manta Diving Center - It was a great time. If you are a beginner who wants a proper diving education or a more experienced diver who has dived the tropics and wants to get a taste of the Atlantic, Manta Divers is a good place...
Low quality, low security  Manta Diving Center, Portugal 1 Star Rating Added: 31st July 2013 by aborcsok
I never post negative reviews but was so surprised this time about low quality and security that as an instructor, I felt it to my responsibility to write this review. Why not to chose this dive center? - although I was on vacation, I had to take two divers and dive alone...
Wonderful and professional experince  Madeira Divepoint, Portugal 4 Star Rating Added: 11th April 2012 by bendorim5
I have just returned from a vacation - first time in Madeira. Through the site we have found about this centre and have contacted them in advance. They have replied quickly and attentively answering all of my questions regarding equipment, guidance and a course for youngsters. When we have arrived...
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