Our Cape Verde island-hopping family adventure in 9 days is ideal for families looking to explore the islands.

You start on Boavista, known for its golden beaches and turquoise waters. There will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy splashing about in the waves and you might choose to join a boat excursion, to explore some of the beautiful bays, snorkel off the boat and eat some delicious grilled fish. Depending on when you visit, you may spot a pod of dolphins, or even a whale! You can take a tour of the island to visit its famous pottery and marvel at the starkness of Deserto de Viana, a white sandy desert at the northern end of the island.

On Sao Vicente, you take a guided walking tour of the area, walk around the charming streets of Mindelo and learn how they make guitars at a workshop. You visit fish markets and explore the island on a jeep tour.

A one hour ferry crossing takes you to Santo Antao. You will be met by your English-speaking guide, who will take you walking for the two days. Remember, like all of our itineraries, we can tailor your holiday to suit you and plan your walks based on your preferred length of day. The walks we’ve suggested pass through dramatic peaks and lush valleys and our times are based on a relaxed pace, with plenty of amazing places to stop and take pictures.

Travelling between the islands is a highlight of this adventurous island hopping journey. Turbo-prop planes, local ferries, and open-top jeeps will make your family holiday even more unforgettable.

Without a doubt, it’s a Cape Verde island-hopping family adventure you will remember forever!


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Depart Heathrow and fly via Lisbon to Boavista in Cape Verde. On arrival transfer to the Orquidea hotel where you will stay for three nights.
Today you might choose to have a free day to enjoy the beaches, swim in the sea and have a look around. Or perhaps you will opt to join a boat excursion aboard a Catamaran. These three-hour excursion take small groups (max 8 people) and include soft drinks and fresh grilled fish. Also included are snorkelling and fishing equipment and you will stop somewhere scenic to swim off the boat. Depending on when you visit, you might get to see a pod of dolphins. To be in with a chance to view migrating whales, you need to visit between March and May. Boat tours can only be booked on the day but we can arrange transport from and back to your accommodation.
After breakfast, you will be picked up for your private guided tour of the island, visiting Boavista's old capita Rabil with its famous pottery, and the oldest church on the island Sao Roque. East of Rabil, you can marvel at the starkness of Deserto de Viana, and take pictures of the mysterious shipwreck Cabo Santa Maria. At Shark Bay, you can spot nurse sharks and then go for a dip at Santa Monica beach. Lunch is not included but there will be an opportunity to buy food, drink and snacks.
Today is the start of your island hopping trip, when you fly to São Vicente. On arrival transfer to the Hotel Oasis Porto Grande. The rest of the day is free, and, depending on your arrival time, you could go for a guided walking tour of Mindelo and perhaps join a guitar making workshop. The hotel is right on Amilcar Cabral square, a popular spot where locals meet for a chat, drink a coffee or ice cream on the terrace of the little kiosk.
Early morning transfer to the ferryport for you one-hour ferry crossing to Santo Antão. Here you will be met by your driver and English-speaking guide, who will take you to the start of your private guided walk, from Espongeiro to your hotel at Pedracin Village. The walk, through green valleys and over a spectacular mountain ridge, is moderately hard and takes around 4 to 5 hours. A packed lunch is included and your luggage will be transferred separately.
Another amazing day, starting with a transfer to the start of your walk in Cruzinha. The path takes you along the dramatic coast to Ponta do Sol. This is a moderate walk, but with some steep challenging sections. Duration is 5 to 6 hours. A packed lunch is included and your luggage will be transferred separately to Musica do Mar where you stay for two nights.
Free day in Ponta do Sol, with the possibility to go fishing, or to do more walks in the area. If you fancy something more high-octane, you might choose to go canyoning. This involves abseiling, sliding and jumping your way down a series of pools and waterfalls.
Early morning transfer to Porto Novo for your ferry back to São Vicente. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Oasis Porto Grande. In the afternoon you will be picked up for a guided jeep tour of the island.
Free time until it's time for your transfer to the airport. Fly home via Lisbon.

Guide price £2,200 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

INCLUDED: International flights (guide price only), accommodation in two twin share, en-suite rooms on a breakfast only basis throughout, dinner is included at Pedracin. Return airport/ferry transfers on Boavista, São Vicente and Santo Antão. Inter-island flight per person Boavista/São Vicente. Return ferry tickets. Excursions on Boavista, São Vicente and Santo Antão as detailed in the itinerary. Visas, support from our team in Cape Verde, and air ticket reconfirmation (if required). EXCLUDED: Meals not specified above and insurance. Additional excursions on free days.


The combination of accommodation we choose for your trip is key to an unforgettable holiday. Throughout your trip you will be staying in some of the most amazing places. From a small hotel nestled in the mountains and a guest house close to the beach, each island has some lovely accommodation choices and the hotels on this trip will be specially selected for you. All the accommodation will be on B&B basis, apart from Pedracin. Due to its remote location, dinner is included.


The activities that we have included on this holiday are suitable for all ages and can be adapted to your abilities and experience. The kids will love the bumpy off-road Jeep tour, but so will the adults. Speak to our team and we'll plan an amazing Cape Verde family holiday just for you!

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