More islands added to Archipelago Choice: Sao Tome and Principe

We’re excited to announce that we are now offering activity, wildlife and tailor made holidays to the small archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe which sits on the equator, in the Gulf of Guinea, off the west coast of Africa.

Sao Tome holidays and Principe holidays brochure

Ian and Sarah visit Sao Tome with their family 2015

In November 2015 Ian, Sarah, their two children, and Sarah’s dad spent a busy two weeks exploring the islands and testing out the best places to stay before adding Sao Tome holidays to the Archipelago Choice portfolio.

Chaplin the parrot Sao Tome and Principe
Chaplin the parrot, Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe were uninhabited until they were discovered by the Portuguese in around 1470 and have a troubled history.  Slavery and piracy were dark times, however the early Portuguese realised the fertile potential of the islands and soon they were producing sugar cane and later became the largest producer of chocolate in the world.

Former plantation house Sao Tome holidays
Former plantation house Sao Tome

Wherever you go there are former plantations (Rocas) which have fallen into ruin and been consumed by the jungle.

Sao Tome holidays - Sao Tome and Principe produce some of the finest chocolate and coffee in the world

São Tomé and Principe still produce some of the finest coffee and chocolate in the world and most is now produced by local, organic co-operatives which are based around some of the former plantations.

Sao Tome Oriole - Sao Tome holidays

Dense rain forests cover large parts of the islands which can only be reached on foot and the islands have a rich and varied plant and bird life.

KEY FACTS – Sao Tome holidays

  • Climate:  The average year round temperature is 27 degrees centigrade
  • When to visit: It is best to visit during the dry season – June to September, or the wet season – October to December.  During the wet season you can expect morning and afternoon rains with clear skies in-between.
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Government: Independent Republic – Multi Party Democracy
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 50%
  • São Tomé size: 854km2
  • São Tomé population: 183,000
  • Príncipe size: 142km2
  • Príncipe population: 7500
Bridge to Bom Bom island Principe
Bridge to Bom Bom island Principe
Beautiful places to stay on Sao Tome
Beautiful places to stay on Sao Tome

There are beautiful places to stay on the islands and here are some of the things you might like to do and see whilst on your São Tomé holidays:

  • Explore São Tomé city
  • Snorkel in the clear water
  • Take a dugout canoe through the mangroves
  • Stand on the equator and Greenwich meridian
  • Jungle hikes and camping
  • Diving
  • Turtle watching
  • Whale watching


Green Turtles Praia Inhame returning to Sea
Green Turtles Praia Inhame returning to Sea


And on Príncipe: 

  • Visit the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Boat trips
  • Jeep tours
  • Paddle boarding
  • Stay in a former plantation house
  • Bird watching
  • Snorkeling
  • Hiking
  • Game fishing
Stay in a plantation on Principe
Stay in a plantation on Principe


Getting to the islands isn’t easy (flights from Manchester and London via Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal) and takes time, but for the adventurous, a real gem awaits.

Find out more about our Sao Tome holidays and Principe holidays

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:

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

Ian Coates



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