Fort Duque de Bragança

Fort Duque de Bragança is located in the isle of Sal Rei, a culminating point, 1.88 km wide and 0.88 km long, fronting the bay of the port of the town of Sal Rei, on the northwest coast of Boa Vista Island. The island was looted between 1815 and 1817, because of its importance to the export of salt, cotton, cattle, lime and ceramics, which led to the construction of the fort in 1820 to protect the island of Boa Vista from pirates and corsairs frequent in this region of the Atlantic Ocean.

But the fort did not hold out for long. Currently, in ruins, it has been an archaeological prospect of the University of Cambridge. Excavations of archaeological sites in the Forte Duque de Bragança started March 25, in partnership with the City Hall of Boa Vista.

Its rehabilitation fits in the National Plan of Rehabilitation of the Historical Buildings and Religious Studies by the Ministry of Culture and Creative Industries, through the Institute of Cultural Heritage.



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)

– 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.

€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)