After finishing his studies in Marine Biology in the University of Algarve, Tiago decided to return to Faial, where he was born. In 2003 he met Joana, born in Hong-Kong and at the time studying Marine Biology in the Azores. Both with a natural passion and respect for the underwater world, with plenty of ideas in common and a desire to share their experiences, they started Dive Azores project doing what they like best - observing, studying and protecting marine wildlife. Believing that mentalities can be changed and people educated to support environmental conservation, they decided to combine a touristic operation with research, involving guests and volunteers in a philosophy of sustainable, research supportive Eco-tourism.
Tiago and Joana are both divers since they remember and they are diving instructors since 2002, with over 2,000 logged dives in the Azores and other worldclass diving destinations. They have been working at sea with cetaceans since 2000. "We pride ourselves on providing our guests with highly personalised and professional service. Environmental responsibility is a top priority to us - we firmly believe that we must educate, involve and inspire people about the world’s marine ecosystems and their amazing inhabitants, and in this way helping to create a worldwide awareness of ocean conservation issues."