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Boa Vista Island: Half-Day Quad Tour to Santa Monica Beach

1. Boa Vista Island: Half-Day Quad Tour to Santa Monica Beach

Depart to Rabil village where the team will provide instructions for the tour and ATV vehicle. Then, pass by Povoação Velha and discover some still intact houses built with handmade clay bricks and thatched roofs, which testify to the beginning of the history of Boa Vista, having been the first village to be populated. Continue to Santa Monica beach, considered the most beautiful beach of the archipelago and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Swim in the crystal clear waters and relax on the white sand. After that, travel along the coast to admire the entire southeastern side of the island with long and beautiful beaches that end in breathtaking dunes. Discover the wonders and secrets carved behind the Varandinha limestone caves, formed naturally by the erosion of the sea in the dunes. Finally, head towards Morro de Areia Nature Reserve before being dropped off at your hotel.

Boa Vista Island: Rabil, Viana Desert & Shipwreck Tour 4Hour

2. Boa Vista Island: Rabil, Viana Desert & Shipwreck Tour 4Hour

Discover the Northwestern region of Boa Vista Island on a 4x4 adventure. Head to Rabil to visit a local handicraft center and appreciate the work of artisans. Continue into Deserto de Viana and learn how the dunes were formed as you admire the incredible landscape. Visit a wreckage of Cabo Santa Maria, and pause to enjoy the beautiful Praia da Atalanta beach where it is stranded. Head towards Sal Rei, stopping at the Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima for breathtaking views over the sea. The tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.

Boa Vista Island: Quad Adventure to Cabo Santa Maria Beach

3. Boa Vista Island: Quad Adventure to Cabo Santa Maria Beach

After pickup from your hotel, you adventure starts out from Rabil, the second largest town on the island. The first part of your quad tour follows sand and rock tracks towards Praia de Atalanta beach. At the beach you'll discover the wreck of the Cabo Santa Maria that has been stranded on the sand for 50 years. The wreck is so famous, that it has become a symbol of Boa Vista and Cape Verde and a source of inspiration for painters and photographers. You'll have some time here to enjoy the beach and take a few of your own photos. From the beach, head out on your quad through a surreal lunar landscape characterized by volcanic rock. You'll also ride through the middle of an acacia tree forest known as Floresta Clotilde before heading back to Rabil on the Via Pitoresca (the ancient cobble stone road). After a couple hours quadding in the African winds and tropical sun, you'll arrive back at your hotel ready to relax.

Boa Vista: Viana Desert Quad Bike Adventure

4. Boa Vista: Viana Desert Quad Bike Adventure

The day begins with pickup from your hotel. Head to the first stop of the tour, Rabil, the second most populated village on Boa Vista Island. Visit a ceramic factory to learn about the ancient art of pottery as well as Olaria, one of the few forms of local craftsmanship. Depart from Rabil and cross the palm-lined oasis towards the Viana Desert. Learn about how the desert started forming in the 1980s and has continued to grow due to trade winds that bring sand from the Sahara and Mauritania. Feel the wind in your hair and the adrenaline pump through your body on a thrilling ride across the sand dunes on your quad bike. Continue the tour to Bofareira, a small and sleepy village on the north side of the island, before enjoying a break at Cape Santa Maria to see the shipwreck. Next, drive to Sal Rei city, for a short break followed by a ride along the old cobblestone road to Fatima Church. Admire this recently renovated church while taking in the breathtaking view of the stunning sandy coves that surround you. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

Boa Vista: Sunset Dinner with Afrikan Drums & Fire

5. Boa Vista: Sunset Dinner with Afrikan Drums & Fire

Experience the Unforgettable!! Sunset Dinner with African Drums, Fire Show, Live Music, and Hassle-Free Transportation! Join us at Morabeza Beach Bar for an evening that brings together the best of Cape Verde. Indulge in a sumptuous dinner against the backdrop of a mesmerizing sunset on Estoril Bay. Feel the rhythm of African drums, witness a captivating fire show, and be serenaded by live music throughout the night. Dine with your toes in the sand as the sun paints the sky in vibrant hues. Savor a curated course meal showcasing Cape Verdean flavors. Let the beats of African drums infuse the air with energy and celebration. Watch as the night sky comes alive with a dance of flames. Enjoy enchanting melodies that add charm to the evening. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drop you off, ensuring a hassle-free experience and immerse yourself in an extraordinary Cape Verdean evening. Elevate your experience with a Sunset Dinner like no other. Join us at Morabeza Beach Bar and create memories that linger long after the sun sets.

4x4 Boa Vista North Jeep Expedition 4h

6. 4x4 Boa Vista North Jeep Expedition 4h

The Tour starts with the pick up at your hotel with our Toyota Landcruiser, after which you will be taken to discover the North of Boa Vista Island. Once everyone is on board, the tour will start passing through the Via Pitoresca, an off-road path in the middle of an Oasis, to then reach the Panorama Point Ponta do Sol, where with good weather you will be able to see the South of Boa Vista together the shipwreck in Cabo Santa Maria. Here you will stop for a few minutes to relax and take some pictures. After the stop at the Panorama Point, the tour continues to reach Cabo Santa Maria beach to see from close the Spanish cargo ship that ran aground on 1968. This will be the second stop of the tour, where you will be able to take some other pictures of the ship and you can enjoy the beautiful colours of the beach. Next on the list is the Bofareira, a picturesque bay that capture the attention of the visitors for its natural beauty and tranquility. After taking some pictures you will head to the Espingueira where you can enjoy a complimentary refreshment. The last part of the tour is to go see the amazing sandy dunes of the Viana Desert and the Chimney of Praia de Chaves, once used for artisanal pottery and ceramic works. The tour ends back at your hotel.

Boa Vista: Off-Road Quad Bike to Santa Monica & Caves

7. Boa Vista: Off-Road Quad Bike to Santa Monica & Caves

Quadbiking Excursion Four wheels, endless thrills Every holiday needs a bit adrenaline! We are here to provide it in the most scenic way. On your way there will be Sand Dunes, amazing beaches, beautiful desert, no stress villages, unbelievable shipwreck and lot more Boavista island is known by the locals “The Fantastic Island”, and you will agree with that definition for sure. Let’s me know Jump on this adventure with us!! You can have a single quad for yourself or share a double quad with your partner! Say bye bye to the Highway and welcome Off-road

Boa Vista: Rabil, Shipwreck, Sal Rei & Beach Bar 4x4 Tour

8. Boa Vista: Rabil, Shipwreck, Sal Rei & Beach Bar 4x4 Tour

Explore the Northern of Boavista, the different side on our comfortable 4x4 vehicles. Dive yourself into this adventure and get surprised along the way! It’s not just about beautiful places, there’s always something else… This trip was designed to be soft and relaxable in a comfy way even by off-road, which the goal is obviously a sightseeing enjoyment but it will end at the beach bar Bahia for lunch where holiday’s spirit is on. During our journey you will have chance to visit Pottery school at Rabil village, Shipwreck, Fatima’s Chapel, Sal Rei city for a No Stress visit, meal at Morabeza beach bar. Pottery is a Handicraft very popular in Cape Verde and Boavista is known as the best provider in the all country. The only one mini factory exists in Rabil village for several years managed by few locals from the same community. The Shipwreck at Cabo Santa Maria or Atalanta’s beach, it’s reminds us about pirates and treasures or even Jack Sparrow. 1st September 1968 was the day it wrecked in that beach full of merchandise due mechanic functionality problems. This beach is protected from June till October during Loggerhead sea turtle spawning season, where few thousands females visit the beach at night to lay their eggs. Sal Rei city will be last stop for enhancing the local machine. Everything happens in Sal Rei, for example: secondary school, petrol station, hospital, banks, government institutions etc are only located in Sal Rei. The city is a mix culture between Capeverdeans, Afrikans from the continente and Europeans, meanly Italians. After enjoying the town, is time for holidays in a beautiful beach club for lunch, drink and swim in this amazing beach of Estoril. Isn’t that a great opportunity to explore Boavista!!!

Santa Monica, Cave, san dunes & Shipwreck, Sal Rei Town

9. Santa Monica, Cave, san dunes & Shipwreck, Sal Rei Town

You will be picked up at your accommodation, not in the lobby but we will be waiting for you outside at the main entrance here are some of the points we will visit: Varandinha beach / Sand cave It is a peaceful beach located in the southwest of the island of Boa Vista. It is considered a paradisiacal beach, being cut by rocks that divide its extensive sand into smaller areas. Santa Monica beach The most beautiful beach in Cape Verde. The beach is very long (18 miles) and deserted. Here you will walk barefoot on the immense deserted white sand beach and relax from the stress of the cities. Take time to watch young sea turtles and sharks swimming on the coast (Seasonal) Viana desert Huge white sand dunes. With small oases where you will find acacia bushes, palm trees, coconut and date palms. Nature is pure, just as it should be. The Viana desert is an extension of the famous Sahara desert, but now on an island in the middle of the Atlantic. A beautiful landscape which is worth a visit. Take a ride and visit a deserted beach where for more than 50 years, the shipwreck MS Cabo Santa Maria has been lying off . Today it is an important sight and a symbol for Boavista. The rusting cargo ship lies in front of the enchanting coast, right by the Praia de Atlanta beach. Over the years, the sea has gradually dismantled the ship. The current state of the shipwreck and the location has something mysterious. Very impressive! Visit the city town and take a time to swim or chill on the main beach of Sal Rei At the end we will drop you back to your accommodation

Boa Vista Island: Guided Santa Monica Beach & Caves Tour

10. Boa Vista Island: Guided Santa Monica Beach & Caves Tour

Explore the beautiful scenery of Boa Vista Island and its heritage on a 4x4 tour. Get picked up at your hotel and drive to Rabil, where you’ll meet the locals and visit a handicrafts workshop. Afterwards, drive to the traditional village of Povoação Velha, the island’s former capital. Continue to Santa Monica beach to swim in the crystal clear waters and relax on the white sand. Pass breathtaking dunes to reach the natural cave at Varandinha. Head towards Morro de Areia Nature Reserve, stopping at Chaves Beach, before being dropped off at your hotel.

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4.7
(42 reviews)

Fantastic adreneline experience. The beach at santa monica and the dunes are breathtaking. Stopped to swim in sea too at santa monica 😍 Well coordinated pick up and drop off. Take a back pack, i had only got a shoulder bag which was not practical. Wear trainers. And a scarf to cover mouth. A guy taking photos accompanies the group, 30 euros for loads of pics, well worth it. Overall, fantastic ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Absolutely fantastic... a must see! Morabeza beach bar is beautiful, with gorgeous local authentic food and the locals were so welcoming and friendly. The dance show was truly amazing too. An authentic experience not to be missed! The guides are all fantastic too, with door to door pick up and drop off, and communication via whats app as soon as booking made. 10/10 from me ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alright ! Guide (Hendrick LIMA) very very good. A real pro. Thank you Hendrick for this good time.

A very nice guide who taught us a lot of things about his island. An outing that I recommend +++

What a great venue, service and evening, I would fully recommend it 👍