Whale watching


Humpback whales make seasonal migrations between their high-latitude feeding areas and their low-latitude breeding grounds. One of the two North Atlantic breeding grounds is around the Cape Verde islands. The peak breeding season is in March and April and also the time when these acrobatic whales can be sighted. So go whale watching in Cape Verde.

‘Always Sailing’ travels out from Sal to a midway point between the islands of Sal & Boavista which is the best location and time to see the whales. The trip takes about 4 hours and gives visitors an opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in safety. Wear sensible shoes, and something to protect you from the wind if you go on this trip.

You can go whale watching in Cape Verde from March to June, although March and April are the peak months. If you are lucky you will witness their acrobatics. You may also see dolphins, turtles and flying fish in addition to whales.

The Humpback whales have two breeding sites in the North Atlantic. The Cape Verde archipelago is one of those two locations. Therefore whale watching in Cape Verde is a great opportunity to see them. The males ‘sing’ to attract the females.

Humpback whales are the main species found, but others such as Pilot whales or Sperm whales are also seen occasionally. Sal and Boa Vista are considered the best islands from which to see the whales. It is, however, sometimes possible to see them off other islands in the Cape Verde archipelago. The island of Maio is one such location. The ideal property is situated in Vila Do Maio in Stella Maris Village where they can be seen directly from the terrace.

If you can be in the country during the peak breeding season, then whale watching in Cape Verde is well worth it.