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Sal: All-Inclusive Half-Day Lounge Catamaran Cruise

1. Sal: All-Inclusive Half-Day Lounge Catamaran Cruise

Hop aboard the luxurious Lounge Catamaran Sodade and be whisked away for half a day to unwind. Cruise down the western coast of Sal on the spacious boat, and enjoy a different view of the island's rocky shores. Take the children with you for a fun day out at sea, or select the adults-only tour option to enjoy a kid-free experience. Sip on unlimited beer and soft drinks throughout your trip. After pickup at your hotel, board the catamaran for your half-day trip. The catamaran has a capacity for 90 people but numbers are limited to 60 people per trip to ensure plenty of space for everyone. On the sunlit deck, relax on the comfortable lounge beds while bobbing along with the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, and relish a refreshing cocktail, a nice glass of (sparkling) wine, or a cold beer. Halfway through the trip, freshen up with a cool dive into the ocean to swim and snorkel, try some local fishing with the crew, or simply relax on board while a delicious snack is prepared. A private inflatable pool provides a safe opportunity for the smallest guests to enjoy time in the water too. On the way back to the harbor, the ambiance is awakened with African vibes of local music, drums, and dance. Long story short: With a fresh breeze, a combination of soothing and uplifting music, and all-inclusive food and drinks, this catamaran trip makes the perfect getaway.

Sal: 6-Hour Experience Tour with a Local Certified Guide

2. Sal: 6-Hour Experience Tour with a Local Certified Guide

After being picked up from your accommodation, make your way to Santa Maria. Once there, get to know the history of this city, which has transformed from the extraction of its salt to the biggest tourist city in Cape Verde. Next, make your way to Kite Beach, which is one of the best places in the world to practice kite surfing (from October to April) and is usually chosen to hold the world kite surfing championships.  Then visit Porto Palmeira, which is a simple place where people take their sustenance from fishing and working in the port. See the arrival of the crafts, as well as all the activity around the sale of fish. Take a walk among the colorful colonial houses and check out the beautiful street art. Next up, go to Pedra de Lume Beach, Pedra de Lume, and Ilha do Sal.  There, visit the first village on Sal island, which was founded in 1804, to learn about the history and development of the local economy based on the export of salt. Continue to Miragem, where you will see the effects of Fata Morgana water illusions in the desert. Travel then to Buracona, where you will see the Blue Eye, one of the 7 wonders of the island. Swim in its natural pool if the conditions are ideal for bathing. Following the pool, explore the Pedra Lume Salt Crater, where you will learn all about the nourishing benefits this salt center has for the locals. Make a stop to experience floating in this thermal water which is inside an inactive volcanic caldera. Discover Shark Bay, where you will have the experience to see lemon sharks in their natural environment up close. Travel to the village of Murdeira that lies in a natural reserve in the bay. Finally, visit Espargos, the economic center of the city.

Sal Island: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour with Lunch

3. Sal Island: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation and depart toward Santa Maria salt pans. There, find out about the local history and see how the locals extract salt, the activity that determined the island's name. Continue to the village of Murdeira, where you will have a short visit to its nature reserve and enjoy the views of Lion Mountain. Then, meet the locals in the fishing village of Palmeira before traveling to Buracona to see "Blue Eye" and, weather permitting, swim in its beautiful natural pool. Move on towards Miragem, grab some pictures of the effects of water illusions in the desert and take a well-deserved lunch break. Enjoy the local cuisine and discover the Cape Verdean gastronomy. Next, drive to Espargos and get to know its street arts that portray the Cape Verdean woman, her Morabeza, and history. After that, head to Shark Bay, a must-see when visiting Sal. Put on your water shoes, enter the ocean, and get close to the docile lemon sharks in their natural environment. Finally, visit Pedra de Lume, a salt farm located below sea level. Cross its cave, get into its extinct volcano crater and reach the lagoons from which the salt is extracted. Enjoy floating in the world's second saltiest thermal water, an unforgettable experience. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Sal: Private Airport Transfer to Santa Maria or Espargos

4. Sal: Private Airport Transfer to Santa Maria or Espargos

Avoid the hassle of navigating a foreign public transportation system or the expense of a taxi and enjoy a clean, safe, and reliable transfer between your hotel in Santa Maria or Espargos city and Amilcar Cabral International Airport. All transfers are available 24/7. Save time by booking your pickup service according to your flight times. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a sign with Sal Experience written on it. Relax and kick off your holiday in style, knowing that you are traveling in the company of a fully licensed and insured driver who will be happy to help you with your luggage or any other issues. So sit back, relax and let your driver take care of you.

Santa Maria, Sal Island: Sea Turtle Watching Experience

5. Santa Maria, Sal Island: Sea Turtle Watching Experience

Discover the magic of nesting turtles on this adventure tour Santa Maria. Join an evening excursion that takes you to beaches of Sal island where the turtles come up to shore and nest. Travel in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle for this unique tour. Get picked up at 8 PM from your accommodation and reach a beautiful deserted beach in less than an hour. Be welcomed by your professional and trained tour guides who will ensure a unique and environmentally conscious experience for all guests. Your guide will tell you everything about the evolution, characteristics, and curiosities of the turtles. Learn why their welfare is the top priority on the island. Cape Verde is home to 3 species of turtles. The yellow turtle, also known as the common turtle, is the most common species in Cape Verde. The sandy beaches of Cape Verde are one of the most important locations for common turtle nesting. In small groups, you’ll walk along the beach at night and watch out for turtles making their way up onto the sand. If you're lucky spotting the turtles, take a seat and remain as silent as possible in order not to disturb them while nesting. Following a unique experience, return to your accommodation where you'll arrive around 10/11 PM.

Sal: Full-Day Trip Around the Island with Lunch and Snorkel

6. Sal: Full-Day Trip Around the Island with Lunch and Snorkel

Meeting at the front desk of your hotel at 9:15 AM, then make your way to the first destination, Ponta Preta (Black Edge). Witness a contrast between white natural sand dunes and dark-colored volcanic rocks entering the sea. This amazing combination creates huge and beautiful waves, making this location the stage for world-famous water sports competitions like surfing and windsurfing. While in Ponta Preta, you'll be introduced to the itinerary and provided with a brief history of Cape Verde. Next, head to Murdeira, located at the center of the island. Snorkel in the bay's crystal clear, coral-filled waters, and catch a glimpse of Monte Leão, one of the island's most prominent landmarks. From Murdeira, go north to the capital of the island, Espargos. Enjoy a local tour of the city ending in a panoramic view through the belvedere. Make your next stop at the fishing village of Palmeira, the only port on the island and an industrialized zone extremely important to the local economy. To the east of Palmeira, spot Buracona, a place with natural pools and an incredible rocky landscape of volcanic origin. This combination creates a wonderful phenomenon called "Blue Eye". From 10:30 AM–1 PM, the sun shines inside a 25-meter (82-foot) deep cave, 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 where you can enjoy another spectacle of nature, a mirage in the middle of the desert. On the way back to Espargos, pass the peripheral area of the island and visit some social institutions, such as kindergartens and schools. In Espargos, take a break for lunch in a local restaurant and taste a typical dish or savor one of the best pizzas in town. After lunch, continue to Pedra de Lume, where the famous Salinas (salt pans) are found inside of an extinct volcano crater. Bathe in the therapeutic waters before heading to the Baia de Parda around 4 PM to catch sight of lemon sharks. You'll return to your hotel around 5 PM.

Sal: Espargos city tour, Local life with Cape Verde flavours

7. Sal: Espargos city tour, Local life with Cape Verde flavours

We'll pick you up at your hotel in Santa Maria between 4 pm and 4:30 pm to drive to Espargos, the capital of Sal island. On the way to our destination, we'll stop at the Amilcar Cabral airport, located south of Espargos. Here we'll take the opportunity to learn about the importance of its construction for the development of the city. Next, .we'll visit the historic centre of Espargos, walking through its streets and admiring the colourful works of street art that we'll find on its walls, a reflection of the culture and daily life of its inhabitants During this walk, we'll stop at a local eatery where we'll enjoy an aperitif with typical Cape Verdean drinks. After this break, we'll walk back to a viewpoint from where we'll enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the town. From here, we'll move to the suburbs, where we'll experience the morabeza (Cape Verdean hospitality) and stress-free way of life of the locals. Finally, we'll return to Santa Maria and drop you off at your hotel two and a half hours after pickup.

Sal island: Santa Maria City Tour & Tasting local flavours

8. Sal island: Santa Maria City Tour & Tasting local flavours

We will pick you up from your hotel to drive to the town of Santa Maria, the most touristy town in Cape Verde. There we will visit the emblematic Pontão, once used for the export of salt and today the port of arrival of artisanal boats with fresh fish, you will see the movement of fish sales, locals jumping off the bridge and admire the crystal clear turquoise water and the sandy beach of Santa Maria, one of the seven wonders of Cape Verde and one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa. Next we will visit the city's historical monuments, strolling through its streets and admiring the colourful street art on its walls, reflecting the culture and daily life of its inhabitants. We will walk among the streets where you will get to know the hottest bars and restaurants in town that worth visiting during your stay. During this tour, we will stop at a local restaurant where we will taste typical flavours of Cape Verde. After this break, we will see an exhibition of old photos and utensils and have a splendid view of the city. From here we will see authentic Cape Verdean arts and souvenirs, where your guide will teach you how to distinguish them. Finally, we will return to your hotel.

From Santa Maria: Sal Island Private Day Trip

9. From Santa Maria: Sal Island Private Day Trip

Get picked up from your accommodation and depart toward Santa Maria Salt Pans. There, learn the local history and see how the locals extract salt, the activity that determined the island's name. Your tour continues to the village of Murdeira, where you will have a short visit to its nature reserve and enjoy the views of the Lion Mountain. Then, travel to Buracona and, weather permitting, swim in its beautiful natural pool. Move on towards the fishing village of Palmeira and take a well deserved lunch-break. Enjoy the local cuisine and discover the Cape Verdean gastronomy. Next, drive to Espargos and get to know its street arts that portray the Cape Verdean woman, her Morabeza and history. After that, head to the Shark Bay, a must-see when visiting Sal. Put on your water shoes, enter the ocean, see and get close to the Lemon Sharks in their natural environment. This species poses no threat to humans. Finally it is time for Your last "No Stress Adventure" at Pedra de Lume, in a salt pan located below sea level. Cross its cave, get into its extinct volcano crater and reach the lagoons from which the salt is extracted. Bring your book and enjoy reading while floating in the world's second saltiest thermal water, an unforgettable experience. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your accommodation.2

From Praia: Full-Day Sal Island Tour

10. From Praia: Full-Day Sal Island Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Praia and depart toward Nelson Mandela airport. There, take a 40-minute flight to Sal and enjoy an amazing view of the island from the air. Once in Sal, begin your tour and get to know the history of an island transformed from the exploration of salt to the biggest tourist destination in Cape Verde. Explore the white sand and warm water of Kite Beach, where the world kite-surfing championships are often held. From there, continue to the natural bay of Murdeira and admire the beautiful views of the Lion Mountain. Then, move on to the fishing village of Palmeira. There, meet locals and have a chance to see the arrival of crafts, as well as all the activity of selling fresh fish. Next, travel to Burracona, see "Blue Eye" (one of the 7 wonders of the country), and marvel at its beautiful and natural swimming pool. After that, explore Espargos, the economic center of the island. Your tour progresses to Pedra de Lume Salt Crater, an old salt farm. The water in the lagoons from which the salt is extracted is very hot and 27 times saltier than sea water. Bring your book and enjoy reading while floating in the world’s second-saltiest water, an unforgettable experience. Take a break for lunch and continue toward Miragem, where you will see the effects of water illusions in the desert. Finally, experience Shark Bay and watch lemon sharks in their natural environment very closely. Finally, take a return flight to Santiago Island. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.

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What people are saying about Espargos

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 720 reviews

One of the best tour events I've ever been on. What made the event so exciting was the staff of 'No-Limits'.......who were responsible for taking us on the trip. From Alina (our tour guide) to Rony & Kenni (part of the team on the Catamaran).......they were all absolutely brilliant. They are an example of what event hosts should be, and they are a credit to the organisation they work for. I do highly recommend this event to all visitors to Cape Verde........not to be missed!!

Success of this tour depends very much on the abilities and performance of the guide. We were lucky enough to get an extremely devoted and dedicated guide-his name is unfortunately unknown to me, but he was also our "first impression" as he picked us upfrm the airport when we arrived, we met him later whilst on atour with a diferent operator, he was really the soul of this tour and he won ourr hearts and minds!

wonderful tour with nice guides. we have been show the whole island and had enough time to do everything. it was interesting to see all sides of life in Sal. I suggest this tour to everyone

Chan was a entertaining tour guide excellent guide. Throughly enjoyed this walking tour got to see the real Cape Verdean walking through the local streets and shops of Santa Maria.

The tour offers everything possible to sqeeze out of the island!