Canal de São Vicente

Canal de São Vicente
Coordinates 16°56′N 25°5′W / 16.933°N 25.083°W / 16.933; -25.083Coordinates: 16°56′N 25°5′W / 16.933°N 25.083°W / 16.933; -25.083
Ocean/sea sources Atlantic Ocean
Basin countries Cape Verde
Max. length 25 km (16 mi)
Max. width 12 km (7.5 mi)
Islands Ilhéu dos Pássaros[1]

The Canal de São Vicente is a channel of the Atlantic Ocean separating the islands of Santo Antão and São Vicente, Cape Verde.[2]


At its narrowest point, it is 12 km wide.[3] The ferry route between the ports of Porto Novo on Santo Antão and Mindelo on São Vicente crosses the canal as well as ferry routes linking the islands of São Nicolau and Santiago. The channel begins in São Vicente's northwesternmost cape near Monte Cara up to the headland Ponta de João d'Évora in the northeast. The highest point is about 150 to 160 meters below sea level and the deepest is about 500 to 600 meters below. Within 1 to 1.5 kilometers from the island shore and the bay, it is about 100 meters below sea level.


During the Ice Age, the channel was very narrow and the islands were met by about 500 meters to a kilometer apart, over 8,000 to 6,000 years ago, it became ten kilometers wide.


  1. "Ilhéu dos Pássaros". Mapcarta. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. NGA Sailing Directions-Enroute: 2008 West Coast of Europe and Northwest Africa, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, 2008. p. 181
  3. GoogleEarth

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