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Sailing & Exploring Cape Verde Islands

  • Vessel: Kairós
  • Where: Cape Verde
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Embark: Mindelo, Sao Vincente - 1 February 2023, 18:00
  • Disembark: Mindelo, Sao Vincente - 11 February 2023, 10:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin Ensuite£3,170.00 £792.50
Twin Cabin Ensuite (single occupancy)£4,755.00 £1,188.75
Standard Double Cabin Ensuite (double occupancy)£3,170.00 £792.50
Standard Double Cabin Ensuite (single occupancy)£4,755.00 £1,188.75
Deluxe Double Cabin Ensuite (double occupancy)£3,295.00 £823.75

Explore the tropical archipelago of Cape Verde with 11 days, all-inclusive luxury sailing on classic yacht Kairós.

Join luxury classic yacht Kairós as she takes guests on a sailing holiday to remember exploring the archipelago of Cape Verde.

A sailing holiday in Cape Verde is the perfect way to see this fascinating archipelago. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, about 600 kilometres before the coast of Senegal, the islands are home to diverse landscapes, steep terrace fields growing bananas and coffee plantations, sandy deserts, black volcanoes and a fiercely deep blue ocean. The sailing waters are a haven for spotting wildlife and are full of fly-fish, tuna, sea turtles and humpback whales making a sailing holiday in Cape Verde the perfect way to see this island chain.

The tropical climate and the trade winds make Cape Verde a real sailor’s paradise and this sailing voyage offers the perfect mix of great sailing, island exploration and 5-star service onboard.

  • Fully Crewed Sailing Yacht
  • Island Hopping & onshore exploration
  • 5-star Professional Service
  • En-suite Cabins


Cape Verde

Known for their warm tropical climate, floral landscapes, delicious cuisine and great sailing grounds, Cape Verde is made up of 10 enchanting islands each with their own unique personality. This voyage with Kairós is focussed on the islands of São Vincente, Boa Vista and Santo Antão. If the winds permits, there could be stops on the island of Sal and São Nicolau too.

Read more about sailing in Cape Verde here.

Cape Verde Sailing

You’ll join Kairós in the heart of the Cape verde islands in the vibrant city of Mindelo on the island of São Vincente. One of the larger towns across the islands, Mindelo gives good international transport links and is considered the cultural hub of the archipelago.

Our next island stop will depend on the wind but could see Kairós sailing to Santo Antão, considered to be the most beautiful island of the archipelago. With rugged luscious mountains and local villages seemingly suspended into the cliffs, it is considered the most green and fertile of the islands.

São Nicolau (also reffered to as Tarrafel) is a peaceful island dotted with fishermans villages, untouched by tourism where guests are welcomed with open arms. Framed by a mountainous backdrop, the island is home to primeval forest remains in the National Park of Monto Gordo and is a hikers paradise.

The more popular and visited island of Boa Vista is a contrast to São Nicolau both in landscape and atmosphere. Although attracting more tourists, Boa Vista is home to over 55km of dazzling sandy beaches and is well known for its shifting sand dunes. Further inland, the island has an almost lunar-like landscape with rock filled vistas and ancient ruins in the desert. Snorkelling here is also a delight with tropical fish, bright coral and mysterious shipwrecks along the coast. Humpback whales  frequent the water here between the islands and can often be spotted between February to May.

The island of Sal sits to the most Easterly point of the archipelago and is a beach lovers paradise. Golden sands lapped by azure blue waters give a stark contrast as you wander further inland where more volcanic, lunar-like landscapes await.

Life on board

Part of our luxury fleet, sailing with Kairós is one of comfort and luxury. With elegant lines and guests at the forefront of her design, she offers private ensuite cabins with all bedding, towels and a bath robe included in the ticket price. With air conditioning, she has a generous saloon, her very own library, a full professional crew and onboard chef cooking breakfast, a light 2-course lunches and 3-course evening meals.
Kairós has a modern electronic rig so the crew are able to sail her without guest involvement, so you can sit back and enjoy the view! (That being said, the crew are more than welcoming if guests do want to get involved with the operating of the boat.)


Please note:
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, water sports (wakeboarding, water skiing, banana boat chargeable. However Stand Up Paddleboards and snorkelling (adult size only) are free of charge) with motor drive and trips organised by us are chargeable as an extra. However, we offer this at moderate prices and are well below the prices of other cruises. An average of 10% of the travel price as onboard consumption may serve as a guide. The onboard currency is the Euro. We will open an onboard account for you on the day of arrival, from which you can pay all personal expenses. 

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Guest berths: 16 Rig: Bermuda Schooner

Registered in Rotterdam but spending her days sailing the Med, Kairós was purpose built as a charter vessel in 2007, as a two-masted, 38m staysail schooner.

This beautiful luxurious schooner was designed by Klaus Röder who based his design on a classic yacht whilst keeping up with the modern day schooners; built for performance sailing and guest comfort. Kairós offers a total of 7 comfortable en-suite double cabins and 1 twin cabin for up to 16 guests, these private cabins have either a double bed or single bunks and all have air-conditioning. The deckhouse has its very own small bar whilst below decks offers still more space to relax, from the saloon with its plasma TV to its very own library.

Built with luxury in mind, the outline on deck is of teak and mahogany with plenty of space to sun-bath, read a book and enjoy the views. All the sails are electronically retractable, so no need to learn the ropes here. (The crew are, however, more than happy for guests to get involved with the operating and sailing of Kairós as much as they would like!)

An admiralty ladder provides the perfect place to jump off into the warm Mediterranean waters, have a swim and climb back aboard with ease. Kairós also offers her guests the options of using her water skiing, wake-board, tube riding and snorkelling equipment!

The professional crew consists of the Skipper, first mate, mechanic, bosun, cook and 2 stewards, so you will most certainly be looked after during your time aboard Kairos.


Deck plan

Kairos deck plan More about Kairós


  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Kairos?

    All guests must either be fully vaccinated or have a relevant recovery certificate which is required upon booking.

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price (breakfast, lunch, dinner and filter coffee and tea). Alcohol and soft drinks are not included. One meal is eaten ashore at the customers own expense.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    Kairos has 6 Deluxe Double Cabins Ensuite (10m2), 1 Standard Double Cabin Ensuite (8m2) and 1 Twin Bunk Cabin Ensuite (8m2) (latter 2 cabins are really well suited to younger sailors and solo travellers).

  • Is there an age limit?

    Yes. Minimum age of 5, and as long as the child can swim.

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    All cabins have their own ensuite.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?


  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?


  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.


From: Mindelo, Sao Vincente

To: Mindelo, Sao Vincente

Getting There

Tui Airlines offer direct flights to Sal, Cape Verde (SID) from London Gatwick, which tie in with the departure dates of the boat. It is a short 10min taxi ride from the airport to the marina in Palmiera, Sal.


 TAP Air Portugal flies via Lisbon, which is reachable from most airports in Europe. The costs for the flight tickets strongly depends on the period of the voyage and time of booking.


Most flights do connect directly to the schedule of the Oosterschelde. In case you want to arrive sooner or stay longer, we advise you to book accommodation in Santa Maria on Ilha do Sal for the nights before or after the voyage. Apartments and hostels can be found here for as little as £30 per night.

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