Marine Protected Area created in 1998 on the Natural Park of Arrábida in the large metropolitan area of Lisbon. It is an area of high biodiversity with 1350 known species of fauna and flora, englobing a variety of rocky and sandy bottoms with depths up to 100 meters. Its richness is unequalled at both national and European level! The Park is also associated with the awakening of biological oceanography in Portugal at the end of the XIX century by the works of King D. Carlos and other local naturalists and universities. The park honours Professor Luiz Saldanha, a pioneer Marine Biologist in Portugal. Read on to know about our ongoing projects!
The Ria Formosa is a lagoon system of international importance! The average depth of the lagoon is 2 meters and it extends for roughly 57 km in South-eastern Portugal. It is a Natural Park since 1987, home to a wide variety of habitats – barrier islands, salt marshes, sandbanks and oozes, seagrasses, dunes, salt pans, ponds of fresh and brackish water, waterways, agricultural areas and woodlands –, and to a high number of faunistic and floristic species! Curious about what you can do in this area? Read on!
The Ocean Revival Park is the biggest artificial reef in Europe. Created by sinking four decommissioned vessels from the Portuguese Navy, they have as much history as marine life! Situated on the bathymetric of 26 to 32 meters, the top of the wrecks sits at a minimum of 15 meters. The four vessels with lengths 44 m, 64 m, 85 m and 102 meters create one of a kind dives throughout the year. What do we monitor here? Check our programme!
At the most westerly point of Algarve, Sagres is a dramatic scenery of raw beauty from beaches to cliffs and raging seas. Geographically distinguishable by facing the Atlantic on the west and south coast you can dive year-around from the shore or boat, along cliffs or exploring caves. Brimming with marine life from beginning to end of the dive with pelagic fishes, morays, octopuses, echinoderms, nudibranchs, and large areas of gorgonians starting as shallow as 8 meters! What else is interesting in this area? Find out!
One day programmes offer the full scientific diver experience and impact to those whose time is short! For one day you can also be a scientist. After a briefing on your day you will assist in field work, accumulate experience and log scientific dives. The scientific world will be grateful and you get a diploma stating your involvement!
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