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

1. 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.

Santa Maria: Ocean View Yoga Class

2. Santa Maria: Ocean View Yoga Class

Yoga is for everyone, at any age, and at any level of fitness. This is why the Morning Yoga Classes, on our outdoor yoga decks overlooking the ocean are taught with everyones ability in mind. Come and have an amazing holiday experience and practice Yoga in the open air with a view to die for! Whether you are a complete beginner, an experienced yogi or just someone in need of a stretch, our oceanview yoga classes allow for everyone to move at their own pace. While you meditate you will hear the sound of the waves and feel the sun on your skin, its the BEST way to start the day and truly a memory you will take home with you at the end of your trip. Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Sanitized Yoga Mats are provided.

Sal: Santa Maria Beach Turtle Nesting Experience

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Beach

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Punctual pick-up from the hotel, good vehicle, very nice and competent driver, all highlights were visited and explained. A very successful day. Recommended top

A perfect start to the day in this island paradise... perfect way to channel positive energy and let go of your stress and tension

Experience to repeat. We were presented with Hamilton, an excellent guide and very friendly I strongly advise

Fantastic experience watching a turtle laying eggs. Definitely one of my travel highlights!

Very friendly and helpful guides. Well organized and very full