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Cape Verde Scuba Diving

Reef, cave, wreck diving, there are dives every day of the year, but the least wind is from April to November, when the water is very clear, except in plankton build-up. Visibility is up to 40m except during the September equinox. October to December are best for seeing shark in dawn dives.

There are 25 sites on the island including wrecks at a depth of 10m. Fish include grouper, tuna and mackerel but shark are a rarity. A decompression centre at Murdeira is one of the few in tropical waters. A single dive costs 21 pounds. Discounts for large groups bring this down to 15 pounds. After the diving tragedies in the Red Sea, this is the sensible, sane alternative at a very modest price (we do not mean shark attacks) boats take 10 to 12 divers each and can provide drift dives. Night dives are made at most inshore locations. Plenty of reef fish and occasionally tuna and wahoo, can be seen. Late summer brings mantas,.morays, barracudas, nurse sharks and more rarely sand, tiger, sting rays and small grouper. Whale shark are rare visitors.

The archipeligo of islands are easily accessible so if you think that one island my not be enough why not hop off and see another one. Although at the present time we can only recommend the diving operation on Sal this may change in the future. Santa Maria The main area for diving is in the protected bay of Santa Maria in the South of the island offering a good selection of wreck, deep and drift diving to keep even the keenest diver happy. Buracona & Regona For the more experienced a drive up to the north western coast to visit the caves of Buracona are definitely worth a visit during your trip. Romina and Fabrizio keep a keen eye on weather conditions and will let you know when the conditions are right to go.

Deep Water Dives

The deep Cape Verde waters offer volcanic lava shoals falling sheer away to revealcaves and cracks full of tropical fish.There are morays and lobster, shark and manta. There are many wrecks, since Sir Francis Drake accounted for many Spanish galleons in these waters. Italy's own Titanic, the Cecile also lies within diving depth in the Cape Verdes. At Burracona in the North, there are caves at 22m, with two entrances, which one can swim through. This natural grotto is made out of black basalt so the lighting efffects are fantastic to behold. Even if you do not want to go under water, it is well worth the trip to take a look. The Tchucklasa reef shoal with a mushroom shaped head is at 13m. P from Devon liked the variety.

Shallow dive sites

The Three Caves complex can be seen by day or night, in most conditions. The Bera Coral reef can be visited in settled conditions, mostly during the summer. Pontinha offers a vertical laval rock face, with grottoes that shelter morays. Farol is a terrace of volcanic rock at moderate depth harbouring many tropical fish.

Diving in Sao Vicente

There is also good diving from the beach at the Hotel Foya Branca near the airport. This is organised by Frederick a Frenchman from Paris who speaks perfect english and is very safety conscious. He has a dive centre with fully modern equipment to hire and offers PADI courses. There is also diving from a large catamaran with 8 double cabins operated by Austrians who will take divers on a live-aboard basis for one week at a time. Food is typically Italian/Austrian and is reputed to be good. Sometimes whales can be heard when diving and occasionally even seen at a modest distance.

Diving on Boa Vista

Atila and Rosario provide PADI& NAUI courses are at all levels from scuba diver to dive master, working with their own rib from the containers on Estoril Beach. They are very safety conscious and prefer to take only small groups out when the weather is right. The water is not deep off the beach, so this is a place for shallow diving and watching fish. They also give a variety of courses such as introduction to diving, discover scuba, discover scuba diving and snorkeling trips. They will do night dives and cave dives in the right conditions. Prices are from £25 for a single dive to £250 for a course of open water scuba dives. Dives are limited to five divers at a time.

Dive Sites – Ilha do Sal

Below are just some of the beautiful dives that you will be able to discover with us.
We dive every day, morning and afternoon, with possibility to organize night dives and dive packages (6 or more dives).

Choclassa: Approximately 4Km from the island of Sal an underwater sea mountain (300m) where it is possible to see moray, tuna fish, marlin, pelagic fish, turtles, lobsters, stingray, various mantas and sharks and whale sharks.

Cavala: A fantastic wall dive that starts from 28 metres and descends until 65 meters, incredible encounters every kind of pelagic fish are common here.

3 Grutas:Very easy dive: maximum depth 18 meters, with a wall and three splendid penetrable caves, from which emerge lobsters, slipper lobster, turtles and every kind of tropical fish. Where an enormous amount of wildlife can be seen.

S. Antaos Wreck: A commercial ship wreck (1973), broken into three parts and lying on a sandy bottom. It is possible to enter the wreck that provides habitation for numerous fish and encounters with large stingrays are common.  Maximum depth 12 meters.

Buracona and Regona: 30m. A very unique volcanic cove and one of Sal’s most interesting dives.  Buracona was created as a siphon on the land, with an incredible tranquil atmosphere and spectacular displays of light.

Regona: Consists of a labyrinth of caverns of various widths, with connections to horse shoe shaped tunnels that emerge into open sea.  Nurse shark and crustaceans are often seen in the caverns.

Boris: An interesting 28 metre wreck dive.  This Russian ship, used for the transport of emigrants from Senegal, sank in 2006.  The wreck is upright and the hull intact and is starting to become an artificial reef where many tropical fish can be seen.  The Boris can be penetrated easily and it is recommended that a torch be used to see the variety of schooling fish including soldier fish, trumpet fish, jack fish, frogfish alongside crustaceans like lobster and cuttlefish.  Stingrays and moray eels can also be seen. 

Lost Anchore 20m: *** Cave dive, surrounded by yellow coral.

Morro Pedrsa 30m: *** Two large rocks where you can see enormous schools of fishes.

Braka 25m: * Rocky reef. The habitat of many endemic species.

Ponta Preta 30m: ** Volcanic rocky wall. Another special habitat for many rare species.

Peridao 22m: * Large platform followed by a drop off. The spot where normally turtles can be seen.

Pontinha 14-27m: A sandy Drop-off. The spot for morays and lobsters.

Merou 29-60m: *** A special place for deepj divers. Rays can often be seen.

Fereno 6-18m: Rocky platforms surrounded by sand where all endemic species of Cape Verde can be seen.

My diving testimony

"Diving is great. There are really beautiful sites ranging from wrecks and caves to some stunning shallow reef dives. We managed to see rays, shark and turtles alongside schools of beautiful fish - Damsel , Parrot , Soldier, sea snails, sea snakes, moray - both species - sea spider, and all of the other usual inhabitants of warmer watersetc. Wonderful! There are quite strong currents so that some sites are quite strenuous. This should not put anyone off as there is a range to choose from. There are ample dive sites for beginners and novices. The water is fantastic for temperature and visibility. I have dived all over the world and these are amongst the best that I have ever seen. Most diving is from Ribs. As dive sites are close to shore, trips are short. Teaching is in hotel pools or the shallows. Dives cost £30 and equipment hire £11 a day. My instuctor was not fluent in English which was a hazard as I was doing a course. I struggled on occasion to understand the safety briefing.