Maio Island (which means "May") is the easternmost in the Sotavento group of Cape Verde Islands. Maio is located south of Boa Vista Island and east of Santiago Island. It is best known for its sandy beaches and the large forest (unusual feature for Cabo Verde).
- Fogo Island has a total population of around 10,000, land area of 269 km2 (104 ml2), length of 31 km (19,3 ml), width of 25 km (15,5 ml) and highest elevation point (Monte Penoso) 436 m (1430 ft).
- The island was after its first sighting (May 1, 1460) but was populated years later. Off the Maio Island's southern coast was fought the Battle of Maio (January 23, 1814, during the Napoleonic Wars) between British and French frigate ships.
- USS Yorktown (16-gun sloop-of-war ship) was en-route to the nearby Santiago Island but instead visited Maio on September 4, 1840. The ship sunk around Maio 2 days later. Its crew stayed on the island for over a month when another ship (USS Oriole) arrived to pick them up.
- The island first prospered from salt collecting. Today, its economy is based on agriculture - corn, beans, pumpkins, melons (during raining season) and sweet potato, cassava, papaya, fig, coconuts, tamarind (cultivated the whole year-round). Fresh water scarcity is the biggest issue. Fishing (tuna, sailfish, coral fishes) is also important. However, the island's current-day economy is heavily supported by migrants sending money to their families. Tourism is also being developed.
Highlights: Beaches, Vila do Maio, Baroque church
Maio Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Maio Island Cabo Verde dock (anchor) at Vila do Maio (aka Porto Ingles) - port town on the southwestern coast.
The Maio Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Maio Island, Cape Verde.
If you lose the Maio Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Maio Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Maio Island, Cape Verde. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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20 November, 2017