Cova do Sono
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Cova do sono/Hollow of sleep - This is the simplest dive of the Berlengas. Cova-do-sono is a sheltered bay, with maximum depth of 12 meters and in which many times we find ourselves at depths of 2 meters. This can give the idea of an uninteresting diving spot but it is not like that at all. Cova-do-sono has caves with great inhabitants (Forkbeard and Lobsters), has some walls full of holes to look at , excellent for “macro” photo, has feeding areas where the amount of Sea-bream and Cow-bream seem not to have a end. To complete the picture the incursion of pelagics, Jacks and Mackerel, in the bay is frequent. They come to feed on the shoals of small fish that look for shelter there. All this makes that Cova-do-sono is frequently chosen for the second dive of the day, when the divers look for a calm spot but with many points of interest. It is a diving without significant current, with usual visibility of 10/15 meters.
This reef is located north of the Berlenga. Dangerous for the navigation, it is a fantastic spot for diving. The head sometimes appears out of the water, in great tides, and it has a slope where the water goes up and the fish feeds that goes down until 30 meters. The amount of fish is frequently amazing, Sea-bream, Cow-bream, Sea-bass, Amberjacks and Trigger-fish are frequent. In the deeper part it has walls covered of red gorgonia (Paramuricea Clavata) and one wreck, Gomes VIII, of which we can see the boiler, bits of the engine and still some structure. It is an exposed dive with frequent currents.
This wreck is the easiest one in the Berlengas. Its protected localization allows us to dive there when other places can not be done. Although badly wrecked the Primavera still gives the magic of diving in a wreck. There we can find also Fork-beard, Redfish, Wrasse and Lobsters. John Dory and Sunfish can also be seen.
The Andreos is another sheltered spot, close to the Berlenga, that can be done even with hard seas. The most interesting area is around the boilers, inhabited for great residents but the structure has also many interesting holes to explore. It has usually great pink Sea-bream that swim isolated or in small shoals. For moreover, as it is in an area of current confluence is usual to see Sunfish here.
A very easy and relaxed dive in Berlengas Island. You star the dive on a shallow sandy bottom where you can find some Streaked gurnard and from there you go to a small cavern where you can usally find some forkbeards. You will also visit a small wreck where octopus are common and you can see througout the dive schools the seam breams and cow breams.