The wind blows softly through the verdant green palm trees that crop the edge of Cape Verde’s capital Praia, carrying a strong scent of salt and the sea over the beautiful town. Passing the whitewashed walls of the lighthouse, it softly whistles through the rigging of the fishing vessels and yachts bobbing up and down in the picturesque harbour. The sound of fishermen calling out to one another can be heard. A bustling place indeed to commence your explorations of the Cape Verde islands, a stunning archipelago that will give you a real sense of discovery and exploration off the beaten track.
Cruising on the 25-cabin Harmony V, you’ll be able to discover it all – gorgeous natural scenery, fascinating timeless coastal communities, a unique culture and unending sunshine. Here are our reasons as to why the Cape Verde islands are a worthy choice for your small ship cruise.
You can gain a true sense of Cape Verde by cruising from island to island
From Praia, you will sail to the stunning island of San Tiago, widely considered the most African of Cape Verde’s islands. Next, you will experience in turn the delights of Sao Filipe with its 3,000-metre volcano, Tarrafal, noted for its coffee plantations, Porto Novo on San Antao, the greenest of the islands, then on to Mideloo on the island of Sao Vincente, a lively and well-preserved colonial city known as the cultural heart of this island group. Each of these offers a unique character and distinctive culture for visitors to experience.
With Seafarer, it’s all about the destination. While our mega yachts are more than comfortable enough for sunbathing, dining and socialising, you won’t want to spend much time on board as our knowledgeable and experienced cruise director and local guides direct you to the highlights that each island has to offer. For example, you will have the opportunity to embark on an excursion exploring Fogo, the island of fire, which earns its name from the enormous volcano that dominates the landscape here. Lunch is taken at the crater’s village – something that would be impossible with a large scale cruise. It’s experiences like this that allow you to get close to the island’s culture without disturbing it.
There is plenty of natural beauty to discover
As the name suggests, there is a wealth of flora on Cape Verde – an abundance of natural beauty that you’ll get to experience first-hand. From the coffee plantations of Tarrafal in San Nikolau to the charismatic coastline of San Antao – cropped as it is with seemingly endless fields of sugarcane. There are plenty of photo opportunities here, and not just above the water. Get kitted out with some snorkelling equipment aboard the Harmony V yacht and go snorkelling to discover a fascinating and rich underwater world.
You’ll have an unforgettable – and above all, relaxing – time
Cape Verde’s incredible culture is likely to leave a lasting impression, but if there’s one thing you want to do while on holiday, it’s relax. This is precisely what you’ll be able to do as we offer a friendly, completely informal and casual experience on all our cruises. Cape Verde is no different – there is no need to dress up for dinner and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to kick back on the beach or on deck with a good book if you so desire. Opportunities to swim in beautiful picturesque coves allow for a spot of light exercise, which we all know is supposed to be very good for relaxing the muscles. And the atmosphere – whether on board or exploring one of the local communities – is always friendly and relaxed – all in all the perfect combination of discovery and relaxation that our yacht cruises are known for.
The Islands of Cape Verde
- Vibrant Santiago
- The old capital of Cidade Velha
- Fogo Volcano
- Island tranquillity
- San Nicolau – the coffee island
- The art and culture of Mindelo
- Old Portuguese Maio
Ports of call: Praia (Santiago) – Sao Felipe (Fogo) – Tarrafal (Sao Nicolau) -Porto Novo (Santo Antao) – Mindelo (Sao Vicente) – Praia (Santiago)