Sal / Shark Bay (Kitebeach, Cabessa Salina)

Continent
Africa
Country
Cape Verde
Next Big City
Sal
Next Town
Santa Maria
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Parking

Water

Type:
Flat, Chop, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
Rocks
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
No information

Shark Bay can be choppy, but with sideshore wind nice and flat when wind picks up to 20+. Real waves are formed, nice and smooth. Flat to choppy inside reef area, 200 meters out reef with breaking swells. Can get large on reef, but rather rare. Little to no tide impact. Wind is sideonshore to waves. Tide about 2m difference. At low tide some rocks can be just under or outside the water surface. Ask locals where they are located at.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

10km long, sandy beach. The beach is not too wide, but absolutely safe to launch, with high tide you will be close to some dunes but no problem. No shells, stones, or other irritating materials, just great soft golden sand.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June, November, December
Wind Type:
Trade
Best Direction:
NE
Main Direction:
NE

The Northeast trade wind, always blowing: picks up around 11am, very steady, seldom gusty, constant winds from 18-24 knots. Best winds from November mid of June due to the NE trade winds. Steady 3-5 Beaufort. Usually the wind doesn't get stronger then 6 Beaufort, but therefore very steady like nowhere else in the world.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

From airport to St Maria is 20min and from there you will need a car (off-road) to the spot. Some terrain must be crossed to the spot, driving from the airport you will see kites on the left approx 10 min drive from the village.

Extra information

Rules
None

Be careful not to go to close to the rocks. Make sure you're safe since medical staff and help is not common on the islands. As far as sharks concern...been there for a few months - did not see one.

Nightlife

No information