Sal Island: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour with Lunch

4.6 / 5

58 reviews

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

Sal Island: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 64.37 per person

Discover the highlights of Sal on this relaxed-pace tour with included lunch and transfers. Float in the world's second-saltiest water inside an extinct volcano crater and watch lemon sharks up close.

About this activity

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Explore the most tourist-friendly city in Cape Verde, Santa Maria
  • Float in the world's second-saltiest water in Pedra de Lume
  • Get a taste of local life in the fishing village of Palmeira and Espargos
  • Marvel at the “Blue Eye” in Buracona, one of the 7 wonders of the country
  • Walk close to the lemon sharks in Shark Bay
Full description
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.

  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Santa Maria
  • Transportation
  • Guide/Driver
  • Lunch (main dish+ soft drink)
  • Entrance fees (€3 for Buracona, €5 for Salinas)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Water shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with mobility impairments
  • The tour duration is 6–7 hours
  • Lunch includes a main dish of fish or meat, dessert, and water
  • Please be ready at your pickup point 10 minutes before the activity starts
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 58 reviews

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Everything excellent dxd pick up the whole excursion from the hotel, the lunch was divine, I paid €8 more to eat another dish and I loved it. As my flight was delayed, I could not take the tour on the day scheduled because I was tired, I asked to change the date, and it was accepted free of charge. Thank you very much for this attention

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December 15, 2022

Great tour to experience most of the island. The guide and the arrangement were good. Our tour was attended by a few others who did not pay via Get tour guide. Their ride was cheaper, while we who paid more had to queue for tickets. Also, for the money I paid for the trip, I want to know if the transport is on a flatbed or by bus. (Luckily, the other travelers had already chosen the flatbed.) But sitting at about 50 km/h in the sun on a flatbed in a sandy landscape, where it was very dusty. I would have been very unhappy if I had been forced to sit on that flatbed.

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November 30, 2022

The tour guide was great , multi-lingual and knows a lot about island. The tour was interesting , liked it a lot although you can do the same even in half day if there was no lunch. Lunch dance show was also inspiring and interesting . If uncoils change anything, I would change the price of the tour that includes all entrance tickets so that you don’t need to buy them separately on top. The tour is pretty expensive if you count it all together

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November 6, 2022

Product ID: 354960