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Only nine of the Cape Verde islands are inhabited and tourism is in its infancy, so now is the time to visit these unusual islands, just a four hour flight from Portugal.

With moderate temperatures throughout the year it’s a popular place for holidaymakers to visit, whether it’s for diving, kitesurfing, exploring the lush mountains, laying on deserted beaches or discovering historical monuments. Divers should head to the island of Sal, however it is possible to extend your holiday and visit other islands.

Sal offers unique, tropical underwater scenery, unlike anything found on the West Africa coast or the Canary Islands, and more comparable to that of the Caribbean. São Vicente is home to the town of Mindelo, famous for its beauty and well preserved colonial architecture. Music lovers should head to the Baia das Gatas Festival in August.Santo Antão is the most northerly and westerly island of the archipelago, is lush and mountainous. Nature lovers will enjoy trekking along towering mountains and cliffs.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: nurse shark, loggerhead turtle, humpback whale, giant oceanic manta ray

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Cape Verde Discovery

Spend a week on the island of Sal with its rewarding diving and abundant marine life. Large manta rays, massive loggerhead turtles and schools of barracuda can be observed relatively close to shore.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hotel Morabeza

Located on the beautiful beach of Santa Maria, this hotel is the hub of social life in Sal and a wonderful base to enjoy Cape Verde and it’s diving. Facilities include two swimming pools and a number of al fresco restaurants.