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 The coastline of Portugal offers so many varieties of water in which to dive that it would be hard to complain - not forgetting the geographical historical background of this coast and its importance as a navigational corner point in Europe for many centuries. Other important and attractive locations for diving are the islands of Madeira and the Azores.

 The water temperature on he mainland tends to range between 16 to 22 degrees. This allows for comfortable diving throughout the year. Besides the abundance of different fish species there are so many old wrecks and reefs to explore along the whole of the Atlantic coastline. One very popular pursuit is to dive at night and also to visit the many fascinating caves that have been carved by the sea.

 Besides the many ancient wrecks that lie buried below an interesting site is the British steamboat "Tiber", sunk in 1847 off the coast near Porto. Another is the "U 1277", a German VII C Class combat submarine that was sunk in June of 1945.

 With experienced instructors the Diving Schools have modern equipment for hire and are usually managed by a mixture of nationalities so communication is never a difficulty. All dives are made under the strict regulations as associated with the safety aspect of this sport.



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