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About Santo Antao
Santo Antão, or Sontonton in Cape Verdean Creole, is the largest of the Barlavento Islands in Cape Verde. Santo Antão is the most northern and western island in the archipelago, with a stunning lush and mountainous landscape. There are several cities in Santo Antão, such as Porto Novo, Ponta do Sol (the island's capital), Paúl, and Ribeira Grande. Santo Antão has many possibilities as far as activities for travelers. Some popular activities are hiking and scuba diving. It is possible to dive in Santo Antão all year round. There is a variety of sites to suit divers of different levels of experience. In Santo Antão, divers can expect to see caves, rocks, reefs, wrecks, and a variety of marine species. The abundant flora and fauna in the waters off Santo Antão include anemones, black corals, sea fans, amberjacks, angelfish, barracudas, blue tangs, damselfish, eels, green morays, and grouper. One popular dive site located near Santo Antão is Les Grottes (available for divers with CMAS*/OW certification), which has caves and lots of marine species.
When to go to Santo Antao
Santo Antão is a year-round destination with good diving conditions throughout the year. Average air temperatures are around 25C/77F in summer and 22C/72F in winter. Water temperatures average 25C/77F in summer and 23C/73F in winter. The water visibility averages 10-30m/32-98ft. Currents vary from mild to strong.