Ilhéu de Sal Rei

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ilhéu de Sal Rei
Ilhéu de Sal Rei.jpg
Ilhéu de Sal Rei seen from Sal Rei, Boa Vista
Ilhéu de Sal Rei is located in Cape Verde
Ilhéu de Sal Rei
Ilhéu de Sal Rei
Ilhéu de Sal Rei is located in Atlantic Ocean
Ilhéu de Sal Rei
Ilhéu de Sal Rei
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates16°10′16″N 22°55′48″W / 16.171°N 22.930°W / 16.171; -22.930Coordinates: 16°10′16″N 22°55′48″W / 16.171°N 22.930°W / 16.171; -22.930
Area0.89 km2 (0.34 sq mi)
Highest elevation27 m (89 ft)
MunicipalityBoa Vista

Ilhéu de Sal Rei is an uninhabited islet near the coast of Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde. It is located 1 km (0.6 miles) southwest of the island capital Sal Rei. Its area is 89 ha (0.34 sq mi)[1] and its highest point is 27 m (88.6 ft).[2]

The islet has exposed basaltic and limestone rock, and there are sandy beaches in sheltered areas. The entire islet is a natural monument.[2] The headland Ponta de Escuma is the islet's westernmost point. A narrow strait to its northeast separates it from Boa Vista island by 500 to 600 meters. On the southern tip of the island, the ruined Portuguese fort Duque de Bragança is situated.

Ponta da Escuma Lighthouse[edit]

Ponta da Escuma Lighthouse
No image.svg
Ilhéu de Sal Rei is located in Cape Verde
Ilhéu de Sal Rei
Cape Verde
LocationPonta da Escuma
Ilhéu de Sal Rei
Boa Vista
Cape Verde
Coordinates16°10′21.37″N 22°55′55.48″W / 16.1726028°N 22.9320778°W / 16.1726028; -22.9320778
Year first constructed1888 (first)
Year first litn/a (current)
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal lamp post
Tower shapecylindrical lamp post with light
Tower height7.9 metres (26 ft)
Focal height28 metres (92 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Range11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)[3]
CharacteristicFl (5) W R 20s.
Admiralty numberD2918
NGA number24192
Cape Verde numberPT-2106[4]

The island has a lighthouse named Ponta de Escuma, built in 1888, consisted of a concrete staircase 5 metres (16 ft) high with the light on the top. The current light is a cylindrical metal mast 7.9 metres (26 ft) high with balcony and lantern. According to the NGA the light is still active,[3] has a solar power unit and emits five flashes white or red depending from the direction in a twenty seconds period visible up to 11 nautical miles.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Resolução nº 36/2016, Estratégia e Plano Nacional de Negócios das Áreas Protegidas
  2. ^ a b Protected areas in the island of Boa Vista - Municipality of Boa Vista, March 2013 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ a b c List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2015.
  4. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Cape Verde". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.