Caloura Arches

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ACCESS: By boat, about 15 minutes from Vila Franca do Campo
DEPTH: 5 meters (min), 18 meters (max)
IDEAL FOR: Underwater photography, snorkeling
Marine life: 3
Bottom: 3
Difficulty: 3

Located only 300 metres from the coast in a sheltered bay, Arcos da Caloura is a great place for snorkelling and all types of dive.

The top of the reef lies at a depth of 5 metres, dropping to 18 metres. At 16 metres you can find one of the four entrances to an impressive cave - the main attraction of this spot. Inside the cave it is common to see schools of large white trevallies as well as some resident dusky groupers (Epinephelus marginatus). The ceiling of the cave is regularly filled with dozens of different species of nudibranchs.

Around the cave there are many different smaller species, including several species of moray eels, Guinean puffers (Sphoeroides marmoratus), Mediterranean rainbow wrasses (Coris julis), wide-eyed flounders (Bothus podas), ornate wrasses (Thalassoma pavo), salema porgies (Sarpa salpa), Azores chromis (Chromis limbata), parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense), and blacktail combers (Serranus atricauda).