Boat trips in Sal Cape Verdes
By Gulet, catamaran, glass bottom boat or jet ski
Available from Santa Maria pier or Palmeira, Sal
Sailing in the Cape Verdes is exhilarating, under the constant, steady Trade Winds. It is a far better sailing area than the Caribbean or Canaries as it does not suffer from storms or hurricanes. But most of the trips involve only motoring around the shore.
Turkish motor Gulet Caccia Fidel
This schooner built in Turkey motors more often than it sails from
the port of Palmeira. .It motors along the West Coast of Sal to
Murdeira Bay , where it anchors for snorkelling and swimming. The
Italian-trained cook provides spaghetti and Italian wine and local
beer are available. The captain provides a commentary in English
on the coastline. Prices are Full day 09.30 - 16.30,€ 67 :.
Neptunus glass bottom boat
This leaves Santa Maria pier four times a day including an evening trip. once a week. The boat motors over two shipwrecks and a statue of Christ of the Seas, erected under the waves to protect local fishermen. Glass panels in the hull afford a good view, when the water is clear, both of the wrecks and of the fish which swarm around them. Departures are at 10, 11.30. 3 and 7pm ( with a €5 surcharge) . Prices are €30 for an adult and €15 for a child under 13. A similar 2 hour trip from Sal Rei in Boa Vista costs €35.
Catamaran Trips- Palmeira, Santa Maria, Sal Rei
Four hours under sail fromt Palmeira. The price includes soft drinks,, local beer and snacks. The catamaran sails into Murdeira Bay where passengers can swim, and snorkel
Prices are €49 with children under 13 at half price. The catamaran also sets out from Santa Maria pier for trips in search of dolphins or whales. But these are very rare sights off Sal, although they do pass between February and May. A similar trip from Sal Rei wharf in Boa Vista costs €65 but is only available for parties of 8 or more.
Mindelo, Sao Vicente yacht charter
There are Bavaria yachts for charter from a German in Sao Vicente but we cannot reccomend this type of craft or organisation in these waters.
Jet Ski hire from Santa Maria beach by the pier
Jet skis can be hired with or without instruction at the extortionate price of €100 per hour solo or €120 an hour with instructior. For two hours with a guide the price is €200. For a mere 15 minute trial, you pay only €30.
In winter it is sometimes too rough to use these fragile craft.