Hotel Colombo | Dive the Azores - Atlantic

  • Guests Approx 200 guests
  • Rooms 87 rooms including stnadard rooms, suites and 1 bed apartments
  • Restaurants A panoramic Restaurant
  • Food and Drinks Hotel restaurant and bar - only 5 mins from town centre
  • FacilitiesHaliotis dive centre on site at hotel
  • Diving 2 dive or full day boat, night diving, Dollabart and Formigas
  • Diving Extras Full range of courses and kit hire payable locally
  • Internet Access Wifi in communal areas

About Hotel Colombo

Santa Maria lies in the south east of the Azores, a short 30min flight from San Miguel. This is a unique island, with gorgeous sea views and golden sandy beaches. It's a firm favourite too with our divers, thanks to the easily accessible dive sites, superb blue water viz and mobula sightings. At trip to Santa Maria for diving combines well with a few nights on San Miguel to explore the Azores on land - make sure to leave time to experience the food, wine and stunning hillside scenery.

The hotel Colombo has a privileged location, with glorious sea views from almost ever part of the hotel. It offers 3 types of accommodation. The standard rooms have a twin or double bed. There are also senior suites, with a larger living area. Or for families you can opt for an apartment, with a double room and 2 pull out beds for the kids in the living area. No matter which room you chose, all have a balcony, telephone, mini bar, satellite TV, safe and AC.

The dive centre Haliotis is based on site in the hotel Colombo with plenty of facilities, including changing rooms, a well stocked shop and classroom. The health club offers a wide range of services, including gym, jacuzzi, Turkish bath and spa massage services. There is an outdoor pool as well as indoor. Enjoy your meals in the on site restaurant or take a stroll into Vila do Porto, which is only 5 minutes away, to enjoy some of the local flavours.

Twin/double rooms

Large room with twin or double beds, equipped with air conditioning, telephone with direct access to the outside, free WiFi, minibar, cable TV, safe and complete bathroom with hairdryer.

Suites

The suites are larger than the standard rooms, with a small living area alongside the bed. All have air conditioning, telephone with direct access to the outside, free WiFi, minibar, cable TV, safe and complete bathroom with hairdryer.

1 bedroom appartments

The apartments typically have an entrance hall with wardrobe, a bedroom and a living room with individual balcony, telephone with direct access to the outside, free WiFi, cable TV and air conditioning. The room sleeps 2, and the living room consists of two sofa beds and a fully equipped kitchenette. There is also a bathroom with a hairdryer and a closet.

Soak up the sea views from the pool or hotel!

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

All the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are located in the North Atlantic. These volcanic isles are scattered along a 600 km stretch of ocean from Santa Maria to Corvo. The islands of the archipelago are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel, the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. Each island has its own individual atmosphere and distinctive flair. Typically, the best months for divers are May to October, when the marine life is at its most exciting and the water temps climb to 20-24C.

Weather and Climate

The weather in the Azores is changeable! The islands enjoy a mild temperate climate throughout the year and benefit from the Gulf Stream; a current of warm water that heads north east from the Gulf of Mexico. The average air temperature varies between 11 and 26°C depending on the time of year and the surrounding ocean averages between 15 and 23°C. Being so far out in the Atlantic, the islands are prone to rainy days at any time of year, and without these showers of course, you could not enjoy the beautiful flora on the islands.

Travel

Flight options

There are weekly direct flights from the UK with a flight time of 3½ hours with Ryan Air and daily flights via Lisbon from Heathrow and Manchester with TAP. Depending on which island you are staying on, you may find you need a night en route in San Miguel before catching your onward Air Azores flight to Faial or Santa Maria.

Stopovers

If you are flying with TAP, you can also add a night or two in Lisbon, Portugal en route.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders do not need a visa for the Azores. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with your airline. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

Depending on your airline, you may be able to complete check in online to print your boarding pass. If not, we will email your flight tickets to you in advance. You must print your ticket coupon.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will either be a rep to meet you or you will have full details of your where to meet your transfer (with a confirmation voucher) in your travel documentation. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Transfers are included in your holiday. You will be advised in your travel documentation of how to find your transfer.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. EU passport holders do not need to pay a departure tax.

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Included in your holiday

Includes flights and transfers, accommodation on a B&B basis and 10 boat dives

Excluded

Additional dives, special trips, nitrox, meals outside of your board basis and and excursions

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

The currency in the Azores is the euro. Card payments are accepted, but not in all shops or restaurants.

Phone coverage

The Azores has good GSM coverage but the signal can be patchy outside of the towns. Please check with your provider about data coverage.

Plugs and electricity

Electricity in Azores is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Azores with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Azores generally accept two round pin plugs.

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire is available from your dive centre Haliotis - this is arranged and paid for locally

Extras

Special trips, to sites such as dollabarat and formigas, night dives and all kit hire are paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a shop on site for kit and souvenir purchases

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is available for recreational mixes. This can be prebooked and prepaid or paid for locally.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Hotel Colombo is £250 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Santa Maria is the perfect introduction to the varied diving in the Azores. The viz is usually excellent, with brilliant blue water. We recommend a stay here between June and September for the best viz, water temps... and most importantly marine life! The most famous residents are the mobula. Simply drop down at Ambrosio and you nearly always find a school of mobula. These curious beasts will usually then come in close to investigate divers. It's no wonder this area is a marine reserve. So sit back and enjoy the show!

The Haliotis dive centre is on site in the Hotel Colombo itself - making this one of the most convenient places to stay! Here you will find everything you need, including classrooms, changing rooms, and all the kit you could need. The dive team are PADI instrocturs and dive masters, with all the local knowledge you need to make your trip to Santa Maria memorable.

  • Daily boat diving on custom built RIBS
  • Mega for macro
  • Dive with the resident mobula fever
  • Must see dives at Pedrinha, Baixa da Maia and Gruta Azul
  • Swim throughs, caves and lava arches


Pedrinha is one of the islands must do dive sites. It's resident moray Veronica introduces herself to most divers. Large groupers hang around near the coral formations and. There's a lava canyon, climbing from the depths. Gruta Azul is best known for the huge sting rays, whilst Baixa da Maia is the place for huge schools of trigger fish and barred hog fish. Barracuda are common at Baixa de Sao Lourenco. But it is Ambrosio is the place to go for the magical mobula encounters. Special trips are regularly run (local surcharge applies) to Dollabarat and Formigas. These are remote islets where the schooling fish numbers are vast. You have good chance to see manta or shark on the walls. Dolphins and whales can be seen on the journey out.
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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course atHotel Colombo.

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  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit):Price on request

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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