Join us on one of our excursions and let us bring you closer to the beautiful wildlife, vibrant history and culture Sal Island has to offer.
We offer our excursions in 8 languages:
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A fantastic chance to see sharks up close. Join the sharks in the water and watch as they swim next to you for a truly thrilling experience! Join our expert guides on this very popular excursion as you learn all about the Lemon sharks in their natural habitat. Suitable for all ages.
Join us on the beaches of Sal for your chance to see the nesting Loggerhead turtle. A rare and unforgettable experience! Join an experienced guide on this fantastic excursion and learn all about the endangered Loggerhead turtle. Turtle walks run during the nesting season, from July to October. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Family Turtle Walk
Join our experienced guides on the beaches of Sal for your chance to see a nesting loggerhead turtle! Children can now enjoy this fantastic experience on our specially designed Family Turtle Walk. We’ve created these walks specifically with children in mind, so that they also get to experience this magical event. These walks have early start times and information designed to keep children fully engaged in this wonderful experience. Family Turtle Walks run during nesting season, from July to October. Book early to avoid disappointment!
A fun and exciting way to explore the wonderful marine world of Sal. Whizz through the water like never before with our powered Seadoo torpedoes. Join our knowledgeable guides and cruise effortlessly across the reefs observing Sal's fantastic marine life below. Discover the huge sunken statue of Jesus and much more. No previous experience necessary.
*Minimum age 14 years old
Sal Island Tour
Discover the natural beauty of Sal whilst enjoying a tour around this magical island in our new air-conditioned minibus. Visit the "Blue Eye" at Buracona, enter inside the crater of an extinct volcano, experience floating in a therapeutic salt lake, enjoy lunch in the quaint traditional fishing village of Palmeira, see Monte Leão and much more. End your tour with a relaxing sunset cocktail at the world famous Ponta Preta beach. Lunch, drinks & all entry fees included.
Historical Sal Tour
We are proud to offer the first and only historical tour of Sal. Join our Cape Verdean historian to discover all about Sal's fascinating history, music & culture. Join us as you travel across the island in an air-conditioned minibus. Learn all about the stories and legends of the island, browse through rare old photographs of Sal, visit the salt mines at Pedra de Lume, the museum in Santa Maria and many other places of interest.
Bike and Hike
A fantastic chance to see the real Santa Maria. Cycle, hike and enjoy stunning views across Sal. Join our experienced guide as you cycle through Santa Maria, the Salinas and surrounding dunes then hike to the top of Serra Negra.
Join us for a fun filled day of activities including rockpooling, beachcombing, dune jumping and much more! Children can explore Santa Maria's fantastic rock pools, enjoy visiting beautiful Kite Beach and discover how Sal got its name. End your day relaxing with a delicious ice cream! All rockpooling equipment will be provided.
A guided evening enjoying the beautiful night sky of Cabo Verde. A unique and relaxing experience for all. A chance to see the Milky Way, shooting stars, the Moon, planets and constellations. Suitable for all ages.
Explore charming and vibrant Santa Maria on a relaxing guided
cycling excursion. Sample the local life as you cycle through Santa Maria, the Salinas, the world famous Ponta Preta and many more places of interest.
Discover the rare and wonderful bird life of Sal from our specially chosen locations across the island. Observe Red-billed Tropicbirds, Stilts, Sanderlings, Plovers, Kestrels and many more. Guide books and binoculars provided.
At Explore Cape Verde we pride ourselves on making our excursions accessible to everybody, to ensure nobody misses out on what Sal has to offer!
We can offer private excursions for just your family & friends or we can provide alterations to our excursions for any persons with additional needs or limited capabilities. We are happy to amend our existing excursions to try to accommodate your requirements.
Please contact us for more information.
Early in 2017 Explore Cape Verde partnered with TravelEyes to offer excursions to a group of partially sighted & blind persons. Offering more than your average tour, we visited many places on the island describing the sights, sounds and smells at each location and where they were coming from.
"This year, we came to Cape Verde with elderly relatives. Jonathan was kind, caring and empathetic of my step fathers mobility issues and tailor made our trips out to ensure that he could also benefit from the wonderful experiences of marine life on the island...nothing was too much trouble. Caring, compassionate, informative, mind blowing trips that make people’s dreams come true and helping people to be at one with nature. I can’t recommend Jonathan and the team enough." Facebook review, Sept 2018.
"My family and I (me, husband and 3 kids, 18,15 and 11) decided to go to Cape Verde mostly because of the Loggerhead turtles. We went on the Turtle watching evening trip, and as there are 5 of us, and 2 of our children have Aspergers (a form of autism) we had a private trip. Jonathan was extremely informative, answered all of my sons questions, and there were lots! We saw turtles laying their eggs, and the most amazing star gazing. He made everyone feel at ease, and we came away with far more knowledge than we ever could have expected. Everyone enjoyed themselves so much that we booked up for the Lemon shark trip at the end of that evening and we again had a private trip. Explore Cape Verde is the one and only company that you should use to see the amazing wildlife the island has to offer. They care about the environment, and want to protect and educate to support both the local community and the wildlife." TripAdvisor review, August 2016.