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Secrets of Sal Island 4x4 Tour
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Secrets of Sal Island 4x4 Tour

The desolate beauty of inland Sal is in stark contrast to the white sands of its coast. After a stop at Murdeira Bay, you'll trundle off-road to Palmeira on the west coast. Its palm-lined streets are dotted with mural-painted cafés and tiny shops. Then it's on to the Buracona lagoon. Next, witness the ocean-like sands of Terra Boa before enjoying an elevated view of Espargos, the capital. Wind down with a natural spa treatment – by floating in the salty waters of Pedra de Lume. By choosing a TUI Collection excursion, you are contributing to local projects supported by the TUI Care Foundation – thank you for your help.

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Postcards of Sal Tour
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Postcards of Sal Tour

Sal boasts a wealth of sights. Start off with a trip to the world-renowned Kite Beach. Then it's down the coast to have a brief stroll at Murdeira Bay. The palm-lined streets and bright mural walls of the village of Palmeira await next, before moving inland to the Buracona lagoon and the mirage plains of Terra Boa. After lunch, explore the capital, Espargos, before heading to Pedra de Lume salt flats for a float. By choosing a TUI Collection excursion, you are contributing to local projects supported by the TUI Care Foundation – thank you for your help.

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Sal Lemon Shark Experience
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Sal Lemon Shark Experience

Living in the coastal subtropical waters around Sal, lemon sharks are one of the easiest sharks to spot in their natural habitat. After pick-up from your hotel, you'll drive to Shark Bay where your experience will begin. Wade out into the water with a marine biologist and you'll be taught all about this incredible species. Spot their yellow-tinted skin – ideal for camouflage in the sandy shores – and watch them as they go about their business, twisting and turning, and looking for fish just a few feet away. You'll see their fins cutting through the surface of the water and get to know these sharks closer than you could imagine.

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Adults Only Catamaran Cruise Sodade
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Adults Only Catamaran Cruise Sodade

The Sal coastline is a perfect backdrop for a cruise – and this adults-only catamaran trip makes the very best use of it. After pick-up from your hotel, you'll hop aboard a brand-new catamaran and set sail along the west coast. Alongside plenty of room to relax, there's drinks, snacks and local music on offer too, to really get those holiday vibes going. Once we've reached our idyllic spot near Monte Leão, we'll drop anchor to freshen up with a swim and some snorkelling. When we've stopped, you can also head out on to the nets where you'll be able to float above the sparkling water and dry off in the sun.

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Sal Island Zipline Course
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Sal Island Zipline Course

The freedom and exhilaration of flying top-speed through the air is an experience that's hard to beat. And you can do it in the tropical setting of Sal island, with hilltop views to boot.You'll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the base where your arrival will be welcomed with a refreshing drink to get you started. There will be a quick safety briefing and introduction to ziplining, then once you're ready, you'll drive up to the hilltop, followed by a short, but no less spectacular, walk.There are two platforms to launch yourself from, with the highest point at a towering 103m. You'll reach speeds of up to a 100km per hour as you hurtle down the steel ropes, which extend over 1000m. And if you can open your eyes for just a second, you'll catch flashes of Sal's idyllic landscape before you reach the end of the line.

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Sal Quad Bike Tour
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Sal Quad Bike Tour

Mother Nature might as well have designed the beaches and dunes of Sal for quad biking – because they're ideal for this adrenaline-pumping activity. You can choose either a two or four-hour quad ride. Once you've sped past Serra Negra mountains and the white salt flats, you won't be far from Kite Beach. This beach gets its name from the legions of kitesurfers who come here for the huge swells and high winds. This excursion is almost a whistle-stop tour of the island – with a rip-roaring bit of fun in a quad being the icing on the cake.

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Guided Tour
Sodade Catamaran
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Sodade Catamaran

If holidays for you are all about kicking back and catching up on some chill-out time, then this catamaran cruise around Sal is just what you're looking for. Your captain will cruise you out from Palmeira along the shores surrounding Sal, and it's the perfect moment for you to sit back to soak up some rays. There's drinks, snacks and local music on offer to get you into that holiday feeling. And once we've reached a spot near Monte Leão, we'll drop anchor to freshen up with a swim and some snorkelling. Now that we've stopped, you can also head out on to the nets where you'll be able to float above the sparkling water.

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Sal Island Buggy Tour
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Sal Island Buggy Tour

Speed demons will rejoice with these adrenaline-pumping buggy tours. Ideal for manoeuvring over sandy terrain, you'll get to see even more of the island as you rev, race and rumble down tracks you never knew existed. Whether you opt for the two or four-hour tour, you'll get to take the helm and navigate winding tracks to viewpoints over the island's beaches, sand dunes and turquoise shores. But before you set off, there's a quick safety briefing from your guide and time to change into some overalls and goggles – to protect you and your clothing. And if you opt for the night-time buggy tour, you'll see Sal under the twinkling of the stars.

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Electric bikes
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Electric bikes

Exploring southern Sal just became even more fun. With this morning electric bike tour, your guide will lead you to the best spots as you glide with ease from A to B. Leave the navigating to your guide and follow along admiring the views over the sun-soaked plains and sea. You'll have plenty of opportunities for photos and with an e-bike you'll not even break a sweat as you cover ground. A great way to discover beautiful Cape Verdean landscapes.

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Cuba Libre Sailboat Cruise
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Cuba Libre Sailboat Cruise

Sailing the Cuba Libre is a sweet sensation. This single-mast yacht sails out of Santa Maria in southern Sal and specialises in all the ‘ings' – sailing, relaxing, sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming and even fishing. Your crew will attend to your needs and get the show on the road. With luck, you'll spot flying fish and turtles. And if you don't, there's always the snorkelling and swimming – crewmembers have their favourite spots for both activities. Cruises are available as either half-day – morning or afternoon – or full day.

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Santa Maria Jet Ski Experience
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Santa Maria Jet Ski Experience

Adrenaline-fuelled adventure is the name of the game on this thrilling session. Carve through warm, azure Atlantic waters on your awesomely powerful jet-propelled craft - on what can be either a 30-minute, one or two-hour session. You'll charge down Santa Maria's gorgeous coastline, spewing up a stream of water in your wake. There's 8km of beach front at this spot, so you have plenty of coastline to play with – including exploring the stunning Murdeira Bay. If you've never been on a jet ski before, you're in for a real treat – and these tropical waters are the perfect place to really open up the throttle.

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Odjo d'Agua Beach BBQ Tour
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Odjo d'Agua Beach BBQ Tour

If you fancy finishing the day in true Cape Verdean style, sign up for this night barbecue. This magnificent boutique hotel ticks all the boxes – a fantastic location, a private beach and a great atmosphere. As you hit Odjo d'Agua Beach, you'll be greeted by the mouth-watering aromas of marinated meats and vegetables being roasted over the flaming coals. The islands have great cuisine – marrying Portuguese, Creole and African culinary influences. Things get a little livelier after dinner, as a crew of local musicians strike up a jam. The Creole beats might well have you up dancing in the sands.

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Introducing Sal

Sal is a small island with a big reputation. Its main draws are the yin and yang of holidaying – relaxation and adrenaline-pumping activities. Whether you want to laze on sunkissed beaches or zoom across desert landscapes, you’re in Iuck – because that’s what Sal is all about. Top activities include off-road safaris, catamaran cruises and wildlife experiences. Plus, there’s a wide range of guided tours taking in the island’s most picturesque spots such as Murdeira Bay, the Buracona lagoon, Pedra de Lume salt flats and the sands of Terra Boa.

Top six things to do in Sal

1. Uncover the unusual landscapes

The Dead Sea-like Pedra da Lume salt flats are a feast for the senses. After admiring the pink hues of the evaporating waters, you can float in them for a natural spa treatment. Meanwhile, the Buracona lagoon is famed for the ‘eye’ that shimmers on its surface at certain times. Then there are the sands of Terra Boa, which often give off a mirage effect. Many popular excursions in Sal take you to these highlights.

2. Rumble off-road

Sal’s level interior and wave-washed beaches are ideal for an off-road safari. Take a back seat and take in the views in a 4x4 or take the wheel and zip through trails in a buggy or a quad bike. Most organised tours include stops at top sights such as the Pedra da Lume salt flats and Buracona lagoon. But if you fancy a more laidback experience, there are e-bike and electric scooter tours as well.

3. Lemon shark experience

Off the coast of Sal, you can scuba dive, snorkel and even try your hand on a Bond-like jet ski. But if there’s one water activity that separates Sal from the crowd, it’s hanging out with its resident shiver of lemon sharks. Marine biologist-led tours take you to Shark Bay, where you can paddle in shallow waters as baby lemon sharks glide around you.

4. Go on a catamaran cruise

A holiday in Sal without a catamaran cruise is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. That’s because these boat trips are the island in a nutshell – laidback and scenic. They also offer a taste of the high life for a fraction of the cost you’d pay in other destinations. Many include open bars and buffet lunches as well as swimming and snorkelling stops in remote locations. Combined land and sea excursions and adult-only versions are also available.

5. Explore the colourful towns

If you like taking photos, then Sal’s three largest towns should be on your list. Thanks to their pastel-coloured homes, Espargos, Santa Maria and Palmeira all have a made-for-Instagram appeal. And while you’re in Santa Maria, a detour to its world-famous Kite Beach is a must. The sight of dozens of kite surfers in action is one of the island’s defining images.

6. Try the local food and drink

When in Sal, do as the Salenses do. And that’s feast on lobster. The Santa Maria seafront on the south of the island is dotted with restaurants offering lobster dishes that are as tasty as the views. Live music is often part of the experience. Grilled or stewed lobster is one of the island’s specialities for a reason. Speaking of stews, catchupa, which combines meat, beans, vegetables and spices, is another local favourite.