Especially for fans of water sports, Sal is the place to be. You can dive with the Scuba team. In Santa Maria, caves, steep or overhanging cliffs and ship wrecks are inhabited by tropical and Atlantic animals. Nurse and lemon sharks, doctor fish, morays, groupers, manta rays and other species of local fauna thrive in a majestic volcanic decor with numerous caves, clad in yellow-orange calcium corals. Diving is possible year round. The best, most optimal season runs from April to October. Take into account that a minimum of skill is required to dive in the Atlantic Ocean. The club offers courses, gear (CRESSI SUB) and several diving formulas. Their services are valuable, safe and are multilingual. Surfers will also find all they want here. A strong trade-wind, across the whole coastline, with an average speed between 15 and 2 knots, waves that break perfectly and a pleasant water temperature during the whole year, these are the qualities that make the bay of Santa Maria seen by experts as one of the 5 best destinations worldwide for surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing. These sports are done the whole year round. it is recommended for beginners to get started with this sport in the summer, The most fanatic sportsmen on the other hand can go all out from November to end of March, when the wind is the strongest. At the surfclub in Santa Maria you can take training courses or rent equipment. Both beginners and advanced surfers are welcomed in several languages.