Diving and Snorkelling
To dive in Madeira is to discover a special underwater world. The Atlantic’s marine life, the dive sites at different depths and their excellent visibility, make this an irresistible activity. With the sea temperature between 18 ° and 24 °C you’ll be able to dive all year round and will not want to stop exploring our sea.
Both experienced divers as well as beginners can find several dive sites without having to travel long distances.
In Madeira there are places where you can dive directly from the beach, such as “Galo”, “Reis Magos” or “Caniçal”. One of the most sought-after locations is Garajau nature reserve, which offers 7 diving spots. Here you can see barracudas, morays, amberjacks, cutlassfish, mackerels, salemas, giant anemones and rays. Other features of this place include giant groupers that often come in close contact with the divers.
In Porto Santo there’s good visibility up to 40 meters of depth! The most interesting diving spots are the artificial reefs formed around shipwrecks sunken at 30 meters of depth.
The Archipelago of Madeira was, for many years, a route for passengers and merchandise ships, between Europe, Africa and America. Some of these ships were shipwrecked in our islands, now constituting artificial reefs waiting to be explored. Others were deliberately sunk for this purpose, such as the “Madeirense” in the year 2000 and the Corvette “General Pereira D’Eça” in 2016, both in Porto Santo. The “Afonso Cerqueira” Corvette was sunk in 2018, in the Cabo Girão Marine Park.
On both islands you can find several diving schools and companies specialized in excursions, diving baptisms and equipment rental.
Go scuba or free diving and venture out in the crystalline waters of Madeira.
Do not miss out diving in Madeira! Learn more here.
Where to book
Hotel Vila Baleira
(+351) 969 333 777
(+351) 939 333 777
Caminho da Ribeira do Natal nº 30 - Caniçal
(+351) 916 498 101
Rua Robert Baden Powell - Caniço de Baixo
(+351) 291 935 588
Hotel Quinta de Penha de França Mar
Rua Carvalho Araújo, 9000-022 Funchal
(+351) 962 672 251
(+351) 911 864 043
(+351) 960 384 090
Edifício Frente Mar, Ribeira da Boaventura, Iate Clube Santa Cruz, 9100-139 Santa Cruz
(+351) 916 409 780
Rua Baden Powell, 9125-036 Caniço de Baixo Madeira / Portugal
(+351) 291 939 191
(+351) 926 374 236
Caminho Cais da Oliveira, 9125-028 Caniço de Baixo
(+351) 291 099 460
(+351) 966 754 784