To dive in Cape Verde is to discover a unique mix of different marine, tropical and Mediterranean species. You can find schools of fish in open waters or hidden in corals that cover volcanic walls, or even hovering lazily around local debris. Cape Verde is an ideal place to create fascinating experiences and discoveries for all divers, with its white sandy beaches and warm clear waters, surrounded by coral reefs and shipwrecks, where you can see numerous species of tropical fish like the parrotfish, angelfish, eels, rays, barracudas and sharks. You can also visit Sal island and Brava island, a diving haven with several shipwrecks to explore and rich underwater tropical flora.
Cape Verde is an archipelago by the coast of West Africa. The volcanic islands that compose it are small and mountainous. There is an active volcano in island of Fogo, which is also the highest point of the archipelago, with 2, 829 m. The country is formed by 10 islands, of which 9 are inhabited, and several deserted islets, divided in two groups: north are Ilhas de Barlavento (windward islands), and south are Ilhas de Sotavento (leeward islands). The Cape Verde archipelago is located in the sub-sahelian zone, and has therefore a desert or semi-desert climate, although the surrounding sea moderates temperatures on the islands. The average annual temperature is rarely above 25 °C and is no lower than 20 °C. Cape Verde’s climate is temperate, with a warm, dry summer. Precipitation is meager and falls between the months of June to February, peaking in September. The dry season, from December to July, is typically plagued by constant wind.
To travel to Cape Verde you must have a valid passport and a visa which may be obtained in a Consulate of Cape Verde in your country or be acquired upon arrival of Cape Verde.
There is no mandatory vaccination, however it is advised vaccination against tetanus, polio, yellow fever, diphtheria, typhoid, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. For more informations, please contact your family doctor.
The time zone in Cape Verde is UTC -1
Cape Verde has a modern network of communications like public phones and cellphones. You can use your cell by using your country's roaming service or by acquiring a prepaid card. Besides that, you can use internet available in coffee shops, bars, hotels and libraries.
The electricity in Cape Verde is 220 volts by 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are the European type, with two round pins.
It is advisable to only drink bottled water.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Cape Verde? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Cape Verde, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Cape Verde have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Cape Verde and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Cape Verde? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Cape Verde? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Cape Verde.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Cape Verde? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Cape Verde. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Cape Verde? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Cape Verde. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.