The Azorean Waters

Around the Azores the waters are extremely deep, over 1000m, and good fishing can be found in the channels between the islands.

The water surrounding the islands of the Azores archipelago abounds in a variety of sea life, including huge pelagic fish such as the Atlantic Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and occasionally Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna, Swordfish, and various types of shark (including Hammerheads, Six Gill and Mako). Smaller tuna species, Blue Fish, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, and many more, can be found in abundance.

Furthermore the Atlantic Ocean around the Azores is brimful of numerous of species of dolphins and whales. Most commonly encountered are the Bottlenose, the Common Dolphin and the mighty Sperm Whale.

Common Dolphin and Cory's Shearwater North of Faial

The islands of the Azores archipelago

The Azores archipelago is located in the North Atlantic Ocean. The island Faial lies some 1700 kms west of mainland Portugal. The island is renowned for its natural beauty and the hospitality of the local people.

The 9 beautiful islands are very unspoiled and not too crowded with tourists. The nature is dramatic, partly barren and volcanic but mostly very lush.

Hydrangeas in Faial


The island of Faial belongs to the Central group consisting of the 5 islands Pico, Sao Jorge, Terceira, Graciosa and Faial. In 1958 there was a volcanic eruption on the Westernmost end of Faial and the Moon-like landscape of Capelinhos is today one of Faial's great attractions.

The Capelinhos Volcano

The Marina of Horta, Faial especially the famous Peter's Café has for years traditionally been a meeting spot in the Middle of the Atlantic for sailors crossing the Ocean.

Horta Marina is also the center of Sport Fishing in the Azores.

Other activities available on Faial include whale watching, diving, sailing, horse riding, mini golf, off road safaris, hiking and bicycle rental. There are daily ferries to the islands Pico and Sao Jorge.

Horta Marina with the Volcano of Pico in the background



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