Romantic relaxation with good food is the name of the game on this laid-back, night-time excursion. You and your loved one will be whisked off to the renowned Perola de Chaves restaurant - as famous for its food as it is for its idyllic setting. Let the chef whip up a delicious meal, made from only the finest local ingredients. Take your time over this three-course feast, as some Cape Verdean live musicians lay down a tropical soundtrack to your downtempo night. Then, perhaps, you'll want to feel the sand between your toes with a romantic stroll on the beach restaurant's pristine sands.
With innumerable sandy dunes and a fairly desolate interior, Boa Vista is heaven for quad bikers. Spend two hours blasting along the island's deserted trails, with some memorable pit stops in between. You'll first receive instruction on how to handle these powerful four-wheelers then take the wheel yourself or choose a double quad and you can relax as the passenger. Then, you'll rev out of the base, headed for Cabo Santa Maria beach. Normally, the turquoise ocean and pristine sands would be the main attraction – but the show-stealer is the steel skeleton of a huge cargo ship that wrecked on the reef here in the 1960s.
For a truly celestial holiday experience, it's hard to beat this evening dinner in Boa Vista's Viana desert. On arrival at the Viana Club, you'll be handed a welcome drink before listening in to a briefing on what to expect of the evening. Dinner will then be ready - a buffet of traditional Cape Verdean dishes for you to feast on. And after eating, you'll head into the dunes of Viana desert for an exhilarating view of the heavens. Gaze into the stars and planets with your naked eyes and with the help of telescopes. The kids are also well looked after as there are some gravity-centred activities for them to take part in.
This relaxing adults-only boat trip will give you a new perspective on Boa Vista while you enjoy all the little luxuries that make being on holidays so special. From the moment you board our boat, you'll feel the difference with a welcome drink setting the mood. Glide on the waters of Sal Rei bay and relax as you take in Boa Vista's beautiful coastline. Your skipper will sail to Praia de Chaves beach and around the uninhabited islet of Sal Rei. Snacks, water, soft drinks, local beer and wine are all included. And if you fancy, equipment for snorkelling is also provided – so all you need to bring along is your bathing gear.
A chance to delve into some of the Boa Vista's top spots. This morning-long adventure kicks off with a visit to the 19th-century church in Rabil – Boa Vista's second largest town. Then it's off to a ceramic factory to see how local pottery is crafted. You'll also get to taste cachupa, Cape Verde's national dish. Next, you'll zoom through the dusty landscape of the Viana desert. In Povoação Velha, you can wander its rustic streets before setting off for the 18km-long Santa Monica beach. By choosing a TUI Collection excursion, you are contributing to local projects supported by the TUI Care Foundation – thank you for your help.
Off-road adventure is the name of the game on this action-packed excursion. Spend four adrenaline-pumping hours carving up the sands and exploring the trails of Boa Vista's stunning south coast. Choose whether you want your own quad or whether you're happier to be a passenger. You'll be fully instructed in how to safely ride these very powerful machines, before a quick test drive. Then we'll speed off to the village of Povoação Velha, where you can have a look around. Next, jump back in your quads for a drive over to Santa Monica beach. You'll also stop at Varandinha before heading back.
Fishing aficionados will love this half-day fishing tour. With transport from your hotel all sorted, all you'll need is some sunblock and a sun hat to set off on your ideal morning or afternoon of fishing. You'll cruise out into the bay of Sal Rei, not too far, but far enough to get a good catch, and then the on-board equipment is all yours to use. Drop your line over the edge of the anchored boat, and wait for something to take the bait. It might be a grouper, parrotfish, sea bream, red mullet or even a moral eel.
This sizzling full-day excursion has Boa Vista down to a T. First up is Sal Rei. Its sun-kissed beach is the essence of life in Boa Vista. Throngs of locals go about life – which seems to radiate from the pier. Stroll around and watch the fishermen, and then amble along the coastline and beach, shoes in hand. All that sightseeing can be tiring so some relaxation and recreation is called for next. Head along the coast to drop into a top beach club where a refreshment awaits. Then it's over to Moraboza beach restaurant where you'll savour a tasty lunch and kick back afterwards.
Relaxing in luxury is the name of the game on this downtempo nautical excursion. As your skipper steers you out of port, you'll sail to the islet of Sal Rei and around it before gliding back to port – spending about three hours at sea. You'll then be transferred to the virgin sands of Praia da Chaves on the west coast of Boa Vista – just in time for lunch. You'll be served a tasty two-course lunch at the popular Bahia Beach restaurant. The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to the very stressful activities of relaxing on the beach and swimming. Utter bliss.
There's no shortage of good views in Boa Vista and this 4x4 tour shows you just how picturesque it is. We'll kick off in style as we travel to the remote hilltop Fatima chapel. Next it's on to the shipwreck at Cabo Santa Maria followed by the colourful village of Bofareira. In Fundo das Figueiras you'll stop for a typical island lunch, after which you'll be able to stroll along streets of pastel-coloured houses. Rounding off the day is a visit to a turtle museum. By choosing a TUI Collection excursion, you are contributing to local projects supported by the TUI Care Foundation – thanks for your help.
Sal Rei is a showcase of Cape Verde's mixed African, Brazilian, Creole and European influences. And you'll see it most clearly in the music, fashion and food. Get to know all three with a STEP walking tour. Led by an expert guide, you'll find out what island life, culture and cuisine is like in Boa Vista's colorful capital.First up is the Centre for Arts and Culture, where you'll find out about the island's folk music – morna. It's usually sung in Cape Verdean Creole, accompanied by clarinet, violin, guitar and a ukulele-like instrument called a cavaquinho.Learn about the history of the Cape Verdean people in the Museum of Naufràgos, then stroll past pastel-coloured houses to the vibrant municipal market. From the lively locals bartering back and forth for the best price, to women washing clothes on the pier, it's a real snapshot of island life. We finish off by sampling some local delicacies at a colonial-style guest house – an insight into the island's Portuguese past.
Even when you're on an idyllic tropical island like Boa Vista, it's lovely to get out on the water. Get a different perspective from the deck of your sleek sailing catamaran on this relaxed adults-only afternoon cruise – served up with ice cold drinks. Relaxation is the name of the game on this afternoon in the sea breeze. It's a great opportunity to bury yourself in a good book, or just chill out on the netted deck, working on your tan. There's a stop in a secluded bay as your vessel drops anchor and, if the mood takes you, you can take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters that surround the boat.
With its blend of African, Brazilian and European influences, Cape Verde's unique culture is one to experience. You'll start in Rabil, the former capital, where you can try local delicacies. Next, head to Sal Rei for a guided tour. The markets, a school and the church are on the itinerary. To round off the day, you'll visit the port and the colonial-style Migrante guesthouse. Here, you can try more Cape Verdean treats before some free time to explore at your own pace. By choosing a TUI Collection excursion, you are contributing to local projects supported by the TUI Care Foundation – thank you for your help
The west coast of Boa Vista usually provides stunning sunsets across the South Atlantic. Take one in with your special someone over a delicious dinner, followed by some live drumming and funky tunes on the beach. You'll be whisked off to the island-renowned Morabeza Beach Club well before the sun begins its descent over the water. As the light dims, a bonfire is lit and African drummers start to provide a soundtrack of infectious beats. Then it's time to sit down and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, plus a drink to wash it all down.
Inject your holiday with a healthy dose of adrenaline-pumping adventure with this dirt buggy tour. Hop in your powerful off-road buggy and after a quick safety briefing, you'll be ready to ride. Set off down Cape Verde's rugged trails and you'll zig-zag your way from the Chaves chimney – the towering smoke stack of an old ceramics factory – and rumble alongside epic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Revving along the coast, you'll take a quick break from the action at the Fatima Church before hopping back in the buggies over rolling sand dunes to find the perfect spot for a photo over Sal Rei Bay.
Relaxing aboard a boat is the perfect way to get away from it all. Spend either a morning or an afternoon cruising around the beautiful, turquoise waters that surround the Boa Vista. As you push out from shore, the pristine sails will catch the tropical breeze and take you out to sea. Glide over the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, as you take in the island's gorgeous sandy coastline from your sun-drenched vantage point. Your local skipper knows these waters intimately, so you'll be guided to the prettiest spots of the ever-changing coastline and stop to swim and snorkel.