Deciding to visit the isle of Boa Vista, on a last minute whim, we stayed a week at the Riu Karamboa on an all inclusive package. Neither of us had stayed at a Riu hotel before, but we were bowled over by the accommodation, food, staff and entertainment topped off by it’s magical location; we enjoyed a week of absolute bliss. The beaches on Boa Vista are immaculate. I have been to Mexico, Zanzibar and the Dominican before – and these shores are by far the best. Miles of fine white sand stretch out to either side of the hotel, rising up to create giant sand dunes.
Yes, any all inclusive can seem a little cabin feverish at times, but if it’s a stress free week you are looking for, I don’t think you could pick better. The food selection and quality is amaziing and the inclusive cocktails are fab. If you have more money to spend, take a flight to ‘Fogo’ – one of the volcanic Cape Verdian islands, see coconut and peanut plantations and have lunch in the volcano. We spent 65 euros on a two hour quad bike trip and both agreed it was pennies more than well spent. If you’ve never been quadding, try it, you’ll love it!
Activities included in the package range from snorkelling, to body boarding and sea kayaking. Brilliant fun! We kayaked out to a ship wreck which is just off the shore of the hotel. There are eight wrecks around Boa Vista, thanks to the hidden sand banks. It was quite haunting, floating in a kayak above the barnacle-clad ship deck and touching the mast which is still just above the surface
Other natural sights include turtle watching – these beaches are where they lay their eggs at night and night time tours are available. I honestly can’t recommend this holiday enough. We loved it even on a budget as the scenery is spectacular enough to be more than entertained by on long, long beach walks. However, we will save our pennies and go back; maybe to neighbouring island ‘Sal’ and take that trip to Fogo. Now is the time to go however, as tourism is still not a word used much in Cape Verde. And that makes it all the more appealing – give me a deserted beach any day.
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We went on an all inclusive holiday there, paid for by ourselves, with Thomson
All images (except map) copyright C.Hudson 2010