Binter Cabo Verde have started running the inter island flight service between the Cape Verde Islands. Not all islands have airports at the moment. The Government announced they stopped supporting TACV with funding, however there is talk that another company may take it over. I was previously informed that TACV kept a number of spare seats available for Government officials who may have to travel between islands at short notice, if these seats are not used they will release them to those on a waiting list, 30 mins before take off. I have not been told this officially!
LINK: BINTER CABO VERDE
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. It is not possible to provide up to date information on these services. There is no service between Sal Island and the island of Boavista.
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These are comments from someone hoping to get the ferry to Sao Vicente for the August (14th) Festival 2008:
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 and 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 the cafe, just ask anyone as it is quite popular place.
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, but 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 were 3,800ecv each way, departing in theory on the Thursday night at 9p.m. ..... we are advised to phone and confirm.....which is always ALWAYS wise! If the boat departs on time it will arrive at SV on Friday morning, and would return on Monday night to arrive Tuesday morning. I was warned to check and confirm boat times once on SV for the return time to Sal ....as it was more than possible this could change.
However we have now 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 on Sal Island this weekend, and another music festival in the island of Boa Vista next weekend.
NOTE:Keep the changes to the boat time table in mind especially if you have an international departure flight to get in the next day or so!