price-date3 Hours

ATV Quad & Snorkeling Tour

Thursday starting at 09.30
From €110 / ATV- Quad

Haven't decided yet if you prefer to do a land tour or a sea tour? Well, with this option you can do both! Drive our fully-equipped 4x4 Quad Bikes around the desert of Sal and go snorkeling in the protected area next to the Lion Mountain.


INCLUDED



Protection

Helmet, Glasses, and Overalls Provided



Equipment

All the necessary equipment



Professional Training

Offered in multiple languages



Shuttle

Pickup and Drop-off

OVERVIEW

The tour starts with the pick up at your hotel after which you will be taken to our main office where you will need to show your driving licence and get your gear for the adventure.

Once ready, you will start discovering the beaches of the south coast of the Island driving our ATV 500cc 4×4 Quad Bikes. You will pass by the Natural Reserve of Serra Negra to reach the Oasis of Palha Verde, where you will cross on the other side of the island to reach the Lion Mountain. Here begins the second part of the Tour: get ready to jump into the Atlantic Ocean!

You will get to wear the snorkelling equipment that includes mask, snorkel, flippers and wetsuit. After that, you will be briefed by the crew who will explain you everything you need to know before to get into the water.

Ready? Let’s swim then!

You will be staying around 40 minutes into the water and you will have the chance to see various species of fish, starfish, a lot of corals and, if you’re lucky enough, sea turtles as well!

Once finished, when the group is ready, you’ll jump again on board of our Quad Bikes and you’ll head back to Santa Maria.

What to Expect


Preparation and Safety Briefing

Get your gear, put on your overalls, and join us on our fun but essential Safety Briefing


Salt Flats of Santa Maria

The salt flats of Santa Maria are surrounded by beautiful sand dunes.


Costa de Fragata - Kite Beach

Costa de Fragata - Kite Beach


Serra Negra Beach

An ideal spot for sea turtles nesting, Serra Negra is one of the two natural reserves of Sal.


Palha Verde Oasis

A beautiful Oasis in the center of Sal


Murdeira bay

Murdeira Bay has great views of Lion Mountain


Returning back



Go-Pro

Available for Rent



Water

Included

Highlights

  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Morning departure at 09.30
  • Small-group tour

Included

  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Taxes, Fuel, Service fees
  • 1 bottle of water
  • Helmet, glasses and overall (Quads)
  • Mask, snorkel, flippers and wetsuit (Snorkeling)

Excluded

  • Extra drinks
  • Shemagh availabe to purchase
  • Photos availabe to purchase

Additional info

  • Minimum age for driving is 18 years
  • Minimum age to join the tour is 10 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Valid driving license required
  • Without a valid and original driving license the driver will not be able to participate on the tour and no refund will be given.
  • Closed shoes are mandatory


Go-Pro

Available for Rent



Water

Included

Route Map

FAQ

The minimum age to join the Quad Tour is 10 years old.

Our Quads are for one or maximum two people

Unfortunately a provisionary license is only valid in the country of issue.

No. To drive a Quad you need to have a valid driving licence category B and you need to have the original one with you.

We do provide Overalls to protect you and your clothes from the dust.

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The village of Santa Maria was founded in 1830 for production and exportation of salt.

As for the salt mines of Pedra de Lume, most of the salt was exported to Brazil until 1887 when the Brazilian government decided to banish the importation of salt to improve the national production.

The salt production in Santa Maria suffered a big crisis until 1920 when a Portuguese investor revived it and, in 1927, started the exportation to the Belgian Congo.

In 1961 the salt flats were nationalized and were operative until 1984 when the salt production started to decline and then stopped. After the end of the production, the salt mines were given to the local families of Santa Maria.

Most of the salt mines are now completely covered with hotels and houses built on top, but you can still see some of them on the northeast side of Santa Maria where some local people are still producing salt for an in-island use.

A paradise for Kite Surfers

Located on the southeastern shore of the island, Costa de Fragata is the longest beach of Sal with a length of 4.7kms. Due to the huge dimensions, Costa de Fragata is divided into three parts: Ponta Jelonga, Cabeça de Salina and Kite Beach. “Kite Beach” is the most famous of these and is the name that the people commonly use to refer to Costa de Fragata.

The name, as you can easily imagine, comes from the kite surfers that frequent the beach for the direction of the wind that blows toward the island. The wind direction makes Costa de Fragata the most ideal beach of the island for kite surfing.

There are two kite schools as well. The oldest one “Mitu & Djo Kite School Cabo Verde” is owned by two local kite surfers, one of which was the first Cape Verdean World Champion of Kite Surfing.

In addition to kite surfing, Costa de Fragata is also important because it is one of the main nesting beaches for loggerhead sea turtles that come to Cape Verde every summer from June to November to lay the eggs.

Additional Info

“Mitu & Djo Kite School” is not only a Kite School but there is also a restaurant, restrooms, sun beds, and a kids play area. The school is only open during winter months, typically from November until May.

During the summer they host the volunteers of Project Biodiversity who set up camp to patrol the beaches to protect the threatened loggerhead sea turtles.

Located on the southeastern coast of the Island, Serra Negra is one of the two natural reserves of Sal.

Serra Negra is the primary nesting beach for Sal’s threatened sea turtles. The native loggerhead sea turtles are extremely sensitive to light pollution which can disturb their nesting habits and cause them to lose their way back to the ocean. Serra Negra Beach provides an ideal and safe nesting area due to the shade provided by the adjacent mountain.

Located on the center of the island, Palha Verde is the second biggest Oasis of Sal.

Palha Verde is mainly composed of palm trees and white sand. Inside of the Oasis you can find some rural houses of local families living there.

Located on the west coast of the island, Murdeira Bay (Baia da Murdeira) is one of the two natural reserves of Sal and owes its name to the village of Murdeira which lies upon its shore.

With the surrounding land and Lion Mountain protecting it from heavy currents, Murdeira Bay is a natural port with very few waves and slightly warmer waters than other parts of the island.

These conditions make Murdeira Bay a perfect place for the sea animals to reproduce, like the loggerhead sea turtles (between May and October) and whales (between March and May).

In Murdeira Bay, you can experence great views of Lion Mountain (Monte Leão). Originally named “Rabo de Junco”, its name eventually changed to “Monte Leão” because its shape resembles the head of a lion.