Santa Maria Tours
Union tour Full Day Private tour
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Union tour Full Day Private tour

By UNION TOUR
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 4–5 hours
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Live guide: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
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  • Professional guide/driver
What's not included
  • Entry/Admission - Buracona - Olho Azul


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We start Picking up clients from 9:00 till 10 o’clock am
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Pushchair accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 195376P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 195376P2

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        • UNION TOUR
          67
          Santa Maria, Cape Verde
          Joined in September 2019
        • Skipp4172
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Half Day Private Tour
          Booked the Half Day Private Tour through Edgar Pires (at the lighthouse on the beach beside the RIU Palace). The tour was guided on the day by the wonderful Grace (A Top Bloke) who provided a wealth of information on the Island and looked after us throughout the tour taking some fun photos when the opportunities arose. Would 100% recommend them in the future.
          Written 13 July 2024
        • 997kierano
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic trip and organiser
          Fantastic full day out,the driver was great and new his stuff about the island and took us to some amazing places,the shark experience and salt lakes were amazing and definitely worth visiting while in Cape Verde,overall I would 100% recommend it to anyone
          Written 25 June 2024
        • nicolat587
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing
          We did the half day Island tour, it was brilliant!!! The driver was excellent, we were on an open backed Jeep and felt safe at all times. Take suncream because even though it was cloudy the rays still can still get you. We booked the trip through Edgar at the lighthouse just outside the hotel on the beach, he was so friendly and informative, he even greeted us at the hotel reception on the morning of the trip, also sends what’s app messages with useful information. Well done everybody 👏 keep up the good work. We will definitely use you again when we return to Cape Verde 🇨🇻
          Written 21 June 2024
        • andi1043
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Half day island tour
          We have just done the half day island tour. Booked through Edgar Pires. Very professional service with extremely nice and informative drivers. Please don't feel nervous about booking tours through a local operator.
          Written 5 June 2024
        • E1470JBalisonb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Go and see Edgar!!!
          We recently went on the half day island tour arranged by Edgar, he was such a delightful man,so helpful and personalable. We have Paulo as our driver, he was lovely and told us lots about Sal. We also did the No Limits Catamaran trip, which we also booked through Edgar, that too was AMAZING!!! We had such a great time, our kids 11 & 12 also loved both trips. We would highly recommend both trips and union tours. Hopefully we'll be back again xx
          Written 2 June 2024
        • tonyeQ7520MI
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Booked island tour as buggy half day experience absolutely brilliant value for money
          Absolutely brilliant and informative Cari g person Edgar Pires was such a gentlemen and knowledgeable person you’ll find Edgar at the lighthouse everyday 10am till 1230 except Sunday
          Written 15 March 2024
        • Heatherw1962
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great trip, great service
          Great service from Edgar who arranged a half day trip for us. We had buggy take us to several places on Sal, including the lemon sharks and a salt lake, where you could float around! It was a great way to see the island and good fun. Everyone from the drivers to the locals were very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend booking any trips with this firm, reliable and good value. Edgar can be found by the lighthouse on the beach at Palace Santa Maria in the mornings.
          Written 3 January 2024
        • stanleysstoned
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic experience
          Met Edgar on the beach at the lighthouse near Riu palace Wha professional friendly person We went on the island tour and the catamaran trip Excellent value for money Thoroughly recommend him He is cheaper than TUI and a lot of fun You won’t be disappointed E and A
          Written 23 November 2023
        • Jones39
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing! Organised! Book them!
          Amazing! We have completed three tours with union tours! Arranged by Edgar-found at the lighthouse 10:30-12:30! First-E-bikes, with Mo amazing, we got to know the island on two wheels, easy pace & very enjoyable! Secondly-a half day trip with union tours-Grace, absolutely fantastic! Saw the lemon sharks/blue eye/salt plans and loads more! Third- the desert buggy! With no limits. Again amazing! Did loads of off roading, felt safe and welcomed! All the tours came on time, had our names correctly, were attentive, all knew Edgar’s team at Union tour. We felt safe & it was extremely well planned! Had we more time we would do another tour! Thanks Edgar & all at union tours!!
          Written 10 November 2023
        • Stuart S
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Edgar Pires - the guy to speak to
          This is our second time to Cabo Verde (this year) and we have used Edgar and his team for their services. We’ve been on the catamaran adults trip and the private half day tour (which is actually most of the day). We’ve also asked Edgar to sort airport transfers which go off without any issues. For the half day private tour we were hosted by Tey. He was funny, informative and we just felt like we were looked after. I would ask for him again if we did this tour. The lemon sharks were magical and I could have watched them swimming around my feet all day. The Salinas were good fun and you don’t have to get all muddy, you can just float around if you wish. What was good about the tour was riding on the back of a truck and just seeing Sal. Highly recommended. There is a Facebook page for RIU Santa Maria and you’ll find most people on it book with Edgar Pires. Great customer service and great value.
          Written 9 November 2023
        • 314jayneb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Edgar - Zilena first class service.
          Book a tour with Edgar. The service provided by Edgar was absolutely fantastic, but we could not fault anything. Once we booked with Edgar, all information was sent via WhatsApp. The cost of our tour was €30 euros each. The tour provided was the blue eye, the local fish market,the port, the mirage,salt bath, and salt lakes and seeing the baby sharks. Stopped off in a local restaurant, food was great and reasonably priced. Our tour guide for the day was Zilena, provided all history and culture off the island. A great big shout out to Zilena, she was fantastic.After the trip ended, Edgar messaged to see if it was all okay. Just a tip, wear some old clothes, can get a bit dusty, and also wear some Crocs for the sharks, but you can loan some of the guys on the beach for €3 euros. Jut a fantastic day out...
          Written 16 September 2023
        • M2819NJvictoriab
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Edgar = 100%
          Booked up with Edgar for the full day private tour. He is was great, sent through all info via WhatsApp and checked in after the tour to ensure we had a good time. We had Elder as the driver and Fabio as the photographer and both were brilliant. We stopped off for some lunch in Espargos which was lovely. Highly recommend Edgar to anyone looking to get some holiday adventures in whilst in Cape Verde
          Written 8 September 2023
        • elenahick
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Edgar Pires - the man for all your tour needs!
          We contacted Edgar Pires through Facebook before visiting Santa Maria, Cape Verdi and he sent through loads of information - not just relating to the yours he offered, but advice on how to make the best out of your visit. The tour itself was fantastic - a fantastic day and brilliant value! This really is a great way to see so much of what Sal, Cape Verdi has to offer. There was never any hard sell from Edgar, we went back and booked more with him. I would highly recommend contacting him before your trip for the best experiences at a great price. I cannot recommend Edgar enough - he is the best at what he does.
          Written 13 July 2023
        • SnezaHin
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          EXCELLENT TOUR
          Edgar Pires-Found his name on Cape Verde FB site and so many people were HAPPY with his service. Contacted him and booked a couple of tours. WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. He is very knowledgeable and so easy to deal with. The tour was great. Great introduction to this wonderful country/island. Thank you for a great time.
          Written 5 July 2023
        • jok001
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Half Day Private Island Tour
          We booked a private half day island tour through Edgar at Union Tour. He organised things brilliantly and explained every aspect clearly. He was there when we were picked up from out hotel to introduce us to our guide. The actual tour was a great way to see some of the real island. Grace was our driver/guide and looked after us very well. We visited the Blue Eye, saw the mirage and tried the local liquor, paddled with the baby (though not so small) sharks and floated in the very salty pool in a volcano crater. A good experience. You should see the island if you get a chance, you'll see how the people really live.
          Written 25 June 2023
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        Lorraine Hearn
        Gravesend, UK90 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2024 • Couples
        What a fabulous way to have seen the 'Real Sal' with a knowledgable tour guide and private tour experience. As this holiday was for both of our birthdays, we wanted this trip to be special and it ticked all the boxes.

        From the moment we met Edgar by the lighthouse to the arrival back at the Riu hotel following our trip, we could not fault a thing!

        We were fortunate to have Tey, Machoo and Eugene with us, pictures were snapped during the day, with no pressure to purchase however the moments were captured perfectly and meant we came away with permanent reminders of our day out.

        Lunch at Ka Lika was delicious, great value for money and organised so well.

        Experiencing the sites of Sal and the surreal 'floating' in the Salt Lake kept us talking about our trip for days afterwards.

        The Lemon Shark experience was so 'up close and personal' whilst they remained in their natural environment. The weather was glorious which meant we saw the 'Blue Eye' at it's best and the 'Mirage' didn't disappoint, what a bizarre trick on the eye!

        It is our wish to return to Santa Maria and we will definitely find Edgar for another trip when we do.
        Written 23 March 2024
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        pinkbubbly
        wine lover in cornwall19 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2022 • Couples
        Edgar was great and Marchelo our tour guide was brilliant. Our weather on our tour day wasn't the best but we saw every attraction he managed to get us to the blue eye at the exact time when the sun came out and we got wonderful photos. We stopped for lunch and it was excellent. And bought a few bargains on the way. We made friends with Edgar Pires before our holiday and he recognised us as we walked to the beach on our first day he was very welcoming and friendly. He even gave me cough sweets to help my sore throat and terribke cough he is a star 😍
        Written 16 February 2022
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        hatehifi
        Langenhagen, Germany66 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jairson was our guide for the day. He speaks several languages and his German was sufficient to keep my German partner satisfied. The score is based upon his competence and friendliness. We talked about many subjects and his viewpoints were open and helpful for us to gather information, our major reason for the booking.
        By coincidence I had my birthday and Union went out of their way (their motto could be: we try harder), and sure enough, at lunchtime there was a cake including candles to reflect my special day. Thank you!
        We saw everything noteworthy about Sal and had synopsis about Cape Verden’s other islands and didn’t feel overburdened with too many details. Jairson is rightly proud of his homeland and we were lucky to meet him.
        Written 29 September 2022
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        Odyssey519395
        10 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2023 • Family
        Edgar is the man to book with for no stress trips,😁
        I contacted Edgar prior to visiting Cape Verde received loads of useful info before leaving home on what to take and things to do whilst there.
        I messaged again once in resort, Edgar came to meet me to give more info face to face. Edgar is easy to talk to, no hard sell and reassurance given at every stage, contacting before and after trips to ensure a good time was had by all, Which it was.
        The island tour is fantastic, you get to travel to all main sights blue eye, sharks, salt lakes, mirage as well as time to stop an swim have a meal and visit the capital and fishing village. we had Elder as our guide who was informative, funny and great to spend a day with to get a real look at cape Verde. Nothing is too much for this group of lovely people, Edgar went above an beyond to make sure we enjoyed our time on the island we booked quads, boat trip and island tour which were all great.
        I cannot recommend booking with Edgar enough, he is a lovely gentleman with a massive passion for his homeland ❤️
        Written 24 July 2023
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        taff615
        Herefordshire, UK7 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Met Edgar by Lighthouse after being highly recommended to make contact with him prior to our holiday. Thoroughly impressed by Edgar. So very friendly, funny and very professional to deal with. He arranged our full day Private Tour of the island along with our Catamaran and quad tours as well. No detail missed whatsoever making each experience so enjoyable. Along with the above he sorted out our taxi from the airport on arrival and also return journey. We cannot speak highly of him enough, and anyone visiting Rui Palace or nearby accommodation I would highly recommend you seek out Edgar, to make your holiday more enjoyable. Top Top Man
        Written 13 February 2024
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        Helen M
        Ledbury, UK45 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2023 • Family
        We have just come back from a magical holiday in Sal and this trip was just perfection - we saw and experienced the island from walking with sharks to swimming in the salt lake, the blue eye and amazing swimming lake, the desert and a fabulous lunch! our guide was so helpful, experienced and just down right lovely. I have a bad knee and he even helped me into the sea and down the rocks so that I could swim in beautiful lakes. I can't recommend this enough - it was just amazing. Oh and the fact it was just usand we sat outside on a 4x4 made it even more special.
        Written 19 November 2023
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        AndreaKent
        Kent, UK6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2022
        We were picked up at the hotel by our tour guide Anisio. He was the most friendly, knowledgable person and took us to all the main tourist spots on Sal. I have walking difficulties and he held my hand when necessary and made sure I also had a guide (called Natty) to take me over the rocks to see the baby lemon sharks. Natty spoke very good English and showed us many little sea creatures as well as the sharks. We had lunch in Palmeira which was very nice and we also visited a lovely little souvenir shop just down the road where we tried samples of local drinks. I wanted to visit the ‘forgotten dogs of Sal’ rescue centre. Anisio arranged for us to meet the guy who runs the kennels Balta who was also such a nice, friendly guy who spoke fluent English. Anisio took us to a shanty town as we had a bag of things for local children. This was a day I will never forget. Thanks to Edgar Pires for arranging and to Anisio who made our day so special.
        Written 20 February 2022
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        Lisa D
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2023 • Family
        We are a family of of 4 who wanted to do a tour of the salt lakes, Lemon sharks and the blue eye. It was Very easy to book with excellent communication before hand. The driver turned up promptly in a good quality pick up truck which was clean and tidy. We had the choice to sit either inside or on the back outside seating. The driver was very knowledgeable about the island, and a brilliant safe driver. He was very relaxed and didn’t rush us at any of the sites. We had an excellent day with fabulous memories of Sal, Cape Verde. I would definitely recommend this trip.
        Written 16 June 2023
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        Neil H
        8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We booked in with Edgar and union tours on a recommendation and they were awesome! Edgar was super helpful and friendly and easy to talk to to explore options without the hassle you can get from others. Great communication via WhatsApp and all stress free! Jaison was our guide for both evening turtle watching (really recommended) and the tour a few days later. He was really knowledgeable, with great English (and French and German and Italian!!) And took us to a few extra spots that you wouldn’t know were there if you didn’t have a guide. I can’t recommend Edgar, Jaison and the Union tours crew enough!
        Written 17 August 2022
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        Dolly
        13 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Booked a fantastic full day private tour with friends - organised through Edgar Pires. Our guide for the day was Marcelo, who was fun and very informative throughout the day😊. The men in our group wanted to take a quick look at the golf course (before booking later in the week) and Marcelo and our driver happily took us there. We went to the Salt Lakes, Kite Beach, Espargos, Lemon Sharks, Blue Eye, Salt Baths and also to visit the Shanty town where we were able to give out gifts we had brought with us. Lunch was excellent in a restaurant in Espargos 😊. We finished the day with a visit to the Salt Baths.... totally relaxing. Thank you Marcelo for a lovely day and a big thank you to Edgar Pires who is absolutely fantastic at what he does. Nothing is too much trouble and everything is thoroughly explained. Would highly recommend.....until next time 🥰. June, Carl & Lexie xxx
        Written 5 March 2022
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