Island Discovery

Island Hopping from Sal

Visit Santiago, São Vicente, Boa Vista & Sal. Includes internal flights

This tour introduces you to Santiago's bustling markets, nightlife, hiking trails and spectacular scenery, with time to also explore São Vicente and its capital Mindelo, the gateway to the stunning island of Santo Antão. In contrast, Boa Vista and Sal are renowned for having the best beaches in the archipelago.

Firstly overnight on the island of Sal, before you begin your island-hopping adventure. 

On São Vicente, stay in the capital Mindelo where you will have plenty of time to explore. Mindelo, the capital of São Vicente, has plenty of places to observe Cape Verdean culture. At the Centro Nacional Artesanato it is possible to watch Cape Verdeans weaving cloth and making ceramics. There are an abundance of restaurants and bars that have live music, both morna, the bitter sweet sounds and the more lively funana. For something a little different, try swimming with the resident turtles just off the shore reached by an excursion with local fisherman from São Pedro Beach.

Then onto Santiago, the largest Island in the archipelago with craggy mountains and lush valleys, the extreme opposite to Sal. Built on a plateau of rock and overspilling onto the land below its steep cliffs, Praia, the capital of the island, is mostly African yet Mediterranean as well. The main square on the plateau houses some noteworthy buildings including the old Palace of the Council, the Presidential Palace and the old Catholic Cathedral. A statue of Diogo Gomes, one of the two discoverers of Santiago, stands just outside the square.

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The rest of the trip is a more relaxing affair with time spent on both Sal and Boa Vista. The landscape on Boa Vista is ever changing with the spectacular moving sand dunes due to the winds. Saharan-like oases are dotted around the interior and depending on the time of year, turtles can be spotted on some of the beaches. A plethora of water sports awaits visitors to Sal and in addition to the golden sandy beaches, the main attractions are the salt flats at Pedra de Lume. The natural swimming pools and underwater caves at Buracano are also great place to cool off for a quick dip.


14-night island-hopping itinerary that explores four very different islands. 

Departure dates

The itinerary for this tour must start on a Monday for the internal flights to work. However, other UK departure days may be available, by doing the islands in a slightly different order.  Please call for a tailor-made quote, with your choice of day and UK airport.

What's included

  • International flights from UK to Sal
  • Access to UK airport lounge
  • Airport Security Tax (TSA)
  • Experienced and reliable resort team on hand to help 
  • Free Cape Verde destination guide
  • Internal flights between Sal, Santiago, São Vicente and Boa Vista
  • 10 nights' hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation on all inclusive
  • Private return airport transfers on Sal and Boa Vista
  • All return transfers between airport and hotels on the islands of Santiago and São Vicente

What's not included

  • Meals not stated in the board basis
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Single and upgrade supplements
  • Excursions


1 night in 5 grade Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
2 nights in 3 grade Oasis Porto Grande Hotel, São Vicente
2 nights in 4 grade Pestana Tropico Hotel, Santiago
3 nights in 4.5 grade VOI Praia de Chaves Hotel, Boa Vista
6 nights in 5 grade Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort

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Travelling Between the Islands

Upon your arrival in Sal after your international flight, you will travel to the other islands by internal flights. These flights are provided by BestFly and, whilst every effort will be made to book direct flights, flights from Boa Vista to Sal will be indirect due to scheduling limitations. There are currently no direct flights between Boa Vista and Sal.

It should also be noted that internal flights can, and do, see schedule changes and flights are sometimes cancelled, delayed or even early!

Due to the travelling involved on our island hopping itineraries we don’t recommend this type of holiday for young children.

Tour Accommodation

Day 1 - Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort

Room Type: King Guest Room

Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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Days 2 to 3 - Oasis Porto Grande

Room Type: Standard Room

Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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Days 4 to 5 - Pestana Tropico Hotel

Room Type: Standard Room Pool View

Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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Days 6 to 8 - VOI Praia De Chaves Resort

Room Type: Classic Room

Board Basis: All-inclusive

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Days 9 to 14 - Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort

Room Type: King Guest Room

Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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