There is good news for people wishing to travel to Maio. There is now transport to the island six days a week from Praia. The flights remain the same – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The ferry now operates four days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This means the only day when travel isn’t possible, except by private boat transfer, is Saturday.
The construction of the new Maio port looks all set to proceed. It has been reported that the funding is now in place. The estimated cost of the project is €15m, together with a further €1.5m for the access road to the new port and training for young people on the island. The African Development Bank has backed the project. The president of the Bank will be in Cape Verde in July and this will coincide with the launch of the construction tender. Following technical investigations and studies, the new port will be located on the site of the existing port, close to Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês). It is understood that the ferry between Praia and Maio will be able to continue during the construction period. The new facilities should improve the experience for people travelling by ferry between Praia and the island of Maio.
After several months undergoing maintenance we understand that the ‘MS Sotavento’ is back serving the island of Maio. The inhabitants of Maio have been concerned over their relative isolation while the boat was out of action, as they rely on it for supplies. It is also good news for people that prefer the boat to flying. The newly maintained boat now has a different colour scheme, being white not blue!