On a sailboat or a motorboat, you will quickly understand the mystique of navigating in the Azores seas. When navigating around the coastline of an island, it is possible to see the green landscape descending towards the crystalline-clear waters of the ocean. Beaches and sheltered inlets invite you to stop and dive in their waters. At the marinas of the archipelago, one can find everything that one needs before returning to the Atlantic. With a steady hand in the rudder, it is easy to add up nautical miles as you travel between the wonders of these nine islands. Dolphins accompany you in the island crossings, as they did more than 500 years ago with the discoverers of this paradise. The horizon is the limit that stands above the ocean blue.
Those sailing from Europe or from the Americas to the Azores must have a valid maritime navigation license for high seas. In the routes between the islands of the archipelago, you only need a local navigation license. The coastlines of the islands are ideal for those who hold a coastline navigation license, even though they must still request permission from maritime authorities. In some marinas, it is possible to rent boats or yachts, with or without skipper. Sail and motorboats can be adapted to serve different needs, from the simplest outing to sports fishing.