Overview

Imagine yourself sitting on your verandah overlooking the sea, drinking Santomean coffee and nibbling at the best organic chocolate in the world. On this trip you visit a coffee and cocoa plantation and travel from the laid-back city of São Tomé, along the coastal road down to the most southern point of São Tomé island. A short boat trip takes you to Ilheu das Rolas where you can stand on the equator mark and be in the northern and southern hemisphere at the same time. At the end of your stay, spend a few relaxing days on Príncipe, with its pristine and idyllic beaches.

Itinerary

Fly from Heathrow to Lisbon. On arrival walk (5 mins) to the Tryp hotel
Walk to the airport and fly to Sao Tome. On arrival transfer to Club Santana
Guided visit of Monte Café plantation and Sao Nicolau waterfall - as part of a small group
Snorkelling trip to Santana Islet - as part of a small group
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Roca Sao Joao. En route stopping at Boca do Inferno, Agua Ize plantation and Praia Sete Ondas. Lunch is at the plantation of Sao Joao.
Transfer to Ponta Baleia and boat to Ilheu das Rolas to stay at Pestana Equator. This afternoon you could walk up to the equator monument.
Boat back to the mainland and transfer to Praia Inhame Eco Lodge. Depending on the time, you could go on a guided trip in a traditional dugout canoe trip to Malanza Mangrove forest
Transfer to the airport and fly to Principe. On arrival transfer to the Bom Bom Island Lodge. In the afternoon you could go snorkeling from one of the lodge's private beaches (masks, snorkels and fins can be borrowed from the lodge)
Free day - Today you could book the lodge's 4WD and travel into the rugged interior of the island.
Free day - Today you could hire a fishing boat to visit some of the remote bays along the coast where it is possible to swim and snorkel.
Free day - The lodge can organise local guides (often staff who have an interest in birds or walking) for a walk through the forests around the hotel.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Sao tome. On arrival transfer to Omali Lodge
Free day - Walk to or catch a taxi into Sao Tome city
Morning free until transfer to the airport. Fly home on overnight flight

Price Per Person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

From £2772 per person

INCLUDED: International flights from UK (guide price). Accommodation in São Tomé and Príncipe in double, en-suite rooms (Roca Sao Joao has shared bathrooms) on a half board basis. Pestana Equador is on FB basis. Only the Tryp hotel in Lisbon is on B&B basis. Return airport transfers Sao Tome and Principe. Guided excursions as detailed in the itinerary. Support from our local team when on the islands. EXCLUDED: Meals not specified above and insurance. Additional excursions on free days.

Accommodation

The accommodation on this trip varies from small comfortable hotels and Eco Lodges to former plantation houses (Rocas) that have been tastefully renovated. On Príncipe we've included a few night at the Bom Bom Eco Lodge with its charming wooden walkway to their excellent restaurant and bar, which is situated on the small island from where the lodge derives its famous name.

Activities

This holiday allows you to experience a varied range of activities, some are included and others that can be booked through the lodge or plantation house (Roca) you are staying in. On this journey, we visit the main island of São Tomé where you have the chance to snorkel off Santana islet, visit coffee and chocolate and cocoa plantations, Boca d'inferno and Praia Cete Ondas. On Ilheu de Rolas you can straddle the equator before flying on to Príncipe to indulge in a little luxury at the Bom Bom Island Lodge.

Location

Our 'Chocolates and Tropical Beaches of São Tomé and Príncipe' gives you a wonderful insight into these islands and allows you to experience the best of both. The accommodation on São Tomé is local in style, not luxurious yet comfortable. On Príncipe you stay at one of the loveliest hotels of the island.