Finally, from June 2017 there is the possibility to dive at the top dive sites of the Azores with a liveaboard. The exclusive group of six divers will be taken to the Mobula spots at Princess Alice Bank as well as to the shark spots of Banco Azores, Condor and Pedra de Sousa. Addionally, you have the great opportunity to do blackwater diving in the open ocean, whale watching, snorkeling with dolphins and birdwatching.
The season at the Azores is short. Therefore, a classic liveaboard similar to those at Galapagos Islands or in Egypt cannot be expected. Our Azores-Liveaboard offers an affordable compromise that gives divers a great opportunity to dive in secluded places extensively and securely.
There are three cabins available:
- 1 master cabin with double bed and private bathroom
- 1 cabin with bunk bed and shared bathroom
- 1 double cabin with shared bathroom
The bayliner Dreams of the Sea is 14.5 meters long and thus offers enough space for six divers in four cabins with three bathrooms. Dive spots which are located more distant can be easily reached by night. During the day, the boat is also licensed for whale and dolphin watching (zone C and Z). The meals on board are mostly freshly prepared. They are delicious and nutritious, but gourmet menus cannot be expected due to the limited space on board.
Shark special weeks
There are scheduled three overnight stays on board of the Dreams of the Sea as well as four overnight stays in a guesthouse at Madalena on the island of Pico. The three nights at the boat are handled flexibly and depend on the weather. For this reason, it will be decided on spot in accordance with the weather situation, at which nights Princess Alice and the shark spots will be approached. Therefore, the program is designed for one week, because this is the only way to guarantee the dives. You will keep your room in the guesthouse during the whole stay, so luggage which you do not need can be left in your accommodation.
Conditions for participation
Most of the dives are advanced dives. Therefore, all participants must have an AOWD certification, or more than 200 logged dives as well as a nightdive special. Nitrox can be booked against production of a nitrox brevet and for a supplement of 150 €. Diving at Princess Alice Bank may mean diving in extreme currents. Therefore, the crew decides on spot from dive to dive, whether divers should remain at the current line or can dive freely. The decisions are made very carefully and must be followed by every participant because it is almost not possible to find drifted divers again. We are, however, equipped with the emergency and rescue system Nautillus Lifeline, which each diver can use for free.