Boa Vista is the third biggest Island after Santo Antao and Santiago in the Cape Verde archipelago. There are quite a bit of waves and currents near the island so diving here is more for the advanced rather than the new divers.
The Boa Island is also called the Island of Dunes with beautiful beaches and lots of things to look for. It is not an overcrowded destination where tourists can truly appreciate the cultural values of Cape Verde, especially its food and music.
It is also a place for whale and turtle nesting where you can you join organizations and foundations on voluntary work to help out these animals. They attract many divers and those who are looking for new things other than the Red Sea, Maldives or the Bahamas should definitely pay Boa Vista a visit. The best diving season is from May to October when the water is warm and the whales are still active.
The diving is challenging here from the condition and the strong winds. You will most likely meet strong currents and surges on most dives. The place is perfect for surfing all year long. If you do face the challenges you will be greeted by schools of fishes, whale songs and sightings on many dives in the right season.
Dive sites in Boa Vista: Bodega de Mark: The dive site can be reached by boat in less than 20 minutes. Surface current is strong so a quick descent along the line is recommended. You will see red sea fans sticking up from the reef, amberjacks, nudibranchs and many schools of fishes. Cret-Cheu: Usually done as a drift dive, this site is shallow (10m) and you will be able to stay longer. Stingrays can be sighted if you make it out of the clouds of fishes. Chances of shark encounter are high as well. Catchupa: This dive site is pretty close to shore depending on the diving center. Located on the crossing of two currents, it is in general a drift dive where you will see a pot full of rocks full of fish, similar to the local treat called “Catchupa”.