The deep waters off the Azores offer the chance to see some amazing undersea flora and fauna.
At the top of a great list of diving sites the best place to begin is off either of the islands of Flores or Graciosa. By Terceira, the Ilhéu das Cabras and the Cemitério das Âncoras (Cemetery of Anchors) are also both essential sites for any self-respecting diver. In this central group of islands, lying between Faial and Pico, the Baixa do Canal is a worldwide diving attraction too.
Off São Miguel, Galera, the islet of Vila Franca, the Mosteiros and the waters off Feteiras have all established their own reputations for spectacular underwater habitats.
The archipelago of the Açores is also renowned for its natural beauty. Each of the nine islands has its own charms but Faial has gained the biggest name worldwide. Part of this is down to the gin and tonic served at Peter's Café Sport. A mid-Atlantic meeting point, Peter's was founded in 1918 before going on to become an institution.
Boat trips from Faial, Pico and São Miguel, also provide the opportunity to try and spot sperm whales and dolphins, which all thrive in the rich waters of the Azores.