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The Sotavento and Barlavento Islets

The Sotavento islands: The Sotavento islands (literally, the Leeward), is the southern island group of Cape Verde archipelago.  Below are the Isets that stem off from the south group.

Ilhéu Grande

Ilhéu Grande (Portuguese meaning the Big Islet, Cape Verdean Creole, written in ALUPEC: Djeu Grandi) is part of the Ilhéus Secos islet group. Its location is in the west and it represents the largest islet of the chain. The etymology or its origin of name is the big islet in which is the largest islet of the chain. They are administratively a part of the municipality of Brava. The island is a volcanic seamount. The islet contains dry grasslands and rocky coastlines. Its length is around 1.5 km from southwest to northeast and the width is approximately 600 to 800 m from east to west.

The islet can definitely be seen from the northern part of Brava and in the northern Fontainhas mountain range. The islets can rarely be seen in the higher elevations of the western part of the island of Fogo

Ilhéu de Cima

Ilhéu de Cima (in Cape Verdean Creole, written in ALUPEC: Djeu di Sima) is part of the Ilhéus Secos islet group. Its location is in the east and it represents the second largest islet of the chain. They are administratively a part of the municipality of Brava. The island is a volcanic seamount. The islet contains dry grasslands and rocky coastlines. Its length is around 600 to 800 from southwest to northeast and the width is approximately 200 to 300 m from east to west. The islet features a bay in its northeast side. Two islets lie to the west and another one by its only bay. The islet can definitely be seen from the northern part of Brava and in the northern Fontainhas mountain range. The islets can rarely be seen in the higher elevations of the western part of the island of Fogo.

Ilhéus Secos

Ilhéus Secos (Portuguese meaning Dry Islets, because the islets are dryer and do not have as much vegetation as the Brava island) or Ilhéus do Rombo are a group of islets in Cape Verde located due north at about 7 to 8 km from the nearby island of Brava. The two major islets of the chain include Ilhéu Grande and Ilhéu de Cima. Other islets include three of them are in the rest of the area. They are administratively a part of the municipality of Brava. The island is a volcanic seamount.

The islets contains dry grasslands and rocky coastlines. The Ilhéu Grande is situated in the west side and is the largest of the chain, its length is around 1.5 km from southwest to northeast and the width is approximately 600 to 800 m from east to west, this islet is ranked the largest and contains a small bay on the island's northwestern part. The middle part contains two small islets of little or no vegetation. The Ilhéu de Cima is around 1 km in length going south to north and about 500 to 600 m from east to west and is the second largest. A small bay is lying in the southeast, another islet is only about 500 m northeast and contains little or no vegetation. Other islets include Ilhéu do Rei, Ilhéu Sapado, Ilhéu Luís Carneiro. The islets can definitely be seen from the northern part of Brava and in the northern Fontainhas mountain range. The islets can rarely be seen in the higher elevations of the western part of the island of Fogo.

Ilhéu Laja Branca

Ilhéu Laja Branca (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Idjéu Laja Branka, São Vicente Crioulo: Ilhéu Laja Branka) is an islet located nearly 500 m north of the nearest shoreline of the island of Maio in Cape Verde. They are administratively a part of the municipality of Maio. The islet is of volcanic origin and was once connected with the rest of the island. The islet contains mainly no vegetation. Its length is nearly 300 m and its width is nearly 400 m. The islet can definitely be seen from the northeastern part of the island of Maio and its mountains, the islet can see nearby mountains and parts of the northern portions of the island, the rest of the area cannot see the island due to its flat landscape.

The Barlavento islands: The Barlavento islands (literally, the Windward), is the northern island group of Cape Verde archipelago. Below are the Isets that stem off from the north group.

Ilhéu Branco

Ilhéu Branco (Portuguese for "white islet") is an islet in the Barlavento group of islands of Cape Verde archipelago. Branco is flanked by Santa Luzia in the northwest and by Raso island in the southeast.
It is uninhabited except by birds and is known for its guano and surrounding marine life. It is also one of only two islands where the Cape Verde Giant Skink was observed to reside, and was formerly a home to the critically endangered Raso Lark.

Raso

Raso is an islet of 7 square kilometers in the Barlavento archipelago of Cape Verde. Raso is flanked by the smaller Branco islet on the west and by São Nicolau island on its eastern side.
It is uninhabited and is now the only home of the Raso Lark. The Brown Booby and Red-billed Tropicbird visit the island to breed.

It is besides one of only two islands where the Cape Verde Giant Skink was observed to reside, a species which may now be extinct. The Cape Verde Giant Gecko, Tarentola gigas and a Skink, Mabuya stangeri still occur on the island

Ilhéu de Sal Rei

Ilhéu de Sal Rei (in Cape Verdean Creole, written in ALUPEC: Djeu d Sal Rei) is an islet located 1 km west of Sal Rei and nearly 1 km southwest of its nearest point of Boa Vista Island in Cape Verde. They are administratively a part of the municipality of Boa Vista. The islet is of volcanic origin.
The islet contains dry grasslands and features bushes and grasslands, most of the island are filled with beach sands as well as rocky soils. Its length is nearly 1 km from northwest to southeast and approximately 600 m from southwest to northeast. The island also features a lighthouse and it sits by a rocky shoreline in the island's northwesternmost point. The small strait lies to the northeast.

The islet can definitely be seen from the western part of Boa Vista including the Praia de Chave and the town of Sal Rei, it cannot be seen from Rabil since a part of the area blocks its view, the islet can also be seen from a mountain to the south of the island.

Ilhéu de Pássaros

Ilhéu de Pássaros (in Cape Verdean Creole: Djeu) is an islet located between 2 to 3 km NW of the island of São Vicente (Mindelo) and also 2 km northwest of the Mindelo's nearby point, the João Ribeira. They are administratively a part of the municipality of São Vicente. The islet is a volcanic seamount. The islet contains dry grasslands and rock ledges that elevate up to 40 m. Its length and width is around 150 m. It forms the boundary with the Mindelo Bay and the Canal de São Vicente and is in the Atlantic Ocean.

The islet can definitely be seen from the southern part of the island of Santo Antão and the western and the northern half of the island of São Vicente excluding the southern, the southeastern and the eastern parts especially form Monte Verde, Lazareto, Monte Cara and around the bay and the city of Mindelo. The islet also features a lighthouse.

Ilhéu Rabo de Junco

Ilhéu Rabo de Junco (in Cape Verdean Creole, written in ALUPEC: Djeu Rób d Junk) is an islet located nearly 500 m west of the nearest point of the island of Sal. They are administratively a part of the municipality of Sal Rei. The islet is a volcanic seamount and was once connected with the rest of the island. The islet contains mainly no vegetation. Its length is nearly 100 m each direction.

The islet can definitely be seen from the western part of Sal, the islet can see nearby mountains and parts of the central and the southern portions of the island which is blocked by neighbouring mountains.