Also known as the sunniest island, Sal and the city of Santa Maria are in the most populated area of Cape Verde. The name Sal refers to “salt” and comes from the salt industry in Sal long ago. The island doesn’t export salt now or only in very little quantity. Diving on Sal Island is exiting as you will find many species of fishes and big schools of them swimming about.
Santa Maria is a lively city with many luxurious hotels and resorts where you can expect European standards. It offers the best quality beaches with all year long sun due to the low elevations. Diving is also appreciated with many reefs and walls to see around the island. Most sites are a few minutes ride by boat away.