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Boa Vista Island

Boa Vista may be renowned for its dunes, but most of the island is made up of flat patches of rocky desert with a few palm trees dotted here and there.

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The island of Boa Vista Cape Verde
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The island of Boa Vista

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.

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The island of Boa Vista

The island of Boa Vista , The Rabil oasis , Cape Verde
The Rabil oasis

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.

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The island of Boa Vista , Getting around on Boa Vista , Cape Verde
Getting around on Boa Vista

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

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The island of Boa Vista , Northern Boa Vista , Cape Verde
Northern Boa Vista

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.

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The island of Boa Vista , Boa Vista reg land , Cape Verde
Boa Vista reg land

The south-eastern two thirds of Boa Vista are still largely untouched and desolate.

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The island of Boa Vista , Wide open spaces , Cape Verde
Wide open spaces

Despite spanning a modest 240 mi², Boa Vista has a surprisingly spacious feel to it.

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