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Extreme Sports in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is known not just for its glorious, year-round summertime, but its array of adrenaline-heavy sports made that much better by the sunshine and warm water.


As temperatures dip in winter and spring in the United Kingdom, the winds pick up on the Cape Verde islands, making it one of the top places in the world to go surfing. Fans of extreme sports have been known to migrate here permanently because of the excellent, and reliable, conditions.


Where there's extreme sports, there are schools to get you started. No need to worry if you're a novice as courses come in all levels. This means every adventurer gets a chance at soaring over the waves on a flyboard, high-fiving a turtle at an underwater cave or hiking to the once lava-coated peak of an active volcano.


Wind and kite surfing

Holidaymakers far and wide seek out Cape Verde for its top wind and kite-surfing conditions. From November to April, strong winds consistently reach these beaches and make them some of the best places to catch a wave.

What's more, kite and wind-surfing are so popular here that, if you're staying at an All Inclusive hotel, chances are they'll be able to hook you up with local instructors and courses.

The islands of Boa Vistaand Sal are renowned for their especially great windsurfing potential and come ready with centres dotted around the coast.

Sal is also home to what's known as Kite Beach, where you'll find professional kite-surfing schools to help you learn the ropes.

Hiking

Hiking might not ordinarily be considered an extreme sport, but it is in Cape Verde – especially when you're treading on an active volcano.

Mount Fogo – found on Fogo Island – is the highest point in all of Cape Verde. Its last eruption was in 1995, but that doesn't stop tour guides from taking adventurous holidaymakers all the way to the top.

It'll take you around three and a half hours to reach the peak, but once you're there, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views extending out to sea and across the part-dune, part-green landscape.

Flyboarding



If you've never heard of flyboarding, be prepared to discover your new favourite sport. It's essentially a hoverboard powered by super-strong water-jets that propel you into the air.

Sport centres in Cape Verde will get you suited up in the necessary safety equipment and take you out over the sea so you can soar above the waves on an adrenaline-packed flight. Experienced flyboarders on jet skis are always on hand to make sure you're taken care of.

Diving

The beaches of Cape Verde come complete with clear water, making diving an especially fun treat here.

There are scuba and snorkelling centres around the islands, as well as boats that will take you out to sea. Because Cape Verde is so windy, the sea can sometimes get rough, so finding a guide and going out to calmer water is a better option for inexperienced divers.

Murdeira Bay in Sal is arguably one of the best places in Cape Verde for snorkelling, as it's a nature reserve. Here, you'll have the chance to spot turtles and rays up-close.

Loggerhead turtles have been known to choose Cape Verde's shores as their nesting place, so seeing one of these shelled creatures is highly likely.

Cape Verde is also known for its cave diving. The sea floor is lined with cooled lava whose nooks and crannies house various sea creatures like moray eels and whale sharks, among others.

Sal is widely sought-out for its underwater adventure zones. Its diving spots range from 14 to 300 metres deep and will get you exploring shipwrecks and massive subaquatic walls.

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