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
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Explore the tropical archipelago of Cape Verde with 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.
- Fully Crewed Sailing Yacht
- Island Hopping & onshore exploration
- 5-star Professional Service
- En-suite Cabins
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
YOUR SAILING AREA
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.
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.
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.
All voyages for Kairós
Guest berths: 16 Rig: Bermuda Schooner
Offering guests a sailing holiday experience with luxury at the heart of everything she does, Kairós is a purpose built charter vessel designed with the beautifully elegant lines of classic boat. Spending her winters exploring Cape Verde, Kairos moves into the Med for the summer offering sailing holidays in Croatia, Corfu and Italy.
This beautiful luxurious schooner was designed by Klaus Röder in 2007 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 private 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 well appointed 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 for relaxing while underway.
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 Kairós.
Read more about what to expect from life onboard here.
Deck planMore about Kairós
Life on board
Our sailing holidays on board Kairós are ones of luxury, style and comfort while exploring sunshine destinations and unforgettable locations. A purpose built charter vessel, Kairós was designed with the elegant sailing lines of a traditional classic boat and is perfect for couples or multi-generational families looking for a luxury adventure on the water.
Authentic Sailing Fun
Sailing with Kairós is certainly one of comfort and relaxation. Think of a boutique, intimate classic sailing experience where nothing is too much trouble. Her dedicated and professional crew are highly trained and well-versed in a smooth sailing operation.
She has an impressive sail area and her rig is electronically operated with retractable sails so there is no need to “learn the ropes” here! That being said, there are still traditional pin and tails if guests want to have a taste of authentic sailing.
Although there is less focus on the “hands-on” sailing of Kairós, the Captain and crew offer interesting sailing talks and information briefs for guests during the voyage. Learn about the history of the boat, its sailing terms and even take a tour of the engine room if you fancy! Understanding these elegant classic vessels and feeling their power with the wind is truly an unforgettable experience.
Sleeping and Relaxation
Every space on Kairós is considered with the guests at the forefront of all design. From the spacious saloon, private ensuite cabins clad in tropical wood to the sweeping open decks with plenty of sun lounging spaces – the boat is certainly oozing 5* luxury.
The generously proportioned cabins all have plenty of luggage storage, full size domestic showers and air conditioning units. Kairós has six double cabins and two smaller twin bunks. All bedding, towels and a robe per person are included in the ticket price. Each cabin is named by the winds of the sea and this matches the allocated swim towel set for guests, so if you leave it drying on deck, a member of crew will deliver it back to your cabin when dry.
Daily cabin service is also part of the offering. A member of the crew will make your bed and freshen up your bathroom every day and if you want a towel change or full cabin clean, just leave the relevant sign on the cabin door!
Eating and Entertainment
Although the day is punctuated by meal times, you certainly don’t feel like you’re running on a schedule. The relaxed nature of both the boat and the crew give a perfect balance.
Depending on the voyage location, the daily routine can change and is flexible depending on the wishes of the group. Perhaps sit back and relax as the crew set the sails to another remote anchorage to enjoy a freshly cooked lunch and the on-board water toys! Or spend the morning swimming in a secluded bay or exploring an ancient port city before setting the sails to a new location.
Start the day with a rich buffet style breakfast, on to a light 2-course lunch at noon, coffee, tea and cake in the afternoon before finishing the day with a freshly cooked dinner. For every voyage on Kairós, guests enjoy a meal ashore at their own expense to really immerse themselves in to the local culture and cuisine. Guests tend to go off in their own groups but sometimes the crew can join in if guests are unsure of the best spots!
Depending on the mood of the group, the crew can arrange some light hearted entertainment too – from local musicians over dinner to a friendly on-board music quiz (which is always amusing with international guests!) or even a wine tasting session (at an extra cost).
For those water lovers with a sense of adventure, Kairós has a multitude of water-sport activities and equipment available for guests. Adult-size snorkelling equipment is free for guests to use. Water-skiing, wakeboarding and tube riding are all chargeable once on board. Kairós offers this at a moderate price and suggests an average of 10% of the voyage price to serve as a guide for consumption. The onboard currency is EUROS and guests can open an on-board account which can be paid at the end of your voyage.
- All inclusive* (breakfast, lunch, dinner and filter coffee and tea)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet), wash and swim towels and bath robe per person
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Adult snorkelling equipment
What’s not included
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- *One meal is eaten ashore at the customers own expense
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
- Water skis, wakeboard, tube-riding > Kairos offers this at a moderate price and suggests an average of 10% of the voyage price to serve as a guide for consumption.
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Kairos?
There are currently no COVID-related restrictions.
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
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Sao Vincente Airport is a 12 minute taxi ride to Mindelo, which costs about £5. Flights go to Sao Vincente Airport from London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester and Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal and Cabo Verde Airlines.
STAY IN MINDELO:
There are plenty of places to stay in Mindelo. Try Solar Windelo, Casa da Djedja and Casa Café Mindelo.
Cape Verde requires a full COVID vaccination incl. booster (3 doses) as mandatory.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your date of departure from Cape Verde.