Swimming in Boavista

Boavista island in Cape Verde is a paradise for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. The island is famous for its stunning natural beauty, turquoise waters, and unspoiled beaches. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks associated with swimming in the ocean, as the currents can be quite strong. In this article, we will explore the best places to swim in Boavista Island and provide some tips for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Sal-Rei Bay: A Safe Place to Swim

Sal-Rei Bay is one of the most popular and safest places to swim on Boavista Island. The bay is protected by a natural barrier reef, which creates calm and shallow waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. The beach is also well-maintained and easily accessible, making it a great spot for families with children.

However, it’s important to note that even in Sal-Rei Bay, the ocean can still be unpredictable at times. It’s always a good idea to check the weather conditions and any advisories before going swimming. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of any potential hazards in the water, such as sharp rocks or coral.

Swimming in Front of the All-Inclusive Resort

If you are staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts on Boavista Island, please note that swimming in the ocean in front of the resort is only allowed with the specific flag. Make sure to check with the resort staff before heading into the water. Additionally, there is no 24-hour rescue service available, only during the day. It’s important to be extra cautious when swimming at night or in low visibility conditions.

Other Beaches: Pay Attention to the Ocean’s Strength

While Sal-Rei Bay is a safe place to swim, it’s important to exercise caution when swimming in other beaches on Boavista Island. The ocean currents can be quite strong, making it dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. Some beaches may also have rocky or uneven terrain, which can be hazardous.

If you decide to swim in other beaches, it’s important to pay attention to the ocean’s strength and to avoid swimming alone. It’s also a good idea to stay within designated swimming areas and to be aware of any warning signs or flags.

Snorkeling and Other Water Activities

Boavista Island is a great destination for snorkeling and other water activities. However, it’s important to do so with caution and under the guidance of experienced professionals. There are specific excursions that include equipment and show the perfect spots to do these activities with safety for adults and children.

Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Swimming Experience

Here are some additional tips for a safe and enjoyable swimming experience in Boavista Island:

  1. Wear appropriate swimwear: The sun can be quite strong in Boavista Island, so it’s important to protect your skin with appropriate swimwear, such as a rash guard or a swim shirt. You should also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from the sun.
  2. Use sunscreen: Apply a high SPF sunscreen regularly, especially if you plan to spend a long time in the water.
  3. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in the sun.
  4. Be aware of the lack of shadows: Boavista Island is known for its unspoiled beaches, but this means that there are often no trees or other sources of shade. Bring an umbrella or a beach tent to create your own shade.
  5. Respect the environment: Boavista Island is a pristine and fragile environment, so it’s important to respect theenvironment and to dispose of any trash properly. Avoid leaving any litter on the beach or in the water, and be respectful of any wildlife that you may encounter.
  6. Know your limits: Swimming in the ocean can be physically demanding, even for experienced swimmers. Know your limits and don’t push yourself too hard.
  7. Stay alert: Keep an eye out for any potential hazards in the water, such as rocks or coral. Additionally, keep an eye on any changing weather conditions that could impact the safety of your swim.

Boavista Island is a beautiful destination for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. With proper caution and preparation, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember to pay attention to the ocean’s strength, to use caution when swimming in other beaches, and to take advantage of guided snorkeling excursions. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or explore the ocean’s wonders, Boavista Island is a destination that won’t disappoint.


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.

Morning: 9.00AM
Afternoon: 2.00PM

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.

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


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)

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