SNORKELING, IMMERSE IN THE FABULOUS BIODIVERSITY ‘MARINA DI BOAVISTA

Cape Verde figures in the top 10 of the “Hot spots” for the biodiversity of corals, even if there are no real coral reefs, there are a number of sites rich in coral varieties. The bay of Gatas, on the NE coast of Boa Vista, perfectly combines natural conditions for both coral development and safe snorkeling.

“Gatas” refers to the local name of the feeding shark (a species not dangerous for humans). Aggregations of these shark species occur in this area during the summer. The coral community found in this bay is characterized by species of hermetic hard corals that support a particular diversity of marine life.

Here a list of the species that you can meet: marine species

Snorkeling tours are only possible at high tide, because at low tide, the bay becomes very shallow and the coral heads almost protrude from the surface of the sea.

Tips

– If you go for the first time, we advise you not to go there alone: the ocean is dangerous for those who do not know it, you could incur unexpected due to strong currents, rocks, rocks and sudden waves.

This page lists the official excursions. Beware of going there with people who do not have a regular license or insurance.

EXCURSIONS

SNORKELING

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The guide will pick you up directly where you are staying with a 4×4 pick-up.

Snorkeling tours are only possible at high tide, because at low tide, the bay becomes
very shallow and the coral heads almost protrude from the surface of the sea. We will provide all the necessary equipment (wetsuit, shoes, life jacket, mask and snorkel), but we do not allow the use of fins in order not to damage the corals.
The trip to Gatas takes about 50 minutes from Sal Rei, and allows you to enjoy some beautiful landscapes that characterize the North of the Island. Normally the duration in water is 45-60 minutes, which are sufficient to observe a good quantity of fish and corals, but which do not exceed a normal fatigue threshold.

On the way back there is a stop in a typical bar of a small village in the North to have a drink and have a snack.

No special technical knowledge is required and the excursion ends where it started.

POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day):
– Sal Rei e Chaves
– Hotel Riu Touareg
– Hotel Iberostar e Hotel New Horizon
– Hotel Marine Club
– Hotel Riu Karamboa

TIMETABLE and TRANSPORTATION
Pick-up or coach directly at the hotel or in the city (included in the price). Timetable and further details will be provided after booking. Normally the duration is about 4h

EXCURSION PRICE
€ 50 per adult (12+)
€ 25 children (6-11 years)
Payment on the spot, no upfront payment

Why snorkel at Boa Vista?

Boa Vista is one of the best Hot Spots (observation points) in the world for its diversity of marine species and corals (see Biodiversity). A wonderful experience to share with the whole family!