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Shark Diving
Pico - Azores

Now the WORLD CLASS SPOT to dive with the BLUE SHARK and the MAKO
Enjoy safe Shark Diving with us - we are an authorised PADI Dive Resort (No. 799438)

YOUR ADVENTURE WITH THE SHARKS STARTS HERE

The rumours are true. There is a new, fantastic place to dive with sharks in Europe. Join us on the island of Pico and discover the secrets of two pelagic sharks synonymous with the deep ocean - the Blue shark (Prionace glauca) and the Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus).

This unique and outstanding opportunity for divers arose from a successful project carried out in collaboration with professional underwater photographer Jan Reyniers. Together we have been exploring these waters for the last 2 years looking for ways to photograph these elusive animals.

Through our efforts we have now established how and where to find the sharks with repeated success. We have also fine tuned the techniques and safety procedures needed to make the experience largely acceptable for both sharks and humans.

Minimum qualification: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
(or equivalent) + 50 logged dives
Seasonality: From beginning of July to mid-October
Water temperature: 21-25°C
Visibility: 20-30+ metres
Success rate: Greater than 90%
Homo sapiens and Prionace glauca
Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) - Photo by Jan Reyniers


BLUE WATER DIVING - CHARM AND CAUTION

The Blue shark and the Mako occur offshore.
Reaching the dive spots takes about 1 hour to navigate.

The dives occur in deep water, far from coastal recreational activities.
To undertake these 'blue water dives' requires excellent buoyancy control as there are no points of reference from the sea floor or a wall. Divers must therefore pay attention to their depth, orientation and dive profile.

All participants are required to first undertake a check dive with us and should be certified to a minimum level equivalent to a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and have a minimum of 50 logged dives.

Prior to each trip all divers are briefed on how to conduct themselves in the water as well as how to recognise potentially dangerous behaviour from the sharks.

Diving with sharks is a lifetime experience but extreme care is essential.
In order to avoid a negative impact on the sharks, divers are required to follow staff instruction closely.

Touching and feeding the sharks are strictly forbidden.

We use chumming techniques that keep the amount of food, blood and oil in the water at a minimum.

Should the behaviour of the sharks (or divers) warrant it each dive may be terminated at the divemaster's discretion.

SHARKS OF THE AZORES

BLUE SHARK (Prionace glauca)
Average length: 2.2 metres
Maximum length: 4 metres
The Blue shark belongs to the Carcharhinidae family. Its slender body, sensitive snout and long pectoral fins are perfect adaptations for cruising the open ocean.

It inhabits deep pelagic waters and feeds mainly on cephalopods.

The Blue Shark is highly threatened by long-line fishing, both as a target and as bycatch. In the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List is classified as Near Threatened.

Although widespread in all temperate and tropical oceans few divers ever see them because of their preference for offshore waters.

Hazard
Blue sharks are potentially dangerous but worldwide very few attacks have occurred and no fatalities. During our encounters the sharks are very curious and approach closely, they do not act with aggression.

MAKO (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Average length: 3.2 metres
Maximum length: 3.8 metres
Stocky and muscular, the Mako belongs to the Lamnidae family which also includes the Great White Shark.

The physiology of the Mako enables it to maintain a body temperature up to 8°C higher than the environmental temperature. This allows it to be very fast and active, indeed the Mako is the fastest of all sharks. It is mainly found in pelagic waters at depths from about 150 metres.

The Mako is a frequent target and bycatch of long-line fisheries and also a target in big game fishing. It is classified as Vulnerable in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List.

Hazard
While aggressive behaviours have not been displayed during our encounters, the Mako is potentially very dangerous and diving in its presence requires extreme caution and heightened awareness.

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Blue Shark - Detail of the Ampullae of Lorenzini
Blue Shark (detail of the Ampullae of Lorenzini) - Photo by Jan Reyniers

SHARK DIVING - LOGISTICS AND PRICES

Our Shark Expeditions last up to 5-6 hours. The duration depends on the time needed to attract the sharks but also the shark's behaviour while around the boat.

Each diver gets one tank (12l or 15l) and maximum duration of the dive is set at 75'.

PRICES
(include tank, weights and dive guide)
  • 1 Shark Expedition: € 175.--/person
    Each Shark Expedition lasts up to 5-6 ore and includes a single tank.
N.B. Our dives are always guided by experienced and qualified divemasters (PADI Divemaster or higher)
We are the only PADI Dive Resort on the island of Pico.
PADI Registration Number: 799438



Shark Diving Special - Adventure Package 2017

SHARK DIVING SPECIAL
Adventure Package 2017


Also includes Princess Alice!

CONTACT US

Our Dive Centre is located in Madalena, on the island of Pico - Azores.

To reach us simply fly via Lisbon on a 2.5-hour flight with TAP or SATA airlines.

Our Dive Center is an authorised PADI Dive Resort.
We are equipped to provide our guests with the best safety conditions and comfort.

The season of the sharks is mid-July through October. Each expedition is weather and sea dependent.

We advise that you plan a stay in Pico for at least 1 week and book in advance.

Have a look at our Packages & Prices.




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