Snorkeling in Azores – A natural fish tank
You do not need a diving degree or to be Michael Phelps to enjoy the underwater life of the Azores. Just bring a diving mask, a snorkel and some fins will help.
What is snorkeling?
Snorkeling is a recreational activity that can be done alone or with the whole family. The name derives from the tube called “snorkel” that allows us to breathe keeping the head submerged while observing what happens under water. Without expensive and heavy equipment and a diving degree, anyone can snorkel and enjoy the marine life of the Azores.
Snorkeling in Azores
The crystal clear waters of the Azores are perfect for scuba diving or just snorkeling. With more than 15 meters of visibility, a swim in the waters at the fajãs can be much more than a refreshing swim. The marine life is so rich that even without getting wet we can already see many starfishes and several fish species. Diving in, we can see multicolored fish such as kingfish, yellow morays, octopus and with luck even 2 meter jamantas.
Snorkeling in São Jorge
São Jorge is one of the islands of the Azores with the richest marine life and the best island for snorkeling. Allow us to prove it:
Let’s start with the natural pool, Poça dos Frades, in Velas, the biggest village in S. Jorge. This natural pool is just 3 minutes away walking from the city center and it is perfect for the whole family. It looks more like a natural fish tank. Many fishes enjoy this refuge of predators and fishermen to spawn and so it we often see, in the junior version, fish species such as lilies, anchovies, sea bream and grouper. There are, also, more adult fish like mullets, vejas, king fish and . Near the octopuses hidden in the rocks there are balloon fishes and starfishes.
Our kids (14, 16 and 18) enjoyed especially the Snorkeling and the Fishing from the boat experiences. We recommend it to all families.
NB: very competitive and affordable prices !
As we leave Velas village, heading to less crowded fajãs, the marine life grows in size, quantity and even more variety. We have already spotted 2 meter long mantas rays and giant clams with 20 inches. We have snorkeled with dolphins and saw a 1.5 meter grouper.
Sometimes we are just surrounded by small mackerels twisting around in swirl.
We recommend everyone that loves nature, to dive in our waters. You will feel inside the Lisbon Oceanarium.
Don’t forget to bring:
- Swimming shorts or bikini
- Diving mask and snorkel
- Wet suit (for those who want to spend more time in the water)
- Waterproof case (for anyone for your Gopro camera)
- A lot of breath