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About scuba diving in Cape Verde

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Have you dreamed of having an awesome scuba diving experience in Cape Verde? Cape Verde brings fascinating experiences and discoveries to divers of all levels of experience. Want to know everything about scuba diving in Cape Verde? We can help. The most popular diving destinations of Cape Verde are Sal and Boa Vista. Cape Verde`s underwater world consists of caves, canyons, massive rock formations, ledges and sharp drop-offs. The rich tropical underwater flora and a massive array of fish in the waters off Cape Verde include shoals of rockfish, bream, dolphins, turtles, cat sharks, tiger, lemon, hammerhead, mako sharks and various corals. Types of diving include cave diving and reef diving, drift dives are also common along majestic walls in the currents of Boa Vista waters. Night dives are available at most inshore locations. Excellent wreck sites offer for exploration over 70 known shipwrecks that range from the 16th to 19th century. Most of the dive sites are located close to shore and can be reached by a short boat ride. Some of the dive sites have earned a great reputation among the diving enthusiasts and include the fantastic wall of Cavala; Tres Grottes that can be dived by day and night; Pontinha and its vertical rock face; Boris, an old Russian trawler; the Buracona cave and Chuklassa. Most of the dive operators are concentrated on Sal, especially on the south and west coast where there are over 25 dive sites available.

When to go to Cape Verde

Scuba diving in Cape Verde is available year-round. The climate is temperate with the rainy season lasting from August to October. Cape Verde has the lowest temperatures in West Africa, its average air temperature varies between 24C/75F and 29C/84F. The average water temperature stays between 23C-27C/73-80ft. There are always some currents which can be stronger at some sites. During the winter (January-March) Humpbacked and occasionally Sperm whales visit the islands.

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