West Africa Archipelago Cruise

Cape Verde & Bissagos Islands from Dakar

Price from $8,771

Departure Dates
5 departures between Jan 2024 and Dec 2024
14 days

Cruise Overview

Explore two unforgettable African archipelagos

Join us as we discover the fascinating cultural, geographical and biological diversity of two African archipelagos, from beautiful Cape Verde to the tropical Bissagos Islands.

14-day expedition cruise from Dakar and Banjul to Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands

West Africa expedition cruise

Your adventure begins in the colorful streets of Dakar. Next, you’ll travel to two island archipelagos filled with historic sites, contrasting cultures, and varied landscapes. Our final stop before returning to Dakar is Banjul, Africa’s smallest capital city.

Island life

Explore the amazing volcanic landscapes of Cape Verde as we cruise to Santiago, Fogo, Santo Antão, and Boa Vista. Watch for hundreds of different bird species as well as rare saltwater hippos, manatees, and more in the Bissagos UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We’ll also meet the Bijagós people, who retain their nature-based spiritual beliefs and traditional culture.


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Welcome to West Africa!

Day 1

Visiting Île de Gorée

Day 2

Bound for Cape Verde

Day 3

Diverse Santiago

Day 4

Volcanic Fogo

Day 5

Rugged Santo Antão

Day 6

A piece of the Sahara

Day 7

Bound for Guinea-Bissau

Day 8

Bissagos expedition

Day 9-12

The Gambia’s tiny capital

Day 13

Return to Dakar

Day 14

What's included

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and a gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • Please make sure you meet all vaccination requirements (global health insurance recommended) 
  • No gratuities are expected.

Pre-Program in Dakar before the expedition cruise

  • Overnight at a hotel in Dakar, including lunch and breakfast 
  • Full day tour to Île de Gorée, including lunch 
  • Transfer to the ship

Post-Program in Dakar after the expedition cruise

  • Dakar City Tour, day room at a hotel in Dakar, including lunch

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

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