What’s it like to dive from Sao Tome?

In November, Sao Tome and Principe island specialist Emma went diving from Sao Tome.  She was staying at Omali Lodge and went out with Joao, a qualified PADI diving instructor originally from Portugal.

Joao provides everything from beginners baptism dives to dive master courses from his beach side centre. Although a PADI scuba diver, Emma’s diving skills were rusty so patient Joao spent time running through the basics from the importance of breathing to the hand signals used for communicating underwater and how to equalising the ears.

They started with a test dive before heading to the Spanish wreck; perfect for beginners, the wreck is no deeper than 6 meters and just 15 minutes’ boat ride from the dive base.  The Gulf of Guinea is one of the world’s hotspots of marine biodiversity and divers can look for snappers, sweetfish, stingrays, octopus, moray eels, stingrays, sea horses and giant sea slugs at the many dive sites.

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When should I go diving from Sao Tome?

Diving from Sao Tome is great as the water around this island has good visibility and a warm temperature all year round but the best time to go  for more serious divers to visit is between December and the beginning of February.

Full equipment is provided and whether you’ve dived before or this will be your first experience, you’ll have a fantastic diving adventure on Sao Tome.

Find out more about our diving holidays here

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


Emma O’Rouke