São Tomé & Príncipe Explorer
The Island of Principe is an ecological gem in the Gulf of Guinea with a pristine rainforest, historic plantations and beautiful secluded beaches on an untouched volcanic coastline. The island has a tropical ecosystem with a diverse combination of African cultures and Portuguese tradition in a uniquely unspoilt travel destination.
Discover unique birdlife, view spectacular scenery, sample "home-grown" chocolate, hike through diverse ecosystems, enjoy local festivals or experience extraordinary peace and natural beauty in such a remote part of our world. Spot whales on their migration routes, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear seas and coincide your visit with the turtle-nesting seasons.
Bom Bom is a tiny islet on the north coast of Príncipe, which provides a perfect base from which to discover this magical island. The small hotel resort extends across two gentle beaches and is nestled at the base of lush rainforest-covered hills. Bom Bom is a calm haven with a restaurant where you can experience a blend of exotic and local cuisine whilst enjoying the magnificent views of Príncipe and the surrounding ocean.
The experience offers a range of opportunities including guided forest hikes, ornithological tours, tag and release deep-sea fishing, canoe expeditions with local fisherman as well as 4 wheel drive safaris. Island tours include a visit to the old Portuguese town of San Antonio, technically the smallest city in the world.
Visitors can also discover the working plantations of cocoa, coffee and vanilla, all of which are farmed underneath the forest canopy to support ecotourism and the long-term rehabilitation of rainforest-based agriculture.
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Kayaking & Rafting
Why Authentic Ecotourism?
The resort project is part of an overall effort to rebuild schools and open businesses so that local people have the chance to learn a skillled profession, such as carpentry, coffee and cacao farming, and teaching. From an environmental perspective, the aim is to eradicate poverty and keep the island green by getting rid of plastic bottles and placing drinking water fountains where local people need it.
The island offers some of the most exotic palm-fringed beaches with crystal-clear water and white and black sand due to the volcanic history of the island. Superb snorkeling, exciting deep sea fishing and walks through primeval forests with endemic birdlife and flora, all to be explored at your leisure and in total privacy.
The main town of Príncipe is Santo António, which is most intriguing with its well preserved colonial architecture that has managed to preserve the atmosphere that once existed in the region. Explore this town by car as well as experience the daily life of the locals. From here you will follow by car the Papagaio River to the slopes of Pico Papagaio where you can stroll through the once magnificent old Roça of Porto Real.
Experience local traditions with local products. Make your own African clothes, shop in the local market or visit a local school and participate in some English learning activities.
Hiking is of the best activities to engage in these exotic islands through the dense rainforests. The island has a fascinating rainforest laid out over a massive stretch of land offering stunning views and an exuberant variety of plant and animal life.
Take a tour to explore the wonders of Príncipe Forest. You will find many endemic like fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, plants, and much more. Travel through these intriguing habitats, to experience the sounds of the jungle and catch glimpses of a Mona Monkey or an African Grey Parrot.
São Tomé & Príncipe have some of the world's most spectacular rock formations, above and below the waterline. With drop-offs of over 35 metres, overhangs and cascading boulders, there is plenty of sea life. A wide variety of marine life exists including, surgeon fish, parrot fish, sea urchins, sea stars, corals, octopus, morays and eels.
From November to March is the season when you can witness the Leatherback, Hawsbill, Loggerhead & Green turtles nesting. These sea turtles, migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Females crawl out from the sea onto the beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night.
On a boat tour in Príncipe waters may be seen, dolphins, turtles, sea birds and schools of different fish. It is possible to snorkel in some small islands and enhance the changes of a unique setting. From mid July until September Humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) visit us as they move from their summer feeding grounds in low latitudes to more tropical mating and calving areas.
Full and half board rates are available.
Optional activities are listed within the detailed itinerary are charged separately.