Sal Island: Eco-friendly activities

Are you coming to Sal island and don’t know what to do?

What’s better than enjoying nature in a sporty and active way, sharing time with your family and friends?

Mitu Monteiro had some tips and suggestions for you.
Born and raised in this beautiful place, even though Mitu spent the past years travelling the world due to sporting commitments and competitions, Sal is the only place he calls home.

Like every sea lover, he has a deep connection with Nature.

Here is a list of eco-friendly activities to do while fully respecting the environment.



What else could a Kitesurf World Champion recommend? 

Mitu is co-founder of Mitu & Djo Kite School, the watersport centre based on kite beach, only 5 km from Santa Maria.

This is the best place to learn and practice kitesurfing on Sal island, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

Clearwater, constant wind blowing from the northeast with side-on direction and a huge white sandy beach allow you to ride in complete safety.

Last but not least, the best vibes every kiter can desire: many ocean lovers from all over the world meet here to share their passion and motivate each other.

An excellent restaurant is open from 8 am to 7 pm to feed you before and after any session.

The multilingual staff of Mitu & Djo provide lessons in accomplishment with the standard of the International Kiteboarding Association. 

If you have kids and want to go kiting..No worries. 

They thought about everything. Here there is the only beach kids club on the island with professional babysitters that will take care of your children. 

How to reach Mitu & Djo Kite School?
– by taxi: 5 euros
– by walking: it takes 30 minutes 

Many other services are available like free wi-fi, rental, storage and compressor.


Mitu & Djo Kiteschool

Opening time: every day from 9 am

Surf, SUP & Wingfoil

Do you want to catch some waves and surf?

Have you already fell in love with the wing foil?

Mitu and Djo have two smaller schools in Santa Maria where you can rent the gear or take lessons.


Opening time: every day from 9 am

Visit the Botanical Garden

Are you missing some green on this beautiful but deserted island? 

Viveiro is the only botanical garden on Sal island, where you can discover the flora and fauna coming from around the Archipelago.

An amazing oasis to relax and unwind in a peaceful atmosphere. 

This is the perfect place to become children again, spending the day rolling in the grass and having a picnic with friends or family.

Don’t miss the chance to visit the animal sanctuary: water ponds, donkeys, goats, rabbits, ducks, peacocks and many more are waiting for you to pet and feed them. 


Viveiro Botanical Garden and Zoo

or call +238 986 60 31 (WhatsApp available)
Opening time: 10 am – 6 pm 


Horse riding

Do you love horses? Are you fascinated by these stunning animals?

Who had not dreamt about riding a horse on a secluded white sandy beach like in a movie?

Here on Sal island, your dream can come true.
Whether you are a complete beginner or an expert jockey, in a group or privately, you will find the perfect match on the horseback riding tour.

There are two companies on Sal island that organize horse riding experiences.

Check them out and choose the one that suits your needs.


Santa Marilha Horse Excursions

phone: +238 5898121 (WhatsApp available)

Horse Riding Santa Maria

phone: +238 9840570 (WhatsApp available)


Are you fascinated by the underwater world? 

On Sal island, you can find a wide variety of creatures with which you will fall in love. Cape Verde offers an amazing mix of tropical and Mediterranean marine life.

Whether you are an experienced diver or would like to make your first dive, a multilingual group of scuba instructors will lead you on this great journey. 

Not only a dive but an unforgettable experience that you can’t miss.

Available all year round.


Cabo Verde Diving 

phone: +238 997 88 24 (WhatsApp available)
Opening time: Monday-Saturday 8.30 am-5 pm


If you are looking for an experience that makes you feel free, the excursion on a sailing boat is what you need.

Boarding from Santa Maria peer and enjoy your half or full-day trip to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

Get ready to get astonished to meet dolphins, whales, flying fishes, turtles and sharks.

And if there is a special occasion, if you want to celebrate your birthday, make a proposal or simply live a private experience, it’s possible to rent the boat for yourself and customize the trip.

On Sal island, you can find many sailing companies but I want to recommend two of them as they use boats available for small groups and not massive ones.

Cuba Libre Sailing is a family-run business while Cape Verde Sailing is managed by two young guys.


Cuba libre sailing

phone: +238 99 79 306 (WhatsApp available)


Cape Verde sailing

phone: +238 93 39 510 (WhatsApp available)

Spoiled for choice?

Who said that Sal island is just for Watersport lovers?

The plenty of choices make this place perfect for the whole family and all types of travellers.
I am sure that your stay will be unforgettable and this small African paradise will be on top of your favourite destination list.

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