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.

Special Notice: Cape Verde’s borders are open. TAP is flying into Praia, São Vicente and Sal. CV Connect Services has suspended flights between Lisbon and Cape Verde until the end of April, but they are flying weekly between Boston (USA) and Praia, via Ponta Delgada. Royal Air Maroc is flying weekly between Casablanca and Praia. Air Senegal is flying daily between Dakar and Praia. We recommend you check with the individual airlines’ flight schedules, as things can change. Travellers to Cape Verde are required to have a negative Covid test (PCR) result in the previous 72 hours before boarding the plane.

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 TICV (formerly 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:

Special Notice: Internal flights within Cape Verde are operating. The route between Praia and Maio only has one flight a week until November 2021. A Covid test is required before travel between islands.

Until the  01 November 2021:

Praia 12:45, arrives Maio 13:00
Maio 13:30, arrives Praia 13:45

From 01 November 2021 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (timings not yet published)

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 and also Boa Vista, Fogo, Brava, Sal, São Vicente and São Nicolau. Not all of these routes operate every day. Timetables  can be found and tickets purchase at CV Interilhas. The main ferry route to Maio is from Praia and it is also the shortest route.

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

Special Notice: Ferries are operating three days a week although the service is a little unreliable. A Covid test 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.