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We went surfing for a day and had a lot of fun. Saw two dolphins jumping out of the water while chilling on our board in the cool water. Always good to see dolphins in the wild. This wouldn't be a post relevant to our scuba brand if we stayed on our surfboard so the next day we went for the thing we love to do the most... scuba diving!
One of our first dives was at Algar Seco in Carvoeiro. Algar seco is the name of a fabulous rock formation looking like a moon landscape - a mysterious world of caves, sculptures,tunnels and shimmering pools. You set up your gear on top of this cliff with a spectacular ocean view and then you follow the stairs down towards the entry. From within this natural pool you descent and swim through a cave, swim through, about 5 m long, towards the open ocean. Spectacular! Underwater there are a lot of rock formations covered with some atlantic coral and school of fish. We saw a lot of nudibranch and a few scorpion fish. Because of the popularity of the site above the water there is a lot of boat traffic at the surface. And this leads to uncomfortable situations sometimes. But nevertheless a remarkable 'must do' dive site! Below a video of us ascending in the pool coming back from our dive.
When scuba diving, you need to be aware of things happening around you. This applies to every dive wherever you go. When diving in the Algarve, a surface marker buoy is required during every dive the whole dive. But be aware, this doesn't mean your safety is guaranteed. We experienced some weird and dangerous situations with boats passing by to close to our buoy.
It is just impossible for us to describe the night dive experience from the beach in Carvoeiro. When you go diving in the Algarve, make sure to do a night dive! The video below we shot in the beginning of our dive. When we hit the reef and turned out our torches, the spectacle began. It was not possible to capture this on film, but from all the dives we did, and not just in Portugal, this is one of the most remarkable. Can't say it enough... night diving is the best!
A torpedo ray at the beginning of our dive 5m from the shore.
In a nutshell: We booked a flight to Faro and had our accommodation rented in the small town of Carvoeiro. We booked our dives with Algarve Diving Experiences located at the Tivoli hotel. Great people! Algar Seco is in Carvoeiro and the epic night dive we did from the beach in town. For the wreck diving trip the people from the dive center will take you to Lagos. From Lagos it is a 15 minutes boat ride to the dive site.
Final tip: Don't forget to bring your scubalooks hoodie! The water is cold, during summer and winter. Get yours here: scubalooks online shop.
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