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Jardim do Vau is a cluster of rocks of various sizes off the coast of Portimao, the smoothest of which is to the East at a depth of 9m, gradually descending for 3m to the sandy bottom. The most interesting part of this site is to the Northwest, where there is a mushroom-shaped rock that shelters various marine species, including damselfish, scorpion fish, bream, gilthead bream and white seabream.

 There is a fissure in the adjacent rock, where it is common to see prawns and juveniles. To the West, the sea bottom is strewn with large boulders, where you can discover moray and smaller fauna. Despite being a simple, shallow site, it is one of the most representative of this area of the Algarve, due to the beauty of the sea bed and the diversity of species that can be seen there. Ideal for night diving, too!


Diving profileJardim do Vau

  • Level: Easy
  • Depth: 6m - 12m
  • Seabed: Sand
  • Average water Temperature: Winter (14º-18º) Summer (18º-23º)
  • Visibility: Medium
  • Best season for diving: September & October
  • Closest hyperbaric chamber: 20' by boat