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Boa Vista: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

1. Boa Vista: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

Boa Vista is a hotspot for whale activity. The impressive humpback whales (adult size approx. 15 m) stay around Boa Vista from March till May to mate or give birth to their babies. Your chance for unforgettable experiences! This half-day cruise takes you into the waters around the island to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Start with pickup from your hotel and travel to the port of Sal Rei. From there, transfer to the yacht by dinghy. Board the yacht and meet your crew, which can draw on over 12 years of experience with whale watching tours at Boa Vista. Receive a detailed briefing with many interesting facts about the humpback whales. All tours are accompanied by local biologists, so you can learn as much as possible about the amazing wildlife. After the briefing, start your quest to find the humpback whales. From March until May, the whales are abundant in the waters of Boa Vista as they migrate to the region to mate and give birth to their offspring. With patience and some luck try to spot some whales in their natural habitat as they swim, play, and put on dazzling, natural acrobatic shows. After about 3 hours on the ocean, return to the port of Sal Rei and you will be driven back to 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: Santa Monica, Dunes, Caves and Village 4x4 Tour

3. Boa Vista: Santa Monica, Dunes, Caves and Village 4x4 Tour

Designed to be impressive, this trip won’t be forgotten at all… Boavista has 55 kilometers of white Sandy beach along its coast providing a wild environment where Nature still surprising us with its beauty. To enjoy this beauty we scheduled an itinerary that we call “South - The Big Surprise” which you will understand and agree once you do the trip. Firstly we visit the biggest desert of Cape Verde, known as Deserto de Viana by the locals. There’s a massive blanket of Sand Dunes that will catch your attention by its perfect harmony totally untouched and virgin. You can have fun jumping on the Dunes to feel free like a child. Next stop will be for local taste by visiting the Old Village Povoação Velha, known as “Stanxa” between the locals. Stanxa is inhabited by fishermen, farmers and cattle breeders which nowadays there are facing a migration of its population to Sal Rei city for better life conditions. You have chance to get some souvenirs, see how local life is here and use toilet if needed. Then we keep our journey to Varandinha’s beach or “Bracona” as locals call it. The big Caves formed by nature effects through thousands years are just magical and a Must to see. Depending the season we can find endemics birds and we can not forget it’s a sea turtle spot from June till October well visited for spawning. After Bracona’s enjoyment, we head-off, along the west coast, to Santa Monica beach for our last stop. Santa Monica is the most beautiful beach of Cape Verde, holding 12 kilometers of white sand and crystal clear water, which you’ll have chance to enjoy a swim having our included cocktail from the local beach club “Boca Beach” Finishing our journey, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel with an impressive smile of satisfaction. That’s what we offer!!!

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.

Snorkeling at the bay

5. Snorkeling at the bay

Discover the beauty of snorkeling in Boa Vista, Cape Verde! Our snorkeling trip takes you to Djeu Island or to the Zans wreck in the bay. It is only a 2-5 mins boat ride from the Diving Center to these amazing snorkeling spots. These gorgeous, 1-6 meters shallow places let everyone join the waterworld without diving. Friendly fish, inquisitive turtles, naughty yellowtail snappers and maybe even baby sharks will greet those who want to peek into the busy life of a coral community. For more fun, after snorkeling, we stop at Djeu Island for a short stroll or relax on the sandy beach. You can see the lovely lighthouse and the cannons that are left there from the Portuguese times. We have daily snorkeling trips for an hour. During snorkeling activities we only observe but do not touch marine life to preserve habitats and species.

Boa Vista: Sunset Dinner with Afrikan Drums & Fire

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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 Island: Dunes, Desert &Sal Rei 4WD Buggy Adventure

9. Boa Vista Island: Dunes, Desert &Sal Rei 4WD Buggy Adventure

Buggy expedition is about to be wild and free, and that’s exactly what you will find with us. Explore this amazing environment surrounded by untouched nature where your mind will be free as child. This trip is for Nature and Driving lovers which is why we specially made the off-road truck respecting that combination for better results. We’ll collect you from your hotel with our mini-bus and bring you straight to the basement where instructions and equipment will be provided by our professionals. Once you’re ready, there’s a test drive to make sure everything is in order before we head off to the excursion. During the 2 hours trip we be driving along sand dunes, desert and bumpy off-road, we’ll visit Fatima’s Chapel (Jewish proof of love to his catholic’s wife), and then we keep going to beautiful Bahia de Estoril passing by the capital of Sal Rei. Isn’t that an Amazing offer? after all, that’s what holidays all about

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

10. 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!!!

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We had a lot of fun on the trip with Anne and Frank (German couple). We were initially sufficiently informed about the whales and the tour. Drinks, a toilet and tablets against seasickness are available on board. The guides and team made us feel completely safe and welcome. We also saw whales. In addition, great care was taken to ensure that the whales were not stressed too much, TOP. We would book the excursion again at any time, but not through GetyourGuide but in the hotel (price)

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 ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Nice guide who is very nice and takes some nice pictures and videos.