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Why dive with Arraia Divers?

At Arraia Divers we believe in a personalised experience. Our goal is to make sure you enjoy yourselves both on land as well as in the water. Our dive staff are fluent in English, Portuguese and French. For your safety, all of our dive staff (instructors and dive masters) are not only PADI professionals but are also insured by Aqua Med or DAN. We are up to date with today’s current dive techniques and theory and always aim to be environmentally aware. You can also be assured that our equipment is modern and regularly serviced as we have a certified service technician on site. Both our compressor and tanks are serviced, and our tanks are certified, ensuring that you’ll be breathing only the cleanest Azorean air!
To make diving easy, we gear up at our back door and walk a mere 20m to our beautiful house reef, Arraia Reef. We are also connected to the 4 star Hotel do Caracol, if you choose to stay on site we offer special hotel rates to all of our customers. All you need to do is take the elevator up to your room after diving! Our staff is fun, friendly, and interesting, as well as being a very international group. Your dives with us are guaranteed to be memorable ones!


Alex and Phil Adams

Alex and Phil Adams

Joint Owner/Managers PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers #315108 and 315109

Alex and Phil Adams are from the UK and met in 2004 when they first started diving. They have dived as far west as the Galapagos Islands and as far East as the Maldives and many places in between. Having gone professional in 2012, they then spent 3 years in the UK at Dive In, one of the top UK PADI 5* CDCs, gaining much valuable teaching experience. Phil is a passionate underwater photographer while Alex prefers videography enjoying observing underwater behaviour patterns. Both are PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers and have been the owner/managers of Arraia Divers since the end of 2016. Between them they can teach a variety of specialties and courses from discover scuba to divemaster.  They look forward to welcoming you to the lovely blue waters of the Azores.



PADI Specialties

  • EFR Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen provider instructor
  • Deep Specialty Instructor
  • Underwater Navigator Instructor
  • Wreck Diver Instructor
  • Dry Suit Instructor
  • Night Diver Instructor
  • Enriched Air Instructor
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor
  • Project Aware Instructor
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Sp Instructor
  • Care for Children w/AED Instructor

Carlos Pinto Jr
PADI Divemaster  # 422504 


Carlos is a native Portuguese though brought up in The Democratic Republic of Congo (Belgian Congo) where French was his first language. He has lived on Terceira since 2009 and works for the Portuguese air force where he is part of the squadrons of search and rescue and at the moment carries out  operational support in Lajes air base. He turned up at Arraia Divers in February 2018 announcing that he wanted to be a divemaster. By the end of August he had achieved his ambition. He is now working on his discover scuba internship and will lead dives and help with courses. Carlos speaks Portuguese, French and English.



André Bettencourt
PADI Divemaster # 413825

André Bettencourt, aged 24, joined us as a Divemaster intern in January 2018 under the Estagiar T scheme.  He has completed his divemaster training and is now part of the  professional diving team.


Originally from Faial, André traveled to Terceira to attend the Environmental and Rural Tourism Course and opted for the maritime-tourism part.

As part of this course André spent two separate 2 month work experience internships at Arraia Divers and started to learn to dive with us and has taken the open water, advanced and rescue diver courses during his most recent internship.

As one of our “locals”, he can also share cultural, historical, gastronomic curiosities, etc.  Andre is friendly and very willing  to share his knowledge to those who want to discover more about the Azores and the underwater world of this archipelago.



Alba Foraster Redondo
Estagiar Intern – Trainee Dive professional


Alba Foraster is from Barcelona, Spain, is a biologist and is 24 years old. She moved to Terceira Island to do the Eurodysee Internship in the field of whale watching with Ocean Emotion. Now she is doing the Estagiar L Internship with us to complete the DiveMaster course. Alba has the local skipper certification so she will also be able to skipper diveboats.  Alba speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and Portuguese.

dive trip photos