Destination Fact File
Reefs, caves and wrecks set around some amazing underwater topography.
Cape Verde was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, when the islands were uninhabited and there was no evidence of previous settlement. However, by the late 15th century settlement had already begun and today it is an up and coming popular tourist destination. This is thanks to its spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful deserted beaches. This country offers historical mystery of colonial style towns like Ribeira Grande the first European City in the tropics. Visitors are presented with a vast array of contrasting landscapes, ranging from dry magnificent dramatic volcanic areas, luscious and green grasslands and fine white sandy picturesque beaches.
Cape Verde is also famous for its large fabulous markets which are located on the majority of the islands. Although some are livelier than others they all give visitors a real sense of the countries culture and a good bargain on unique items. The island of São Vicente’s is renowned for its lively and energetic Carnival, whilst the Baia das Gatas Festival is a more traditional affair. Throughout all of the islands, it does not matter which island that you choose to visit, they all offer a fascinating mixture of African and European customs and conduct. This is best reflected in the traditional delicious foods, with Portuguese foods, such as fish and seafood based dishes, olive oil, garlic, lemon and sausage, and African foods, stews, beans, maize and tropical crops are comfortably combined on most menus.
Although the country is becoming more and more popular amongst traveller’s it has still surprisingly managed to retain its original beauty and heritage through its original Portuguese architecture.
As Cape Verde consists of numerous different islands, all separated by water it is not surprising that the water sports offered here are great, with perfect conditions for a variety of water sports such as diving as the waters here are home to many different species of marine life and wrecks dating back to the early 19th century and sailing.
Cape Verde Diving Holidays - Diving Information
Cape Verde is a fantastic new diving destination which is truly unspoilt giving you the luxury of a dive site to yourself and a range of dive sites from a combination of reef, cave and wreck diving. The deep waters offer volcanic lava shoals falling sheer away to reveal caves and cracks full of tropical fish and giving you the opportunity to see morays and lobster, shark and manta.
Sal is the island with the most easily accessible diving with most of the dive sites are a few minutes boat-ride from the sandy beach. Most of the diving is on the south west side of the island.
Choclassa is one of the favourite dive sites. This is a ridge with big overhangs, smothered in bright yellow polyps and occupied with big aggregations of surgeonfish, goatfish, parrotfish, Atlantic big eyes and large scribbled filefish.
There are also a couple of wrecks around the island. The Santo Antao wreck and is suitable for any diving level. It's a small trawler sitting in 11 metres and will give you the opportunity to see the endemic Guinea grunts which are unlikely to be found in other sites.