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Diving in Cape Verde

Explore diving in Cape Verde

At the meeting between tropical waters and Atlantic currents, Cape Verde is a wonderland for divers of all levels. Diving in the country is still in its infancy but the plethora of marine life and variety of underwater environments mean this country is sure to become one of the top dive destinations in the world.

Diving is so far possible on 3 of the 10 inhabited islands although more dive shops and spots are sure to open as tourism to the country expands. Cape Verde delights for divers with a variety interests. You are sure to be amazed not only by the interesting environments but also by the wide variety of marine life from humpback whales to the flying gurnard.

When to dive in Cape Verde

With a variety of temperatures ranging from 66 - 81°F (19 - 27°C), both a 3mm and 5mm may be appropriate depending on the location and season.

Diving is accessible year round, but the best season lies from April to November. Between colorful volcanic walls, cathedral-like caves and several well-preserved wrecks,

Dive sites and dive shops in Cape Verde

Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.

Common marine life sightings for Cape Verde

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More Information

There is only one way to reach the Cape Verde archipelago and that is by plane. There are four international airports on the islands of Sal, Santiago, Boa Vista and São Vicente. Flights arrive daily from Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Moving between islands is easily done by domestic flight, speed boat and slower, local ferries. Keep in mind that the schedules in Cape Verde are more like suggestions than strict departure times. Once on the major islands, there are metered taxis to whisk you away to your destination.

Time Zone
230 V
Bar (bar)
C, F
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Amilcar Cabral Intl (SID)

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