Boa Vista is a truly surprising island. A little greener than its neighbour, Sal, it has a few oases, like in Rabil, and countless dried-out creek beds that only come alive after several days of annual rain in September/October. The island is mostly fascinating, though, for the impression it gives of being bigger than it actually is due to the endless expanses of white sand beaches and rocky deserts, where strangely shaped massive rocks are the only landmarks. Yet, Boa Vista is not a big place. A single day of exploring is enough to discover all of these facets, including the famous sand dunes.
At the foot of the village of Rabil lies the largest oasis on Boa Vista, along the island's one and only river. The water actually only reaches the sea a couple of days a year.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
One of the main characteristics of Cape Verde is the paved roads that remain from the days of Portuguese colonisation. Having said that, there is a good tarmac road you can use for getting to the south of the island quickly© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
On the coastal approach to Boa Esperança, in the north of the island, you'll come across a rather odd dune landscape with very low-lying vegetation.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
The south-eastern two thirds of Boa Vista are still largely untouched and desolate.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
Despite spanning a modest 240 mi², Boa Vista has a surprisingly spacious feel to it.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE