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From Praia: Private Full-Day Trip to Maio Island

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Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From Praia: Private Full-Day Trip to Maio Island

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours
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Embark on a beautiful two-hour ferry trip from Santiago Island. Discover the unknown paradise of Cape Verde, Maio Island. Explore São José Fortress, agricultural and fishing areas, sand dunes, and the Handcraft Center.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup available from Praia, Cape Verde. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Your driver will be holding a sign with your last name on it. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Get to know Maio Island and its unspoiled natural landscapes
  • Sunbathe on the deserted white sand beach and dive into the blue, crystal-clear waters
  • Enjoy a natural sanctuary where culture and tradition are still preserved
  • Marvel at dunes formed from desert sands
  • Visit the local craft center and distilleries
Full description
Starting from your hotel in the city of Praia, head straight to the harbor. The ferry will depart at 7:00 AM for a two-hour trip to Maio. The island of Maio is 103 square miles and is the flattest island on Cape Verde. There, start your discover from the Eco-Museum, and learn about the history of the colonization of the island, rooted in the exploitation of salt, which was exported to several countries such as Brazil until the 19th century. After, visit the Salinas wetland of Porto Inglês and take the chance to see the locals producing salt. Next, drive to Morro village and have a typical breakfast with a local family including the famous Cape Verdean Cuscuz. Your tour continues to the locality of Calheta, where a visit to its handcraft center gives you the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Then, head towards the agricultural and fishing areas until the Morrinho dunes. There, take an easy walk throughout the white sand dunes brought by the wind from the Sahara desert. Drive to Pedro Vaz village, the first inhabited village, and take a break for a delicious lunch (at your own expense) at a typical, local restaurant. Then, drive back to the capital to visit São José Fortress, built in the 18th century to protect the island from pirate attacks, and Our Lady of Grace Church. The visit ends with a dip at the most beautiful beach on the island, Bitchirotcha Beach. The ferry will leave the port of Maio at 5:00 PM for a two-hour journey back to Santiago Island. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Praia.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Praia
  • Round-trip port transfers in Praia
  • Round-trip port transfers in Maio
  • Transportation
  • Guide/Driver
  • Liability insurance
  • Round-trip ferry tickets, Lunch, Entrance fee (€2 for Eco-Museum)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  •  The ferry ticket is not included in the tour price. We recommend that you book this tour only after booking your ferry tickets via CV Interilhas.
  •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Hotel pickup from Praia starts 1 hour before your ferry's scheduled departure time
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

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Great trip and experience! Magnificent island and a super professional guide team. To repeat without a doubt

January 5, 2022

Very good experience!

February 16, 2022

Un vrai guide professionnel originaire de l’île pour visiter cette île magnifique et très préservée , on ne peut pas espérer mieux ✨ Merci Antonio !

August 3, 2022


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