Princess Alice bank

The dive with Mantas (Mobula tarapacana) is classified as one of the best dives in the Azores. It is located in a offshore bank named “Princess Alice”, about 45 nautical miles to the South of Faial Island with 35 meters of depth. Here, you will have the chance to dive into the heart of the Ocean with these majestic animals. Occasionally, at Princess Alice you may see Tunas (Katsuwonus pelamis), Barracudas (Sphyraena viridensis) and Amberjacks (Seriola rivoliana).

These trips are made from July to September, lasting from 7:30h to 19:00h. It takes 3 hours travelling each way. On arrival, we make the first dive, then return to the boat for a one hour lunch break. After a light lunch we make the second dive.

This is also a great chance for those who don’t have a diving certification, because the mantas and other pelagic come close to the surface, you can do snorkelling.

If you wish to do this dive, we advise that you have several days available because this activity can only be confirmed one or two days before, since we are dependent on the weather conditions and the minimum number of clients required.

Our objective is to promote the security and sustainability of this activity, so for this reason, you have to follow some rules and a code of conduct about diving with mantas in the Azores:

1 – Checking the validity of your diving certificate, medical exam and the number of dive you have registered.

 2 – It’s required to do a “check dive” before diving at Princess Alice. This is a normal coastal dive to determine the divers experience and comfort in the water.

 3 – Follow all of the dive master’s instructions during the activity.

More information and prices:

Diving in Princess Alice Bank
Includes

  • Briefing about the activity and safety rules
  • The boat with skipper
  • Dive Master (dive guide)
  • Tanks and weight belts
  • Sandwiches, water, tea/coffee, fruit and cookies. 

Prices 

Princess Alice by Catamaran 280€
Princess Alice by Zodiac 250€

*The minimum of people to run the trip is 6.

*All equipment is not included in the price. A fee of 20€ will be charged for the hiring of full equipment, per day.

Snorkelling in Princess Alice Bank
Includes

  • Briefing about the activity and safety rules
  • The boat with skipper
  • Dive Master (dive guide)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Sandwiches, water, tea/coffee, fruit and cookies 

Price

Princess Alice (Snorkelling) 195€

*The minimum of people to run the trip is 6. But if is someone that wants to join to the diver group, there is no minimum. 

*All equipment is included in the price. 

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