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Scuba diving in Boa Vista

With a huge variety of wrecks and marine life, uncrowded dive sites and gorgeous beaches, Boa Vista, the newest diving island in Cape Verde, lives up to the translation of its name, ‘Beautiful View.’
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Diving in Boa Vista

Quick facts

Caught between the Atlantic Ocean and tropical waters, Boa Vista offers some wild and unique diving. It is surrounded by a shallow reef and the open ocean which brings in a large amount of pelagic life. In addition, the high amount of iron in the rocks surrounding the island makes compasses go haywire. As a consequence, there are a ton of interesting shipwrecks just offshore. You won’t find coral reefs here, but you will find some of the best underwater life in the world.

Taliarte Wreck is not only the most popular dive site in Boa Vista, it is also one of the most frequently visited in Cape Verde. With a depth of 30 feet (10 meters), this wreck is ideal for both beginners and underwater photographers. Plenty of colorful fish are seen around the wreck and if you are lucky, you might even see a school of barracuda.

Another popular dive site is Shark Bow. Here advanced divers approach the top of the rocks at 18 meters and descend to 27 meters where there is plenty of big life to see. Divers frequently report spotting rays, mantas, turtles and sharks.

Of course, there are a lot more dive sites for all levels to explore. From the channels to the wrecks, there is a ton to see and discover around Boa Vista.

When to go

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USD 46Per dive

What to see

Although there are no coral reefs surrounding Boa Vista, the shallow shelf and plentiful wrecks attract a wide array of marine life. Commonly seen are flabellinas, nudibranchs, sea hares, amber jacks, sergeant majors, angelfish, surgeon fish, sea breams, Guinea grunts, hogfish, Atlantic cornet fish, 5 species of eels and congers, shrimps, lobsters and crabs.

The island is surrounded by a humpback whale breeding area. These creatures can be heard throughout dives during the winter months. Leatherbacks, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles can be spotted in the water and on the beach during the summer.

Other common pelagic species include tunas, wahoos, nurse sharks, goatfish, groupers and even the occasional sandtiger shark, whale shark or manta ray during the right season.


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