Diving in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, located on the southeast of the island of Madeira, is painted with the vivid turquoise blue of the ocean. In front of the eastern part of the city, 500 metres off the coast, there is an underwater secret of great interest: Baixa de Santa Catarina.

It starts around 13 metres deep, but the adventure begins at 25 metres, where there's a platform in the rock, from where a new world opens up. On the way down, divers will come across ornate wrasse, chromis, colonies of encrusting anemones and clown prawns. It is also common to see a large round stingray (Taeniura grabata) resting in a sheltered area and a giant anemone (Telmactatis cricoides). It is possible to descend up to 40 metres.

This feast of colours and marine movement can be experienced by divers of all ages with more or less experience. The diving schools and various specialised companies present in this area are renowned for their professionalism, knowledge, safety and hospitality.

Come and live a unique experience in the clear, mild and rich ocean waters of the southeast of the island. Contact one of the Santa Cruz Diving companies.

Baixa de Santa Catarina is home to many species of exceptional beauty and a very special place to dive into. Get to know this habitat from the Santa Cruz coast.

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Madeira Ocean & Trails

Our sea provides memorable experiences while creating images of undeniable beauty. Discover the ideal spots to discover our coastline and the nautical events that make our waters move.

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Where to book
Cipreia Dive Club
VidaMar Resort Hotel - Estrada Monumental, 177 | 9000-100 Funchal
Manta Diving Madeira
Hotel Galomar, Rua Robert Baden Powell | 9125-036 Caniço
Hotel Dom Pedro Baía Club |9200-126 Machico
La Perla Dell Atlantico
Estrada das Eiras, Edifício Quintas, Bloco D 3 CJ | 9125-129 Caniço
Edifício Frente Mar, Loja 2 e 3 | 9100-139 Santa Cruz
Madeira Diving Center
Caminho Velho dos Reis Magos, 2 | 9125-121 Caniço
Scorpio Madeira Diving Center
Caminho da Ribeira do Natal, 30 | 9200-031 Caniçal
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