The Humpback whales are found all over the world and can travel on average about 5000km. Weighing up to 40 tonnes (44 tons) and as much as 18m long these creatures are truly giants. Humpback whales make seasonal migrations between their high-latitude feeding areas and their low-latitude breeding grounds. This migration is the reason it is possible to see see them in the waters around Cape Verde. The Humpback whales have two breeding sites in the North Atlantic. The archipelago is one of those two locations making whale watching possible.
They will feed on plankton and small fish in colder waters and then move to the warm waters of the tropics to breed and give birth to their young. These Humpbacks are also very noisy creatures. It is said that the males ‘sing’, which is thought might be to attract a female and to announce their presence to other males.
Whale watching trips are organised from a number of the Cape Verde islands, but it is generally considered that a midway point between the islands of Sal & Boavista is the best location. Wear sensible shoes, and something to protect you from the wind if you go on a trip. The best time of year is between March and April, but they can also be seen as early as February and as late as May. If you are lucky you will witness their acrobatics. You may also see dolphins, turtles and flying fish in addition to whales.
Humpback whales are the main species found, but others such as Pilot whales or Sperm whales are also seen occasionally. Although Sal and Boa Vista are considered the best islands for whale watching it is 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. It is also a great way to enjoy nature and it is suitable for all ages. Sightings cannot be guaranteed, but the trip is a lovely thing to do. So go whale watching in Cape Verde.