Things to do in Rabil

Our most recommended things to do in Rabil

Boa Vista: Viana Desert Quad Bike Adventure

1. Boa Vista: Viana Desert Quad Bike Adventure

The day begins with pickup from your hotel. Head to the first stop of the tour, Rabil, the second most populated village on Boa Vista Island. Visit a ceramic factory to learn about the ancient art of pottery as well as Olaria, one of the few forms of local craftsmanship. Depart from Rabil and cross the palm-lined oasis towards the Viana Desert. Learn about how the desert started forming in the 1980s and has continued to grow due to trade winds that bring sand from the Sahara and Mauritania. Feel the wind in your hair and the adrenaline pump through your body on a thrilling ride across the sand dunes on your quad bike. Continue the tour to Bofareira, a small and sleepy village on the north side of the island, before enjoying a break at Cape Santa Maria to see the shipwreck. Next, drive to Sal Rei city, for a short break followed by a ride along the old cobblestone road to Fatima Church. Admire this recently renovated church while taking in the breathtaking view of the stunning sandy coves that surround you. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

Boa Vista Island: Quad Adventure to Cabo Santa Maria Beach

2. Boa Vista Island: Quad Adventure to Cabo Santa Maria Beach

After pickup from your hotel, you adventure starts out from Rabil, the second largest town on the island. The first part of your quad tour follows sand and rock tracks towards Praia de Atalanta beach. At the beach you'll discover the wreck of the Cabo Santa Maria that has been stranded on the sand for 50 years. The wreck is so famous, that it has become a symbol of Boa Vista and Cape Verde and a source of inspiration for painters and photographers. You'll have some time here to enjoy the beach and take a few of your own photos. From the beach, head out on your quad through a surreal lunar landscape characterized by volcanic rock. You'll also ride through the middle of an acacia tree forest known as Floresta Clotilde before heading back to Rabil on the Via Pitoresca (the ancient cobble stone road). After a couple hours quadding in the African winds and tropical sun, you'll arrive back at your hotel ready to relax.

Boa Vista Island: Full-Day Wild Beaches & Viana Desert Tour

3. Boa Vista Island: Full-Day Wild Beaches & Viana Desert Tour

Discover Boa Vista's natural beauties on a full-day northeastern tour with an expert guide. Start your journey with pickup from your accommodation and drive towards the Fonte Vicente Oasis. Here, discover unspoiled nature, learn about the local fauna from your guide, and observe fruit trees such as the fig, almond, tamarind, and an exotic baobab tree. Move on to the ghost fishing village of Curral Velho, a settlement that was abandoned due to endless drought and pirate attacks. Learn the local history and explore its former salt mine, followed by a beautiful off-road trip to the wild beach of João Barrosa and Ervatão beach, the most important spawning point for loggerhead sea turtles. Here, weather permitting, swim into its beautiful turquoise waters before a lunch break in a local atmosphere at Fundo de Figueiras. Finally, venture into the Viana Desert, one of Cape Verde's seven wonders, a must-see when visiting Boa Vista Island. Walk along the sands and admire the incredible landscape with over 10 km of fabulous white sand dunes.

Boa Vista Island: Full-Day ATV Bike Adventure with Lunch

4. Boa Vista Island: Full-Day ATV Bike Adventure with Lunch

Marvel at this thrilling coast-to-coast ATV bike off-road adventure around Boa Vista Island traversing secret places during a thrilling ATV tour. First, be picked up at your hotel and depart to Rabil village where our team will give the relevant instructions of the tour and your ATV vehicle. Then, drive south until you reach a dry river. Arrive at the beautiful Oasis de Fonte Vicente and observe the leafy fruit trees including giant fig trees, robust almond trees, tamarinds, and an exotic baobab tree. Next, explore the old village of Coral Velho before you arrive at Fundo das Figueiras where you will stop for a delicious lunch.After that, cross Cabeça de Tarrafas, Santinha, and reach the stunning sand dunes of the Viana desert. Learn how the dunes were formed as you admire the incredible landscape. Drive along the edge of the desert on the way back to Rabil. Conclude your adventure with drop-off at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Rabil

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 39 reviews

A fantastic journey to discover the wonders of Boa Vista. The flagship is certainly the ship stranded in 1968, which is located near a wonderful beach where you can cool off after the first part of the journey. First part which consists of visiting an old craft workshop, where you can admire the ceramic works and be able to buy some souvenirs; and then, a passage through the desert dunes, so suggestive. Finally, stop at the recently renovated chapel of Our Lady of Fatima, also positioned on a wonderful landscape. Finally, short tour of Sal Rei and return. The guides, who were 2 to be able to speak the languages of the 2 groups present, were very nice, friendly, helpful and precise in their explanations during the various stages. Unfortunately, the journey is a bit uncomfortable as it is dirt roads, but the tour is highly recommended.

A great experience! I recommend wearing old clothes as it gets a lot of dust in the dunes. But it's worth it. Santa Monica beach, but the whole coast in general, is magnificent. And running around the dunes driving a quad is something beautiful. The team is very nice and friendly; the option to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel is the icing on the cake. I recommend also bringing a bandana, or alternatively buying one from them for €2.50, because otherwise you'll go home with a mouth full of dust. But it would still be worth it for the wonderful landscapes that can be admired. Highly recommended.

We did the expedition with Ndiouga Fame who is really a guide that we recommend. He made this expedition original, interesting and full of memories. Thanks to him.

A wonderful day in joy, good humor and under the sun! With a great guide at the top thank you very much for this beautiful day Ngiouga!

I recommend, magnificent quad excursion with stops in magnificent places. Super nice guide. Nothing better to visit the island