The island of Boavista is the hottest and driest of all the islands in Cape Verde.
It’s just a short 20min flight from Sal, making it another attractive island if you like beaches, but prefer to avoid the crowds.
The island is the most affected by the hot harmattan winds from the Sahara, so it perfect for all kinds of great water sports opportunities near the capital Sal Rei. The interior on the other looks like a dry moon landscape with its desert-like landscapes. The white sandy beaches are stunning and are the third most important destination in the world for nesting loggerhead turtles.
Relax in a boutique coastal hideaway, or one of the larger all-inclusive hotels and explore this desert island by jeep. Humpback whales like Boavista too, as they have their young here and nurse them until they are strong enough to brave the Atlantic.
Boavista's glorious deserted beaches are stunning, stretch for miles and are very popular with loggerhead turtles who nest in the warm sands between July and September. So why not join a ranger on a night walk as they collect data and tag turtles.
Hire a jeep or a quad and explore the islands interior on your own, visiting the mysterious Santa Maria shipwreck, one of the many shipwrecks that have stranded within sight of the island, explore the Viana Desert with its oasis of coconut trees and date palms, and the dunes of Estoril beach.
Be self-sufficient and stay in self-catering accommodation or opt for one of the many laid-back B&B’s where parrots roam around in the courtyard. Humpback whales like Boavista too, as they have their young here and nurse them until they are strong enough to brave the Atlantic.
There is much to see and do when travelling around the islands of Cape Verde. On Boavista we are able to offer experiences which reflect the highlights of the island allowing you to either step off the beaten track or indulge in some of the more active activities on offer.
Boavista still has that sleepy atmosphere of somewhere seldom visited. The hotel options are more limited than Sal, though there a few are large all-inclusive hotels scattered around the islands coast and some smaller hotel and self catering options in and around the island's capital of Sal Rei.