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Travel to Maio Cape Verde

International Flights

In order to travel to Maio Cape Verde you will need to fly to Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. There are international flights to Praia from Lisbon, Amsterdam, Paris, Boston and Fortaleza. However, you can fly to any of the four international airports (Sal, São Vicente, Praia – Santiago, and Boa Vista) and then use domestic flights via Praia to Maio. The flight from Praia to Maio takes just 15 minutes.

Praia is on the island of Santiago and there is plenty to do and see on that island if you wish to break your journey. Tarrafal on the north end of the island is well worth a visit. The drive from Praia to Tarrafal is through the mountains offering beautiful scenery. However, nearer to Praia there is the World Heritage Site of Cidade Velha.

You will need to buy a visa on entry to Cape Verde. However, this may no longer be a requirement in 2019 for visitors from Europe. We will update this information as soon as the situation becomes clearer. At present the visa costs €25 per person and can be bought at the airport on arrival.

Information on flights to Praia can be found in the link below:

International Flights to Praia (Provided by Explore Cape Verde)

Praia International Airport Santiago (Nelson Mandela) Live Arrivals and Departures

Domestic Flights

The final leg of your travel to Maio Cape Verde is the 15 min flight from Praia (the capital) with the local airline Binter CV. Alternatively, there is a ferry service (see below). Please note the flights do not go every day. You can check the flight times and also book your flights on their website (links below) with Visa & MasterCard. If you don’t speak Portuguese, you may find it easier to use the Binter Canarias website, which has other language options. Currently the flights are as follows:

Praia to Maio

Monday
Departs 15:55, arrives 16:10

Wednesday
Departs 11:50, arrives 12:05
(We understand that the Monday flight is currently suspended as at 10 October 2018)

Friday
Departs 14:00, arrives 14:15
(We understand that the Friday flight is currently suspended – as at 03 October 2018)

Maio to Praia

Monday
Departs 16:40, arrives 16:55

Wednesday
Departs 12:35, arrives 12:50
(We understand that the Monday flight is currently suspended as at 10 October 2018)

Friday
Departs 14:45, arrives 15:00
(We understand that the Friday flight is currently suspended – as at 03 October 2018)

Flight times are subject to change and so should always be checked with the airline.

Maio Domestic Airport Live Arrivals and Departures

Binter cv

Binter canarias

How to get to Maio the same day

It is now possible to fly to Maio from Europe in one day. There is a daily morning flight from Lisbon to Praia with TAP. This lands in Praia in time for the afternoon flight to Maio on Mondays and Fridays. It is possible to arrive in Lisbon in time for that morning flight from many cities in Europe.

For the return trip, there will be some time between the Maio flight arriving in Praia and your departure from Praia. Consequently, we recommend spending some time in the Pestana Tropico Hotel in Praia, where there is a nice pool. They don’t mind people using their facilities if you buy some food and drinks. This is more pleasant than sitting at the airport.

For more detailed travel information please visit Explore Cape Verde travel page

We understand that travel to Maio Cape Verde is more difficult, however, the island will reveal its charm if you make the effort. Maio together with our house in Stella Maris are the perfect combination for that ‘get away from it all’ holiday.

Ferry

** Please note: At the time of writing (05/10/2018) there is a temporary ferry service between Praia and Maio. This is because the normal ship is undergoing maintenance. Consequently, there is a temporary timetable, which is expected to last 45 days. The temporary schedule is as follows, but you are advised to check on the Cabo Verde Fast Ferry page on Facebook

Wednesday 

Praia 13:00 Maio 15:30 
Maio 18:00 Praia 20:30 

Friday 

Praia 17:00 Maio 19:30
Maio 20:30 Praia 22:30

Sunday 

Praia 07:00 Maio 09:30
Maio 18:00 Praia 20:30

Schedules are indicative and may change through loading/unloading procedures

When you travel to Maio Cape Verde, the ferry can be booked by going to the office (Address below). Leaving Maio a ticket can be bought from the boat man on the jetty or from our house manager. The ticket price is approx 1500 CVE each way. Please note however: The frequency and timing of the ferry is subject to sea conditions. We don’t recommend it if you have international flights to catch the same day.

Tuesday
Praia 06:00 Maio 09:00
Maio 16:00 Praia 19:00

Thursday
Praia 06:00 Maio 09:00
Maio 16:00 Praia 19:00

Friday
Praia 16:00 Maio 19:00
Maio 20:00 Praia 23:00

Sunday
Praia 15:00 Maio 18:00
Maio 19:00 Praia 22:00

Ferries can now be booked online at www.resermar.cv *

* Important note: some routes unavailable for online booking at this time

Website – www.facebook.com

Ticket office:

Polar Lda, Rua Andrade Corvo nr 6, Plateau, Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde

Live arrivals and departures from the capital Praia:

www.marinetraffic.com

Private Boat Transfer

It is now possible to arrange a private boat to travel between Praia and Maio. The boat can take up to 7 people and costs €550 (€1,100 for a roundtrip). The details of all passengers have to be provided in advance in order to satisfy the port authorities. A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking, but contact us for more information. Travel is dependant upon sea conditions.