Boa Vista

Boa Vista 2018-02-05T16:04:47+00:00

The island of Boavista is the closest to the African coast, a mere 450 km away. For many years it was the first sight of land that longboats had in months, but the coral reefs and the treacherous currents made for many the last. It is the third largest island of the archipelago, but with a small population (about 6000 inhabitants) due to aridity and rocky soil. The sands of the Sahara desert arrive here brought by the wind, and its 620 km2 are sufficient for the island to house in its center a true desert of dunes.

After his discovery by the Portuguese, he quickly realized that little or nothing could be removed from this dry land. With the exception of the goats that were left here and reproduced, and that the sailors hunted, and the production of salt in the XVIII and XIX centuries, mainly explored by the English. But life on the island has never been easy, and with the rise of Mindelo and its safe harbor, Boavista has declined and the ghost of famine has periodically plagued the island. Recently, the tourism industry has noticed the island’s potential, with its 55 km of white sandy beaches, and the island has become synonymous with work, better living and pursuit of happiness.

Hotels and resorts tend to cluster on the south coast of the capital, King Sal, and there are plans to build more, but the island has much more to offer for those who venture outside the walls of the resort. Even if you only have one day to go around the island, it is obligatory to do so. That is what we did and one day we hired the services of Titim, the boy who had brought us from Sal Rei to the Riu Touareg the day we arrived at Boavista.

Although on different days, I think we know the island of Boavista quite well. One day we explored the Sal-Rei area, in another we did a jeep tour around the island, and in a third one a whale watching tour. In the middle we still had time for a swim in the sea and in the pools of the fabulous resort where we stayed.

Main locations:

  • SAL-REI
  • SANTA MÓNICA BEACH
  • VARANDINHA BEACH
  • OLD PEOPLE
  • BOFAREIRA
  • DESERT OF VIANA
  • CABO DE SANTA MARIA
  • RABIL
  • BEN’OLEL’S TOMBS
  • COMMUNITY OF GOOD HOPE
  • PRAIA DE CHAVES
  • WHALE WATCH