top of page

Things to do on Sal island


Ron and Judith, the owners of hotel MiraBela, will be present at breakfast time to give you all kinds of tips to make your stay at Sal as enjoyable as possible. We know the best restaurants, the longest happy hours, the best surf spots and schools, fishing trips and so on. 

Below you may find examples of things to do. Tell us what you like and we make sure that you will have a great time on Sal. 

For surf classes in the high season (November until the end of March) it is best to organise everything before you come to Sal. All the schools are so busy in these months that you may need to make a reservation in time. We can help you do that. Just send us an email about your wishes to start the communication and we will make sure that everything is planned in time. All other activities can be arranged when you get here, but naturally they could also be booked before your arrival. ​

Especially when you visit Sal for only one or two days it may be wise to let us make reservations.

Salt Lake entrance

Island tour


This is almost a "must do" because you will have such a great day!

On the island tours, you visit places like:

  • The old salt mines where you can float like on the Dead Sea

  • The fata morgana of Terra Boa

  • Buracona, with the Blue Eye, caves and magnificent views

  • Shark Bay where you can walk between baby Lemon sharks

  • The hill in Espargos with very nice views all around.


A usual way to do the island tour is in (the back of) a pick-up truck. 

This day is usually done as a full day tour including lunch and all entrance fees.

Salinas, Floating on the Salt Lake
View on Sal, Cape Verde

Quad or car rental


Doing a quad tour is a fun way to explore the island. You could even do the full day island tour on a quad. The standard island tour of course is fully organised, but this may be more fun for some.

We can give you directions so you will not get lost!

There is a place in Santa Maria where they rent out quads with a big back rest. With two persons on one quad this is a lot more comfortable.

Cars can be rented in many categories for reasonable prices.


Surf lessons


Whether you want to take lessons in surf, windsurf, SUP, body boarding or kite surf, we can organise this for you.

We know which school and location to go to, based on your experience level and preferences. Please come talk to us, because for example too many people are taken to Kite Beach for their kite surf lessons, because this is “the place to be”. We however think that beginners should maybe not take their kite lessons there (like we did).

Stand up padelling
Beach in Santa Maria, Sal, Cape verde
Kitebeach Sal Cape verde
Josh Angulo, windsurfing

Turtle tours


From mid-June to late-September, it is possible to go on a tour to see the big turtles lay eggs on the beach. This is done at night. The tour guide drives you to a beach where they search for the turtles to come on land.

Since it is wildlife they cannot guarantee that you will see it happening, but 99% of the times you will be a witness of this impressive event.


From late-July until mid-October the baby turtles hedge on various places on the island. It is very cute to see this happen and see the little ones crawl out of the nest. This happens on different places each year, so ask us where you can go to the best and we will find out for you.

Turtle on Sal, Cape Verde



Cape Verde has some nice dive spots, including wreck dives.


It’s not like diving in Egypt, but you can make some really nice dives here, comparable to diving in the Caribbean.

Diving Santa Maria, Sal, Cape Verde
Wreck diving Santa Maria, Sal, Cape Verde
Diving Santa Maria, Sal, Cape Verde

Other activities


There are more things to do on Sal, like renting an electric bike, zip line, bicycle tours, guided walking tours in Santa Maria,

big game fishing, sailing trips, horseback riding, jet skiing etcetera.

We can also organise a trip to Boa Vista by boat.

Or maybe you just want to know where to find the most beautiful beaches?

Let us know and we help you make the most

of your holiday on Sal.

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • TripAdvisor - Black Circle
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
bottom of page