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Date: 06/09/2010
NEWS OF THE WORLD ARTICLE ON BOA VISTA - SEPT 2010

THE fishing rod jerked and the line screamed as the fish raced away with the bait.
The boat rocked in 40ft swells - and I was glad I hadn't got up in time for breakfast!
Nervously, I sat in the "dentist chair" with the rod between my legs.
Adrenalin pumping, I drew it to my chest and felt the full force of the monster I'd hooked.
My companions on the deep sea fishing trip near Boa Vista, one of the idyllic Cape Verde islands off the west coast of Africa, watched in awe as I wrestled with the prey.
As the boat powered through the crashing waves, I was winding in the catch as best I could as the force sapped away my strength.

After ten minutes my arms were lifeless and I gasped for breath under the blazing early morning Atlantic sun.
Just then I saw the tail of the fish lash the sea's surface on the horizon, the enormous beast dived as it struggled to shake free. I turned to the captain and quipped: "We're going to need a bigger boat!"
My companions laughed but the Portuguese skipper gave me a Jose Mourinho stare and dismissed my attempt at a Jaws joke.
The next five minutes seemed to last for hours. Just as I was about to lose the will to live, the line relaxed and the fish was under control. I pulled it close enough to the boat to net it aboard. A huge tuna fish, all 25kg of it!
I was amazed I'd landed it, as were my companions, but the captain gave me that look again. He'd seen it all before and probably bigger. But after posing for a picture and cracking open a beer to celebrate, he tapped me on the shoulder and nodded. I knew that was the best I was going to get from him and I was pleased.
The day ended back at the small port of Sal Rei. It was the most exciting fishing trip I'd ever been on and my holiday highlight. But there was so many more for my wife Julia and three children, Archie, six, Kitty, five, and one-year-old George.
We stayed at the stunning ClubHotel Riu Karamboa (with the best manager, Ruth Gonzalez, that I have ever come across) on the beach in Praia de Boca Salima. The hotel looks like castles in the sand, a tribute to the Moorish influence across all the islands.
Legend has it that when God created the world he was left with crumbs in his hands which fell into the Atlantic Ocean and created the archipelago of Cape Verde.

Boa Vista is the third largest of ten magical islands and has more than 30 miles of the purest white sand. The crumbs of the creation myth are better described as sand blown across from the mainland Sahara desert forming amazing sand dunes as it found land.
This sun-drenched, dry island is still one of the world's best kept secrets. From turtle beaches to amazing unspoilt lunar inland landscapes it is incredible that people still ask: "So where are the Cape Verde Islands?"
We chose Thomson's ClubHotel Riu Karamboa because it is renowned as one of the best family holiday resorts. We stayed at the sister hotel on the nearby island of Sal three years ago and this location is even better.
Every possible attention to detail to make for a great family holiday is covered. Four swimming pools and children's clubs from the moment you wake up to bedtime give parents plenty of time to enjoy the spa facilities, football, beach volleyball, kayaking, windsurfing and sand dune running (yes, I was mad enough to do this).
There are several top-class bars at the all-inclusive resort. And four amazing restaurants serving conventional cuisine to Asian and African dishes also make the family holiday easy for parents to enjoy as much as the children.
The islands are only a six-hour flight from the UK making them a closer option than the Caribbean and a more exotic location than the Eurozone.

With children's pirate clubs, horse-riding, sand buggies across the enormous sand dunes and more, you'll soon eat up your two- week holiday with family activities
But at the end of the day if it's sun, sea and relaxation you are looking for then this place has it all. The blend of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures is an incredible mix of pleasure.
The best judges I know are our kids and they still say: "When are we going back to Cape Verde islands?"
Soon I hope, very soon.
THE fishing rod jerked and the line screamed as the fish raced away with the bait.
The boat rocked in 40ft swells - and I was glad I hadn't got up in time for breakfast!
Nervously, I sat in the "dentist chair" with the rod between my legs.
Adrenalin pumping, I drew it to my chest and felt the full force of the monster I'd hooked.
My companions on the deep sea fishing trip near Boa Vista, one of the idyllic Cape Verde islands off the west coast of Africa, watched in awe as I wrestled with the prey.
As the boat powered through the crashing waves, I was winding in the catch as best I could as the force sapped away my strength.

After ten minutes my arms were lifeless and I gasped for breath under the blazing early morning Atlantic sun.
Just then I saw the tail of the fish lash the sea's surface on the horizon, the enormous beast dived as it struggled to shake free. I turned to the captain and quipped: "We're going to need a bigger boat!"
My companions laughed but the Portuguese skipper gave me a Jose Mourinho stare and dismissed my attempt at a Jaws joke.
The next five minutes seemed to last for hours. Just as I was about to lose the will to live, the line relaxed and the fish was under control. I pulled it close enough to the boat to net it aboard. A huge tuna fish, all 25kg of it!
I was amazed I'd landed it, as were my companions, but the captain gave me that look again. He'd seen it all before and probably bigger. But after posing for a picture and cracking open a beer to celebrate, he tapped me on the shoulder and nodded. I knew that was the best I was going to get from him and I was pleased.
The day ended back at the small port of Sal Rei. It was the most exciting fishing trip I'd ever been on and my holiday highlight. But there was so many more for my wife Julia and three children, Archie, six, Kitty, five, and one-year-old George.
We stayed at the stunning ClubHotel Riu Karamboa (with the best manager, Ruth Gonzalez, that I have ever come across) on the beach in Praia de Boca Salima. The hotel looks like castles in the sand, a tribute to the Moorish influence across all the islands.
Legend has it that when God created the world he was left with crumbs in his hands which fell into the Atlantic Ocean and created the archipelago of Cape Verde.

Boa Vista is the third largest of ten magical islands and has more than 30 miles of the purest white sand. The crumbs of the creation myth are better described as sand blown across from the mainland Sahara desert forming amazing sand dunes as it found land.
This sun-drenched, dry island is still one of the world's best kept secrets. From turtle beaches to amazing unspoilt lunar inland landscapes it is incredible that people still ask: "So where are the Cape Verde Islands?"
We chose Thomson's ClubHotel Riu Karamboa because it is renowned as one of the best family holiday resorts. We stayed at the sister hotel on the nearby island of Sal three years ago and this location is even better.
Every possible attention to detail to make for a great family holiday is covered. Four swimming pools and children's clubs from the moment you wake up to bedtime give parents plenty of time to enjoy the spa facilities, football, beach volleyball, kayaking, windsurfing and sand dune running (yes, I was mad enough to do this).
There are several top-class bars at the all-inclusive resort. And four amazing restaurants serving conventional cuisine to Asian and African dishes also make the family holiday easy for parents to enjoy as much as the children.
The islands are only a six-hour flight from the UK making them a closer option than the Caribbean and a more exotic location than the Eurozone.

With children's pirate clubs, horse-riding, sand buggies across the enormous sand dunes and more, you'll soon eat up your two- week holiday with family activities
But at the end of the day if it's sun, sea and relaxation you are looking for then this place has it all. The blend of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures is an incredible mix of pleasure.
The best judges I know are our kids and they still say: "When are we going back to Cape Verde islands?"
Soon I hope, very soon.


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