Welcome to Sal

The largest town is Espargos, right next to the international airport, but most people stay near the pretty beach in Santa Maria, 18km to the south.

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$34.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Island Adventure with Shark Experience from Santa Maria

Start the tour at 9:30am with a pickup from your Santa Maria hotel. The first stop will be on the beautiful beach of Ponta Preta. There, your guide will brief you about the rest of your day. Next, drive to Murdeira and Palmeira, a small local fishing village. While you're on the way, see Lion Mountain before stopping at Burraconna, a natural pool where you may swim and see the blue eye. Once you have finished your visit at the natural pool, drive off-road to see the Fata Morgana on Mirage. After this it's time to stop for lunch at a local bar in the capital city, Espargos. There, you can eat the local food or just have some drinks. Next, head to the top of the mountain where you have a nice view all over the island. Finally, head to the water to see Lemon Sharks up close and personal. Then, float in the Salinas, also known as Salt Lake, rumored to make one appear 10 years younger. From here, drive back to your accommodations and conclude the tour.

$34.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Segway Tour of Santa Maria

After the pick up at you hotel you will be taken into Santa Maria where you will be explained how to use a Segway and you will have the possibility to try it.There are 2 types of Segway tours:The Short tour of 45 minutes starting on the green road to Santa Maria in order to get used and feel comfortable on the Segway. The tour takes you off-road up to Vila Verde, then to Ponta Preta which is the most beautiful beach of the island and back by the beachLong tour of 1h30m. Starting on the green road to Santa Maria in order to get used and feel comfortable on the Segway, followed by a Santa Maria tour, off-road to the salt flats of Santa Maria, Kite beach - a white sandy beach which is the favorite beach of the kite-surfers, Vila Verde, Ponta Preta, the most beautiful beach of the island and back by the beach.

$39.96 Outdoor Activities

Turtle Walk from Santa Maria

Cape Verde is the third biggest nesting point for the Caretta Caretta, loggerhead turtles. This night tour will take you to one of the protected nesting beaches of Sal island where you can experience the emotion of seeing a loggerhead turtle laying her eggs. You will be picked up at the reception of your hotel and taken to one of the nesting beaches on Sal island.The transfer lasts approximately 20 minutes and in this time an experienced guide will explain you everything you need to know about the life and habits of the turtles as well the rules that you need to respect. Once arrived to the beach one of the guides will stay with you seated on the sand while the other guide will start searching for the turtle. When the guide finds a turtle, you will be informed by VHF radio and start walking on the beach to arrive to the turtle. It is recommended to bring a beach towel to be more comfortable while waiting on the beach. Dark colored clothes and closed shoes are recommended. It is forbidden to take photos with flash and use white or bright lights on the protected beaches. Please note that since it's nature, we cannot guarantee to see a turtle.

$34.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Road Tour in Sal Island

The Island is small in dimension but quite revealing in terms of landscape and attractions.Be ready for a breath-taking trip where the word “stress” is out of the lexicon.Meet at the front desk of your hotel at 9:15am. As soon as you meet your guide, you'll start the tour and your first destination will be “Ponta Preta”. At this spot you´ll witness a contrast between white natural sand dunes and dark coloured volcanic rocks entering the sea.This amazing combination creates a unique phenomenon of huge and beautiful waves. And this is the reason why this location is the stage for the performance of water sports competitions like surf, windsurf and others of a world known level.While in Ponta Preta you will be introduced to the itinerary and you´ll be also provided with a brief explanation of the history of Cape Verde.After witnessing and feeling the power of nature in Ponta Petra, you will head up to Murdeira.Murdeira is geographically located at the centre of the island. It´s Bay is bathed with crystal waters and filled with corals, enabling marvelous conditions for the practice of snorkeling.Apart from the mention above, you can easily see “Monte Leão” from there, one of the greatest marks of the island.Well, now is time to go more to the north and meet with the City of Espargos, where you we’ll be in a local tour ending in a panoramic view of the city through the belvedere.The next stop is the fishing village of Palmeira, where you can find the only port of the island.To the East of Palmeira, we can spot Buracona a place with natural pools and an incredible rocky landscape of volcanic origin. This combination allows us to enjoy the wonderful phenomenon called "Blue Eye".From 12pm to 1pm the sun shines inside a cave 25 meters’ deep, allowing you to glimpse the image of a shiny blue eye staring at the majestic sky.More to the west of the island is “Terra Boa”, the only land for growing crops and there you can enjoy another spectacle of nature, a "Mirage" in the middle of the desert.On your way back to Espargos, you’ll pass the peripheral area of the island visiting some social institutions such as kindergartens and schools.In Espargos you'll have a break for lunch at the Spot restaurant where you are able to taste a typical dish at a very low cost (from 5 to 10 Euros) or enjoy one of the best pizzas in town.After lunch, you will continue the tour with destination to Pedra de Lume, where the famous Salinas (Salt pans) are found inside of an extinct volcano crater. In Salinas you can bath in the therapeutic waters within the same.On the way back to the West of the Island you can catch sight of lemon sharks in the “Parda Bay” around 4pm, please be reminded to wear appropriate shoes. After a unique and enjoyable tour you shall be ready to return to the hotel around 4:30pm.

$60.51 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Half-Day Sal Island Catamaran Cruise from Santa Maria

After the pick up at your hotel you will be brought to the port of the island, from where you will embark a great relaxing tour on the sea. After one hour of sailing by the coast the catamaran will stop in the Murdeira bay where you can snorkel, swim or simply relax on board. The tour includes snacks, drinks and the necessary equipment for snorkeling and fishing.From June to October you have the possibility to see turtles as the Murdeira bay is their mating place. From February to March you have the possibility to see whales. Please kindly note that since it's nature, it cannot be guaranteed to see turtles or whales.

$55.64 Day Trips & Excursions


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Buracona - Olho Azul, Ilha do SalWelcome to our 4x4 adventure by pick up. This program is completely devoted to nature, geology, ecotourism. With volcanic formations, wetlands, canyons carved by erosion of dunes, protected fauna and beaches, lots of adventure through almost 100% of road trails. Passing Ponta Preta, Algodoeiro, Calheta Funda, Murdeira Bay, Monte Leão, Fontona Oásis, a verdant area in the middle of the desert, fishing pear of Palmeira, and natural pools of Buracona with the famous "Magic Eye". After lunch visit “Terra Boa" stop to take amusing photos with the “mirages", then to the salt mines of Pedra de Lume, where you can float in water 26 times saltier than sea water. After 50 minutes stop at the salt mines, visits to Shark bay to see “the locals” and pass also by World champions Mitu Monteiro in Kite Beach. Return to Santa Maria passing by Igrejinha and arrival at hotel. Duration: 1 hour