I plan to visit Cape Verde in December. In particular, I’d like to visit the island of Maio. I’d like to know how to get there from the island of Sal. I fly from the UK to Sal, but I haven’t seen if there is a direct flight or ferry to Maio. I have looked on the www.ticv.cv website and also on the www.cvinterilhas.cv but I can’t see any flights between Sal and Maio and the ferry timetable only shows the next month’s ferries. I need to know because I want to find and book my accommodation.

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You have chosen two of the islands I know best. Sal is more touristy, with more activities, bars and restaurants. Maio is lovely quiet, peaceful island. Both have lovely beaches, but those on Maio are almost deserted.

There is no direct flight between Sal and Maio, you would have to fly to Praia and then from Praia to Maio.

Very recently, they have introduced a ferry between Sal and Maio, but it doesn’t appear to operate every day. As you say, the ferry operators do not publish timetables in advance unfortunately. It’s quite a long journey.

At the moment, because of Covid-19, there is some disruption to services, which have been halted completely, but are due to recommence on 15 July 2020. However, there may be a restricted timetable initially. It is only the flight schedules that are published in advance. I would recommend the flight rather than the ferry. There is more information on travel within Cape Verde here

Cape Verde Travel Information

If you want more information about Sal or Maio, or any of the other islands, you can find that on the same site.

I hope this helps, I know you will love CV if you go & especially Maio


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    Thanks so much for a very helpful answer. Makes a big difference in my travel plans while in CV. Jul 13, 2020 at 14:08

currently no 'direct' connections to Maio from Sal or Boavista. CV Inter-Ilhas have created a new ferry route from Santiago to Sal via Maio, but due to COVID-19 I don't know when the route will commence. TICV only fly from Santiago to Maio. The only way to fly is from Sal to Santiago and then a flight, or ferry, to Maio. Therefore, access to Maio is via Santiago only at present. The best website that I've found for Maio is www.MaioCapeVerde.com

Good luck.

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