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Sal island: Salt Lake, Blue Eye and Shark Bay Tour

1. Sal island: Salt Lake, Blue Eye and Shark Bay Tour

Get out for an adventurous sightseeing tour that is perfect for discovering the desert and, the hidden treasures of this popular and most deserted destination. This trip will take you to Salt Lake Salinas of Pedra de Lume, the second saltiest water in the world after the Dead Sea, an incredible lake where you can lie down and float, even if you can't swim, and you will be left with smooth skin as if you had a natural scrub. Next, you will travel to Buracona, where you will see the "Blue Eye", one of the 7 wonders of the island and its natural pool, where you will have time to swim in its crystal clear waters if the conditions are ideal for bathing. Then you will move on to Miragem, where you will see the fata morgana effect of water illusions in the desert. Admire the natural reserve of Murdeira Bay and enjoy the beautiful view of Lion mountain. At the end, you will visit Shark Bay, where you will experience lemon sharks in their natural habitat up close. Enjoy a half-day island tour and visit places like Blue Eye, Miragem, Salinas Salt lake and Shark Bay. Swim in the salt lake and Buracona natural pool with your group, before heading out to sea to see some lemon sharks.

Sal: All-Inclusive Half-Day Lounge Catamaran Cruise

2. 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 their 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.

Santa Maria: Guided Snorkeling Tour

3. Santa Maria: Guided Snorkeling Tour

Snorkelling around Sal is a wonderful way to explore the underwater world, here we are lucky enough to have shallow reefs with an abundance of marine life, including tropical and Mediterranean fish, rays, turtles, moray eels and many more. It is possible to go from the beach in some areas, but it is much better to access the reef from a boat that will drop you of at the reef rather than swimming a few hundred meters of the coast and risk getting caught in strong currents. We use a zodiac rib to get us to the best sites and ensure maximum safety for all our clients. The Snorkel Tour takes approximately two hours. We meet all participants at our dive centre so we can fit you out with proper snorkeling equipment and fill in the paperwork. There you will also receive a brief overview explaining whats going to happen during your tour, the equipment you will be using, some basic knowledge about snorkeling and the rules that need to be followed for your safety during the tour. What's included Professional snorkelling guide Use of snorkelling equipment and wetsuits Snorkelling vests Please bring: Towel Water Minimum age: 8 years old No experience is required! • Explore the Atlantic ocean in safe and comfortable surroundings. • Supervision by our experienced and friendly guides. • All snorkelling equipment is supplied. We have three different sites where we can do snorkelling depending on the sea conditions we will choose the best considering safety, visibility and currents. Let me explain a little about the sites. In the bay of Santa Maria a couple hundred meters of shore there is a multilevel reef 3m to 8m deep giving a range of depth ideal for marine life to move around and suitable for all visibility conditions, at the end of the reef there is a shallow shipwreck, Bolama or more commonly known as Calderinhia due to the big boiler still left behind. Schools of soldier fish and snappers like to swim around it and are regularly found here in addition to parrot fish, trumpet fish and many others. Dunas is a series of shallow reefs interlaces with sand dunes ideal as refuge for many fish species and turtles, depth is around 7m. Bikini is further to the north, it is a shallow reef 2m to 6m where you can see corals in close proximity, lots of invertebrates such as morays and lobsters and since its closer to shore and shallow, it works as a fish nursery area. On occasions we visit the Christ statue in the Bay of Santa Maria close to the pier, this statue is only 3m deep and can be easily seen from the surface, placed here to protect the bay it is an attraction for both tourists and fish. Please take into account that it is a zodiac rib and thus the inside does get wet, keep your belongings safe and only bring what is necessary to the trip.

From Santa Maria: Two-Hour 4WD Buggy Desert Adventure

4. From Santa Maria: Two-Hour 4WD Buggy Desert Adventure

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in Santa Maria. Transfer to the local partner's main office where you will be required to show your driver's license. Get kitted out and board your 4x4 to begin your adventure.  On the two-hour tour, discover the salt flats of Santa Maria, surrounded by beautiful sand dunes. Zip past Kite Beach, the favorite beach of kite surfers, before cruising along to Serra Negra, Sal's natural reserve. Stop at the viewpoint here, where you'll be rewarded with an amazing panorama of the entire south part of the island and out to Boavista Island (weather permitting) Buzz across the desert and then stop at the Palha Verde Oasis. Finally, end the tour with a stop at Ponta Preta, the most beautiful beach on the island. Return to the main office and then to your hotel in Santa Maria.

Sal Island: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour with Lunch

5. 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

6. 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 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: Discover Scuba Diving

7. Santa Maria: Discover Scuba Diving

If you have never experienced diving before and are dying to see what it’s like underwater, this is for you! You, don’t need to hold any diving qualifications as we provide a short theory session to explain the basic rules of diving. This is followed by a pool session to get you familiar with your diving equipment. When you are ready, you are taken out for a dive into the clear blue warm Capeverdean waters. On the dive, you get to explore the amazing underwater environment and get a lifetime memory.

Sal: Santa Maria Beach Turtle Nesting Experience

8. Sal: Santa Maria Beach Turtle Nesting Experience

After pickup from your hotel, drive to the beach. The guide will provide an introduction about the turtles, and how to behave on the beach. You may have to wait a while for the turtle to feel safe and come onto the beach. When she is ready, see the female turtle going up the beach, looking for the best place to lay her eggs. She will then prepare the ground and start digging. When the hole is ready, the turtle will start laying between 65 and 100 egg. When she is done laying her eggs, she will close the hole before going back into the sea. You will then be dropped back to your hotel.

Santa Maria: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

9. Santa Maria: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

Meeting at the shop, wetsuits and sea shoes we be provided if needed. You will have a brief explanatory session on the beach with the stand up paddle boards and then go into the water with your instructor and guide. You will then paddle the bay of Santa Maria, taking in the sites from the ocean, checking out the local fishing men returning with their catch, also an opportunity to see ocean life, feel the summer breeze and of course RELAX!! Your instructor will be able to coach you during the tour making sure you get the best out of your paddle experience.

Sal: 4-Hour 4WD SSV Buggy Island Adventure

10. Sal: 4-Hour 4WD SSV Buggy Island Adventure

Explore Sal's highlights on this 4-hour, coast-to-coast, off-road guided island tour. After either being picked up at your hotel in Santa Maria or making your way to the meeting point, begin your tour on the west coast. Discover the bay of Murdeira with the Lion Mountain, the Fontona Oasis, and Palmeira, the island's main port. Arriving at the northwestern side, enjoy the amazing natural swimming pool of Regona. See the mirage at Terra Boa, then make your way to Pedra de Lume and the old crater of the volcano where you can find the second most salty water in the world. At the top, marvel at panoramic views of the island. Next, stop at Shark Bay to see lemon sharks in their natural environment. Cross through Serra Negra, the natural reserve of the island, and visit Kite Beach, a beautiful white sandy beach full of colorful kite surfs. Finally, finish your highlights tour at the salt flats of Santa Maria and admire the picturesque sand dunes.

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What people are saying about Sal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 577 reviews

Cool tour to visit the most popular sights of the island! Our guide responded to our wishes, told a lot about the island/culture/life here, was funny and interactive. Everything was also excellent in terms of organization: the evening before I received the confirmation/exact time and important information via WhatsApp and we were picked up at the hotel punctually at the agreed time. Admission to all attractions was also quick and uncomplicated (tickets were really all included in the price). Clear recommendation - thanks Nany!

If you want to have a good time of conviviality, choose this activity. A super well organized little cruise with a guaranteed good atmosphere. A big thank you to Alina and these teammates

Had a great experience exploring the island via this experience. The tour guide Chan was a delight, would highly recommend to those visiting Sal

Fantastic snorkeling. We have seen turtles... Very good personal treatment

Good tour and atmosphere thanks to Chan and his team! highly recommended