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Boa Vista's sand dunes , The Chaves dunes , Cape Verde
The Chaves dunes

The massive sand dune on Chaves Beach is undoubtedly one of the most accessible and photogenic of Boa Vista.

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Boa Vista's sand dunes

The sand dunes island? It's Boa Vista. Two main sites are responsible for this nickname. To the northeast there is Rabil with 'Viana's desert', a line of beautiful white dunes dotted with a few acacia trees. The landscape is truly impressive, especially with the 'mountains' serving as a backdrop. Locals say that Boa Vista is the most Eastern of the archipelago's islands, being the closest to Africa, and thus the reason for the presence of sand, transported by the trade winds.
The second major site for sand dunes is Chaves beach, where the sand is more of a blond colour and the view of the sea in the background is sublime. It is very easily accessible on foot from the hotels located along the northern shore. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities for 4x4 excursions.

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Boa Vista's sand dunes

Boa Vista's sand dunes , The former brickworks of Boa Vista , Cape Verde
The former brickworks of Boa Vista

To the north of Chaves Beach, the ruins of the former brickworks have slowly been invaded by the dunes, making for one of the most awesome landscapes.

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Boa Vista's sand dunes , The dunes at the foot of the hotels , Cape Verde
The dunes at the foot of the hotels

On Chaves beach, the dunes lie next to the hotels and can be very easily discovered on foot.

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Boa Vista's sand dunes , Waves of sand, a sea of dunes , Cape Verde
Waves of sand, a sea of dunes

The unique display of waves of sand and water in the Chaves sand dunes.

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Boa Vista's sand dunes , The Viana Desert , Cape Verde
The Viana Desert

Inland near Rabil, the Deserto de Viana dunes await visitors. A small parking area allows for easy access to the site.

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Boa Vista's sand dunes , The white dunes of Viana , Cape Verde
The white dunes of Viana

Scattered with acacia bushes, these white sand dunes constitute some of the most amazing landscapes.

© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
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