The mountainous characteristics of our island make this kind of sport really attractive, especially for those who are already experts. There are fantastic places to take off from but very few appropriate landing sites.
The most popular places are Pico da Cruz, Miradouro da Madalena, Porto da Cruz and Prazeres.
Equipment: They have got everything!
Madeiran people have always had a great passion for cars. One of the reasons for this affinity may be explained by the fact that the car has been for many years the only means of transport on the island, allied to the challenge of driving along the narrow, winding roads of the island, carved out of the hard rock and usually with high verges, requiring a great deal of skill and permanent concentration by all drivers.
It was naturally in this contest that, in 1959, that which is today known as the "Madeira Wine Rally" was born. It began as tourist attraction, a "Tour of Madeira by car" which aroused great interest and enthusiasm among the resident population and all those who came to Madeira, mostly originating from the Continent and the Canary Islands, accompanied by their relatives and friends, to compete in our difficult "Tour of the Island".
Two courses, with 18 to 27 holes, have been laid out in exceptionally beautiful landscapes. Golf lovers will be delighted by the challenges accompanying of each hole as well as by the fabulous scenery. The Madeira Open is the most important event and forms part of the European PGA circuit.
If it’s adrenaline you’re after, then the Madeira coast is the place Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar and S. Vicente all offer excellent surfing, with waves able to stir even the stout-hearted.
Windsurfing conditions are also very good. In 1996 a native of Madeira won the world championship.
During your stay in Madeira you can follow several diving courses with the International Divingcenters of Madeira:
- Swimming Pool Introduction;
In about one hour you learn the basics of diving: ´breathing under water`.
- Diving instruction in the sea;
After your swimming pool instruction you can make a real dive in the sea. Although the depth will be about 6 meters, you will see what diving really is about.
- Open Water course;
In three to five days you will learn all the basics of diving. We start with theory lessons, using video and books, you than make several dives in the swimming pool where you learn the basics of using the materials and after this you make five dives in the sea. Once you have passed the theory exam (not really difficult) you receive the Open Water Diver license which means you can dive all over the world.
- Specialty courses;
For the Open Water Diver (or even higher qualified divers, we organise specialty courses. Courses where you learn in a short period special diving skills. On Madeira they offer the following specialties:
Boat-, Navigation-, Deep-, Drift-, Limited Visibility/Night-, Computer-, Cavern Diving, Underwater Photography, -Videography, Equipment Specialist, Search & Recovery, Marine Life/Fish Identification, Waves, Tide and Current and the Peak Performance Specialty
You also can choose for the specialty Stress and Rescue. During this course you learn everything to react by a diving accident.
Continuing your diving education and become a diving instructor; the first step is the DiveCon/Divemaster course. You will be trained to assist the instructor. Theoretical, you will come on instructor level and you have the possibilities to work as an assistant. Obtaining more experience to go on to become an Instructor Open Water.
All the courses are offered following the guiding of the SSI (Scuba Schools International), PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) systems.
Equipment: You don't need to bring your own equipment. The divingcenter rent out every thing you need.
Beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean lies a fantastic underwater garden. Diving in Madeira is a unique experience.
Equipment: They have got everything!
Surf School in Madeira Island
located in Porto da Cruz (Machico)
Surf and Bodyboard Lessons
Equipment: Surf lessons
and surf rental
Due to it's location in the globe, Madeira has a sub-tropical climate. All the year long it's possible to swim at sea in the southern side of the island.