Ponta Preta Beach Maio Cape Verde

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. The flight from Praia to Maio takes just 15 minutes. There are international flights to Praia from a number of cities. It is also possible to use internal flights from other islands to Praia, and then the flight or ferry to Maio.

Please ensure that your passport still has at least six months to run after your travel dates. Depending on your country of residence you may need a tourist visa to enter Cape Verde. All visitors are now required to complete a visitor registration before arriving in Cape Verde. If you need a visa in addition, it will be added as part of the registration process. All guests are also required to pay Cape Verde tourist tax.

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 BestFly Cabo Verde.

Please note the flights do not go every day. Alternatively, there is a ferry service (see below).

For the time being the flight schedule is as follows:


Praia dep 07:00 arr Maio 07:20

Maio dep 07:50 arr Praia 08:10


Praia dep 07:50  arr Maio 08:10

Maio dep 08:40 arr Praia 09:00

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

Currently it is only possible to purchase BestFly tickets online if you have a Cape Verdean Vinti4 card. If you don’t have this debit card, you will need to purchase your tickets through a Cape Verdean travel agency. If you would like the details for a travel agent, please contact us.


Maio is connected by ferry to Praia the capital city on the island of Santiago. The journey takes about 2.5 hours. The ferry does not operate every day. Timetables  can be found and tickets purchase at CV Interilhas.

Please note: The frequency and timing of ferries are subject to sea conditions. We don’t recommend it if you have international flights to catch the same day. We recommend that you always check with the ferry operator.

Live arrivals and departures from the capital Praia: www.marinetraffic.com

The ferry between Praia and Maio currently operates three days a week –

Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Times and days are subject to so change, due to weather and sea conditions, so please always check with the ferry operator.

Private Boat Transfer

It is possible to arrange a private boat to travel between Praia and Maio. The boat can take up to 6 people and costs €700 (€1200 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.