Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Cape Verde - Penultimate Day

World of Cruising blogger-in-chief Steve Newman continues his latest trip, an adventurous cruise to the Cape Verde Islands with Noble Caledonia...

Today we visited the western end of San Antao Island, having anchored off the pier which is being renovated. 

Much drier than the eastern part end, it still had amazing views down steep-sided gorges. As it was Sunday, the population came out of church not in their Sunday best but in their brightest colours. 

Going along the road, this sea of vivid colour parted around us as we drove through it in the minibus - like a shoal of fish when you go snorkelling.

Our guides also broke into an impromptu dance session, showing us the four traditional dances of the island at one point, with one playing drums and the others really showing us the rhythms of the Vape Verdes.

It was our last zodiac cruise of the trip (above) and, walking down the gangway on to the floating pontoon, an osprey wafted past us. 

Then we had a short one-hour cruise to the neighbouring island of San Vincente and its capital Mindelo, one of the most attractive of all the Cape Verde towns. I am so looking forward to exploring it tomorrow!

For more information about Noble Caledonia’s Cape Verde cruise or other voyages, follow this link to The Cruise Line Ltd, the UK’s luxury and adventure-cruise specialists.