Snorkeling in Boa Vista

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE FABULOUS MARINE BIODIVERSITY OF BOAVISTA

Boavista offers several spots for snorkeling. Cape Verde is in the top 10 of the “Hot Spots” for coral biodiversity, even if there are no real coral reefs, there are a number of sites rich in coral varieties. Gatas Bay, 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 little nurse 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 hermetic hard coral species that support a particular diversity of marine life. Sal-Rei bay is also excellent for snorkeling, as it has shallow seabed and weak currents.

Here is a list of the species that can be encountered: marine species

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Pure snorkeling tours in the north are only possible at high tide, as at low tide, the bay becomes very shallow and the coral heads almost protrude from the sea surface. Snorkeling from the boat is possible every day.

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.

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EXCURSIONS

SNORKELING IN 4X4

4 hours

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):
Morning: 9.00AM
Afternoon: 2.00PM

TRANSPORT 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.

EXCURSION PRICE
€ 60 per adult (12+) / € 30 children (6-11 years)
* From the hotel RIU Touareg surcharge of 20 € for transport to/r (max 4 people).

FISHING WITH BARBECUE

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).

POSSIBLE DEPARTURES
(every Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

– Hotel Riu Touareg*: 8.30h
Iberostar 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.

EXCURSION PRICE
€80 per adult (12+ years)
€55 children (4-11 years)
* From the Riu Touareg hotel, surcharge of €20 per adult and 10€ per child (max 4 people)

SAILING TO DJEU

7 hours

From your hotel or apartment get in our transport to the port of Sal Rei. There, a small boat will wait, so you can board on the authentic Ketch vessel. Once onboard you will discover the history of a luxury expedition ship, the Cape Verdean and foreign crew will host the sails and put our cap on Djeu island. The little island is famous for is white sand beach with calm sea and a beautiful view of Sal Rei. While sailing, you can just relax and listen to the sound of the waves. Comfort and intimacy is granted, with 16 guests maximum.

Lunch will be served onboard, with bruschetta, cocktail of fresh fruits, salad, grilled fish and local vegetables, wine, draft beer and juices. After the lunch, our crew will guide you with the dinghy to the snorkeling spot. Discover the maritime fauna of Cape Verde, one of the most diverse in the world. Reaching the island of Djeu, dry a bit, and come learn something about the history of Boa Vista while admiring the point of view of the fort of the Duke of Bragança. A Khaïma tent will wait for you to enjoy a tea (served Senegalese way) with a group of Kora/Balafon playing. Then, time to come back!

DEPARTURE: every Thursday at 8.30 AM. The guide will contact you for the meeting time from your accommodation.

RETURN: expected after about 6 hours of navigation (full day). Transport will take you back to the hotel around 5:30 pm.

TRANSPORT INCLUDED: Pick up 8 seats or coach, from your hotel directly to the pier.

LUNCH INCLUDED: On board.

EXCURSION PRICE
€ 140 adults (from 12 years old)
€ 75 children (4-11 years old)

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

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!