BAIA DA ARMAÇÃO | JARDIM DAS GORGÔNIAS | PEDRA DO LEÃO
Baia da Armação (Armação Bay) | A dive for everyone | Deep: 4-18 meters | Level 1 Easy
Armação Bay is one of the most sheltered coves and the closest to the area of total Marine Park protection. it was formerly used as a haven for fishing and today is a very accessible and quiet place for diving, which is done along its coast. It is the perfect spot for less experienced divers, either for underwater photography or for rough conditions in the Park West. The marine bottom is mixed, consisting of sand and rocky blocks, chaoticly crammed, resulting from the fragmentation of the cliff, forming hiding places for a great diversity of species.
This bay is an authentic maternity and refuge for fish and other animals. During the dive, when inspecting the holes and the blocks, we find moray eels, octopuses and hidden challenges. Shoals of sea breams, salamis, gullies, seabasses, and some swallows were also to be found there.
Jardim das Gorgônias (Gorgônias garden) | Color explosion | Deep: 6- 20 meters | Level 1 and 2 Easy and advanced</p>
During the dive we can contemplate different species of gorgonians (colonies of coral with branched body fan-shaped), as well as a variety of other animals: sea bream, conger eels, octopus, sponges and with any luck until a rooster fish or moon-fish!
Bottom consists of a lode of rock that protrudes from the area and extends up to twenty meters deep. Gorgonians of various colors are a great attraction, but the fauna is extremely varied, with octopuses, cuttlefish, shoals of fish of different species, sea stars and anemones of various colors.
Pedra do Leão (Lion stone) | Life in backlight | Deep: 4-15 meters | Level 1 Easy
This small rocky island, which looks like the figure of a lying lion, is located near the entrance of Armação Bay. An underwater rock presents a passage, usually lined with anemones, sea squirts and sponges and full of shoals of fish, which allows images in backlit great beauty. A real attraction for those who like to photograph underwater life.
Besides rocks and hollows lined anemones and sponges, the rocky bottom we find cuttlefish and octopuses, conger eels and moray eels, gobies and wrasses. But also schools of sargos, salemas and sometimes even lilies. A surgeonfish has been sighted recently for the first time in European waters, a habitual species in warmer waters.