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The Selvagens Islands, former called Savage Islands, are a rocky perilous dive and bird destination far away from Madeira.

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The Selvagens Islands, sometimes called the Savage Islands, Salvage Islands and Ilhas Selvagens, is a small volcanic rocky archipelago located just southeast of Madeira. They are actually nearer to the Canary Islands than to Madeira but nevertheless belong to Portugal. The group consists out of two substantial larger islands named Selvagem Grande Island (with Sinho Islet, Palheiro do Mar and Palheiro da Terra the northeast group) and Selvagem Pequena Island (with Fora Islet, Alto, Comprido and Redondo the southwest group). As with all Macaronesian Islands they are of volcanic origin with peaks Atalaia Summit, Veado and Tornozelos. Its Portuguese name translates as wild islands with a rugged landscape and coastline with countless smaller islets and rocks.

This protected nature reserve is surrounded by treacherous reefs making it a very inaccessible place which has, with the exception of a few wardens, never been populated by humans. It is one of the best spots in the Atlantic for sea bird spotters often on boats with large binoculars and zoom lenses waiting to take a look at nesting marine birds. Common species of birds are Cory's Shearwater and Berthelot's Pipit. Other tourists are divers, but because of its distance not many have visited this place. There are a few live-aboard tours and round-trips from Madeira and Porto Santos that can be booked in high season.

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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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