Cape Verde is an archipelago of 10 islands situated in the Atlantic Ocean and approximately 570 km off Western Africa’s coast. From mountains to deserts to oceans, Cape Verde has it all. That is why this island archipelago is the newest holiday destination for travellers from all over the world.
Scuba Diving – Water enthusiasts will appreciate the range of diving excursions that can be found on Cape Verde. Sal Island alone has 25 dive sites from which to choose. Choose from reef diving, wreck diving and cave diving. Deep diving takes visitors to lava shoals and caves. View tropical fish, manta rays, sharks, turtles and lobsters in their natural habitats. Shallow dives introduce visitors to moray eels, sea snails, sea snakes and an abundance of tropical fish. Wreck diving is extra exciting because many of the wrecks are undisturbed and their cargoes are still untouched. Because the waters are warm and the scenery is spectacular, diving is a popular attraction during holidays to the Cape Verde islands.
Pedra Lume Salt Crater – This unique attraction is a must for travellers to Cape Verde. The Pedra Lume Salt Crater is where visitors can swim inside an old volcanic crater. The water of Pedra Lume is so salty that people can float vertically as well as horizontally. Visitors compare this to the Dead Sea and return for the experience again and again. Be sure to look out for the pink-coloured salt crystals which are akin to something one would find on the moon.
Hiking – The trails of the islands are scenic and can range from simple nature walks to treks that are quite vigorous. Visitors can choose to have a guide or hike alone and it should depend on one’s skill and fitness level as well as the hike chosen.
Scenery includes rugged peaks, deep canyons, views into volcano craters and spectacular views of the ocean. Many of the hikes can be done on paths and roads.
Beaches – Who can visit an island and not try the beaches? Cape Verde beaches are everything a beach should be. Clear waters the colour of turquoise, long golden or white beaches and water activities like kite surfing and wind surfing. A beautiful beach to include in an itinerary is Praia de Chaves where visitors can see arcs and pillars sculpted by the island winds.
Just a few more Cape Verde attractions include mountaineering, deep-sea fishing, bird watching, island hopping, quad biking, horseback riding, surfing, body boarding, turtle watching, live music, dancing and shopping for island crafts such as baskets and weaved cloth. Browse here to find affordable flights to this paradise island getaway.
Helen Parkinson is a keen travel writer with years of experience. She enjoys travelling to unusual destinations.