The diving around Lisbon is regarded as some of the best in Portugal. From wrecks to reefs and drifts to deep dives, Lisbon has a little bit of something for every level of diver. Divers in Lisbon can expect everything from pelagic species interactions to smaller marine life sightings found in the city’s protected marine reserves.
Larger species commonly seen include sting rays, dolphins, white sea bass, and sunfish. While diving in Portugal may be more pelagic-centric, the region also has plenty of macro and reef species. Octopus, squid, crabs, lobsters, sardines and conger eels along with a variety of fish can often be seen.
A colony of seahorses near Sesimbra can often be observed, and on occasion, the lucky diver might find the rare, phosphorescent bijou anemones.
The climate is mild throughout the year, ensuring that diving is possible year-round. The fewest days with rainfall are between April to September.
Air temperatures range from 54-74°F (12-24℃). During certain seasons, water temperatures may necessitate a semi-dry suit, so be sure to check the monthly averages before your trip. Water temperatures average from 55-75°F (13-24℃).
While you may not visit Lisbon explicitly for the diving, you won’t be disappointed when you jump in the water and discover the fantastic scenes on the seafloor.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The main entry point to Lisbon is Lisbon Portela Airport. Flights to this port of entry originate from most other continents.
Alternatively, you could arrive to Lisbon by road or by boat from other parts of Europe. Once you are in the region, you can move around between destinations by train, bus, taxis, trams and subways.