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Island Adventure with Shark Experience from Santa Maria

Island Adventure with Shark Experience from Santa Maria
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Visit local villages, swim in a natural pool, float in Salt Lake, and observe lemon sharks in their natural environment. It’s all accomplished with this private tour from Santa Maria. Take a break from itinerary planning; this guided island adventure includes round-trip hotel transport with a lunch stop in Espargos.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Adventurous island tour includes a swim in Salinas
Private guide offers personalized attention, starting from Santa Maria
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the capital (own expense)
Shark encounter: observe wildlife in its natural habitat
What to expect
Start the tour at 9:30am with a pickup from your Santa Maria hotel. The first stop will be on the beautiful beach of Ponta Preta. There, your guide will brief you about the rest of your day. Next, drive to Murdeira and Palmeira, a small local fishing village. While you're on the way, see Lion Mountain before stopping at Burraconna, a natural pool where you may swim and see the blue eye. Once you have finished your visit at the natural pool, drive off-road to see the Fata Morgana on Mirage. After this it's time to stop for lunch at a local bar in the capital city, Espargos. There, you can eat the local food or just have some drinks. Next, head to the top of the mountain where you have a nice view all over the island. Finally, head to the water to see Lemon Sharks up close and personal. Then, float in the Salinas, also known as Salt Lake, rumored to make one appear 10 years younger. From here, drive back to your accommodations and conclude the tour.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 29646P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
Entrance fees (5EUR/per person) • Food and drinks • Gratuities • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
6h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Santa Maria hotels Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
Entrance fees (5EUR/per person) • Food and drinks • Gratuities • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Santa Maria hotels Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please bring sunscreen, dry clothes, and a swimsuit
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Chris and Sophie
5 contributions
Zi tours Cape Verde (Sal)
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you get approached by any of the reps on the beach trying to sell you a tour of the island, you must 100% book in with them and do this tour, you are take around the hole island to see all the island has to offer, Kite beach, the blue eye €3), the salt lakes (€5), shark bay (€2), see an amazing mirage, and see the local village where they teach poor children (take as much food from the buffet as you can!!!!), honestly this was an amazing experience, you float in the salt lakes which is an old volcano and you float more than the Dead Sea, as the salt content is higher, the baby lemon sharks swim around you feet, and the big 10ft sharks are about 50 feet away (not dangerous) Tui offer the same tour for €75 and tui offer the shark experience for €25 on its own, so do the ZI tours trip, Jason nice guy was his name ask for him, you won’t be disappointed.
Written 20 February 2020
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Chuka Nweze
2 contributions
Salt and Sharks....what more do u want!!!!
Nov 2019
You have absolutely gotta go o this adventure. Not only do u get to see the whole island of Sal, u get to experience the most beautiful treasures nature has to offer. Oh yeah and you'll swim with sharks and float on a salt lake too
Written 14 February 2020
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Andy E
3 contributions
Amazing time
Dec 2019
I would totally recommend this trip, don't wait until you are in Cape Verde to book and don't book with TUI, book this trip with this company now, it's so much fun and really informative
Written 1 January 2020
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Sarpal
Bridgend, UK318 contributions
Get Jon!
If you only do one trip whilst on the island of Sal, do this one and get Jon. We were picked up around 9:20, there were just the four of us; my wife and l and an Italian couple who’s English was far better than our Italian. Jon, our driver and guide for the day, was interested and interesting and there was nothing he couldn’t answer about his island (that he clearly loved). Sat up high in the back of a converted Toyota hilux was the perfect way to feel engaged in the day but, expect to get very dusty (and burnt if you don’t take sensible precautions). And take plenty of water. This trip certainly ticks many of the points of interest and is an ideal way to get a taste of the island. We certainly weren’t rushing but still managed to see the lion (you’ll get it, if you do the tour), cicadas, horses, goats, sharks, donkeys, cows (wandering across the dual carriageway!). Floating in the salt lake (big pond) was a first and great fun and the barren centre of the island is stark and unforgiving but beautiful.

Buying this through Viatours was significantly cheaper than using TUI, even when you factor in paying for entrance fees (Blue eye €3, salt lake €5 and lunch €15 per person). Lunch was booked ahead from a menu provided by Jon – a surreal experience; stood in the middle of a barren landscape planning lunch! The restaurant ’10 Pedrinhas’ (10 small stones) isn’t somewhere you would naturally head for but you’d be missing an excellent spaghetti carbonara and seafood pasta (yes, really!), if you do go, I’d recommend these.

Give Jon your phone and he’ll get you some brilliant pictures, ones that you won’t get, even with a selfie stick. We are so glad that we did this particular trip, it was worth every penny and more. Jon was knowledgable, considerate, funny and friendly and certainly made our day so, if you can, get Jon!
Written 8 September 2019
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Hannah S
Ascot, UK35 contributions
WOW! Amazing island tour with Dilan Ola and our guide Nadyr
Jul 2019 • Couples
Amazing!! Our guide Nadyr was wonderful, went above and beyond to ensure that our island tour was perfect. He was very knowledgable and gave great insight to the history and background of place we visited! We saw the Lemon sharks swimming right around our ankles, swam in the salt lake in the old salt mines, visited the blue eye and swam in the cave of love, jumped from high rocks into the sea (great for the adrenaline junkies!), saw the shanty towns and stopped for lunch in a local restaurant, saw the mirage where Nadyr took spectacular photos of me and my partner, visited fishing villages and tried the local wines made in Cape Verde. This trip was phenomenal and I would suggest anyone in Cape Verde to book a day tour with Dilan Olá (he’s down by the beach from the Rui Palace Hotel). It was undoubtably a worthwhile experience. Thank you so much Nadyr and Dilan Olá. We cannot wait to return!
Written 26 July 2019
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Alex W
Glasgow, UK32 contributions
Great way to see most of the island
Jul 2019 • Family
Firstly this trip was a lot cheaper than using Tui and we had a private vehicle for the family of 4.Food was not included but was still cheaper. Our guide was wonderful and spoke excellent English and knew lots about the island. We chose to ride in the back of the pick up and got to experience the vast sandy landscape. We got to see all the notable landmarks. You have to pay a small admission fee for the blue eye and the salt lakes the latter of which was an amazing experience. The lemon shark part was quite short and we went back again to see them. Be aware that there are baby sharks in the very shallow waters that swim around your feet. overall a trip of firsts, saw a mirage, swam in salt lakes and got up close with sharks. We used our guide for other trips and he was brilliant. Well worth it
Written 23 July 2019
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steveoP5433GN
Nottingham, UK4 contributions
it says it in the name....island adventure.
Jul 2019 • Couples
What a fantastic day out.Nadyr was our guide and what a great guide he was.Great sense of humour very good driver and knew everything about the islands.Even picked flowers for the wife.We recommended the trip to other people around our complex who were also very happy with the trip.
Written 20 July 2019
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Annabelle V
3 contributions
Fantastic day - great way to see all the hot spots in Sal
May 2019 • Couples
Our Guide Nadyr made our day a very memorable one. We had a great and really fun experience getting to know the Island of Sal and all its highlights.

We highly recommend this experience - it is even better than described. Thanks again!
Written 25 May 2019
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Lundin0300
Kungsbacka, Sverige1 contribution
Great way to see Sal!
Apr 2019 • Couples
The tour is great if you want to see Sal. The sharks and the salt lake is a cool experience.
To bad that the restaurant visit in Espargos took away alot of points of the tour. The kitchen forgot the entire tables order First and then forgot My order again after the reminder. Took 1 hour and 46 minutes to get the food...
Written 23 April 2019
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schmokinn69
Bournemouth, UK45 contributions
A great day out with a great guide
Jan 2019
We were picked up on time by our guide John who turned out to be a great,knowledgeable and funny who also took great care of us and the other tourists.I think if there is 35000 people on the island John knows 34999 of them!First to see the salt flats and an explanation of how it had shaped the history of the island in the past and there was actually somebody working their at the time although it is not such a viable proposition today.Then on to Kite beach which is quite a spectacle a hundred or more in quite a small area all at once with coloured kites filling the sky made for some great pictures.A short stop at Murdeira for the views of Lion mountain and then on to the Blue eye and the stunning coastline around it a great opportunity for some great pics from the viewpoint on the headland,it turned out John is also a handy photographer and eager to help you get the best pics at one point actually climbing down part of the cliff to get a great perspective! Then on into the desert where in the middle there is a small bar come gift shop very reasonably priced where you can try some of the local alcohol and look back at the mirage effect.On to a local fishing town where we saw colourfully painted murals on the houses,fish being prepared and had a wander round,the kids in the Disney pre school wear on break and excited to see us all smiles and laughter.Lunch was next we decided on Johns recommendation to have the mixed fish grill which was great and reasonably priced in a newish restaurant,good food,clean and good service also very reasonably priced.The Lemon Shark experience was enjoyable but unfortunately at the time we arrived there was also many others their which diminished it a little but as all the tours are random it was just the luck that day.It was still enjoyable and i managed to get within a few feet of them and have some great pictures,beautiful creatures.And last the salt mine,you go through a tunnel which took 4 years to dig by hand into the massive caldera where the salt flats and pools are.We swam or tried to in the salt lake but the bouyancy makes it a fun experience and you literally have to crawl out of the water as it is hard to push your legs down.I don't think it took 10 years of my looks but you can't have everything. Then back to the hotel a 15 minute drive,we had more like 8 hours than the 6 advertised so even better.A great day out,nice and relaxed with lots of laughs.Again i must really mention John the guide who made the day with knowledge,jokes and a great relaxed attitude and the great photos he took
Written 10 January 2019
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