About Shark Bay, Cape Verde, Africa
Cape Verde is a paradise for wind based sports, whether you are a beginner, advanced or professional. Shark Bay is an amazing spot on a side shore wind with waves rolling parallel over the coral reef, 100m out to sea. The waves range between 1-3m in height and are smooth but can get large and choppy, depending on the wind strength. The coral reef creates awesome waves for jumping or wave riding. There are no currents and it is not crowded, which makes it a great place to learn. It is extremely shallow when the low tide comes in but perfect and beautiful clean waves on a high tide.
Shark Bay, will probably never get rid of its name, however, a shark has never been seen and there have been no attacks at this spot. The only animal you might encounter is a friendly huge turtle.
The beach is 3km long, not very wide, but safe to launch. There are no shells or stones, only soft sand. The North East trade wind picks up every day around 11:00am and is a very steady, constant wind ranging from 15 - 25 knots. The best winds are from November to June when the winds are steady and the water is calm. The recommended kite sizes are between 9m to a 12m for the average rider.
It is not advised to kite at Shark Bay alone as there is no help close by.
There is nothing on the beach, so take some water and snacks along with you. There are no ablutions either. You need to hire a taxi or ask for advice at the kite school at the Morobeza Hotel on Santa Maria Beach, they will organize transport to Shark Bay. It is approximatly a 10 minute drive from Santa Maria.
Traveling to Shark Bay, Cape Verde, Africa
St Maria is a 15 minute drive from the airport. You will see kites in the distance at Shark Bay on the way to Santa Maria. You will need an off road car to get to the spots on this island as there are no decent roads everywhere. You can rent a car from the Morobeza Hotel at Santa Maria.
Facilities At Shark Bay, Cape Verde, Africa
The main activities are windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, buggy tours, boat trips to surrounding islands, surfing, SUP, island tours and quad biking. There are a few clubs, restaurants and bars on Santa Maria. A recommended hotel is the Morobeza which is located on the main beach of Santa Maria. Morobeza means "Welcome" in the local Creole language.