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Pedra da Nau is the most prominent rock after the Santa Marta lighthouse has been turned west, being more or less located in front of the Hotel Villa Italia, in a small bay with rocks known as Ínsuas or Princess. A higher rock, it is usually frequented by cormorants. It is a diving spot with an easy access by land, that offers a great dive either at the middle of the bay or around the Pedra da Nau. The site has excellent conditions for those at their diving intiation stage, as the small bay to the east of Pedra da Nau is a a very sheltered area and has both low bottoms and large sand surfaces.

Most of the bay that precedes the main rock of Nau is in movable bottoms (sand), with some scattered rocks. Nevertheless as we get closer to the Nau, rock density begins to increase, with large rocks creating paths with sandy bottoms, huge holes and cracks where sea bass and other species can often be found.

To the south of the Pedra da Nau, further south-southeast, lies the huge rocky mountain range that connects to the point of the King's Restinga, that is, a huge area of ​​rock that allows a huge variety of the type of background. . The westernmost part is more rugged and irregular due to the greater exposure during the time it provides cuts and channels between the rocks of an atrocious beauty, while the eastern part is more constant and less rugged but also very rich in natural beauty. This spot, like the Restinga do Rei, allows the diver in a small area to choose the background characteristics that suit him best considering the purpose of the submersion.

One of the most interesting areas of the site is right next to the Nau, where divers can dive at low depth and yet be surprised by the landscape and the abundant sea life. Great conditions overall for underwater photography and night dives.

Diving profilePedra da Nau

  • Level: Beginner
  • Depth: 4m - 11m
  • Seabed: Sand and rock
  • Average water Temperature: -
  • Visibility: Medium
  • Best season for diving: Spring / Summer (lower swells) 
  • Closest hyperbaric chamber: -