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About Sao Vicente

Sao Vicente is the third smallest of the islands that make up the Cape Verde archipelago but it is home to the countries second largest city, Mindelo. It is a beautiful island and the most cultural of the islands with a rich tradition of music and art, Sao Vicente is home to some of Cape Verde's greatest musicians, writers and thinkers. It is very popular among tourists due to its cultural life and nightlife as well as historical spots and amazing nature. Situated to the north-west of the archipelago the island has a dramatic mountainous terrain, and the coastal areas offer golden sand beaches. One of the popular activities on Sao Vicente is a scuba diving. It is possible to dive around this area all year round. Diving on Sao Vicente is available for diverse of all levels of experience. Diverse here can explore wrecks, reefs, caves, massive rock formations, and wall drop-offs with rich tropical underwater flora and an array of fish. The marine life in the waters off Sao Vicente includes shoals of rockfish, bream, dolphins, turtles and cat sharks, tiger, lemon and hammerhead sharks. Among the variety of dive sites located in this area one of the popular is Le Dromadaire wreck. It is a French East Indiaman shipwrecked in bad weather in 1762, is was believed to be carrying a cargo of gold and silver, so there is still a possibility to find here some interesting things. Tribe house reef is another popular dive site where possible to observe lots of different marine species and amazing corals.

When to go to Sao Vicente

Scuba diving around Sao Vincente is available year-round. The climate is temperate, the rainy season is August to October. Average air temperatures are 24-29C/75-84F. Water temperature averages 23-27C/73-80F. There are always present some currents, at some sites can be strong enough. During the winter (January-March) Humpbacked and occasionally Sperm whales visit the area on their annual migrations.