Boa Vista is an island in Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa. It’s known for the sand dunes and moonlike volcanic landscapes of the Viana Desert. White-sand beaches include Tortuga and the sprawling Santa Monica. Sea turtles are known to nest on the shore, while the coastal waters are a route for migrating humpback whales. The island is home to some of the archipelago’s most beautiful and rewarding beaches, with the sands here stretching for 55km. On the beaches and the waters that surround them, holiday-makers can choose to either relax in the gorgeous sunshine, or alternatively get active across a range of water sports. The same can be said for the great range of accommodation in Boa Vista, offering the temptation to recharge by the pool one day, and the chance to get involved in numerous activities the next.
At night, book a stargazing excursion here, and discover the magic of a chef prepared dinner enjoyed under a starry sky with the assistance of expert guides!
With the help of powerful telescopes, lasers, tablets and the right latitude it is possible to learn how to recognize constellations and asterisms, planets and objects further away such as galaxies and nebulae. The moon will be photographable as you have never seen it, as well as Jupiter and Saturn (in their period), the Pleiades and much more. Guides will entertain with the stories of various culture’s myths and legends about the stars. In addition, you will be taught how to use the astronomical applications on tablets and phones to repeat the experience at your home.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!