BOA VISTA (also written Boavista) island is part of the Barlavento (Windward) group of the Cape Verde Islands. Of all the 10 islands of the archipelago, it is located further east, only 455 km from the African coast. It has an area of 620 km² making it the third largest island in the country, after Santiago and Santo Antão.
It is about 31 km from north to south and 29 km from east to west. The largest town of the island is the village of Sal Rei, with about 2500 inhabitants.
Boa Vista has the most extensive beaches of Cape Verde, the most famous being the 16km long Santa Monica, and has recently been the target of tourism investors, who built several hotels and tourist infrastructures. There are excellent conditions for water sports and great scuba diving, in several of the islets that surround the island.