Fishing and barbecue


The Boavista island, like the whole sea in Cape Verde, is very fishy and lends itself easily to fishing from the boat or the beach. It is possible to catch various types of fish, with a certain ease, but this activity is thought to have fun and spend a very different day with your family or your friends. The islet of Sal-Rei, called Djeu or Ilheu (small island) is a fantastic spot for picnics and entertainment, usually on weekends and is a perfect place to camp with a table, a grill and a fridge full of ice-cold beer to enjoy the freshly caught lunch.

The beach of the islet is wonderful, quiet, where you can play or swim in total relaxation. A few steps from the beach, there is the old fort of the Duke of Bragança, a historical exhibit that can be visited by feet, where you can still see the cannons that were used in the past to defend Boavista from pirate attacks. Cooking a grilled fish is an experience that some of you have already tried, but fishing from a boat floating in the middle of a crystal clear sea, preparing it on a beautiful beach, sipping a glass of wine or a local beer, is definitely even more rewarding.

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The fishing proposed here is not deep sea fishing, but fishing with rods from shallow water and directly with the wire on your hand (a very fun type of fishing), so there is no need to be already experts.

Useful tips

– Even if the sea of the Sal-Rei bay is always very calm, it is advisable not to drink a lot of liquids before getting on the boat to avoid feeling a bit of seasickness.
– It is suggested to have a simple breakfast, with something dry, such as biscuits, crackers, bread and dried fruit.

This page lists the official excursions, with a regular license. If you choose on the spot, be careful to go with people who have a license or insurance in case of an accident.

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6,5 hours

The guide brings you from your accommodation to the port. On the first stop, you can fish – everyone can participate – whether professional or beginner. Together you catch the fish for lunch (please note that it is bottom fishing). You will be amazed how many different fish we bring out of the sea.

Afterwards, the cruise goes through the beautiful bay of Chaves. The boat reaches the small island “Ilheu de Sal Rei” (“Djeu”) and here there is enough time to snorkel or swim. There is snorkelling equipment on board for you like “Easybreath” full face masks, that offer the highest level of comfort and hygiene because there is no mouthpiece.

Then you cross over to the small island with a rubber dinghy. While you explore the old fort, the sailor prepares the food, grilling the fish you’ve caught before, with fresh homemade salad, rice and fresh bread. Drinks are included. On request, is possible to have meat (please let us know when booking).

(every Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

– Riu Touareg*: 8.30h
– Bravo Praia Chave and Royal Horizon: 8.45h
– Riu Karamboa / Palace and Chaves: 9.00 am
– Sal Rei and Marine Club: 9.10 am

TRANSFER INCLUDED: The pickup will arrive directly at your accommodation. More details will be provided after booking.

€80 per adult (12+ years)
€55 children (4-11 years)
* From the Riu Touareg hotel, surcharge of €10 per person (max 4 people)


4 hours

The guide pickup you in your accommodation to go onboard a traditional local boat, where you can catch your lunch, with bottom fishing technique. You can catch many kinds of fish, with the help of the fisherman onboard. Even if you can’t fish enough, the guide will bring you on the “Djeu”, the little island in front of Sal-Rei city, through the beautiful bay. The boat reaches the small beach and here you can do snorkeling or swim. There is snorkelling equipment on board.

Then you can take a little walk to the old fort, to have a visit to the cannons. Meanwhile, the guide prepares the grill, beers and soft drinks. On request, is possible to have different food, like salad or meat (please let us know when booking).

The sea condition inside the bay are always calm and safe. The excursion is perfect for children and 1st time practise of fishing.

Morning: 9.00AM
Afternoon: 2.00PM

TRANSFER INCLUDED: 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.

€75 per adult (12+ years)
€45 children (4-11 years)
* From the hotel RIU Touareg surcharge of 40 € for transport to/r (max 4 people).