CAPE VERDE IS ONE OF THOSE SPOT THAT WORKS ALL YEAR ROUND. THE BEST TIME FOR BLUE WATER AND BIG PELAGICS IS WITHOUT DOUBt SUMMER MONTHS FROM JUNE TO LATE SEPTEMBER being AUGUST the prime time to be there.
THE REST OF THE YEAR CAN BE less predictable and more windy but still have lot of action in the water and also nice temperature and weather.
BOAT BLUE WATER - WE HAVE GOOD SPOTS CLOSE BY SO IT TAKES FROM 30MIN TO 1H TO GET spot. THE STANDARD IS A 7H DAY BUT LONGER TRIPS CAN BE ARRANGED. WE PLAN THE TRIP ACCORDINGLY TO WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.
BOAT REEF SPECIES - THERE’S LOTS OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME REEF ACTION. closer to shore and to our base we can have plenty of action and fun. Our prime locations are more remote and far away a 1h30 to 2h30 trip is expected to get there depending on the condition but is where we can find the best spots . THE STANDARD IS A 7H DAY BUT LONGER TRIPS CAN BE ARRANGED. WE PLAN THE TRIP ACCORDINGLY TO WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.
SHORE DIVE - SHORE dives can be done but the effort/expense to get to the best spots is more beneficial to go by boat
TRIP INFO AND TIPS
WATER TEMPERATURE - 25ªC / 30ªC SUMMER , above 20º WINTER
VISIBILITY - MORE THAN 15 METERS MOST OF THE TIME. AVERAGE IS 20M TO 30M depending on the spots.
WEATHER - YOU CAN EXPECT TO HAVE LAND TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 20ºC TO 30ºC all year round, being the summer time more sunny and hoter. WINDS are constant blowing from NW being strongers in the winter HOWEVER, WE CAN ALWAYS RUN TO THE SHELTERED AREAS AND DIVE EVERYDAY. The sun is realy strong special in summer so we recomend you to bring sun screen and also SOME ligh close that gives you some protection. (face shield, long sleeves and sun hats for the boat)
FLIGHT - THERE’s direct flights FROM LISBON, PORTUGAL to São Vicente or Sal Island and from there a connection flight to São Nicolau. the connection flight are running 3 days ( 5 in sal ) a week in the summer and less consistent in the winter. There are also weekly ferry boats from São vicente you can check the schedule in the link ( http://cvfastferry.com/reservations/ ). If needed we can try to provide a boat transfer from São Vicente to São Nicolau for an extra fee.
TRANSFERS - WE WILL TAKE CARE OF São Nicolau AIRPORT TRANSFER AND FROM YOUR LOCATION TO THE BOAT.
SPEARFISHING LEVEL - Cape Verde is suitable for any kind skill level. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AND WE’LL TAILOR MAKE THE TRIP ACCORDING TO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
GROUP SIZE - THE IDEAL IS FOUR PERSONS. TWO PAIRS IN THE WATER. HOWEVER WE CAN ARRANGE DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN SO CONTACT US TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS.
DAY TRIP DURATION - WE ARE HAPPY TO BE IN THE WATER FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET SO IT’S UP TO YOU TO DECIDE HOW MANY HOURS YOU WANT TO BE DIVING.
SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY SO THE GROUPS MUST ALWAYS DIVE IN PAIRS IN A REAL BUDDY SYSTEM. ONE UP, ONE DOWN. WE HAVE ONE GUIDE IN THE WATER AT ALL TIMES BUT EVERYONE MUST BE IN SIGHT OF HIS BUDDY WHILE DIVING. WE WILL GIVE YOU A SAFETY BRIEFING BEFORE GOING IN SO EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE NEEDS HELP. OUR GUIDES ARE CERTIFIED IN BASIC LIFE SUPPORT AND A FIRST AID KIT IS ALWAYS ON THE BOAT. Sharks are normaly present so caution and attention is advice.
If we focus our attention in the blue Wahoos will be a constant presence in the spots we go. if you decide to invest more time and dedication we can look after some big tunas like yellow fins, big eyes or albacores.
THE REEFS HOLD DIFFERENT KINDS OF life like little doted groupers island groupers and some times big dusky groupers. YOU CAN ALSO FIND some big parrot fish, “bedjas”, and other mid size species. Big Amber jacks are also a possibility and in some special spots we can have the luck find some Big cuberas.
3 to 5 MM WETSUITS WILL BE ENOUGH FOR THE USUAL CONDITIONS
SPEARGUNS FROM 100 TO 130 ARE THE MOST VERSATILE FOR REEF DIVING. 150CM+ OR ROLLER GUNS ARE IDEAL FOR BLUE WATER.
FLOAT LINE, BUNGEES AND FLOATS PREPARED FOR BIG FISH. IF YOU ARE TARGETING Big tunas YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED PROPERLY. GET IN TOUCH AND WE’LL HELP YOU SETTING UP THE RIGHT RIG. EXTRA GEAR CAN BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST TOO.
WE PROVIDE LED FOR WEIGHT BELTS.
VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY
WE can PROVIDE upon request PROFESSIONAL PHOTO AND VIDEO DURING THE TRIP. THE IMAGES ARE USED TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE AND TO KEEP MEMORIES OF A LIFE TIME. LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SHORT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT YOUR TRIP. HAVE A LOOK AT OUR WORK FROM PREVIOUS TRIPS AND PROJECTS: