African Treasure in Atlantic Ocean

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African Treasure in Atlantic Ocean

Impressive white sandy beaches, vast volcanic landscapes, vibrant blend of cultures with influences of Portugal, Africa and Brazil… That’s Cape Verde, a unique collection of islands found in around 500km from the west African coast. Cape Verde is formed by 10 main islands and about 8 islets surrounded by clear waters of Atlantic Ocean.

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Despite of its remoteness, the lack of natural resources and its isolation from many other countries Cape Verde has won a reputation of what is considered the most stable democracy in Africa and every year hosts bigger number of tourist willing to explore its wild lands.

Boa Vista, the third largest island of the Archipelago, is a true paradise. When you first cast an eye on Boa Vista’s beaches you might easily think you were in the Caribbean! This tiny island in Cape Verde is wrapped in dazzling white-sand beaches all surrounded by turquoise waters. From small rocky bay to huge sandy stretches, Boa Vista has  it all for the most demanding travelers. And because the island is still a newbie in tourism, you won’t be sharing your spot with hordes of other holidaymakers.

Boa Vista is no joke when it comes to megafauna. The cool Canary current meets here warm waters of the Gulf of Guinea, that brings here both cold-water and warm-water fish. Being located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Verde becomes a perfect stop for migratory and pelagic species which can be seen during your underwater adventures. Spending your holidays in Boa Vista you will take a chance to encounter enormous marine creatures, including humpback whales, nurse sharks, sand tiger sharks, mantas and turtles.

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On the top of the megafauna list is definitely a humpback whale! Known for their magical songs and great distance of traveling through the world’s oceans, these whales pass by waters of Boa Vista Island in the spring during their annual winter migration to the warm waters close to Equator. Humpback whales tend to swim and feed close to the coastline what allows tourists to observe them from little distance. With some luck and being “in the right place at the right time” you will have a possibility to see whale mothers and their little ones swim close together, what appear to be gestures of affection. It’s not common to encounter whales underwater but you can be sure they  make a good company for a diver with their music and magnificent songs.

To be continued… More expert information and exciting facts will come soon.

Special thanks to local expert Juan Blanco, Boavistadiving and ScubaCaribe for the materials for the article.

 

 

2017-06-27T08:17:06+00:00 Scuba Travel, Stories|