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Ferry Praia to Maio Details Schedule & Times

CV Interilhas Buying Tickets & Information

The Ferry MS Sotavento is the principle passenger and cargo ferry boat between Praia and Maio. It currently visits multiple times per week, depending on weather and time of year. We have the latest ferry timetable detailing the departure days and time of the MS Sotavento boat departing for Praia to Maio. Also advises on how and where to buy tickets for the ferry from CV Interilhas and Agencia POLAR. The port at Vila do Maio is approximately 50 km, or 30 miles, from Praia Santiago with sailing time usually taking around 2.5 hours (2½ hours), but that is always dependant on the weather and sea conditions.
MS Sotavento seats about 200 passengers but it can be extremely crowded during special events during the year.

Price of Return Ferry Ticket (Adult)

Currently (28th January, 2020), the cost of an Adult Return Ferry Ticket from (Santiago) Praia to Maio is $2598.00 CVE, equivalent to €24 EUR, £20 GBP and $26 USD.

CV Interilhas: Passenger & Cargo Shipping

In 2019 the Government of Cape Verde entered into a 20 year concession contract to operate a public inter-island transport service offering passenger and cargo facilities. The new shipping company is called 'CV Interilhas' and is Cape Verdean. The company comprises a total of 12 ship-owners. These companies breakdown into one Portuguese and eleven Cape Verdean.

Latest Ferry Schedule for Praia to Maio Boats

CV Inter-Ilhas has a monthly schedules (horarios) showing the departure and arrival days and times of the Sotavento Ferry from Praia to Maio and return sailing from Maio to Praia.

Latest Ferry Schedule

CV Interilhas Purchasing Tickets Online

Visit the CV Interilhas website to view daily ferry departure information and buy your tickets in advance online.

Live Daily Ferry Schedule

Live Praia Cape Verde Ferry Port

Marine Traffic can display a map of ferries and ships sailing between Praia and Maio so you can verify the position of your vessel.

Live Cape Verde Ferry Map

Also view LIVE all the expected arrivals and departures form the port of Praia in Cape Verde.

Live Ship Arrivals in Praia

Ferry MS Sotavento (Polar)

the ferry ms sotavento is the principle passenger and cargo ferry boat between praia and maio. it currently visits twice a week, depending on weather and time of year. the port at vila do maio is about 50km's from praia and the journey time usually take around 3 hours, but that is always dependant on the weather and sea conditions. ms sotavento seats about 200 passengers but it can be extremely crowded during special events during the year.
Ferry MS Sotavento: principle passenger & cargo ferry boat between Praia & Maio.

POLAR Ferry MS Sotavento Service

In 2005, Polar joined with Irmãos Correia and together created a consortium for the acquisition of two ships, the "Barlavento" and the "Sotavento"; a major contribution at the time to bring the islands of Santiago, Fogo, Brava and Maio closer together, with a regular maritime operation of passengers and cargo.

POLAR - MS Sotavento

Ferry Transportation FAQ

The short answer is 'YES'. Ferry MS Sotavento is a passenger and cargo ferry boat that operates between Praia and Maio and visits Ilha do Maio multiple times per week, depending on weather and time of year. The port on Maio is located in Vila do Maio and is about 50Km's from the port in Praia. The ferry journey time is usually around 3 hours, but always dependant upon weather and sea conditions.

Tickets can be purchased in advance via the CV Inter-Ilhas website. See link above.

An adult return ticket from Santiago (Praia) to Maio is currently (2020-01-28) priced at $2598.00 cve, thats's approximately €24, £20 and $26 USD.

Maio is approximately 50 km, or 30 miles, from Praia Santiago by boat.

Ferry from Praia to Maio sailing time usually takes around 2.5 hours (2½ hours), dependant on the weather and sea conditions.


Travelling Between Maio, Sal & Boavista?

Unfortunately, at this time it is not possible to travel by ferry from Maio to any other island except Praia. The port on Maio is being extended and we are hopeful that this expansion will create new routes and connections to Sal and Boavista, when the harbour development has been completed.