Diving in the Azores Pico Reviews
Princess Alice: dive with Mobulas Jun 30, 2012
Probably the best dive site in the Azores is Princess Alice. This is a seamount in the open Ocean with its top at 35m depth. It attracts pelagic fish such as Tuna, Bonito and Jackfish. But what makes this dive site special is the large number of Mobulas that circle the seamount most of the year.
Mobulas are big rays similar to mantas, but slightly smaller. The graceful way they schwim through the water is a magnificent sight and every diver's dream.
We booked this trip with CW-Azores on Pico Island. The dive site is 45 nautical miles out in the open ocean, so the trip took a bumpy 2,5 hour by RIB. Once there we could already see the Mobulas swimming under the boat from the surface. Eager to get into the water we started to put on our gear, while the captain dropped the anchor. We rolled back into the water and looked around into the blue. Nothing to see but a distant school of Jacks. Luckily after only a few minutes we could see Mobulas appearing from out of the blue; 1, 2, 3, 5, 9… at least 20 coming straight towards us! What a sight. Only meters away they broke up formation and passed us on all sides curiously looking at us, some continuing their way, others turning to take a closer look. And then they faded into the blue again, only to make a wide circle and pass by again and again until we ran out of air and/or bottom time.
After a hour on the boat and a quick lunch we made a second dive even better than the first. The Mobulas seemed to understand that we meant no harm and came even closer. They even let you swim alongside them.
At the end of the day all divers agreed this was one of the best dives they had ever made.
See the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPfTjcIWT20
See all the pictures on:http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/578398986aXcdqr
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