São Tomé & Príncipe,

Discover Sublime Sao Tome & Pristine Principe

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Tailor-Made Tour
12 Days
From 2595
Birding
Beach
Snorkelling and Diving

Tour Introduction

12 Days from 2595 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

This itinerary is similar to our other sample tailor-made tour but uses less expensive yet still well-run, comfortable accommodation. You start with a friendly guesthouse on Sao Tome’s waterfront, owned by the British consul whose island-born daughter will personally take you out on tours of Sao Tome. Once in Principe you will stay at Roca Sundy, a restored Portuguese colonial plantation house set high above the coast from where, in 1919, the British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington observed the full eclipse of the sun which enabled him to prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (a plaque at the Roca marks the very spot he stood). Your final accommodation is at Bom Bom, a beach resort which was the country’s first international hotel over 30 years ago and was fully refurbished during 2020 and 2021. There you can relax on the two long beaches, go swimming, kayaking, boating, snorkeling and diving, enjoy birdwatching and cross over via a walkway bridge to the eponymous Bom Bom island itself to dine with fine views across to the mainland. This trip will reveal to you the essence of these captivating islands, so little known yet so full of surprises.

Full Itinerary

Price from 2595 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Sao Tome

Arrive Sao Tome airport. Met and transfer to your nearby hotel. Time to relax and settle in, perhaps with a swim or a walk along the town’s seafront.

Staying at Emoyeni Gardens. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Sao Tome

Guided excursion to the south of Sao Tome. Spend time on one of the beaches and have lunch at a small restaurant in Sao João dos Angolares, or at Club Santana Resort for snorkelling or kayaking to Santana Island, with an additional visit to Boco do Inferno blow hole.

Staying at Emoyeni Gardens. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3
Sao Tome

Guided excursion to the centre of Sao Tome island. Perhaps visit a cocoa plantation and botanical garden and enjoy a nature walk. Lunch included, followed by afternoon tea at a chocolate factory.

Staying at Emoyeni Gardens. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 4
Principe

Check out and transfer to the airport. Catch a flight to Principe. On arrival, met and transfer to an historic plantation.

Staying at Roca Sundy. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5
Principe

Morning excursion to Praia Grande to visit the turtle conservation project based there. Depending on time of year, you might see clutches of eggs or hatchlings scuttling down the beach to the sea. Afternoon to relax at the compound or perhaps walk down to the beach.

Staying at Roca Sundy. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6
Principe

Morning excursion to visit the disused plantation estate of Roca Paciencia followed by the island’s tiny capital, Santo Antonio. Return to the hotel to relax.

Staying at Roca Sundy. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7
Principe

Transfer to the coast and your comfortable beach resort, the first international standard hotel in the islands, opened over 30 years ago. Staying at . Includes breakfast and dinner.

Staying at Bom Bom Island Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8
Principe

Day at leisure. On-site non-motorised activities are included, such as kayaking or paddle boarding. Optional activities include guided birdwatching, scuba diving and a boat ride down the wild east coast of Principe for snorkelling and stunning rainforest scenery.

Staying at Bom Bom Island Resort. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9
Principe

Day at leisure. The beach offers safe swimming.

Staying at Bom Bom Island Resort. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10
Principe

Day at leisure.

Staying at Bom Bom Island Resort. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11
Sao Tome

Transfer to the airport. Fly to Sao Tome. Transfer to the hotel.

Staying at Emoyeni Gardens. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Sao Tome

Pick up for a tour of the northern part of Sao Tome to include savannah habitat with baobabs, the Blue Lagoon and other sites (lunch not included) before returning to the hotel to pick up your bags and transfer to the airport in the evening. Fly out.

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

São Tomé & Príncipe São Tomé Island

Emoyeni Gardens Hotel

Overview

Emoyeni Gardens is a charming family-run hotel in Sao Tome town with beautiful views of the sea and lovely gardens to enjoy.

The hotel building is fully air conditioned.  Rooms are light and airy, simply designed and fuss-free. All first floor rooms have a balcony looking directly over to the small beach in front of the hotel.  The garden is small but varied and full of interesting exotic plants, including 20 varieties of palm trees, and many birds.

There is a small pool which is ideal after a day exploring the island.  There are several restaurants and cafés within walking distance, and if you don’t feel like making the effort to go out for a meal, there is a restaurant on site where you can order your meals in advance.

There is WiFi throughout the hotel and lovely staff on hand to help with any plans for excursions, maps or guides.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
20
Facilities

Restaurant (meals by arrangement), beach access, high speed WiFi, 24 hour reception, pleasant gardens, laundry facilities, breakfast available (pre book with extra charge), toiletries, swimming pool, English-themed pub with snack menu available from 11 am to 11pm all week, tour guides on request, airport transfers available, yoga in the garden, free guest car parking.

Optional Activities

Tours and excursions are available to book from here, including diving excursions, hiking, car rental, boat trips and visits to the chocolate factory.

São Tomé & Príncipe Príncipe Island

Bom Bom Island Resort

Overview

The original, pioneering beach hotel in Sao Tome & Principe, Bom Bom Island Resort opened more than 30 years ago and kickstarted tourism to the small island nation. The resort is situated on the north coast of Principe and includes the eponymous islet of Bom Bom, connected to the main resort via a long walkway across the water. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the meals are well prepared. A number of optional and included activities are available, including birdwatching, scuba diving and snorkelling. There are two gorgeous beaches at the resort: Praia de Coco with firm sand suitable for jogging, and Praia Rita, good for swimming and snorkelling. At the time of writing (February 2021) the resort is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment and will emerge much improved and modernised.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
19
Facilities

Restaurant and bar situated on a smaller island accessed via a walkway, snack bar, access to two beaches, WiFi, laundry facilities, toiletries, spa, dive centre, swimming pool with bar.

Local Wildlife

Various bird species including African grey parrot. Marine life such as dolphins, reef fish and mudskippers.

Optional Activities

Tours and excursions are available including boat trips for diving, dolphin watching and snorkelling, hiking, birdwatching, kayaking and inland excursions.

São Tomé & Príncipe Príncipe Island

Hotel Roca Sundy

Overview

Built in 1921, the colonial plantation house of Roca Sundy has been converted into one of the country’s best loved hotels. The estate, which grew coffee as well as coco, is the largest on Principe. The main building, once the owner’s house, holds the restaurant and bar as well as six spacious rooms, while the annex contains nine more. The grounds are being tidied up and there are plans for a swimming pool and other improvements. In the grounds stands the huge derelict hospital, and there are trails leading through forest and farmland for birdwatching and sea views. It’s a 20-minute walk down through lush vegetation to the sandy Sundy beach where the roca’s fabulous sister hotel, Praia Sundy, is found. The roca is also of historical importance. In May, 1919, the British scientist, Sir Arthur Eddington, visited the plantation to observe a solar eclipse which helped him to prove Einstein’s theory of relativity, a trip which was widely reported around the world.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
15
Facilities

Restaurant, lounge, bar, trail to beach, WiFi, reception, laundry facilities.

Local Wildlife

Various bird species, lizards, butterflies and mona monkeys can be observed from the breakfast terrace.

Optional Activities

Birdwatching, nature walks, swimming at the nearby beach, various excursions on Principe island including a visit to Roca Paciencia.

Route Map

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Emoyeni Gardens Hotel: 0.333483, 6.739334
Hotel Roca Sundy: 1.668904, 7.383079
Bom Bom Island Resort: 1.698865, 7.402314
Principe Island: 1.613901, 7.405702
Sao Tome Island: 0.330192, 6.733343
The Savannah: 0.407704, 6.662743
Praia Grande: 1.671247, 7.447479

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly from London to Lisbon on TAP, change planes then a short stop at Accra, Ghana, before reaching Sao Tome.

Best Visited:

January to December

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965