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Whale Watching Cruise
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Whale Watching Cruise

Cape Verde is a hotspot for whale activity during March and April, being one of just two breeding sites in the north Atlantic. And this half-day cruise takes you into the waters around the island to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitat – all with the help of an on-board marine biologist. Humpback whales come up for air for minutes at a time, before raising their enormous dorsal fins out of the water as they dive back down to the depths. If you're really lucky, you might see one launch themselves into the air, before crashing back onto the surface with an almighty splash.

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Postcards of Boa Vista Tour
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Postcards of Boa Vista Tour

There's no shortage of great views in Boa Vista, and this 4x4 tour shows you just how picturesque it is. We'll kick off in style as we travel by 4x4 to Rabil to try some local delicacies – it's a great way to start your adventure. Next, it's on to the shipwreck at Cabo Santa Maria, where a Spanish cargo ship ran aground. In Fundo das Figueiras you'll stop for a break and a typical island lunch in a quaint local restaurant, after which you'll be able to stroll along the flower-lined streets and past pastel-coloured houses. Rounding off the day is a visit to a turtle centre for an insight into these fascinating creatures.

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Boa Vista Sunset Dinner
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Boa Vista Sunset Dinner

The west coast of Boa Vista usually provides stunning sunsets across the South Atlantic. Take one in with your special someone over a delicious dinner, followed by some live drumming and funky tunes on the beach. You'll be whisked off to the island-renowned Morabeza Beach Club well before the sun begins its descent over the water. As the light dims, a bonfire is lit and African drummers start to provide a soundtrack of infectious beats. Then it's time to sit down and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, plus a drink to wash it all down.

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Boa Vista Tour with Genuine Catchupa Lunch
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Boa Vista Tour with Genuine Catchupa Lunch

It's all about immersing yourself in Cape Verde's colourful local culture on this 4x4 tour. You'll begin your Boa Vista experience in Cabeça dos Tarafes. There'll be a warm welcome by the villagers, who'll invite you to watch traditional dances and live music. Then, it's over to the recently restored lighthouse at Morro Negro to hear its history. Next stop will be the golden arch of beach at Porto Ferreira, a protected turtle-nesting site where you can dive in for a swim. Rounding off the day is a visit to a family home to see how genuine catchupa stew is made before tucking into the Cape Verde national dish.

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Santa Maria Beach 2hr Quad Tour
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Santa Maria Beach 2hr Quad Tour

With innumerable sandy dunes and a fairly desolate interior, Boa Vista is heaven for quad bikers. Spend two hours blasting along the island's deserted trails, with some memorable pit stops in between. You'll first receive instruction on how to handle these powerful four-wheelers then take the wheel yourself or choose a double quad and you can relax as the passenger. Then, you'll rev out of the base, headed for Cabo Santa Maria beach. Normally, the turquoise ocean and pristine sands would be the main attraction – but the show-stealer is the steel skeleton of a huge cargo ship that wrecked on the reef here in the 1960s.

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Boa Vista Birdwatching Experience
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Boa Vista Birdwatching Experience

Boa Vista may be famed for its Caribbean-style beaches, but it's also home to an incredible array of fauna. This birdwatching experience shines light on over 20 species of bird that flock to its wetlands to breed. See Egyptian vultures, red-billed strawtail, white womb and many more, all accompanied by a local professional to help you spot the lesser known breeds.

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Bottom Fishing Experience with Ulisses
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Bottom Fishing Experience with Ulisses

Set sail around Sal Rei's bay and spend a morning or afternoon in search of a big catch It dosen't matter if you're a first timer or a seasoned angler – you'll fall hook, line and sinker for this fishing experience in Boa Vista.With transport from your hotel all sorted, all you'll need is some sunblock and a sun hat to set off on your ideal morning or afternoon of fishing. You'll cruise out into the bay of Sal Rei, not too far, but far enough to get a good catch, and then the on-board equipment is all yours to use.Drop your line over the edge of the anchored boat, and wait for something to take the bait. It might be a grouper, parrotfish, sea bream, red mullet or even a moral eel. But fishing in the waters of Cape Verde will have you hooked, whether you're a beginner or pro.

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Southern Boa Vista 4x4 Tour
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Southern Boa Vista 4x4 Tour

A chance to delve into some of the Boa Vista's top spots. This morning-long adventure kicks off with a visit to the 19th-century church in Rabil – Boa Vista's second-largest town. Then it's off to a ceramic factory to see how local pottery is crafted. You'll also get to taste cachupa, Cape Verde's national dish. Next, you'll zoom through the dusty landscape of the Viana desert. In Povoação Velha, you can wander its rustic streets before setting off for the 18 km-long Santa Monica beach.

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Sal Rei Islet Sailboat Cruise
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Sal Rei Islet Sailboat Cruise

This half-day cruise along the shores of Boa Vista has everything covered – ice-cool drinks, swimming stop, entertainment, views over Sal Rei and space to stretch out and enjoy every moment. Grab a welcome drink and take a dinghy boat to board the yacht, then cast off along the shores of Boa Vista. Sit back as you sail around the islet of Sal Rei, soaking up the sun and sipping on your drink. There'll be some snacks served on board, and a swimming stop to cool off.

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Boa Vista Morning Catamaran Cruise
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Boa Vista Morning Catamaran Cruise

Relaxing is the name of the game on this downtempo nautical excursion. Spend a morning exploring the west coast of Boa Vista and the islet of Sal Rei aboard your catamaran before heading for a beach restaurant lunch. Then, spend an afternoon on the golden sands of Praia da Chaves.As your skipper steers you out of port, you'll sail to the islet of Sal Rei and around it before gliding back to port – spending about three hours at sea. You'll then be transferred to the virgin sands of Praia da Chaves on the west coast of Boa Vista – just in time for lunch.You'll be served a tasty lunch at the popular Perola de Chaves Beach restaurant. The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to the very stressful activities of relaxing on the beach and swimming. Utter bliss.

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Meal Included
Boa Vista Buggy Tours
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Boa Vista Buggy Tours

Inject your holiday with a healthy dose of adrenaline-pumping adventure with this dirt buggy tour. Hop in your powerful off-road buggy and after a quick safety briefing, you'll be ready to ride. Set off down Cape Verde's rugged trails and you'll zig-zag your way from the Chaves chimney – the towering smoke stack of an old ceramics factory – and rumble alongside epic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Revving along the coast, you'll take a quick break from the action at the Fatima Church before hopping back in the buggies over rolling sand dunes to find the perfect spot for a photo over Sal Rei Bay.

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Boa Vista Romantic Dinner
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Boa Vista Romantic Dinner

Romantic relaxation with good food is the name of the game on this laid-back, night-time excursion. You and your loved one will be whisked off to the renowned Perola de Chaves restaurant - as famous for its food as it is for its idyllic setting. Let the chef whip up a delicious meal, made from only the finest local ingredients. Take your time over this three-course feast, as some Cape Verdean live musicians lay down a tropical soundtrack to your downtempo night. Then, perhaps, you'll want to feel the sand between your toes with a romantic stroll on the beach restaurant's pristine sands.

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