Island tour

The Boavista island is not very large, it is almost round, about 30km in diameter. A ride in the car, with 4×4 pickup cars for 5 or 8 seats, offers the possibility to visit it all within a day. The roads on the island are partly paved and partly unpaved, with varying degrees of difficulty. If it is your first time on the island, we suggest you choose one of the solutions proposed here, otherwise you can opt for a rental.

The stages of each tour allow a wide choice of how to visit Boavista: usually, half-day tours are concentrated in 2-3 characteristic places, while longer tours require the whole day to visit more places. Each excursion has different characteristics, but on the way you can always interact with the guide who will advise you on how to continue the trip.

The guides speak several languages, they will tell you stories about the places you will visit. During almost all the tours, active all year round, you can stop for a swim and take pictures (or slide into the dunes).

varandinha boavista verde
fatima boa vista
tour pickup santa monica

Useful tips

– If the tour does not include a lunch break, it is advisable to bring some water and a snack, even if in some places it is possible to buy something.
– The sun is always very strong, even if it’s not too hot. Bring sunscreen, comfortable shoes (or flip-flops) and sunglasses.
– If you want to swim, inform the guide in advance, so that he can calculate the right time for each stop.
– The laps normally start and end at the same point, but if you have other needs you can advise in advance and there will be no problems.

Boavista strada macchina

THE EXCURSIONS

TOUR SOUTH BY 4X4

4-8 hours

The tour starts with a walk on the dunes of Praia de Chaves that dive into the ocean. From here the track of land that, flanking the coast with a wonderful panorama, leads to Praia de Varandinha, destination for extreme kiters and birdwatchers. A couple of km away is the oldest village of Boavista, Povoaçao Velha, and some still intact houses built with hand-made earthen bricks and thatched roofs bear witness to this.

We continue towards Santa Monica, considered the most beautiful beach of the archipelago, 11 km of white desert sand. Here you can have lunch, sunbathe and swim in a lovely bar / restaurant or simply relax in the hammock. It is a tour dedicated to the most beautiful beaches on the island.

The excursion is also suitable for children. The private tour in pick-up takes up to 8 people (with 2 cars). Full day tour allows more time on the beach. No special technical knowledge is required, and the excursion ends where it started.

2 POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day)
From all hotels and Sal Rei:
Morning: 09:00 AM
Afternoon: 02:00 PM

RETURN: Expected after about 4h (half day) and 8h (full day)

TRANSPORT INCLUDED
Pick-up directly at the hotel or at your accommodation. Further details will be provided after booking.

EXCURSION PRICE (for the car)
Half day: 1-2 pax € 90; 3-4 pax € 120; 5-8 pax € 180
Full day: 1-2 pax € 120; 3-4 pax € 160; 5-8 pax € 240

HALF DAY DESERT BY 4x4

4 hours

Starting from Sal Rei or from the hotels, the first stop is in Rabil, the nice village 1 km near the airport, where you can admire the ancient pottery processing at the “ollaria”, one of the few forms of local craftsmanship. Leaving from Rabil you cross the small palm-lined oasis and immediately after you arrive at the Viana Desert. The desert has been formed over the years, from the Alisei winds coming from North Africa, loaded with sand from the Sahara. Viana changes continuously over time, stretches, widens, and every time the landscape offers different beauties.

It’s beautiful walking barefoot on the sand and rolling off the dunes, in front of the curious gaze of the goats that live there. Leaving the desert, it proceeds towards Cabo Santa Maria, in order to admire an old wreck and the sea eagles.

Proceeding towards Sal Rei, a stop at the Church of Fatima, recently renovated, which offers a breathtaking view of the sandy coves in the middle of the volcanic rocks. To end the trip, a walk in Sal Rei, the main town of Boavista.

2 POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day):
From all hotels and Sal Rei:
Morning: 09:00 AM
Afternoon: 2:00 PM

RETURN: Expected return after about 4h.

TRANSPORT INCLUDED
Pick-up directly at the hotel or at your accommodation. Further details will be provided after booking.

EXCURSION PRICE (for the car)
1-2 pax € 90; 3-4 pax 120€

HALF DAY MORRO NEGRO BY 4x4

4 hours

On the road to the history and tradition of Boavista, the first stop is the terracotta factory of Rabil, the ancient Olarìa, where skilled artisans work the red earth by hand and create very nice statues. Leaving Rabil we turn towards the Viana desert, formed with the sands that the winds bring from Africa: you can slide down from the dunes and walk to “hear” the magical silence of this place. The tour continue on a road still made of cobblestones, towards the villages of the North: João Galego, Fundo das Figueiras and Cabeça dos Tarafes, very colourful, full of flowers and hospitable people.

From Cabeça the path take a black run, crossing a surreal landscape of volcanic stones, which leads to one of the highest points of Boavista: the Morro Negro lighthouse. Then go for a 10 minutes walk, where the view on the Atlantic Ocean is breathtaking. On the way back the path is the same, but by changing the direction and view, the emotions are also renewed.

2 POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day):
From all hotels and Sal Rei:
Morning: 09:00 AM
Afternoon: 2:00 PM

RETURN: Expected return after about 4h.

TRANSPORT INCLUDED
Pick-up directly at the hotel or at your accommodation. Further details will be provided after booking.

EXCURSION PRICE (for the car)
1-2 pax 90€; 3-4 pax 120€

WORKSHOP CACHUPA

6 hours

Welcome to the Boavista Cachupa Culinary Tour! Experience cooking Cape Verde’s traditional dish, cachupa, and savor it in a delightful lunch. Our team will pick you up from your Sal-Rei accommodation or hotel and take you to our cachupa preparation site, a local family home in the North Natural Park. Enjoy the scenic island views during the journey.

Upon arrival, our expert chefs will brief you on selecting ingredients, preparing the broth, and cooking cachupa. Get hands-on experience as our chefs guide you through the fun and interactive process. Once the cachupa is ready, enjoy a delicious lunch accompanied by live music. The whole family can partake in activities within the North Natural Park while the dish is being prepared. The price includes the cachupa cooking class, lunch, and round-trip transportation.

Learn to cook old-fashioned cachupa like a Cape Verdean and relish it in a flavoursome lunch. Reserve your spot now on this exciting culinary tour!

DEPARTURES (every Tuesday and Friday):
– Hotel Marine Club and Sal-Rei: 08:00h
– Hotel Riu Touareg: 08:20h
– Hotel Royal Horizon, Bravo Praia de Chave, Riu Karamboa, Riu Palace and Chave: 09:00h

RETURN: Expected after about 6h.

TRANSPORT INCLUDED: Pick-up directly at the hotel or in the city. Further details will be provided after booking.

EXCURSION PRICE:
Adults (from 18 years old): 70€
Children (from 12 years old): 40€
Infant (up to 11 years old): free

BOA VISTA UNVEILED

4 hours

Discover the uncharted beauty of Boa Vista with an excursion that will take you to the heart of the island’s culture and landscape. Begin your journey exploring the enchanting streets of historical neighbourhoods, where the island’s daily life takes shape amongst welcoming smiles and scenes of authentic living.

Continue your adventure by witnessing the shapes crafted by nature and history at the shipwreck of Cabo Santa Maria, a testament to the past that stands against the horizon. Let your hands touch tradition at the pottery school of Rabil, where the ancient craft of clay working continues to live through generations.

Finally, be enveloped by the vastness of the Viana Desert, a natural masterpiece that will make you feel like explorers in a miniature Sahara. Here, among the rolling dunes and endless skies, you’ll discover the true spirit of Boa Vista.

Join us for an experience that celebrates the island in all its nuances, on a journey that will leave you enriched and inspired.

POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (Monday, Thursday and Sunday)
From all hotels and Sal Rei: 12:00 PM

RETURN: Expected after about 4h (half day)

TRANSPORT INCLUDED
Pick-up directly at the hotel or at your accommodation. Further details will be provided after booking.

EXCURSION PRICE
1-3 pax € 120 (total for the car); 4-6 pax € 40 per person;
4-11 years old 25€; infants free;

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