Diving São Vicente, Cape Verde
Several years ago, we found the two westernmost islands of Cape Verde to be a wonderful new diving destination. Still we ourselves are very pleasantly surprised when we are there….
The island of São Vicente in Cape Verde is an emerging destination for divers from around the world. The clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the island are still rich in marine life and offer a unique view of the underwater world.
Diving is done from Mindelo, the capital of São Vicente. It is a vibrant city with a unique blend of African, Portuguese and Creole culture. It is known for its music scene and nightlife, and there are numerous restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from.
For those looking for an adventurous diving vacation with a shot of culture, São Vicente offers everything you need. Whether you are an experienced diver or just starting out, you will be surprised.
Best travel time: You can dive here year-round. As far as we are concerned, the best periods to go are April, May, June, October, November and early December. Fall is especially nice when the water is already warmed up. Here you also have the greatest chance of spotting any passing big stuff.
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What will you experience on this trip?
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Day 1 - Travel to São Vicente
You will fly to São Vicente where you will land at the Cesária Évora International Airport. This airport is named after perhaps Cape Verde’s most important and famous singer.
It is a small airport so you are quickly back in the arrivals hall. Outside you will be met and a transfer will be ready to take you to Mindelo where you will stay during the week. This is about a 15-minute drive from the airport. The Mansa Marina hotel is located right in the center of town.
Day 2 to 6 - Diving on São Vicente
For the next 5 days, you will go on 2 boat dives each day with the diving school Dive-Tribe. It is located near the port of Mindelo. Anica and her crew will welcome you warmly and help you prepare for your first dives. Once everyone has their equipment complete it will be prepared in the zodiacs and you will depart from the port towards the west coast of São Vicente. Sheltered in the bays, you will dive to a maximum depth of 30 meters on special dive sites such as Djeu Sul, Sao Macaro, and Ponta do Tubarao.
During the dives you will spot schools of fish, angler fish, sister sharks, turtles and much more. Due to limited tourism, you will find a lot of untouched marine life here.
You will make 2 dives a day with a short surface interval on the boat between dives where the crew will provide you with water and local delicacies.
When you return from diving, you can have lunch in cozy Mindelo before returning by van to the Foya Branca Resort.
Day 7 - Excursions, relax.... sea turtles?
You can’t dive today, unfortunately! But no worries. Near the village of São Pedro, you can do something unique. On the surface snorkeling with large numbers of turtles. Also fun for non-divers. About 100 meters off the coast near, the turtles once followed the fishermen to eat fish scraps. Meanwhile, Divetribe made a deal to reduce fishing by making money in other ways! Namely, tourism! Part of the proceeds go to the fishermen, another part to the local school. A win-win situation.
This snorkeling trip is perfect for taking photos or videos with your Go-pro. Dodging the turtles is a job in itself in the clear blue water.
Day 8 - Home
Today you will be picked up at the Mansa Marina Hotel and transferred to the São Vicente airport. Unfortunately, the beautiful trip through Cape Verde is over again. In the coming time, you will often think back to the beautiful dives you made on São Vicente and the conviviality of Mindelo.
The stay and surroundings
Mansa Marina Hotel
Mansa Marina Hotel is a 4-star accommodation located in Mindelo, 1.1 km from Praia Da Laginha and 300 meters from Torre de Belem. The accommodation has a bar and a restaurant serving international dishes. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, transportation to/from the airport, room service and free Wi-Fi in all areas.
The hotel is also right in the center of Mindelo and just a few minutes’ walk from the diving school along the promenade.
The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee maker, a shower, free toiletries and a closet. Rooms are equipped with a safe and some rooms offer sea views. Hotel rooms are equipped with linens and towels.
You will also find a large swimming pool where you can enjoy Caipirinhas by a setting sun until late.
What is included
This travel package is €1050 per person based on two people in one room. The trip can be extended as desired. A number of things are included by default in this travel package.
Prices are subject to price changes, increases or changing exchange rates. Flights are always based on the cheapest possible booking class.
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Frequently asked questions about this diving vacation
They are boat dives by zodiac. Maximum 1 hour with a maximum depth of 30m.
You sail, depending on the wind and waves in up to 30 minutes to the dive sites. The nearest one is only a 5-minute boat ride away.
You will make 2 dives here in the morning with your usual return just after lunch around 1:30 pm. It is possible to possibly do a 3rd dive in the afternoon.
Yes. This is possible.
Yes. You can take SSI courses to Divemaster here. Starting diving here is very possible. It is suitable for beginning divers.
Yes! The Mansa Marina hotel is a few minutes’ walk along the promenade. The diving school is located next to the ferry.
They use steel tanks 12L. And both DIN and INT are possible.
Yes. The cost for full equipment is €150 for 5 days of diving.