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

Orca Divers Sal/Dunas de Sal, Dec, 2013,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 7471 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide
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Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 23 to 24 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 40 m max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
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Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
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Snorkeling 1 stars
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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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