1. Cape Verde
  2. Santiago Island, Cape Verde
  3. Praia, Cape Verde

From Praia: Full-Day Maio Island Experience

Product ID: 345151
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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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Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 6:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese

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.

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  • 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.
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Praia
  • Ferry tickets
  • All entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Guiding service
  • Breakfast
  • Liability insurance
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• This tour only operates on Tuesdays and Saturdays
• 15 days or more before the start of the tour: no cancellation fee
• 14 to 6 days before the start of the tour: 20% cancellation fee

From US$ 137.60 per person

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Product ID: 345151