The white sandy beaches on Sal and Boavista islands will welcome those looking to soak up the sun and bathe in the cool and warm waters surrounding the islands.
Whether looking to relax, enjoy the beaches, prefer walking or water sports activities then Cape Verde is somewhere you should consider visiting. The mountainous islands of Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau and a few other islands may not be suitable for sun seekers looking to relax on the beach, but they are attracting more people who enjoy walking and more active mountain activities such as Trail Running, which in this video took place on the island of Santo Antao. Facebook: LINK-TRAIL-RUNNING-JOURNAL-DU-TRAIL
There are those who may be looking for more leisurely, family or individual activities such as horse back riding, wind surfing, quad bike excursions or just want to go on island tours. while others may be interested in organised evening trips to look for turtles who come ashore to lay their eggs (seasonal).
Not all the islands offer the same activities, so make sure you know what activities are available on the island you intend visiting.
Sal Island is the main tourist island and is popular with many wind and kite surfing enthusiasts in the winter. Boavista has a number of water sports centres which can also provide lessons for beginners or hire out kit to those who have experienced the activity previously. Scuba Dive centres are also located on these islands so its good to do some research online to see if there are 'wind surfing holidays', 'scuba diving holidays' available in Cape Verde before you book as some activity operators here have partnerships with organisations in other countries and you may prefer to organise your holiday through one of those. However, many people make their own arrangements and search the web to see what is available on each island before or after booking their holiday in Cape Verde.
In addition to this, some island activities may include jet ski's, banana rides, sea bob, fly-jet, deep sea fishing, sailing trips and
Again, activities may differ on each island. Most islands will have someone offering island tours, either by vehicle (bicycle, Segway,
quads, scooters, 4x4's), on foot or on horses. There are more activities currently available on Sal than other islands. There
are shark tours, turtle tours, visits to a Garden and Petting Zoo (Sal), dune tours, sight seeing tours, shore fishing (day or night) and
more. There are new activities starting up each year.
Travel between islands can be done by air or sea. There are some ferries operating between some of the islands. There are short ferry crossings between some islands or those that 8-15hrs +. Travel by ferry or boat maybe cheaper than a flight, but generally the longer boat trips will be a less comfortable experience than travel by plane. Note: not all islands have airports.
There are a number of Tour Operators who can organise inter-island trips for a day or a few days. These trips should be booked in advance as there are not that many internal flights and local residents will book their holidays in advance to see family on other islands especially during holiday periods. The same tour operators can also provide you with a list of activities they promote on the different islands.
Winter - at least one long trousers and a jumper
Comfortable walking shoes (flat), thick soled flip flops or sandals
Sun lotions, after sun and Mosquito repellent (can be expensive) Hygiene wash gel/wipes.
Unlocked phone if wanting to use local sim