Whale watching


Humpback whales carry out seasonal migrations between their high-latitude feeding areas and their low-latitude breeding grounds. The Cape Verde Islands are one of the two breeding sites for the species in the North Atlantic. March and April is the peak of the breeding season and also the time when these acrobatic whales can be sighted.

‘Always Sailing’ travel out from Sal to a midway point between the islands of Sal & Boavista and this is the best location and time to see the whales. The trip will take about 4 hours and will give visitors an opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in safety. It is recommended that people wear sensible shoes, and something to protect them from the wind.

Although March and April are the peak months, whale watching is possible in Cape Verde from March to June. If you are lucky you will witness their acrobatics. In addition to whales, dolphins, turtles and flying fish may also be seen.

The Cape Verde archipelago is one of only two breeding locations in the North Atlantic for the Humpback whale. Therefore whale watching off Cape Verde is a great opportunity to see them. The males ‘sing’ to attract the females.

Although Humpback whales are the main species, others such as Pilot whales or Sperm whales are also seen occasionally. Whilst Sal and Boa Vista are considered the best islands from which to see the whales. It is sometimes possible to see them off other islands in the Cape Verde archipelago. One such location is on the island of Maio. The ideal property is situated in Villa Do Maio in Stella Maris Village where they can be seen ditectly from the terrace.