Sal: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Trip Around the Island

4.7 / 5

9 reviews

Sal: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Trip Around the Island

From $193.27 per group up to 6

Explore the small but breathtaking island of Sal on a guided full-day trip. See Cape Verde through the eyes of a local, and visit 10 of the island's highlights. Snorkel, bathe, marvel at the “Blue Eye,” and more. Benefit from included hotel transfers.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the island of Sal in Cape Verde with a local guide
  • See the island's highlights, such as Ponta Preta, Monte Leão, and the awe-inspiring Blue Eye
  • Bathe in therapeutic volcanic waters at Pedra de Lume, and spot lemon sharks in Baia de Parda
  • Find out the true meaning of the Cape Verde word “morabeza”
  • Snorkel in Murdeira Bay, and enjoy included hotel pickup and drop-off
Full description
Meeting at the front desk of your hotel at 9:15 AM, then make your way to the first destination, Ponta Preta (Black Edge). Witness a contrast between white natural sand dunes and dark-colored volcanic rocks entering the sea. This amazing combination creates huge and beautiful waves, making this location the stage for world-famous water sports competitions like surfing and windsurfing. While in Ponta Preta, you'll be introduced to the itinerary and provided with a brief history of Cape Verde. Next, head to Murdeira, located at the center of the island. Snorkel in the bay's crystal clear, coral-filled waters, and catch a glimpse of Monte Leão, one of the island's most prominent landmarks. From Murdeira, go north to the capital of the island, Espargos. Enjoy a local tour of the city ending in a panoramic view through the belvedere. Make your next stop at the fishing village of Palmeira, the only port on the island and an industrialized zone extremely important to the local economy. To the east of Palmeira, spot Buracona, a place with natural pools and an incredible rocky landscape of volcanic origin. This combination creates a wonderful phenomenon called "Blue Eye" (€3 entrance fee). From 10:30 AM–1 PM, the sun shines inside a 25-meter (82-foot) deep cave, allowing you to glimpse the image of a shiny blue eye staring at the majestic sky. More to the west of the island is Terra Boa, the only land for growing crops where you can enjoy another spectacle of nature, a mirage in the middle of the desert. On the way back to Espargos, pass the peripheral area of the island and visit some social institutions, such as kindergartens and schools. In Espargos, take a break for lunch in a local restaurant and taste a typical dish or savor one of the best pizzas in town. After lunch, continue to Pedra de Lume, where the famous Salinas (salt pans) are found inside of an extinct volcano crater. Bathe in the therapeutic waters (€5 entrance fee) before heading to the Baia de Parda around 4 PM to catch sight of lemon sharks. You'll return to your hotel around 5 PM.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Snorkeling mask
  • Food and drinks
  • Blue Eye entrance fee (€3)
  • Pedra de Lume entrance (€5)
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Look for a vehicle with the local partner's name on it in front of the reception of your hotel. Please be ready 10 minutes before the activity starts.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Swimming cap

Know before you go

  • Please arrive at your pickup point 10 minutes before the activity starts
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • The tour can take place in an open car, like a 4x4 pickup
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
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It was a really good trip, with a sweet and relaxed guide who talked about the places but was not overbearing. We were a little disappointed with some of the sights, but it was only because of the weather. It was too windy to get out and snorkel, which we very much wanted to do! But it's not the guides' fault! ☺️

4 December 2019

Sal ist eine kleine Insel, es gibt ein paar Dinge, die man gesehen haben sollte - und die sind in der Tour inbegriffen. Achtung: Es kommen ein paar Zusatzkosten auf den Reisenden zu, da Eintritte, Essen etc. nicht inkludiert sind. Das wäre nicht so schlimm, allerdings war ich der einzige Gast, bei dem das zu zahlen war - was die Sache etwas verkomplizierte. Die Guides waren supernett und hatten Spaß an ihrer Arbeit. Fahrzeuge in Ordnung, alles gut.

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15 June 2020

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Brilliant trip with our guide Manu. He was very knowledgeable and always had a smile on his face. We got to see the lemon sharks and even the adult sharks which grow up to 2 and half metres. An experience we wont forget. Thank you.

24 January 2020

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