Secrets of Sal Island 4×4 Tour
The desolate beauty of inland Sal is in stark contrast to the white sands of its coast. On this off-road safari, you’ll explore Murdeira Bay, the Buracona lagoon, the ocean-like sands of Terra Boa and Pedra de Lume. You’ll also discover Palmeira and Espargos. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.After a brief stop at Murdeira Bay, you’ll trundle off in a closed 4×4 to the fishing village of Palmeira on the west coast. Its palm tree-lined streets are dotted with mural-painted cafes and tiny shops. A great chance to see how the locals live. Then it’s on to the Buracona lagoon, famed for how it shimmers when hit by sunlight.Next, witness the ocean-like sands of Terra Boa before enjoying an elevated view of Espargos, the island’s capital. Wind the morning down with a natural spa treatment – by floating in the Dead Sea-like waters of Pedra de Lume.
Secrets of Sal Island 4×4 Tour
Cuba Libre Sailboat Cruise
Sailing the Cuba Libre is a sweet sensation. This single-mast yacht sails out of Santa Maria in southern Sal and specialises in all the ‘ings’ – sailing, relaxing, sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming and even fishing. This is what being on holidays is all about – pure, unadulterated fun.You’ll be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Santa Maria pier. Board the Cuba Libre, and live the dream. Your crew will attend to your needs and get the show on the road. These guys aren’t just good at their job – they’re great fun to be around.Once you’re in the open sea, you’re in God’s playground. With luck, you’ll spot flying fish and turtles. And if you don’t, there’s always the snorkelling and swimming – crewmembers have their favourite spots for both activities such as Monte Leao. Cruises are available as either half-day – morning or afternoon – or full day.
Sal Lemon Shark Experience
Living in the coastal subtropical waters around Sal, lemon sharks are one of the easiest sharks to spot in their natural habitat. You’ll venture out to Shark Bay with a marine biologist to interact and learn about these fascinating creatures on this half-day trip.After pick-up from your hotel, you’ll drive to Shark Bay over on the east coast of Sal where your lemon shark experience will begin. You’ll wade out into the water with a marine biologist, who will guide you step by step and teach you all about this incredible species.Spot their yellow-tinted skin – ideal for camouflage in the sandy shores – and watch them as they go about their business, twisting and turning, and looking for fish just a few feet away. You’ll see their fins cutting through the surface of the water and get to know these sharks closer than you could imagine.
Sal Quad Bike Tour
Mother Nature might as well have designed the beaches and dunes of Sal for quad biking – because they’re ideal for this adrenaline-pumping activity. We’ll take you to the world-famous Kite Beach in the southeast of the island for an experience that’ll get your races pulsing. You can choose either a two or four-hour quad ride.You’ll be picked up from your hotel and we’ll soon be making a beeline for the island’s famous salt plains. Once you’ve trundled past Serra Negra mountains and the white salt flats, you won’t be far from Kite Beach.
This beach gets its name from the legions of kitesurfers who come here for the huge swells and high winds. This excursion is almost a whistle-stop tour of the island – with a rip-roaring bit of fun in a quad being the icing on the cake.
Postcards of Sal Tour
For a relatively small island, Sal boasts a wealth of sights. This tour covers nearly every inch of the island, taking in Kite Beach, Murdeira Bay, Buracona lagoon, Pedra de Lume salt flats and the towns of Palmeira and Espargos. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.Start off with a trip to the world-renowned Kite Beach. Then it’s down the coast to Murdeira Bay. The palm-lined streets and bright mural walls of the village of Palmeira await next, before things move inland to the Buracona lagoon and the mirage plains of Terra Boa.After lunch, explore the capital, Espargos, before heading to Pedra de Lume salt flats for a float – Cape Verde’s answer to the Dead Sea. Before things wrap up, you’ll visit colourful botanical gardens and have a cocktail at Ponta Preta beach club. A great excursion that combines scenery, flora and fauna, villages and gastronomy.
Odjo d’Agua Beach BBQ Tour
If you fancy finishing the day in true Cape Verdean style, sign up for this night barbecue. This magnificent boutique hotel ticks all the boxes – a fantastic location, a private beach and a great atmosphere. You’ll get to spend a few evening hours feasting on a traditional BBQ, soaking up some chilled beach vibes.As you hit Odjo d’Agua Beach, you’ll be greeted by the mouth-watering aromas of marinated meats and vegetables being roasted over the flaming coals. The islands have great cuisine – marrying Portuguese, Creole and African culinary influences.Things get a little livelier after dinner, as a crew of local musicians strike up a jam. The Creole beats might well have you up dancing in the sands.
Cape Verdean Beach BBQ Night
This beach party is the essence of the Cape Verdean spirit. Sun, sand, sea – and dancing. And there’s no better way to soak up the vibe than with this beach barbecue and bonfire experience. A cracking evening in which Sal really comes alive.As the sun sets over Sal, you’ll be whisked off to the beach club of local windsurfing legend, Josh Angulo. Learn of his world champion-winning exploits as the mouth-watering aroma of meats and vegetables grilling on the beach barbeque fills the night sky.Wash down this delicious meal with a couple of tasty cocktails, as the super-friendly team at the club stoke the roaring beach bonfire. Gather round for nice chats and maybe try a ponche or two, the popular local drink made from distilled sugar cane. And you never know, you might even get dragged up to boogie a traditional Cape Verdean funana dance.
With miles of white sandy beaches and beautiful coastline, there’s so much to discover in Sal. What better way to explore it than with this 4×4 tour of its hidden gems such as Murdeira Bay and Terra Boa, including a tasty beach barbecue as the sun begins to set. It promises plenty of action and some well-deserved chill-out time.Kick off this afternoon tour with pick-up from your hotel from where you’ll set off on a thrilling 4×4 ride along the coast and countryside of Sal. First up is Murdeira and its sweeping natural bay on the west coast. Then, we’ll continue rumbling along coastal tracks towards Terra Boa, where on sunny days you’ll witness a mirage.You’ll soon reach Salinas where you can float in the salt lakes, much like a natural spa treatment, on our way to the one and only Kite Beach. This vast stretch of sand gets its name for the one thing everybody flocks here for – kitesurfing. We’ll be in time to settle down for a beach barbecue just as the sun dips into the ocean.
Salinas Salt Lake Experience
The volcanic landscape of Sal provides a very special geographical feature – the salt lakes of Pedra de Lume. These lakes – or ‘salinas’ – are located in the crater of an extinct volcano and form the lowest point in Cape Verde.As you enter the waters, you won’t have to paddle too hard to stay afloat – the waters are 26-times denser than sea water, so you’ll bob around in them like a cork. The Dead Sea is just 10-times denser.Soaking in this natural wonder isn’t the only serene activity on this afternoon excursion – you’ll be treated to a wonderfully relaxing spa treatment in the Salinas spa centre before you brave the salty waters. Bring a towel, though – you’re going to want to shower all that salt off you before returning to Santa Maria.
Explore Santa Maria
There’s no better way to get a feel for Santa Maria than by getting into its skin with this all-encompassing walking tour. Proceedings kick off in the eastern edge of town, and take in an authentic local market, Angulo’s beach bar and the fishermen’s pier.You’ll start with a visit to Angulo’s – a kick-back-and-relax beach bar that’s something of a hit with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy chilled out tunes, great views from the terrace and its buzzing atmosphere.And it’s just as lively at our next stop, the Municipal Market – though at times it can feel like the streets are a marketplace – where fragrant fresh produce fills the air. Next up is the Catholic church, whose whitewashed exterior with blue trim harks back to colonial times. We’ll then go from the serenity of the church to the bustling pier. Here, fishermen display their daily catch – an essential Santa Maria experience.
Santa Maria Jet Ski Experience
Adrenaline-fuelled adventure is the name of the game on this thrilling session. Carve through warm, azure Atlantic waters on your awesomely powerful jet-propelled craft -on what can be either a 30 minute, 1 or 2 hour session.The waters off Sal are tailor-made for water sports – they’re beautifully clean and warm. You’ll charge down Santa Maria’s gorgeous coastline, spewing up a stream of water in your wake. There’s 8km of beach front at this spot, so you have plenty of coastline to play with – including exploring the stunning Murdeira Bay.If you’ve never been on a jet ski before, you’re in for a real treat – and these tropical waters are the perfect place to really open up the throttle.
Santa Maria Jet Ski Experience
The coast of Cape Verde is ripe for exploring on foot – but even better by Segway. Save on tired legs and still see all the sights as you zoom around in comfort and ease on these two-wheeled vehicles. Following your guide, you’ll call by some of the island’s standout spots before rounding off with a well-earned rest on Ponta Preta beach.After getting to know how to operate your Segway in Santa Maria, you’ll follow a guide to start your adventure. Both on and off-road, you’ll admire plenty of seafront scenery and feel the wind in your hair as you zoom down the Vila Verde coastal path.Gliding along with ease, you’ll take in all the points of interest and still have time to relax on the sands of Ponta Preta beach before heading back to base. Guaranteed to be the most fun you’ll have on two wheels.
As the name suggests, lobster is the word at LobStar – though wow runs it a close second. You’ll be saying it when see the views from the terrace and when you are served your Cape Verdean speciality lobster meal – you can choose either lunch or dinner. This tasty treat also includes wine and live music. Meat and vegetarian menus are also available.LobStar is located on the seafront of Santa Maria in the very south of Sal. The restaurant is in a beautiful, rustic stone hut at the foot of the pier where fishermen daily land their catch. The chefs source their seafood from here – so it’s a case of straight off the boat and on to your plate. LobStar serves lobster dishes as starters, mains and even dessert.You’ll enjoy beautiful ocean views from your table, with colourful fishing boats resting on the strand and floating in the sea adding a marine touch to your experience. A lobster meal at LobStar is one of the ultimate Cape Verdean moments in Sal.
Private Postcards of Sal
Sal may be small, but she packs a punch in stunning scenery. This tour takes in Kite Beach, Murdeira Bay, Buracona lagoon and Pedra de Lume salt flats. What’s more, there’s a three-course lunch in the island capital Esparagos and a free gift to take home. This is one of our private TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while offering you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy the day your way.We kick off with a trip to the world-renowned Kite Beach, then it’s down the coast to Murdeira Bay. The palm-lined streets and bright mural walls of the village of Palmeira await next, before things move inland to the Buracona lagoon and the mirage plains of Terra Boa.After a three-course lunch, explore the capital, Espargos, before heading to Pedra de Lume salt flats for a float in the waters of Cape Verde’s answer to the Dead Sea. Before things wrap up, you’ll visit colourful botanical gardens and have a cocktail at Ponta Preta beach club. And as a keepsake of your day, you’ll take home a handmade pottery gift, exclusively for our private tour guests.
Sal Island Buggy Tour
Speed demons will rejoice with these adrenaline-pumping buggy tours. Ideal for manoeuvring over sandy terrain, you’ll get to see even more of the island as you rev, race and rumble down tracks you never knew existed. There’s three tours to choose from – a 2-hour, 4-hour or night-time excursion – the choice is completely yours.If exploring more of Sal is on your agenda, then a fun way to sightsee is on an exhilarating buggy tour. Whether you opt for the 2-hour of 4-hour tour, you’ll get to take the helm and navigate winding tracks and try some off-roading to viewpoints over the island’s famed pearly-white beaches, sand dunes, bays and turquoise shores.But before you set off, there’s a quick safety briefing from your guide and time to change into some overalls and goggles – to protect you and your clothing. And if you opt for the night-time buggy tour, you’ll see Sal under the twinkling of the stars.
Try Dive Experience
The tropical sheltered waters that surround Sal are perfect to learn to scuba dive in. Get the basics under your belt with a swimming pool lesson from an English-speaking instructor, before taking the plunge on a short sea dive with this try scuba experience.With waters so tempting around Sal, you’re in just the place to try out scuba diving for the first time. This is the perfect opportunity if you don’t quite fancy signing up for a full course, but you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to breathe underwater.You’ll get to grips with the equipment in a swimming pool first, and get comfortable with breathing and moving properly underwater. After this swimming pool instruction and quick theory lesson, you’ll be whisked off to the nearby coast where you’ll get to put your newly acquired skills into practice on a short sea dive.
An amazing view of Sal’s diverse coastline as you gently cruise the crystal-clear waters of the South Atlantic is what’s on offer here. This is a morning of exploring the tropical seas aboard your private boat – with some refreshing snorkelling in the mix, too.Cape Verde’s second-largest island boasts a coastline that varies from pristine beaches to rugged bluffs. Cast of from the wonderfully picturesque town of Palmeira, as you glide out into the morning sunshine. Carve a route through the lapping waves, navigating around the imposing, rocky headland en route to the postcard-worthy Murdeira Bay.As your skipper drops anchor in the tranquil waters of the sheltered bay, you’ll have the option to explore the tropical wildlife beneath the surface by snorkel. Dry off in the warm breeze back on deck as your super-friendly crew serve up some cold drinks. A thoroughly relaxing way to spend a morning at sea.
Exploring southern Sal just became even more fun. With this morning electric bike tour, your guide will lead you to the best spots as you glide with ease from A to B. So whether you want to spend some quality time with friends or simply have some fun in the sun, this guided e-bike tour guarantees a good time.Once you’ve met up with your guide, you’ll hear all about the morning’s itinerary before hopping onto the saddle and setting off to Sal’s southern hotspots. Leave the navigating to your guide and follow along admiring the views over the sun-soaked plains and sea.You’ll have plenty of opportunities for photos and with an e-bike you’ll not even break a sweat as you cover ground. A great way to discover beautiful Cape Verdean landscapes.
Sal Beer Bike Tour
You’ll have earned your beer during this two-hour tour, which sees you cycling your way around the centre of Vila da Santa Maria. But the difference is you’ll be able to have an ice-cool beer with your friends while pedalling, sitting back and enjoying the sights.Up to 15 guests will fit around the beer bike, which is designed so that everyone does the hard work of pedalling so you get maximum enjoyment out of the tour. Your guide will point out the historical sights of Vila da Santa Maria, while you get to sip on your cool beer, taken straight from the on-board tap. And if beer’s not your thing, then water and juice will be on offer, too.Music will keep the party going, and free Wi-Fi will be available so you can share your pics and videos to friends back at home. There’ll be a couple of stop during the route – and a barrel of laughs.
Authentic Espargos Tour and Dinner
This afternoon tour shines the spotlight on the real Espargos, as seen through the eyes of a local. You’ll kick off with a tour to three historical spots, then have a drink in a bar before the main event – a traditional dinner with live music at a local’s house.You’ll be taken to Sal’s capital, Espargos, for an afternoon of culture, history and some traditional food. A walking tour will introduce you to the city’s history at three stops – the first airport on the island, the first hotel and the first sanitation place. You’ll drop in a local bar for a drink, where some old photos of Espargos and Sal will be on display.Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be welcomed into a local’s house for dinner. You’ll be told how all the dishes are made, which includes cachupa – a type of Cape Verdean stew with either fish, chicken or vegetables. Live music will add to the atmosphere, too, leftover food will be offered to a family in need.
Authentic Espargos Tour and Dinner