Norberto Diver offers unforgettable experiences above or below the sea. The center was created in 1996, by Norberto Serpa, the “sea-wolf”, who has more than twenty years of experience working with marine life.
The Azores are, without a doubt, one of the best places for scuba diving in the whole Atlantic. Our diving season goes from April to October. The diving spots are very diverse and can fit all the preferences and levels of experience.
They offer Coastal dive, Manta ray dive and Shark dive.
Usually we dive around the marine protected area of “Monte da Guia” where the majority of our spots are located. To get there, we use our zodiacs once it’s only 5 minutes away from our dive center. The temperature of our waters range between 68 to 75 F (20-24ºC) in the summer months, therefore a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit is suitable.
The coastal marine life in the islands of Faial is amazing. You will able to see many curious Grey Triggerfish (Balistes carolinensis), big Drusky Groupers (Epinephelus marginatus), Mediterranean Parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense), Octopus and Morays Eels that hide between the rocks as well as several species of small, colourful nudibranchs, among others.
*MANTA RAY DIVE (PRINCESS ALICE BANK)
The dive with Mantas (Mobula tarapacana) is classified as one of the best dives in the Azores. It’s located in a submarine bank named “Princess Alice”, more less 45 nautical miles on the South of Faial Island with 35 meters of depth. In this experience you will have the chance to dive in the heart of the Ocean with these majestic animals. Occasionally you also have the chance to see Tunas (Katsuwonus pelamis), Barracudas (Sphyraena viridensis) and Almacos Jacks (Seriola rivoliana).
These trips are made from July to September, usually from 7:30h to 19:00h. It takes 3 hours to each side, after arriving we make the first dive, come back to the boat to make one hour of break while taking a light lunch, and after the second dive.
Also this is a great chance for those who don’t have a diving certification, you can do snorkelling because mantas and other pelagic come closer to the surface.
Join us on this most exhilarating tour! This trips are made from July to September, and we go to the diving spot by zodiacs, therefore is a half day trip. In this trip you will have the opportunity to see one of the fastest fishes in the ocean, the Blue shark (Prionace glauca). It’s one in a life time experience, where you have the chance to be in the world of this amazing predator.
This dive is not considered a deep dive. The divers will be between the surface and 10 meters, the depth where the bait box is placed. The boat will drift and the divers and snorkelers will be near the boat. There will be a safety cable tied to the boat in case there is a strong current and for more unexperienced divers.
Central Sub is a company of highly experienced divers, the first to based in the central group. The company, based in Horta, provides competitive proposals for future work, while maintaining high safety standards, and devoting itself especially to duly accredited professional divers. The company's wide experience gained through the many projects already completed, have enabled the company to develop its skills and broaden its service in other areas. The company owns its own vessel as well as all the necessary equipment for diving, photography and filming. The experience of the Central Sub divers has been tested under various conditions.
Their philosophy is to operate a small, but high quality ecotourism operation in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, offering their guests great whale watching and diving experiences. They aim at making a positive contribution to the conservation and understanding of Azores marine wildlife and ecosystems through environment-friendly practices and ongoing research that is supported by their guests.
Dive Azores also wants to raise public awareness, respect and knowledge of the marine environment and ocean conservation issues, as well as to contribute financially to some important wildlife organisations and to support/promote local conservation and animal welfare initiatives.
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