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- Great place safe very friendly people.usely a fair breeze.Good windsurf kitsurf.and diving fresh seafoodWritten September 14, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It’s definitely worth a trip! We did see sharks even though we refused to take a tour guide. But we watched tour guides in the water not feeding sharks but just holding dead fish in the water, teasing the sharks to catch it and then pulling it out of the water again ..
if you take a taxi from Santa Maria it’s about 30-40€ to go to shark bay and back and the driver will wait for you. So no need to book a trip which is way more expensive.
You can rent shoes there or bring your own, in the water are lots of sharp rocks.
The toilet is basically not usable or at least really disgusting.
You can also buy drinks at a bar.
We spend about 40 minutes there.Written May 17, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Wonderful beach to walk on, paddle or swim or watch kite surfers. Very quiet. One bar at near the beach entrance otherwise bring your own refreshmentsWritten January 10, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My tour of the island stopped here; for a small fee you can go to the salt pan and swim/float around. I wore my bathing suit under my clothes; bring a towel. It's cool to feel yourself floating in the water, almost whether you wan to or not. The salt stays on you, leaving my suit with a fine layer of grit. It's a good experience suitable for people of most ages. Afterwards you can walk up a dirt "path" to the top of the mine and have a great view of the salt pans on one side and the desert on the other.Written January 22, 2020
- There are a couple of restaurants here where you can hire the sun beds for free if you eat there. The sand is lovely and soft and the water not too cold but very rocky under the waves I suggest wearing water shoes.
There is also a small gym just off the main road.Written April 2, 2019
- This long stretch of golden sand runs along
the southern tip of the Island of Sal. Standing on the it goes along the coast as far as the eye can see in both directions.
We visited this beach on a daily basis during our stay at the Riu Palace Santa Maria from the 11th to 20th July. The beach was far more relaxing and peaceful in comparison to the pool areas.
Outside the Hotel there are long neat rows of small palm trees. Alongside the palms there are rows of static umbrellas topped with coconut matting for shade. There are two sun loungers under each umbrella and the hotel provides towels. These are for the use of hotel guests only.
It did get a bit windy on the beach and the sea got very rough at times. The sound of the big waves crashing to the sand could be heard booming and the water shooting upwards.
There are lifeguards on duty and a flag code system is in operation. Follow the code and the lifeguards instructions for your own safety.
Even when the sea is not too rough it is still not conducive for swimming, jumping through or over the waves is the best fun.
Along the beach there are guys there, all day everyday, trying to sell you trips and tours. Obviously the Reps in the resort advise not using them.
Beach sellers are there selling jewellery, pictures made with sand, wooden carvings, baseball hats and more. They walk up and down the front line beds but don't venture in. Like the guys selling tours once you say no thanks they leave you alone.
There is also a Scube Caribe kiosk on the beach. We did see people getting body-boards here. Jet skis were parked up on the beach. Also saw some snorkeling equipment in use. They did offer boat trips. Not sure if any thing was free in the all inclusive package.
There were also horse rides along the beach, no idea what was charged.
It is so beautiful here, sadly some selfish visitors just use it as a large ashtray, cigarette ends are everywhere, which is so sad, they don't pick them up when they leave.
It is also home to Ponta do Sinó LighthouseWritten July 20, 2022
- This is not directed at the individual salons. This is directed at their head office and their customer dis-service who have the business acumen of crocodiles. Please be aware that if you use these people that they will not honour their promises. The team at their head office are just crooks. Their customer service is non-existent once they have taken your money. My wife had a tattoo done in Oba, Turkey in 2019. The tattoo turned out to be a disaster. We reached out to the studio the week after it was done and then again at 3 months. They said that they would be opening a studio in London in 2020 where they could repair the mess they made.
Then Covid started and nothing (understandably) happened for around 2 years. Once Covid had died away, I reached out to them on numerous occasions and they chose to ignore me. After 12 months I eventually got a response. I was in Rhodes at the end of August 2023. I offered to go there as they have a salon there but they deliberately ignored my email and pretended it never turned up- even though they managed to answer subsequent emails sent to the same head office address from my work email.
After I showed their head office the conversation I had with their studio in Oba (confirming they would sort it out here in the UK) the idiots at their head office decided that I had to go back to Oba to get this repaired- why would I travel from the UK to repair a £160 tattoo? You can guarantee the artist who did it no longer works there- not that I would want him anywhere near my wife again. Why is a company as large as Cleopatra (allegedly the largest tattoo co. in the world) not giving me back my money? I wouldn’t mind so much but I spent over £2000 (GBP) with them over 13 months
Every time I was offered a solution to this problem these snakes moved the goal posts. I have wasted too much time arguing the toss with these fools so it’s easier and more cathartic to warn others of their actions
Don’t say that you haven’t been warned.Written September 13, 2023
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