In Cape Verde and even more so in Santo Antao, one does not haggle. The price that will be proposed will the price paid by the local population. When you have experienced the difficult road conditions you will realise that transport costs are cheap.
From Sao Vicente island – Mindelo city :
Ferry companies : Armas & Polaris Inter Ilhas .
Fare : 800$cve/p . 400$cve from 6 to 11 years old. One hour crossing the channel Canal de Sao Vicente
Departures from Mindelo : 7:00, 8:00, 14;00 & 15:00
Departures from Porto Novo : 9:00, 10:00, 16:00 & 17:00
Arriving at Santo Antão island (from the port of Porto Novo to Espongeiro):
At Casa Espongeiro, we favor the services provided by the colectivo of Jon de Corda. Jon is honest and punctual. Jon links Porto Novo – Espongeiro – Corda in minibus (red Toyota Hiace, name « Jon de Corda » in the front windscreen), twice a day, whatever the weather and even if his aluguer is not full. By his regularity he provides a real service to the inhabitants of the Planalto Leste
Jon de Corda collective transport (tel 995 76 87 – speaks portuguese and créole) : daily departure from Porto Novo harbour to Espongeiro at 9.00 am et 4.00 pm. 250 $cve per personne. Jon de Corda also drops passengers at Cova crater, entrance to the Paul valley.
If you book your transfer through Casa Espongeiro, Jon will welcome you at exit of the ferry terminal (up the stairs, in the middle of other shouting drivers), he will be holding a board with your name on a Casa Espongeiro panel.
As you leave the ferry terminal you will be confronted by a crowd of drivers, all wanting to work for you. Try to avoid the driver Furão (« Fouron » – white written Hyace « TransFonseca » in backs) who is wellknown to be dishonest and unscrupulus, also present in Ribeira Grande.
Taxi service from Porto Novo to Espongeiro : 2000 $cv, at all hours
Ribeira Grande to Espongeiro :
Some aluguers are parked in front of the chemistry (after Enacol servicestation) . The departures are at 10:30 am (driver Tchid’ ) and at 12.30 where drivers are either Didi, Ney (both white minibus) and Aristide (red minibus with logo « Lagoa ») . 200 $cv per person
Otherwise taxi, at any time : 2000 $cv.