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SSV/Buggy Island Adventure

Monday to Saturday
Starting at 9:00
From €205 / Buggy

Coast to coast off-road, guided island tour to get to know all the highlights of Sal with our brand new, 500cc 4x4 automatic Buggies.


INCLUDED



Protection

Helmet, Glasses, and Overalls Provided



Water

1 Bottle of Water



Shuttle

Pickup and Drop-off



Local Guide

Friendly and Professional

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, the tour will start with few kilometers on the road to reach the Murdeira Bay, where the off-road will start.
The first stop will be in Palmeira, the village of the fisherman on which you can see the typical houses of Cape Verde.
Then, you will proceed to the north-west coast of the island to reach Buracona, where you can see the natural swimming pool and the famous blue eye.
The next stop will be in Terra Boa, on the north-center of the island, to experience the “Mirage” effect in the middle of the desert: you will se water where actually there is not.
After Terra Boa, the tour will continue towards the north-east coast to reach the top of the volcano of Pedra de Lume, where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the salt-flats built into the crater.
The last stop will be in Shark Bay, where you will have the chance to get in the water and see the Sharks in their natural habitat, before to head back to Santa Maria.

The tour will finish in our office, from where we will take you back to your accommodation.

What to Expect


Preparation and Safety Briefing

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


Palmeira Village

Palmeira is Sal's main ocean port.


Buracona / The Blue Eye

A stunning underwater cave with majestic blue and turquoise waters.


Terra Boa Mirage

Experience the natural wonder of Sal Island's Terra Boa Mirage.


Pedra de Lume

In the crater of an old volcano, you can find the second most salty water of the world.


Shark Bay

Walk close with lemon sharks in this shallow bay on the eastern coast of Sal.


Returning back

  • Cross through Serra Negra natural reserve
  • Kite beach, a beautiful white sandy beach full of colorful kite surfs
  • Salt flats of Santa Maria surrounded by beautiful sand dunes


  • Souvenir Photos

    Available for Purchase



    Shemagh Face Covering

    Available for Purchase



    Extra Drinks

    Not Included



    Entrance Fees

    May Apply

    Route Map

    FAQ
    No. To drive a buggy you need to have a valid driving licence category B and you need to have the original one with you. Without a valid and original driving license the driver will not be able to participate on the tour and no refund will be given.

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

    There is no minimum age required. We also provide a baby seat for children up to 3 years old

    No. Our buggies are all for a maximum of two people. If you are more people, you can take multiple buggies or one person can choose to go with a guide for half the price.

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

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    Located on the northwest coast of the island, Palmeira is a fishermen village which also hosts the main port of Sal. It also is the third busiest port of Cape Verde after the port of Praia (Santiago Island) and Mindelo (São Vicente Island).

    Palmeira is the village of the fishermen, located on the north-west coast of Sal Island where you can find the typical colorful capeverdean houses and you can still feel the real capeverdean vibes.

    In Palmeira you can also find the main port of Sal, the only port that can host the container ships coming to supply the Island.

    Located on the northwest coast of the island, Buracona is one of the most famous attractions of Sal thanks to the natural swimming pool and the “Odjo Azùl” (Blue Eye).

    The Blue Eye is a cave 24 meters deep that is connected to the ocean. When the sun reaches the center of the sky, the sunlight illuminates the sandy bottom of the cave that gives visitors an amazing reflection that resembles a Blue Eye.

    A natural swimming pool resides adjacent to the Blue Eye. Due to the tides of the ocean, the conditions of the pool change on a daily basis. Many days the waters are ideal for swimming however on other days the pool will experience the strength of the ocean with waves crashing on black lava rocks.

    There is a restaurant, restrooms, and a souvenir shop inside the area.

    Entrance Fee

    This attraction requires an entrance fee of 3€ per person. Entry is FREE for children and Cape Verdean nationals and immigrants with a valid ID Card.

    For the best viewing experience

    Since it’s a natural effect caused by the sun, it is important to view the Blue Eye on a sunny day when the sun is at its highest point between 11am and noon.

    Located on the northern portion of the island, Terra Boa is the greenest place of Sal.

    In Terra Boa it is also possible to see the “Mirage” (or “Fata Morgana”): the Mirage is an optical phenomenon in which the hot light rays on the ground reflect distant objects and the sky, which create the illusion of a desert lake.

    Located on the northeast coast of the island, Pedra de Lume (translated: Firestone) is now a small fishermen village.

    The village was built in 1796, by Manuel António Martins, and was divided into two parts:

    • The houses of the slaves, on the top of the hill.
    • The port, the warehouse and the cable car down the hill. The cable car was able to transport up to 80,000kg of salt per hour from inside the crater to the village.

    The old crater of Pedra de Lume is famous because of the salt flats that you can find inside. Salt flats that had seen their “golden times” during the 18th century when the salt was mostly exported to Brazil, until 1887 when the Brazilian Government decided to banish the salt importation.

    The salt production was revived by a French company named “Salins du Cabo Verde” which was the owner until the end of the 20th century when they closed the production and sold the area to an Italian company who bought it for touristic purposes.

    Today the volcano of Pedra de Lume is one of the main attractions of Sal and a must for every tour. You can either enjoy the view from the top of the crater or swim (actually float) in the second most salty water of the world.

    Entrance Fee

    In order to enter to the crater you will need to pay an entrance fee of 5€ per person. FREE entry for children under 120cm height and Cape Verdean nationals and immigrants with a valid ID Card.

    If you swim in the salty waters and would like to shower afterwards, you will also need to pay an extra 1€ for the shower (highly recommended).

    Located on the northeastern coast of the island near the village of Pedra de Lume, “Baia da Parda” (better known as “Shark Bay”) is the only place on the island where you can see lemon sharks from the shore while they are swimming in their natural habitat.

    The shark bay is a lagoon with the lava rocks at the bottom which make the area a perfect spot for the lemon sharks hunting for food. Because of the shallow water, the tide of the ocean makes the place different every few hours and can make it easier to see the sharks depending on the level of the water.

    Additional Info

    In order to enter to see the sharks, it’s recommended to wear shoes (any type of shoes except flip flops). If needed, you can rent shoes directly from local on-site vendors which cost on average roughly 2/3€ per person.

    If you are not on a guided tour, you can typically give a small tip to one of the vendors and they will come with you into the water to explain a little bit about the sharks.