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The long white golden beach at Porto Santo is the best place on Madeira for some wicked shore dives.

Name Dive Site:Porto Santo
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The best known place on Porto Santo (Holy Port) is its nine kilometer long sandy beach running across the complete length of the south eastern side of the island, from Vila Baleira to Ponta de Calheta. The Gulf Stream currents provide for relatively warm swimming waters and several tourist facilities making it a relaxed beach. Its interior is hilly with volcanic cones as well as Mediterranean forests and sandstone cliffs in the north. Its main village is Vila Baleira or Porto Santo Town with a nice little harbor, a beautiful main square called Largo do Pelourinho, the Christopher Columbus museum and its house built behind the town's church of Nossa Senhora da Piedade. Smaller inland villages include Camacha, Farrobo and Campo de Cima and some islets slightly offshore Porto Santo are Ilhéu de Ferro, Ilhéu de Cima and Ilhéu da Cal.

Although it is quite remote and not overrun by tourist development there are enough activities and sights to make it an attractive holiday destination. There is excellent fishing, scuba diving, hiking and beach horseback riding. You can hike up to Pico do Castelo and Pico do Facho or visit the winery at Adega das Levadas. You can explore Capela de São Pedro or the 17th century Capela do Espirito Santo near Cochino Beach. It can get crowded during holidays and weekend when locals from Funchal escape the 'crowds' and visit this secluded paradise. The most famous dive site is the wreck of the cargo ship Madeirense with its ancient cannons and anemones. Although dry and barren, Porto Santos is popular because of its pretty and quiet white-golden sandy beach and warm waters.

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- Porto Santo Sub, Clube Naval do Porto Santo, Porto Santo

Porto Santo Sub

Porto Santo Sub
+351 916033997
 Clube Naval do Porto Santo
Porto Santo

we are a dive centre located in the small island of Porto Santo, a precious jewel in the Atlantic and almost unknown, which makes it quite a unique destination in Europe.

Pristine waters and marine life, awesome visibility and warm waters all year round and of course the gem of the gems, the wreck of the "Madeirense". If you're a seasoned diver, a beginner or even curious about scuba diving, PortoSantoSub is your diving operator in Porto Santo. Friendly and very competent staff, state of the art gear, well organized daily diving operations and a a deep knowledge of the best dive sites in Porto Santo offers you the best world class diving experience in the island. PortoSantoSub offers also the necessary training for all levels of certifications - instead of dealing with cold waters and low viz why not come to Porto Santo and get your basic training or advanced certifications in an appealing environment? Our dive centre is located just in front of the marina and our trips are allways by boat. We are open all year, 7 days a week.

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