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Dive Review of Orca Divers Sal/Dunas de Sal in
Africa/Cape Verde

December, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE
Sr. Contributor   (21 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
23   to 24    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
40 m max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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  1 stars
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Cape Verde
The idea of a cold white Christmas  at  home didn´t really attract
me. So on rather short notice I decided to leave the country for one week
and try to reach some warmer climates. The older one gets, I feel, the more
one suffers from the cold.  Cape Verde had been on my destination plan for
2013. However with not too good marks concerning diving, warning of
friends, and having found out that most dive travel agencies had taken
these islands off their list, I had put it way back into a maybe one time.
The moderate climate and the diversity of the islands had somehow made me
curious to learn more and visit this destination
Cape Verde once a Portuguese colony, consists of 10 islands, a northern
group with Boavista, Sao Vicente, Sal, a southern group with Fogo, Brava,
Santiago.  These are around 460 km off shore from the African continent and
between the 15 and 16 degree north of the equator.  From Europe there are
some direct flights into the country. I had to grab some of the last TAP
(Portuguese Airline) via Lisbon with a 5 hours lay over and two legs of
about 3.15 h to reach Cape Verde. 
I had chosen Sal for my first visit. Sunny skies, temperatures around 26 
28 C were waiting for me on arrival. You won´t feel the 26 C as there
always seems to be a rather strong wind blowing across the island. For wet
divers a damn nuisance, for kite surfer this seems to be paradise. Found a
nice resort, Dunas de Sal (4 star), which is o ...
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By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US at Jan 03, 2014 11:17 EST  
Thanks for the insightful and interesting review!
By Barry and Cynthia Jill Levenson in WA, US at Dec 18, 2014 00:48 EST  
Thank you.  It doesn't sound like a place I want to visit.
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