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Cape Verdes Dive Centre - Cape Verde Islands, Africa

The Cape Verdes dive centre has the philosophy of diving in small groups and providing clients with maximum comfort and safety. They offer a range of dives sites, courses and Beuchat equipment. Located centrally on Santa Maria beach. It is professionally run with PADI & CMAS instructors, multi-lingual staff and ANMP, FFESS, FPAS and PADI Divemasters. It was the first professional centre on the island of Sal. 

Year round (Monday to Saturday).

The centre is located on the beach approximately 50 meters from the Hotel Morabeza, 30 meters from the Pontoon of Santa Maria Bay and 100m from the centre of Santa Maria town.

There is a good range of the newest, high quality rental equipment from Beuchat, which is regularly renewed. The Dive boat is equipped with a VHF radio, mobile phone and oxygen. The Divemasters and Instructors are regularly trained and updated, with emergency first response certifications annually renewed.

There are 19 different dive sites, ranging from 11-45m in depth, between 5 and 30 minutes away from the dive centre. All dives are accompanied by at least one dive guide (Instructor or Dive master). The sites offer a vareity of mix of Atlantic and Mediterranean tropical features, including over 60 endemic species. Typical diving covers these features: yellow cup coral encrusted with rocky outcrops, over hangs, walls, caves and wrecks with many marine life including large concentrations of big eye squirrelfish, yellow guinea grunt, cornet fish, scorpion fish, moray eel, turtle, manta ray, shark, parrotfish and cuttlefish.

Dive Packages
A typical schedule for the day would start at 08:30am meeting at the dive centre, departs at 09:00am. The second dive meets at 14:00pm at the dive centre with the dive commencing at 14:30pm. A possible second dive at 10:30am may be possible to arrange subject to minimum numbers. 

As a safety measure, the dive centre’s policy is to always ensure divers have a  a few hours of surface interval between dives, hyperbaric chamber facilities are not available at Cape Verde.

5 Dives, tanks & weights  £170
10 Dives, tanks & weights  £305

Supplements (payable locally)
Caves of Buracona supplement of 25 euros  Night dive 25 euros (Minimum 4 divers, minimum level 2 or advanced open water certification). For the caves and the night dive : 1 lamp necessary. Equipment rental should be booked in advance and is payable locally. Supplements payable locally of 25 euro per person for trips to the northern site of the island: minimum 4 divers (at least level 2 or advanced open water certification) .

Special package rages available for groups when booked in advanced.

Dive Courses

CMAS and PADI Instructors, as well as trained PADI, ANMP, FFESS and FPAS Divemasters. Try dives from shore (6m maximum) and followed by a boat trip (12m maximum) are available booked in advance. Other courses available include referral PADI, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response, Divemaster, E-divemaster courses), up-grade Scuba Diver to Open Water, review theory and practical knowledge on request.

Price from
PADI Open Water Diver - 4 days including 4 dives, theory, exercises in confined environment. £360
PADI Advanced Diver - 2.5 days
including 5 speciality dives
Rescue Diver £295

 For all PADI courses equipment is included. The PADI Open water course price includes  manual, logbook and  PADI certification.

Fact File

Diving Conditions

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Best Time: Year Round

Average Air temps: 22-29°C

Average Water temps: 20-27°C

Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Up to 200m (July - December)

Top Dive Sites:
Sal Island - Santa Maria sites: Santo Antao Wreck,
Choclassa, Kwarcit Wreck, Farol Baixo, Trés Groutas, Pontinha. Palmeira and Mudeira sites: Morrinho das Pedra, Ilheu, Palmeira Caves 1 & 5 and Buracona Cave. More > 

Dive Centre: Courses and Dive Packages More >

Great Reasons to Dive in Cape Verdes

  • Short flights just over 6 hrs.
  • Uncrowded diving.
  • Whales (Mar-May).
  • Mantas and Whale Sharks (July-Nov).
  • Dives dives from 11-40m with sites for advanced divers.
  • Platforms, drop offs and Cave diving.
  • Protected turtles, shark.
  • Multi sport options windsurfing, kitesurfing
    and surfing.



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.