Djeu islet

Located just 1 km west of the capital of Boa Vista Island, Sal-Rei, the islet of Djeu is an unexplored gem of Cape Verde. With an area of 89 hectares and a highest point of 27 meters, this uninhabited islet offers a breathtaking natural landscape.

The islet of Djeu is characterized by exposed basaltic and limestone rocks, with sandy beaches in sheltered areas. The entire islet has been declared a natural monument, and its western tip is known as Ponta de Espuma. A narrow channel to the northeast separates it from the island of Boa Vista for a distance of 500-600 meters.

On the southern tip of the island lies the ruined Portuguese fort Duque de Bragança, a historical reminder of the colonial era. The Ponta Espuma lighthouse, built in 1888, is still active and stands at a height of 7.9 meters, with a visible light up to 11 nautical miles.

The small islet is accessible by small fishing boats or larger boat excursions. However, due to the power of the sea, even without waves, swimming is not recommended. The reflection of the sun on the sand can be intense, so it is advisable to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.

The islet offers a unique experience for nature and history lovers. The view of the calm sea, the white sandy beach, and the panorama of Sal Rei offer a relaxing and picturesque experience. While sailing towards the islet, one can enjoy the sound of the waves and discover Cape Verde’s marine fauna, one of the most diverse in the world.

Visiting the islet of Djeu is not only an opportunity to admire natural beauty but also to learn something about the history of Boa Vista, by admiring the viewpoint of the Duque de Bragança fort. Excursions also offer opportunities for snorkeling and discovering local marine species.

Djeu is a must-visit destination for those visiting Boa Vista, offering a unique mix of natural beauty, history, and adventure. Its pristine location and unique features make it an ideal place for those seeking a peaceful getaway and an authentic island experience.

The island has a lighthouse named Ponta Espuma, built in 1888, consisted of a concrete staircase 5 metres (16 ft) high with the light on the top. The current light is a cylindrical metal mast 7.9 metres (26 ft) high with balcony and lantern. The light is still active, has a solar power unit and emits five flashes white or red depending from the direction in a twenty seconds period visible up to 11 nautical miles.


– The recommended ways to get to Djeu island are the little fisherman boats or bigger boat trip.
– If you go for the first time, we advise you not to go there by yourself: this page lists the official excursions. Beware of going there with people who do not have a regular licence or insurance.
– Due to the short distance from the coast, do not try to swim: even without waves, the sea power is very strong.
– The reflection of the sun on the sand is like on the snow: bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat; in winter it blows a lot of wind, but it is worth visiting this beach at least once, you will not regret it (it’s breathtaking).

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5 hours

Have you ever tried kayaking in the sea? This recommended excursion is suitable for adults and children and will allow you to experience the contact with the sea and nature while respecting the environment and safety! After a brief explanation, you will quickly master the kayak (1, 2, 3, or 4 seats) and experience a unique feeling of freedom and adventure!

The tour takes place in the Estoril Bay, with always calm and crystal-clear waters. In about 20 minutes, you will reach the islet of Djeu, with a visit to the Duke of Bragança’s fort, where the guide will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Boavista. You can also go snorkeling directly from the beach with the equipment we provide!

Upon your return, the “Style Wind Club” awaits you with a delicious lunch where you will savor the typical and simple flavors of Cape Verdean cuisine: freshly caught grilled fish, a buffet with plenty of healthy food options such as chicken, rice, and vegetables to satisfy everyone’s tastes!

Only during the summer, every Tuesday and Friday.

DEPARTURE: The tour takes place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. After booking, the guide will contact you to arrange transportation from your accommodation.

RETURN: Expected after lunch.

TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED: By car at the designated time.

LUNCH INCLUDED: Buffet with fish, rice, meat, and vegetables.

EXCURSION PRICE: €65 adults (12 years and older), €40 children (6-11 years)


4 hours

The departure is scheduled from the beach of Sal-Rei, where you get on the RIB, an ocean-going boat. The tour heads for the dunes of Morro de Areia, and then stop for some time to relax in the sun and bathe in the waters of the bay. If the sea allows it, you can also circumnavigate the islet, from where you can admire the biodiversity of the island.

Next, the tour goes to the wonderful beach of the island of Djeu, a quiet beach, where you can play or swim in total relaxation while snorkeling, where you can admire the diversity of marine species.

A few steps from the beach, there is the old fort of the Duke of Bragança, a historical find that can be visited on foot where you can still see the cannons that were used to defend Boavista from pirate attacks. The excursion is ideal for children over 4 years old.

Morning: 10.00AM
Afternoon: 1.30PM

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.

€ 50 per adult (12+) / € 25 children (6-11 years)
* From the hotel RIU Touareg surcharge of 30 € for transport to/r (max 4 people).


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 Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)

– 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).

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