Cape Verde Trip

15th to 25th November 2017

We’re delighted to be running an excellent dive trip to Cape Verde this November.

ten day itinerary with a one night stopover in Lisbon on the way out and two nights and a full day on the way back to explore the Portuguese Capital.

The price is €1650 (based on departing from and returning to Nice. If you need to arrive from another departure point a flight supplement will be involved).

Cap Verde destination

Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago 1500 kilometres off the coast of Senegal in the Atlantic Ocean.  The Archipelago is split into northern and southern sections.  Sao Vicente, our destination,  is the second most populated island and can be found in the northern part of the archipelago.  The capital of Sao Vicente is Mindelo that has a strong Portugese/Brazilian influence with excellent food, colonial architecture, and a rich cultural heritage.
The fascination of these islands is the variety of environments, from a lunar landscape in which the vegetation appears as ribbons of scattered green, to islands with luxuriant tropical vegetation as the islands name hints.  Verde of course means Green.  The islands marine environment is rich in coral and marine life, as once stated by the legend Jacques Cousteau “like the garden of Eden of the Africans coasts bathed from the Atlantic”.
Due to its geographic position and benefitting from various currents, the waters are particularly rich with life.  It has been said that Cape Verde’s archipelago is one of the last uncontaminated paradises of our planet.

To know more about this destination and the diving, have a look at this : Cape Verde & Dive Tribe info

Accomodation

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The Foya Branca Hotel at San Pedro is close to the airport and perfectly situated, overlooking a wonderfully isolated beach.  You’ll be in a double or twin room with a sea-view, air-con, safe, minibar, phone, tv, ensuite shower and hairdryer.  The Hotel is spacious, comfortable and peaceful.  The staff are politete, friendly and service driven.

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Lisbon

The Olissipo Saldanha Hotel at Lisbon is located at 6 km from Lisbon Airport. Located less than 60 m from Duque de Saldanha Square, the 4-star Olissippo Saldanha offers a 24-hour reception and bright, modern rooms. Saldanha Metro Station is a 4-minute walk. So perfect location to visit the portuguese capital on our way back.

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The diving

Average air temperature during this time of year is 24 celcius with sea temperature at 26 celcius.

Diving here means discovering a uniquely diverse mix of tropical and Mediterranean marine life. You may find shoals of fish or even Rays in open water or sheltering in the coral reefs or covered undercuts of volcanic walls or lazily hovering in and around local wrecks.  Cape Verde is a location that brings fascinating experiences and discoveries to all levels of diver.

Impressive underwater landscapes including canyons, drop offs and walls where divers encounter Parrot fish, Rays, Turtles, Triggerfish, Nurse sharks, Morays and Crayfish.  Occassionally conditions can be a bit sporty due to strong currents and lively water entries.

Visibility is typically 25 metres at the sites around São Vicente and 40 metres around Santo Antão.  Average water temperature thoughout the year is 25 celcius.  It is not rare to encounter species such as sawfish and bonite.  Migratory species such as tuna, humpback whales, killer whales can appear suddenly, without warning.

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To know more about this destination and the diving, have a look at this : Cape Verde & Dive Tribe info

What is included:

  • Return flights with TAP Portugal (Star Alliance member) from Nice to Sao Vicente with a stopover at Lisbon on the way out and the way back.  Includes airport transfers both ways at Sao Vicente.
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast at Foya Branca Hotel sharing a twin or double room.
  • 3 nights staying bed and breakfast at Olissipo Saldanha Hotel in Lisbon (1 night on the way to Sao Vicente and 2 nights on the way back to Nice).
  • 10 dive pack including weights and tanks.

What is not included:

  • Equipment hire at the dive centre if needed (€15 per dive)
  • Evening and lunchtime meals ( between €5 & €10 per meal)
  • Airport/hotel transfers in Lisbon (The hotel is located at 6km from the Airport so taxi sharing will not be expensive)

The price

€1650 (based on departing from and returning to Nice.  If you need to arrive from another departure point a flight supplement will be involved).

To know more about this destination and the diving, have a look at this : Cape Verde & Dive Tribe info