5 great family activities to do on São Tomé and Príncipe

With their year round warm climate, great choice of accommodation and low crime rate, the tropical islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are ideal for those looking for a safe but exciting African family adventure holiday with plenty of family activities.

There are lots of family activities  to do on the islands and here are 5 of our favourites:

Turtle watching :  One of the most unusual family activities is turtle watching  but there can be few things as thrilling as seeing these enormous mysterious creatures emerging from the sea to nest and lay eggs.  Between November and March you can either join our guides for a turtle watching excursion after supper, or ask to be woken when the turtles come to your beach!

Jungle trekking : our guided walks through the unspoilt rainforest are an unforgettable experience. Forest covers 90% of the islands and you feel you’ve entered a wonderland as the tree tops high above you sing with colourful endemic birds and you weave your way between the ancient tropical giants.

Equator jumping : marked with a line and a mosaic of the world, the equator is easy to reach from Praia Inhame (you’ll need to take the boat to Rolas islet (30 minutes)) and the Pestana Equador (20 minute walk uphill from your bungalow).  It’s great fun to jump between the southern and northern hemispheres!

Boat trips : these are an exhilarating way to get to the best snorkelling spots and secluded beaches; if you’re lucky you may see dolphins and flying fish too!  It’s also a real adventure to take a trip through the Malanza River mangrove on a dugout canoe or take to the seas on a kayak…

Swimming and snorkelling : you’ll be spoilt for choice of great snorkelling and swimming spots on São Tomé and Príncipe. From warm, sandy bays for the littlies to deeper crystal clear ocean full of tropical fish for budding marine explorers, a world of wonder awaits.

How do I get there?

Holidays are very personal to each of us and planning a trip to somewhere less travelled requires good advice and careful planning.  For over 20 years the team at Archipelago Choice has travelled extensively to all the special destinations we offer and have unrivalled knowledge based on our own personal travel experiences.


Sao Tome and Principe are incredibly special islands to visit and if you think these islands are for you, then love to hear from you. For a friendly chat, please call 00 44 (0) 17687 721050 or email: info@archipelagochoice.com


If you’d like a free brochure then please click on the link –   São Tomé holiday brochure


Sarah Bennett