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11 days island hopping round the 
Cape Verde islands 

brought to you by Atlasail

Join the beautiful Tall ship Oosterschelde on a sailing cruise and discover the real Cape Verde.

Tall ship Oosterschelde is the perfect sailboat to go island hopping round the Cape Verde islands.



we live on the rhythm of nature. We take a step back to move forward.


on board

The tall ship Oosterschelde takes 24 guests on board.


to discover

During this sailing cruise we discover at least 6 Cape Verde Islands.

The Cape Verde Islands

are all very unique with their own character. One island is flat like the sea with beautiful white sandy beaches and the next Cape Verde island has a 3000m high mountain  with sharp cliffs and excesive vegitation. The water is filled with flying fish, tuna, wahoo, sea turtles  and whales.

During the island hopping sailing cruise we visit at least 6 Cape Verde Islands 
The average time to sail from one to another island is a days sail. After every day of sailing we forsee plenty of time to visit the island. At night, when we're not sailing, the Oosterschelde is at anchor. The places where we hop in the Cape Verde Islands are well selected and on the majority it is possible to join a guided tour.

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prices do NOT INCLUDE 
- flight tickets, please let us know if we can assist you with preparing your trip.
- insurance
-travel visa 
- excursions (± 150€ pp for all excursions)

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There are 8 dates to go Island hopping

  1. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 1
    December 12 - December 23, 2021
  2. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 2
    December 23 - January 3, 2021
  3. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 3
    January 7 - January 18, 2021
  4. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 4
    January 19 - February 30, 2021
  5. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 5
    February 30 - February 10, 2021
  6. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 6
    February 11 - February 22, 2021
  7. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 7
    February 22 - March 5, 2021
  8. sailing cruise - Cape Verde island hopping 8
    March 6 - March 17, 2021

1st sailing cruise Cape Verde departs in

the tour

Cape Verde is located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 600 kilometers off the coast of Senegal. The archipelago has about 450,000 inhabitants and consists of 9 inhabited and some uninhabited islands. The tropical climate and the ever-prevailing trade winds make Cape Verde a paradise for sailors. There is also plenty to discover on and around the islands. The very varied landscape is characterized by steep terrace fields with banana and coffee plantations, black volcano slopes, sandy deserts and a wildly foaming, deep blue ocean. Ocean sailing every day is alternated with a full day on the island of destination, where the crew shows you the most beautiful places. Cape Verde belongs to Africa and cannot be compared to the Caribbean. The islands are more barren, the sea is sometimes rougher and mass tourism has not yet penetrated on most islands. The inhabitants are friendly; many of them are very poor. Except in the larger places, there are few facilities for tourists, but of course you will lack nothing on board.

day 1

Arriving on Ilha do Sal

you travel by taxi to Palmeira, where tallship Oosterschelde is waiting for you. Palmeira is an authentic place where we will find few tourists. The island of Sal is desert-like with a kilometer-long sandy beach. The fishing village of Santa Maria is located on the south side of the island. Here are the larger hotels and more facilities for tourists.

day 2

The next morning

you have time to take a walk, view the village or take a dip in the ocean before we hoist the sails. Sailing from the upwind to the downwind islands have the tailwind. Everyone is free to participate but encouraged to be at the helm and assist in hoisting, setting the sails and navigating. Those who dare can climb into the mast to see what the world looks like from the top of a large sailing ship. The crossing to Santiago is approximately 110 miles; we expect to arrive at night.

day 3

We anchor at the beautiful village of Tarrafal.

Santiago is the most African island and is mountainous with green valleys. We spend this whole day on the island. We travel across the island by taxi van and visit the village of Rabelados. The Rabelados have been a symbol of resistance since the 1940s. This group has lived in the mountains of the island for 70 years and adhere to the traditions, culture and way of life. Then we drive to Agua Barragem a huge reservoir where we take a walk to spot the special birds that live here. We have lunch this afternoon in a Cape Verdean restaurant and taste typical Cape Verdean dishes. After lunch we drive through a narrow winding road into a green valley. In the middle of this valley is an ancient kapok tree. Perhaps this is the largest tree you will ever see. We continue the excursion and visit the Serra Malagueta National Park and take a walk. We will not return to the ship until evening. It is certainly no exception that there is a party here at night on the beach, where everyone dances to the swinging Cape Verdean music.

day 4

Crossing from Santiago to São Vicente

is the longest sailing trip of this cruise. High upwind and with a lot of top sail, we try to get the most out of the 'Oosterschelde'. We also spend the night sailing at sea.

day 5

To reach the bay of Mindelo

we sail between the islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão. Because of the venturi effect, the wind is strong here. Mindelo on São Vicente is the second largest city and the largest port in Cape Verde. There are restaurants, an indoor market, cafes and shops to buy souvenirs. There is also a beach where you can swim. This afternoon you can set off with a guide for a city walk.

day 6

Santo Antão

is considered the most beautiful island in the archipelago; it is also the greenest and most fertile of all the islands. With the ferry from Mindelo we sail to Santo Antão and we take a taxi van to the edge of the volcano crater. From this point we walk down to Ribeira Grande. The variety in the landscape and breathtaking vistas make this a walk you will never forget.

day 7

Today we sail along the coastline

 of different islands. On the way to São Nicolau, we pass Santa Luzia, one of the uninhabited islands of the archipelago. This place is one of the most fishing rich in the area. We cast a line to try our luck. Swimming is not recommended here due to the large number of sharks.

day 8 

Our destination on São Nicolau 

is also called Tarrafal. We will anchor right in front of the harbor or maybe we can even berth in the harbor. Tarrafal is a quiet town where we are always received very hospitably. Tourism is hardly here. At least half of the fishermen here are still sailing. On São Nicolau we visit beautifully carved basalt formations and drive to the last remains of a primeval forest in the mountains.

day 9

We have a lovely sail to Boa Vista.

We drop anchor at a good distance from the town. You can't get any closer than this, we have to travel the last mile by rubber boat and for safety's sake we only do this with daylight. Boa Vista is one of the islands where mass tourism is developing strongly. Along the coast, some huge resorts have sprung up. The beaches are therefore beautiful and the interior is known for the very characteristic walking sand dunes.

day 10

On the pier of Sal Rei

our guide is waiting for us among the local fishermen. He tells us about the island, its history and the turtle protection program he works for. He takes us more for a short city walk and in the center square the 4x4s are ready to drive to Santa Maria Beach to view the wreck of the Santa Maria. Then we drive to "Deserto de Viana", a snow-white desert with endless dunes with here and there an acacia tree and pieces of basalt. We conclude the tour with a visit to a workshop where people make pottery souvenirs.

day 11 & 12

Our final crossing

from Boa Vista to Sal, will probably be made with the help of the engine. We drop anchor at Palmeira. We conclude the trip with a festive barbecue on deck. The next morning after breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the crew and the ship. We will visit the above islands with certainty. However, depending on the circumstances, the captain may decide to sail a different route or include an additional landing site in the program.

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