Diving the best of Terceira in the Açores with Arraia Divers
Arraia Divers is a PADI 5 star dive resort located at the Hotel do Caracol situated at Silveira, one of the most popular swimming areas on the Island of Terceira in the Açores – the Portugal-owned Atlantic archipelago often referred to by its alternative English spelling, the Azores – third place winner in the 2017 DIVE Travel Awards as voted for by readers
Terceira is in the middle of the nine-island archipelago, approximately 2.5 hours west of Lisbon by 'plane. Arraia Divers was the first diving centre to be established on the island and has been operational since 2002.
The Açores' volcanic origin provides a distinct topography which is perfect for scuba diving. The Açorean waters are filled with life, ranging in size from small to large, including nudibranchs - some species of which are endemic - shrimp, moray eels and an array of colourful reef fish. Several species of ray inhabit the waters around Terceira including eagle rays and stingrays that can grow up to two metres in wingspan.
The underwater topography and the beautiful rock formations are a favourite for divers, often enjoyed in clear water with 25 metres visibility. Water temperatures range from 15°C in the wintertime to 22°C during the summer months.
With Arraia Divers you can discover the best of the underwater world around Terceira. Our main focus is providing a safe fun experience for everyone and with us, you are guaranteed personal service!
We can offer a full range of PADI courses, up to and including Divemaster. We have English-speaking instructors, with seasonal capabilities in Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Discover Scuba Diving
If you aren’t a diver yet, you can start with a Discover Scuba Dive in the pool before hopping in the ocean right in front of our dive centre
PADI Dive Courses
Arraia Divers offers PADI dive courses. PADI is the most widely recognized, popular and successful dive organization in the world. In 3-4 days you can become a certified Open Water Diver.
Diver Development Courses
Our instructors are Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDTs) and can teach up to and including divemaster. We also have a wide range of specialities that we can teach from Night diver to Search and Recovery.
Arraia Divers offers daily dive trips where certified divers can dive many of our dive sites around Terceira
A diver exploring the wreck of the steamship Lidador
As well as excellent diving and instruction, Arraia Divers offers the following:
- Free Internet access/tea/hot showers and much more.
- Low-cost refresher sessions in the pool, then 1:1 or small groups in the sea
- High-quality dive gear.
- Snacks/Hot tea/water on all dive trips.
- Small dive groups and personalized instruction.
Holidays in the Azores
For UK-based divers, RyanAir has announced that they will be starting direct flights to Terceira Lajes airport from the beginning of April 2020. This means that it will be much easier to visit us, as you can come straight to Arraia without a layover in Lisbon or Porto. After you've visited Terceira for a spot of diving with Arraia, it's also worth looking at island hopping through the rest of the Açores archipelago. Azores Airlines operate all year and in the summer (June to September) you can also use the Atlanticoline ferries.