Diving at the Azores

Long time no post… I am slowly catching up with postprocessing photos, so hopefully I am finished with last years vacation pictures before this years vacation. Last year I spent some days with Nuno, Mariana and the kids in Horta on the island of Faial, Azores. We did a lot of diving with Norberto. Weather was mostly bad, but when you are underwater it doesn’t matter too much. We did some dives close to the shore which were already spectacular, but the most thrilling dive was at Princess Alice bank, some 100 miles offshore. You get there in a 4 hour boat ride (which was pretty rough already), then you dive in the open water, surrounded completely by blue. After hanging about 30mins on a rope bouncing up and down with the waves by more than a meter, two larges Mantas approached us. This was one of the most impressive things I have seen underwater so far. Unfortunately I was too beaten up to do the second dive, when more Mantas and a bunch of Tunas came. We also saw a hammerhead shark passing by the boat in shorter distance (only the fin, but stil the first shark I saw in real life).