Cabo Verde, Sal to Sao Nicolau Wave Adventure

Dates Mar 7 - Mar 16, 2022 (10 days)
Ports of CallPalmeira and Porto do Tarrafal
Air69.5 F
Water69.9 F
Mean Avg Wind12.9 NE

Strong winds, killer waves, one of the most famous breaks for kiting in the world. This poor nation off the west coast of Senegal is comprised of 9 main islands. Known for its soulful music, headed by its most famous musician, Cesaria Evora; and its colorful Portuguese culture the Cape Verdes have more recently become popular for kite and surf adventurers seeking more remoteness than the nearby Canaries. Not quite African and not quite European, Cape Verde today is almost Brazilian in feel.

This Adventure is a mix of big waves and big adventure. We begin with some rippable days on Sal, with Ponta Prieta and some nearby breaks that were some of the best we ever found on the Best Odyssey expedition back in 2010, then we head west, downwind 60 miles to Sao Nicolau where we can expect to find more serious waves, but much less crowds. There is a mix of waves that will keep the expert to the intermediate in smiles. But the waves get BIG, and the winds howl- get your practice in beforehand!

Read about our last trips in the Cape Verdes (and watch the videos below from our last trip here and some wave spectacular from F.One):

Return from the Brink in Cabo Verde

Carnivals and Solitude

Final Sessions and a Few Lessons

Winds in Cape Verde blow consistently and strong and swell arrives from the north just as regularly. For those looking to perfect your wave riding techniques, with some very interesting culture, sailing and adventure thrown into the mix, this is the trip.

RESOURCES: For information on flights, please visit here. For all the TACV offices around the world, please visit here. Domestic flights are often booked up well in advance, so make your bookings early. For information on visas, please visit Visa Help and Lonely Planet

The Dune Discovery- Paragliding where no one has before from Cloudbase Mayhem on Vimeo.

F-One Manera - Cabo verde from Kitenation on Vimeo.


  • Amazing waves, reliable wind
  • Cool land excursions
  • Culture
  • Fun downwind sail
  • Rarely visited Sao Nicolau- unknown
  • World Famous Ponta Prieta


  • Dengue Fever always a risk in town
  • Rolly, tenuous anchorages


Cabin 1 - Patagonia - Guests: sponsor
Cabin 3 - Patagonia - Guests: sponsor
Cabin 4 - Patagonia - Guests: sponsor