Enter the name for this tabbed section: Visa
On arrival at the airport in Boa Vista you will need to buy a visa (unless it has already been applied for by your tour operator).
A one month holiday visa costs 25 euro. It is easy to obtain at the airport by going to the left hand desk at the passport control area.
Once you have purchased your visa you are then stamped into the country – you do not need to queue again for passport control.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Currency
The local currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE). It is a closed currency so you can only obtain it in Cape Verde. It has a fixed exchange rate with the euro – 1 euro = 110 CVE.

Notes are:
200 CVE = 1.81 euro
500 CVE = 4.54 euro
1000 CVE = 9.09 euro
2000 CVE = 18.18 euro
5000 CVE = 45.45 euro

Euros are widely accepted but only at a 1 for 1 exchange rate, so everything is 10% more expensive when you pay in euros.
You can exchange euros at any bank for a small fee.

You can withdraw escudos from ATMs. There are several ATMs around Sal Rei but be warned that at certain times of the week they are often out of cash for up to 24hrs.

Very few places accept VISA or MASTERCARD.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Airport
The airport on Boa Vista is in Rabil, about a 10 minute drive from Sal Rei.

Outside the airport there are plenty of taxis. Walk straight out the front entrance to the airport and look right. A taxi from the airport to your apartment will cost you 10 euro.

If you want a personal collection from the airport the cost will be 20 euros. Someone will then be waiting inside the airport with your name on a sign, and our company name, The Utility Room, Boa Vista.

For your return flight, for international flights, the check in time is 2hrs before departure, as normal anywhere else in the world.


Enter the name for this tabbed section: Internet and Phone
Internet is available in Sal Rei but it is slow compared to European speeds.

There are places you can pick up wifi – sometimes it is free, and other times there is a small charge. Examples are:
Elcibar – in the Vila Cabral 2 condominium
Morabeza - beach bar on Estoril beach
Esplanada – situated in the main square of Sal Rei
Café Del Porto – situated by the old harbour

Your mobile phone operator will tell you if they can provide internet on Boa Vista. Not every provider can so it is worth checking before you leave. And remember to check the prices, most people arrive home to at least a 100 euro bill.
If you want continuous internet access whilst you are here, a dongle or personal router is the best option. We have both to rent on a PAY-AS-YOU-GO basis. These must be prebooked.
Initial Charge Top Up
Personal Router €35 - hire + 10Gb data €25 per additional 10 GB data
Using your mobile phone in Boa Vista is likely to incur high charges. It is worth speaking to your provider before you arrive to check call and message costs.
We give you a local mobile phone while you are here for making local calls to book taxis etc… Local calls, using a local SIM, are very cheap.
We will preload the phone with 200 CVE and you can top it up if you wish during your stay.
A local SIM card is available for 100 CVE if you wish to buy one to put into your phone.
The country code for Cape Verde is +238.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Health and Safety
There are plenty of doctors, who are fully trained, but equipment is very lacking. For example there is no xray machine, and surgical procedures are limited. However treatment for most minor ailments is available. For serious emergencies people are flown to the capital Praia.
The number for the hospital is: (00238) 2511167

There is also a private clinic on the island. The same doctors work at the clinic as the hospital but they do have access to a wider range of equipment and tests. They can organise for bloods to be flown off the island for analysis. In an emergency they can also organise private planes to take you off the island to hospitals elsewhere.
The number for the private clinic, Esperanca, is: (00238) 2511416 or (00238) 9552422 or esperancaclinicamedica@gmail.com

Please be aware that the sun is exceptionally strong. There is often a breeze which makes it feel cooler so do make sure you use sun protection or cover up to avoid getting burnt.
The crime rate in Boa Vista is very low. There is a community spirit on the Island and because there is such a tiny population everyone knows everyone.
However money and belongings are sought after by many so we do recommend you are cautious and take sensible precautions, for example:
  • Leave expensive IT equipment, like iPhone and iPad’s, in the apartment particularly in the evening or walking in remote or dark areas.
  • Only take out the cash you need for one evening
  • Take taxis home after dark

Should you need it the local emergency number for the police is:
(00238) 2511132 OR 132 from a local phone
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Weather
September is the hottest month in Boa Vista with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 22°C (72°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in May.
The wettest month is September with an average of 24mm of rain.
The best month to swim in the sea is in September when the average sea temperature is 27°C (81°F).
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Enter the name for this tabbed section: Getting There
Flights from all over Europe:

Amsterdam – https://www.tui.nl/
Germany (from all main airports) - https://www.tuigroup.com/de-de
Belgium (Brussels) - https://www.tuifly.be/en
- https://www.thomascookairlines.com/
France (Paris) - https://www.transavia.com/en-EU/home/
UK, (London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham) - https://www.tui.co.uk
Portugal (Lisbon) - https://www.flytap.com/pt-pt/
Italy (from all main airports) - https://www.neosair.it
Denmark (Copenhagen) - https://www.tui.dk
Sweden & Norway (Stockholm) - https://www.tui.se and https://www.tui.no
Luxemburg – https://www.luxair.lu/en

Flights from other Cape Verde Islands:

TACV - https://flytacv.com/
BINTER - https://www.binter.cv/
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Language
The local language is Kriolu/Creole. This is a local, unwritten language. For a few phrases to get you going click

The official language is Portuguese.

On the Island you will find many people speak a bit of English, German, French and Italian.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Television
There are two Cape Verdian television stations which are broadcast in portuguese available on the Island but many apartments struggle to pick up the weak signal.
Most apartments have DVD players or USB ports so it is recommended you bring some programmes or films with you.
We also have a DVD library so you can choose some films when you are here.
A few apartments have satellite TV which have 30/40 channels in a variety of languages.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Linen
Linen for inside your apartment is included. This includes bed linen and bathroom towels.

If you wish to hire beach towels you can do this at a cost of 10 euros per week. Please book in advance.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Laundry
A few apartments have washing machines, but not many. If you wish to have laundry done whilst you are here we offer this service at 10 euros per load.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Post
There is a good postal service from Cape Verde. Postcards are available from lots of shops. Typically a postcard reaches Europe within 7-10 days.

Stamps are available from the Post Office.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Transport
There is no regular public transport on Boa Vista. There is a minibus that runs from Sal Rei to Rabil daily for 100 CVE but there is no timetable. To get around the Island you can hire:
• Bicycles
• Scooters
• Quad-Bikes
• 4x4 vehicles
• Hire taxis for day / half day
• Use tour operators for guided tours
See more in our TO DO section
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Self-Catering
You can buy most basic food, cleaning materials, toiletries and pharmacy items on the island.
There are lots of local corner shops and the larger supermarket of Boas Compras.
There is a butcher, fish market, fruit & veg market and bakers.
Also there are lots of bars and restaurants – in 14 days you could eat in a different restaurant every night. See more information in our EATING & DRINKING section.
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Samantha and Matthew Risker


  • Thank you for the lovely birthday cake you baked for me Sam! It was beautiful both in looks and taste.
  • Super team!!!! very professional.
  • Our local contacts Matthew and Sam were friendly and available.
  • We were very well welcomed at the airport and at the apartment.
  • Mat e Sam sono stati molto disponibili
  • Very nice welcome on arrival and good to know about Matt and Sam in the same complex.

K02, Vila Cabral 2
Sal Rei, Boa Vista,
Cape Verde

Tel: (00238) 9116119

Company Registration
NIF 268518700

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