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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. 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 guests are also required to pay Cape Verde tourist tax. All visitors are now required to register before arriving in Cape Verde. This is done online at the EASE website. Registration costs 3,400CVE (30.83€) and should be completed at least 5 days before arrival.

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.  Currently the flights are as follows:

Praia to Maio

Departs 15:55, arrives 16:10
From 28 October 2019, the time will change to: Departs 16:05, arrives 16:20

Departs 11:50, arrives 12:05
There will be no Wednesday flight until 30 October.

Departs 08:15, arrives 08:30
From  01 November the Friday flight will depart at 17:30 and arrive at 17:45

Maio to Praia

Departs 16:40, arrives 16:55
From 28 October, the time will change to Departs 16:45, arrives 17:00

Departs 12:30, arrives 12:45
There will be no Wednesday flight until 30 October.

Departs 09:00 arrives 09:15
From  01 November the Friday flight will depart at 18:15 and arrive at 18:30

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

Maio Domestic Airport Live Arrivals and Departures.

*Please note: All flights times between Praia and Maio change again at the end of October.

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 also on Fridays depending on the time of year. 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.

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


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. Ferry tickets can be booked online at Inter-Ilhas

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

Praia 18:00 Maio 20:00
Maio 21:00 Praia 23:00

Praia 18:00 Maio 20:00
Maio 21:00 Praia 23:00

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.