Four different species of turtle (sadly all endangered) – Olive Ridley, Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback, can be spotted coming to lay their eggs on the beaches of Sao Tome and Principe under the cover of darkness.

They start arriving on the beaches in November, and can be seen laying eggs through to February. Then, until the middle/end of March, you might be lucky enough to see hatchlings making their way to the ocean for the first time. To witness these magical moments during our turtle watching trips is an experience that will stay with you forever.

We’ve teamed up with eco guards who will take you on special evening turtle watching trips and these can be incorporated into any of our tailor-made holidays during the months of November to March. Like any wildlife watching experience, seeing turtles is not guaranteed but you can read more about what to expect, and find out how we make sure the activity is low impact and sustainable here.


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