SAL WINDSURFING HOLIDAYS

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Why You'll love Wind Surfing in Sal !

  • During the winter months (November to April) there is always clean, consistent and reliable winds blowing everyday.
  • There are some small easy waves at the far end of the main Santa Maria beach for those that want to gibe and windsurf in a safe spot
  • More experienced windsurfers will enjoy sailing at Ponte Preta as it is a phenomenal 'full-on' wave spot
 

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Sal Windsurf Holiday General Overview

Sal is an island on the Cape Verde islands, just off the coast of north-west Africa (south of the Canary Islands). During the winter months (November to April) there is always clean, consistent and reliable winds blowing everyday.

There are few good hotels in Sal. However, those looking for the best hotel in Sal and the one Planet Kitesurf highly recommends is the Morabeza Hotel in Sal. This hotel is particularly suitable for those travelling with non-windsurfing partners or a family as it has many amentities to cater for everyone's needs.

When it comes to the windsurfing in Sal there are 3 main spots; the main bay of Santa Maria beach (where most of the accommodation is based), Penta Leme which is great for blasting (waterstarts) and of course Ponte Preta for down the line wave riding. Sal is not ideal for learning to windsurf, although we do offer a full range of courses. For a beginner windsurf holiday we would suggest the island of Boa Vista as the conditions are just perfect.

The Cape Verde islands are very well know by wave riders. There are some small easy waves at the far end of the main Santa Maria beach for those that want to gibe and windsurf in a safe spot. If you are confident or more experienced windsurfer then Ponte Preta (about a 25 minute drive to the west coast) is a phenomenal 'full-on' wave spot. On the outside section in Ponte Leme there is some nice swell to ride on too.

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Service rating : The booking process was smooth and efficient, however the flight was a charter flight and we did not have an opportunity to prebook onboard meals. When I book flights myself I am able to take care of this. This was the only minor hiccup.
Product : A superb location with a 6 hour flight and only one hour time difference, 28 degrees centigrade in November/ December, excellent windsurfing in varied conditions, easy access to superb diving, body boarding, surfing and fishing, jet ski-ing and quadbike safaris. You can windsurf in the morning and do these activities after lunch. The food is great too with many great small restaurants in the town. I chose to windsurf for 4 days, dive for 2 days and can confirm it to be top notch with large Moray Eels, turtles, lobsters, occasional rays, nurse sharks and shoals of large fish all within 10-20 minute boat ride. The submarine terrain has caves, drop offs, reefs and unusual single standing rock features.
This is my second visit (stayed at the Morabezza) and we will be going back next year. Do not take half board, eat out some nights in the town!

The Spots In Sal

The main area for windsurfing is Santa Maria, at the southern end of Sal. The bay at Santa Maria has a 4 kilometre stretch of beautiful white sandy beaches. This is the best area for both beginners and intermediate windsurfers.

For more experienced windsurfers and enthusiastic wave novices, Ponte Leme is perfect. Here you will find clean, unbreaking waves up to 2 metres.

The most famous wave spot on Sal is at Ponta Preta; with an extraordinary 3 to 6 metre wave peeling just 50 metres from the shoreline. This is only for advanced windsurfers as there is cross off-shore wind (perfect wave sailing direction) with no safety cover.

The Wind In Sal

Sal's position within the winter trade-wind belt supplies steady force 4 to force 5 windsurfing conditions from November until May.

On the main Santa Maria beach the cross-offshore, or side-shore wind from the left enables effortless upwind sailing to various sections of the beach.

Things To Do In Sal

The main activity, aside from windsurfing or kitesurfing, is scuba diving. The dive centres have an excellent set-up and offers a full range of courses and daily diving.

Other activities Sal offers are buggy tours, SUP, boat trips to Boa Vista, surfing, quadbiking and full island tours. 

The Nightlife In Sal

Santa Maria has a few clubs with regular live music, restaurants and bars with a friendly buzzing atmosphere.

Resort Summary

  • Beginners
  • Advanced
  • Waves
  • Family Friendly
  • Single Friendly
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Un spolit
  • Culture
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Multi Activity
  • Spa