The Island of Boa Vista, Portuguese for 'Good View', has the most stunningly beautiful beaches on the Cape Verde archipelago, covering a staggering 55km. Most of the accommodations are generously spread out along the West Coast of the island reaching out from the town of Sal Rae over a 10km stretch. Planet only works with the best hotels on Boa Vista from small locally run charming apartments to luxury beach front All Inclusive resorts. Our recommendation, unless you have specific requirements for 4* all inclusive hotels, is to stay in one of the smaller hotels which are a short stroll into town and also to the Kitesurf centre. Nightlife on Boa Vista is very low key and quiet with just a scattering of local restaurants and beach bars playing live music; a perfect place to chill out after a hard day on the water! The Island of Boa Vista has amazing variety of water conditions from a Kitesurf training lagoons (perfect for a beginner kitesurf holiday) to amazing clean waves in other areas a perfect introduction to kitesurf wave riding. Planet has exclusively partnered with 2 excellent Kitesurfing centres in Boa Vista offering full kitesurf instruction courses depending on your level and chosen accommodation.
"Stunning beaches, lovely people... just a great place. Get there before everyone else finds out!"
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I have been to Boa Vista in Cape Verde 3 times now and I plan to go back again when I get the chance. It is very hard these days to find such a beautiful location away from any mass tourism but yet so easy to get too. In a way I feel like we should not be promoting this special island too much in case it gets spoilt but it is just too good to keep to ourselves!
There are 3 main Kitesurf spots on Boa Vista depending on whether you are a beginner kitesurfer or more independent. Kite Lagoon – all beginner kitesurf lessons in Boa Vista are done on an enclosed shallow flat water lagoon set just back of the main beach, perfect conditions for learning. Our kitesurf centre on Boa Vista will take you there each day for your lessons or you can walks there in around 20 minutes if you just want to go and practice. Flat Water Spot – close to the town of Sal Rei there is our main Planet Kitesurf Centre, just a short walk from some of our hotels. The cross off shore wind from here is quite gusty so new for 2013 Planet now have a small 'satellite centre' 15 minutes walk down the beach, where the wind is much better and still flat water condition. This area is protected by a smaller island which blocks the waves that are found everywhere else on the island and ensures no shore break. As the wind here is cross off shore kitesurfers using this spot should be IKO level III and above ideally - confident up wind riding. There is safety cover if you need it but we only provide 1 free rescue per week with our storage service. Wave Spot – there are many wave spots around the island but the main area around 4 - 6 km down the beach from the main kitesurf centre. If you want to stay at a hotel with waves directly from the beach then we recommend the Boa Vista Iberostar Hotel as the best choice or the Parque Das Dunas. Other Spots – there are at least 4 other amazing wave kitesurf locations around Boa Vista between 1 to 2 hours drive from the hotels. Planet can provide the use of a local expert spot guide with 4x4 pick-up to take you and your gear to the best location each day depending on your level (including a local knowledge secret spot!). Please ask for more details on this are the time of booking enquiry. This service is also great for groups.
Boa Vista windy season is caused when the northern trade winds drop to the southern hemisphere, making Boa Vista a very windy place between Novemeber and April. The Cape Verde Islands have the wind which leaves the Canary islands like Fuerteventura for the winter, which is why their seasons are opposite. Despite the Island being deep in the Atlantic ocean the water is actually quite warm so board shorts and rash vest (to keep the 30c sun off) is all that's needed. Perfect !
The nightlife in Boa Vista revolves mainly around listening to live music, dining out, and relaxing in bars. The night scene is pretty relaxed as the island is not very developed. Dining out in the evening, you can expect to pay between £13 - £20 for a three course meal with wine. Many restaurants serve fantastic fresh seafood, along with other local specialities.