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.

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.

Travellers to Cape Verde are required to have a valid Covid vaccination certificate*.

*Visitors from the UK should note that the NHS Vaccination Certificate may not be acceptable and a negative PCR test still required. This is because the UK is no longer in the EU. This was discovered by someone flying via Lisbon on arrival at Lisbon airport.

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. 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 through agencies or send your email address to Bestfly.A valid Covid Vaccination certificate is required before travel between islands.

For the time being the flight schedule is as follows:


Praia dep 07:00 arr Maio 07:15

Maio depends 07:45 arr Praia 08:00


Praia dep 12:45  arr Maio 13:00

Maio dep 13:30 arr Praia 13:45

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


Maio is connected by ferry to Praia the capital city on the island of Santiago. 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

A valid Covid Vaccination certificate is required before travel between islands.

We will add a timetable for the main ferry route between Praia and Maio when the effects of Covid-19 have settled down. Currently times are subject to so change so please always check with the ferry operator.

Maio ferry links
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.

Special Notice: This service is currently suspended because of the Covid pandemic.