Whale watching in Boa Vista

In Boa Vista it is possible to closely observe whales: groups of North Atlantic Humpback whales come to Cape Verde to give birth, normally in spring from March to May, but the period can vary according to the climate of the previous winter.

The boat ride along the shores of Boavista (catamaran or motorboat) takes about 3 hours, and the probability of seeing the whales during this time is very high. Whale sightings in Cape Verde are frequent, but they seem to favour Boa Vista because of the currents that carry their favourite food: krill (plankton). Over the years, their number has increased, a sign that Boa Vista is a favourable environment for them.

Whale watching contributes to raising visitors’ awareness of the protection of these fascinating sea creatures. Whale watching is a very pleasant activity, without dangers, that is thrilling for both adults and children, because it allows total immersion in nature in complete safety.

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These cetaceans are huge but very peaceful animals: they often approach the boats simply intrigued by the noise or the size of the boat. The whales are also very agile and it is common to see spectacular jumps or tail shots. The sea is generally not very rough and the position near the coast allows a peaceful and pleasant trip.

Tips

– It is better to wear comfortable shoes and a light sweatshirt: in the boat the floor can be wet and there can be a lot of wind. It is not recommended to wear heels or elegant clothing.
– Be punctual, as transport is usually on time.
– If you have professional cameras, it is advisable to bring a plastic bag or a waterproof backpack, as the splashes and the saltiness could ruin the objectives.
– By booking on this page your request is forwarded directly to authorized agencies with insurance.

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THE EXCURSIONS

WHALES IN MOTOR YACHT

4 hours

The trip starts from your hotel or from the city in the early morning or in the afternoon. Once you reach the small pier of the city, a spacious inflatable boat will bring you on board of an elegant motor yacht.

After about 30 minutes, you will reach the observation area, in the company of a biologist, a professional photographer and the crew, who will make you feel at ease for the duration of the cruise. There is a bathroom on board.

An introductory briefing will provide general information on the biology of humpbacks and their behaviour. During the excursion, it is not possible to film underwater or go swimming. At the end of the tour, the photographer can send to you the pics of the day. The crew can also provide information about other animals you might see (sometimes even dolphins, whale sharks, flying fish and other marine animals).

The excursion is suitable for children (from 4 years) and there are guides that speak English.

Every day, in the March/April/May period

DEPARTURE (morning or afternoon):
Touareg*/Horizon/Iberostar: 8:00AM – 1.00PM
Karamboa/Palace: 8.10AM – 1.10PM
Sal-Rei city (all accommodations): 8:30AM – 1:30PM

RETURN: expected after about 3 hours of navigation.

EXCURSION PRICE:
€ 60 adults (+12 years), € 40 children (4-11 years). *from Touareg there is an extra cost of € 10 per person.

In case of bad weather or unfavourable sea conditions, the excursion is postponed or cancelled and refunded.

WHALES IN SAILING SHIP

4 hours

The trip starts from your hotel or from the city in the early morning or in the afternoon. Once you reach the small pier of the city, a spacious inflatable boat will bring you on board of a beautiful sailing ship.

After about 30 minutes, you will reach the observation area, in the company of a biologist, a professional photographer and the crew, who will make you feel at ease for the duration of the cruise. A toilet on board is available. Drinks, snacks and beer will be served during the excursion with the All Inclusive formula.

An introductory briefing will provide general information on the biology of humpbacks and their behavior. During the excursion, it is not possible to film underwater or go swimming. The crew can also provide information about other animals you might see (sometimes even dolphins, whale sharks, flying fish and other marine animals).

The excursion is suitable for children (from 4 years) and there are guides that speak English.

Every day, in the March/April/May period

DEPARTURE (morning or afternoon):
Touareg: 8:00AM – 1.00PM
Karamboa/Palace: 8.35AM – 1.35PM
Horizon/Iberostar: 8:40AM – 1.40PM
Sal-Rei city (all accommodations): 8:45AM – 1:45PM

RETURN: expected after about 3 hours of navigation.

EXCURSION PRICE:
€ 69 adults (+12 years), € 35 children (4-11 years). Transport included.

In case of bad weather or unfavourable sea conditions, the excursion is postponed or cancelled and refunded.

WHALES IN RIB

2 hours

The departure is directly from the beach of Sal-Rei, at the agreed time. The RIB is a type of boat designed for open ocean rescue, an extremely safe and fast inflatable boat, suitable for navigation in Boavista.

The excursion lasts about 2h, the time necessary to move away from the beach and search for whales, often easily visible even from the coast.

During the tour it will be possible to admire the beauty of the island’s landscape in a short time, suitable for an excursion that does not take up most of the day and in the company of a few people.

The speed of the boat allows very rapid movements once a whale has been sighted, which guarantees an almost certain visibility of the animals. The guides speak English, French and Italian.

Every day, in the March/May period

DEPARTURE: From all accommodations: 10:00AM – 12:00PM – 2.00PM. After booking, the guide will contact you for pickup time from your hotel.

RETURN: expected after about 1.5 hours of navigation.

EXCURSION PRICE:
€40 adults (+6 years), €20 children (3-5 years). *from RIU Touareg there is an extra cost of €30 for each taxi (max 4 people).

In case of bad weather or unfavourable sea conditions, the excursion is postponed or cancelled and refunded.

Why do whale watching?
The whale is the largest animal that lives on our planet. At birth weighs 3 tons and while living in the sea, is a mammal very similar to humans. Lives in a herd, gives birth, mates with a single companion, protects the puppies and teaches them to swim and feed. It is an animal that transmits power, joy and freedom and also transmits it to those who live the experience of meeting it.

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