The weather failed us during our two-day May trip to Porto Santo (2019). One of the few things that saved our holidays was snorkelling with the Porto Santo Snorkeling Tour.
Today, our photo-review from this trip …
We went to Porto Santo by ferry from Madeira in the first week of May 2019. We expected good weather, but it simply tricked us.
The beach towel stayed at the bottom of the backpack, we could forget about sunbathing, which was very unfortunate because the stunning beaches are the island’s biggest attraction and the only reason we came to Porto Santo…
So what can you do on Porto Santo during bad weather?
One of the few things we could do under a cloudy sky was snorkelling, so we booked a trip with one of the companies found on TripAdvisor.
1. What does a tour with Porto Santo Snorkeling Tour company look like?
Matias picked us up from the hotel at 4 pm. We jumped in his white van full of wetsuits and snorkelling equipment and…
“Hello!” – said in Polish the smiling blonde sitting next to the driver. All this time I was in touch with Matias, a Portuguese, so hearing my mother tongue on this tiny island far away from home was a nice surprise!
Iza turned out to be an incredibly interesting person. A Polish pharmacist who, for passion and love, emigrated to this tiny island on the Atlantic Ocean. She is currently working in the only pharmacy on the island and devotes her free time to her passion, which is snorkelling.
So if you will ever be on Porto Santo – snorkelling with them or buying a sunburn cream in the only pharmacy, send Iza my greetings!
Back to the snorkelling tour …
We picked up one more traveller in another Vila Baleira hotel and headed to the snorkelling location.
Along the way, at our request, we stopped for a second at the most beautiful viewpoint on Porto Santo – Miradouro da Portela:
2. Where does the Porto Santo Snorkeling Tour take place?
You do not snorkel from a boat in open waters.
This few-hour session takes place in a rock pool located inside a marine protected area, where animals are not afraid of people.
3. Which sea animals are you able to see while snorkelling on Porto Santo?
You might have a chance to see octopus, cuttlefish, 3 different types of moray eel, sea urchin, sea cucumber, 3 different types of starfish, brittle star, hermit crab, arrow crab & other sorts or crabs, different types of sea slugs, like the umbrella shell slug. Also fish: scorpionfish, canary damsel, Mediterranean parrot fish, ornate wrasse, Caribbean sharpnose-puffer and sometimes, a stingray or… a mermaid, but according to Matias, the last one is not guaranteed 😉
4. Summary – review
This is not a sponsored post, and my opinion is honest. Many other travellers had the same opinion, which resulted in a five-star rating on Trip Advisor and the title of the “Best trip on Porto Santo”.
This trip is also suitable for beginners. Matias and Iza are great instructors, focusing on safety. They will be able to teach you the basics of snorkelling, while diving in a shallow pool (instead of open waters) will give beginners a greater sense of safety.
They are real enthusiasts of nature, and a trip with them will be a great and interesting experience for everyone. It is recommended to all- families, children, groups and solo travellers.
The Porto Santo Snorkeling Tour really saved our holidays in Porto Santo, because I had no idea of what else we could do during two days of cloudy weather. A snorkelling session is probably the best option for bad weather on Porto Santo.
On an island such as Porto Santo, whose biggest attraction is the beach and indoor attractions are scarce, snorkelling is definitely worth recommending.
So: For a dose of positive energy and a great time, please contact Matias!
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