With 10 islands, all complete with glorious sun-kissed coastlines, it’s no wonder that Cape Verde is bustling in watersports. Its got a prime location with sapphire-coloured seas and strong winds ideal for getting out on the water. If you’re planning a trip to these mid-Atlantic islands, here’s everything you’ll need to know about catching those waves.
Kite surfing capital of the world
The island of Boa Vista is renowned for its strong winds, which are especially active between November and March. Because of its favourable weather it’s a top spot for both windsurfing and kitesurfing, attracting holidaymakers from all over the world.
If you’re staying at an All Inclusive hotel they’ll be able to hook you up with local instructors and courses, and of course other guests who are also eager to ride that wave. Both the islands of Boa Vista and Sal are all about watersports and have centres dotted around their coastlines. Sal even has its own professional kite-surfing school to help you learn the ropes.
Flyboarding from the future
Have you ever heard of flyboarding before? If you said no you wouldn’t be the first. This extreme sport is new to the water arena and consists of a hoverboard powered by super-strong jets that shoot you into the air. Think ‘Back To The Future Part 2’ on water and then you’ll understand.
Sport centres around Cape Verde will give you the equipment needed, and then take you out into the sea so you can glide over the waves. Don’t worry if you’re a bit nervous, as experienced flyboarders on jetskis are always there to lend a hand.
Diving schools around every corner
The see-through waters of Cape Verde make it an excellent diving venue. These islands are well equipped with scuba and snorkelling centres as well as boats that will take you out into the sea. Murdeira Bay in Sal is one of the most popular places in Cape Verde for snorkelling.
Because it’s an actual nature reserve you’ll have the chance to spot logger-head turtles as well as rays up-close. For the experienced diver you can venture into Cape Verde’s underwater caves, where the sea floor is lined with cooled lava and creatures like moray eels and whale sharks abound.
Check out the underwater marine life
Animal lovers who travel to Cape Verde are up for a real treat. Located just off west Africa’s mainland, these islands are full of marine life that you can check out either on a boat tour, snorkelling or scuba diving. The most well-known creature to grace these shores is the loggerhead turtle. There’s a lot of protective measures put in place here so that these turtles remain undisturbed and can nest in peace, but you can still watch them from June through to October.
You can also hop aboard a boat tour to do some whale watching, where you’ll be able to spot humpback whales near Sal Rei.
Watersports are at the forefront of any Cape Verde holiday. Whether you’re an avid snorkeller, kitesurfer, scubadiver, flyboarder or even just want to sail the seas in search for humpback whales, these waters are ready and waiting for you.
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