Ferry & Catamaran
The larger of the two ferry's The Armas is taken out of action for maintenance in October. The new Catamaran service started operating the summer of 2007.
Catamaran Autojet October 07 : Owned by the Moura Company Group (www.mouracompany.net)
On this paricular trip ........'The boat trip from hell' which is probably an over-statment for most and accurate for some, was the main method of transportation between SV and SA during October. The new autojet (catamaran) operates on most days of the week with some exceptions.
This coaster ride of a journey took about 35mins from Sao Vicente to Santo Antao, 25mins too long on the way over from SV to SA in my opinion (on this occasion). I am informed that the waters around the islands are rougher during the winter months. I can confirm that on this particular occasion it was true. The return journey was a little less unsettling.I am sure that during calmer seas the catamaran trip would be enjoyable.
Anyone thinking of bringing boats over from the Med may have to consider whether their boat would be able to cope in these seas.
Things you should consider before getting on board....
Eating something before you board, or you can get a toasted sandwich on board before you sail
Getting on and off the boat may be a problem for some especially over on Santo Antao. It may depend on whether the tide is in or out and how high or low the boat is in the water against the dock key.
Travel sickness tablets,
Getting to the loo from your seat could be a problem during choppie seas. Go before the boat sails
Hard boiled sweets to suck on.
The luggage area is in the seated area. If your luggage is on the top of the other bags being stored it may be easier for you to grab it and arry it off with you, than wait for crew to unload it onto shore.
Crew do help you on and off the boat
Ferry 'The Armas' is normally available to take cars, goods and people between these islands, however it is out of action for maintenance during October.
Sal to Sao Vicente by boat :
These are comments from someone hoping to get the ferry to Sao Vicente for the August (14th) Festival 08:
The number for the ticket office in Espargos for the ferry to Sao Vicente is (00238)241 4164. Having been to the office, it is advisable to have somebody on hand who can speak Creole or Portuguese, keep this in mind if thinking of phoning.
The office itself is further down the road from the cafe called Bom Dia in Espargos - if you miss it ask anyone as it is quite popular. Unfortunately, there is no big neon sign, or any sign at all, announcing the office's presence; it is a plain office on the left-hand-side of the road, faded yellowy colour. What it does have is a sailing schedule pinned to the door, and you will not see it if the door is open! There are a couple of desks facing the door and the usual bored looking girl behind one.
The tickets are 3,800ecv each way, departing, in theory, on Thursday night at 9p.m. (but we are advised to phone and confirm) to arrive Friday morning, and returning on Monday night to arrive Tuesday morning.
However we have been informed that the boat won't be leaving on the Thursday, but Friday instead, so we have decided not to go to Sao Vicente just for one days festival. We are now trying to get a refund. Very annoyed since 7,600cve is too much to pay for just a single day of the festival.
Not all lost as there is, apparently, a mini festival in Pedra De Lume this weekend, and another music festival in Boa Vista next weekend.
See the link below for Cape Verde Ferry and Auto Jet Catamaran Timetable.