The Island of Sal in the Cape Verde islands (just of the coast of North West Africa) is one of the most reliable kitesurf holiday destinations for the winter season from November to April. There really are not that many 'short haul' destination during this period to the Cape Verde islands should be considered as a good choice if you do not want to fly more that 5 to 6 hours for a weeks holiday.
The accommodation on Sal is of a moderate standard generally with the best being the superb Morabeza Hotel. Although this is not a 5 star hotel it is a very well run 4 start hotel in a prefect beach front location with the kitsurf school just next door.
The kitesurfing on Sal offers a good variety of conditions for all levels from beginners through to Wave sailing. Our honest opinion is that for learning to kitesurf in Sal is not the really perfect place but we offer a very high level of instruction to compensate for the slightly more demanding condition.
Sal in one of the Cape Verde islands just of the coast of North West Africa (south of the Canary Islands). During the winter months from November to April this is one of the few close very reliable windy winter destinations that you can go.
There are some good hotel in Sal but for those looking for the best hotel Sal, and our recommend property, we suggest the Morabeza Hotel as a great choice. For those clients traveling with non windsurfing partners or family we understand how important the right hotels and location is.
When it comes to the windsurfing in Sal there is really one main spot which is on the main Santa Maria beach where most of the accommodation is also based. The conditions here are most suited to waterstart upward although we do offer al level of instruction from complete beginner.
The Cape Verde islands are also very well know by wave sailers. There are some small easy waves at the far end of the main Santa Maria beach for those that want to gibe it a go in a safe spot or if you are very confident then Ponte Preta (about a 25 minute drive to the West Coast) is an phenomenal 'full-on' wave spot.
Cape Verde is a small group of Islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 1500 km south of the Canary Islands and 450 km off the western coast of Senegal..
Sal is characterized by a desert landscape and everyone who comes here is cast under its’ spell and plans to return. The Cape Verdeans call this phenomenon "Sodade", which means "yearning". The fun loving locals will shape your image of the Cape Verdes and their aim is to make your holidays in Sal an unforgettable experience. "You do not need much to be happy" - This saying could have originated on these islands. Fishing and enjoying music are the main activities of the inhabitants of the island.
Diving in Sal is a diver's paradise with wrecks to explore, rich tropical underwater flora and a massive array of fish including shoals of rockfish and bream, dolphins, turtles and sharks. With few coral reefs, the Cape Verde underwater topography is mostly volcanic lava rocky ridges, pinnacles and boulders, and great arches and caves.
For the more experienced a drive up to the north western coast to visit Buracona coastal area wich is full of unexplored caves and grottoes, is ideal for a half day outing. Adjacent to the Buracona Cave is a natural swimming pool. Perfect for an apres-dive picnic!
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Thanks to their position within the winter trade-wind belt, the Cape Verde islands supply steady force 4 to force 5 kitesurfing conditions from November until May.
On the main Santa Maria beach the cross-offshore, or side-shore wind from the left enables effortless upwind sailing to the various sections of the beach.
On the Island of Sal there are really 3 main Kitesurf zones; Santa Maria beach, Kite Beach and Ponte preta:
The kitesurfing on the very large bay area of Santa Maria beach offer a great 'fall out of your bed onto the water' spot as this is where most of the better hotels are based. This area is where the Kitesurf Lessons are held as there is plenty of beach space for training. Further around the bay there is some easy waves for the novice wave sailor
The main Kitesurf area on Sal is Kite Beach, around 20 minute taxi ride away to the South East coastal area. The wind here is very clean with a good side on shore direction. There is a good area of reasonably 'flatish' water for improvers as well as for trying some freestyle tricks. Although there are few facilities here there are always lots of other kiters around to help out and chat with.
The most famous wave spot on Sal is at Ponta Preta; a must visit spot if only even to watch this impressive 3 to 6 meter wave peeling just 50 meters from the shore line. This is only for advance kiters as there is cross off shore wind (prefect wave sailing direction) with no safety cover.
One of the Cape Verde Islands, just off the coast of North West Africa, Sal is a well known windsurfing destination for 'down the line' waveriding, and is one of the few short flight destinations where you will find reliable wind in the winter.
The main activity, aside from windsurfing or kitesurfing, is scuba diving. The dive centres have an excellent set-up and offers a full range of courses and daily diving.
Other activities Sal offers are Buggy Tours, Kitesurfing, SUP, Boat trips to Boa Vista, Surfing, Quadbiking, and full island tours are also available.
Santa Maria has a few clubs with regular live music, restaurants and bars with a friendly buzzing atmosphere.
British Passport holder may buy a tourist visa on arrival at a cost of E25. Other passport holders should consult their respective consulates. All entrants should have a full passport that does not expire within 6 months of your return date.
There are no compulsory inoculations if travelling from the UK but we recommend to check with your GP for the latest advice.
Flight time is 5 hours departing from Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester.
Local transfer takes around 35 minutes