Dive Cruise (Dreams of the Sea)

Dive cruise with Dreams of the Sea from 2017

The new dive concept for the Azores, for experienced divers only!

Finally, from June 2017 there is the possibility to dive at the top dive sites of the Azores with a liveaboard. The exclusive group of six divers will be taken to the Mobula spots at Princess Alice Bank as well as to the shark spots of Banco Azores, Condor and Pedra de Sousa. Addionally, you have the great opportunity to do blackwater diving in the open ocean, whale watching, snorkeling with dolphins and birdwatching.

The concept

The season at the Azores is short. Therefore, a classic liveaboard similar to those at

Galapagos Islands or in Egypt cannot be expected. Our Azores-Liveaboard offers an affordable compromise that gives divers a great opportunity to dive in secluded places extensively and securely.

The boat

There are three cabins available:

  • 1 master cabin with double bed and private bathroom
  • 1 cabin with bunk bed and shared bathroom
  • 1 double cabin with shared bathroom

The bayliner Dreams of the Sea is 14.5 meters long and thus offers enough space for six divers in four cabins with three bathrooms. Dive spots which are located more distant can be easily reached by night. During the day, the boat is also licensed for whale and dolphin watching (zone C and Z). The meals on board are mostly freshly prepared. They are delicious and nutritious, but gourmet menus cannot be expected due to the limited space on board.


Shark special weeks

There are scheduled three overnight stays on board of the Dreams of the Sea as well as four overnight stays in a guesthouse at Madalena on the island of Pico. The three nights at the boat are handled flexibly and depend on the weather. For this reason, it will be decided on spot in accordance with the weather situation, at which nights Princess Alice and the shark spots will be approached. Therefore, the program is designed for one week, because this is the only way to guarantee the dives. You will keep your room in the guesthouse during the whole stay, so luggage which you do not need can be left in your accommodation.

Conditions for participation

Most of the dives are advanced dives. Therefore, all participants must have an AOWD certification, or more than 200 logged dives as well as a nightdive special. Nitrox can be booked against production of a nitrox brevet and for a supplement of 150 €. Diving at Princess Alice Bank may mean diving in extreme currents. Therefore, the crew decides on spot from dive to dive, whether divers should remain at the current line or can dive freely. The decisions are made very carefully and must be followed by every participant because it is almost not possible to find drifted divers again. We are, however, equipped with the emergency and rescue system Nautillus Lifeline, which each diver can use for free.

Travel dates

17.06. – 24.06.2017 Pico–Angra (Whale watching opening season)
24.06. – 01.07.2017 Angra–Pico (1/2 twin free)
01.07. – 08.07.2017 Pico–Pico (sold)
08.07. – 15.07.2017 Angra–Pico (sold)
15.07. – 22.07.2017 Angra–Pico (1 twin sold; Master sold; 1 triple/twin free)
22.07. – 29.07.2017 Pico–Angra (Musterkabine free)
29.07. – 05.08.2017 Angra–Angra (Twin frei; Triple frei; Master free)
05.08. – 12.08.2017 Angra-Pico (sold)
12.08. – 19.08.2017 Pico-Angra (sold)
19.08. – 26.08.2017Angra–Pico (1 twin free)
26.08. – 02.09.2017 Pico–Angra (sold)
02.09. – 09.09.2017 Angra–Pico (sold)
09.09. – 16.09.2017 Pico–Pico (Twin free; Triple free; Master free)
16.09. – 23.09.2017 Pico-Pico (Master free)
23.09. – 30.09.2017 Pico–Pico (Twin free; Triple free; Master free)

Rates include

  • 3 overnights in the booked cabin with full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • 4 overnights in a double room with breakfast in a guesthouse in Madalena at Pico (room will remain reserved for the whole programme)
  • 2 dives on land or boat during the stay at Pico
  • 4 shark night dives during the stay at Pico
  • 2 x stay at Princess Alice Bank with six dives including one night dive
  • 1 night in free water for blackwater dive with two tanks
  • Shark guide
  • 3-hours introductory workshop for diving with sharks with Pascal Gospodinov
  • Total of 15 dives
  • Transfers from/to Pico airport
  • Cleaning and stowage of equipment at the dive center

Rates

Dive Cruise (Dreams of the Sea) Rate Per
Cabin with bunk bed € 1.890,- Per Person
Double cabin € 1.999,- Per Person
Master cabin € 2.099,- Per Person

Pre or post programme

  • 5 days shark diving
  • 7 overnights in a double room with breakfast in a guesthouse in Madalena at Pico
  • Transfer from/to Pico airport
  • Rates: 1,000 € per person

Contact and Booking

If you wish to book a programme or require more details, please feel free to contact us here. The team of Pico Sport/Scuba Azores will be happy to assist you.


Charter groups

The Dreams of the Sea is also available for charter groups. Based a one-week/7-day schedule, you can dive in the Azores’ Central Archipelago and navigate in the zones C and Z for whale watching and snorkeling with dolphins.

  • Zone C covers the sea area up to ten nautical miles around Terceira and Graciosa.
  • Zone Z covers the entire sea area outside the ten-mile zone of the islands.
  • Excluded from whale watching is zone A, which covers the area of up to ten nautical miles around the islands of Pico, Faial and São Jorge. There, the certified boats of Scuba Azores / Pico Sport can be used alternatively.

You can dive at any of the spots in the Central Archipelago, Terceira, Graciosa, Pico, São Jorge and Faial, Princess Alice Bank, Banco D. João de Castro, Serreta Point Terceira, Pedro de Sousa near Pico and Banco Condor as well as at the Azores Bank. You can also dive at the northern bays of São Jorge, which are good for nurse sharks hammerhead sharks.

The tour is completely open and will be planned – if possible – according to the guests‘ wishes. Weather and fuel stock should be included in the planning and form the basis of the programme.

Rates include

  • Ports of embarkation/disembarkation are Madalena at Pico or Horta at Faial
  • Boat crew
  • Divemaster
  • Three dive tanks at six days
  • Fulll board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and soft drinks during overnight stays on board
  • Chum stock for four shark dives

Rates exclude

  • Meals during overnight stays at harbours
  • Angra do Heroísmo at Terceira can be booked as port of embarkation/disembarkation against surcharge. Please contact us for further details.
  • Chum stock from the fifth shark dive is bought and billed on demand.

Travel dates

01.07.-08.07.2017
15.07.-22.07.2017
29.07.-05.08.2017
12.08.-19.08.2017
26.08.-02.09.2017
23.09.-30.09.2017

Rates

Dive Cruise (Dreams of the Sea) Rate Per
Rate for a week € 12.900,- 7 Nights

Contact and Booking

If you wish to book a programme or require more details, please feel free to contact us here. The team of Pico Sport/Scuba Azores will be happy to assist you.


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