Turtle Nesting Watching

São Tomé & Príncipe Turtle Watching Trip

Between September and April visit these Equatorial Isles

Sao Tome  – Principe

Fly to some of the world’s most wild, remote and unspoilt islands

Like stepping into real world Jurassic Park, stay on a cocoa plantation and on coastlines with whales & turtles.

São Tomé and Príncipe is truly unique. Awake to the chatter of forest parrots, you will readjust to nature’s clock. On days when you just want to settle in the topical weather, they offer stunning swimming pools & veranda views.

This trip consists of accompanying the monitoring of female sea turtles about to lay their eggs on the beaches of Príncipe Island, between September and April. You’ll get to learn about sea turtles and the conservation of this threatened species.

If you’re lucky enough to watch a female laying her eggs or her young being hatched, it is certainly an unforgettable experience.

Over 2000 Records of 3 Turtle Species Nesting on Principe.

Of the world's five marine turtle species, four come to nest on São Tomé. Of those, three nest on Príncipe. More than 2000 records (nesting and attempted nesting) since the beginning of the late 2017 - early 2018 season were logged. Read more about it in this article here.

Itinerary Overview:

-3 Nights at Omali Lodge, on Sao Tome Island

-4 Nights at Roca Sundy, Principe Island

-6 Nights at Bom Bom Resort, Principe Island.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Leave Home to Sao Tome

Sao Tome

Sao Tome Island

You will likely need to fly via Lisbon, so leaving the UK on a Saturday works very well.

Arrive to Sao Tome Island by the early evening and be met by a representative from Omali Lodge for the quick road transfer in approx. 15 mins to Omali Lodge, to stay 3 nights in a Classic Room, with breakfast included.

Days 2 - 3: Explore Sao Tome Island

Omali  Lodge  Suite Room

Omali Lodge

A range of activities and excursions can be booked at reception (locally payable) or in advance if you prefer.

These include :

Traditional Dance Workshops

Traditional Medicine Workshops

Bulawem – The most traditional cultural manifestation of São Tomé and Príncipe

Tchiloli – Learn about the cultures of São Tomé and Príncipe

Diving

Coffee Tour (East of the island)

Cocoa Tours (North of the island)

Beach Tour (South of the island)

Sao Tome City Tour

Day 4: Fly to Principe Island

Roca Sundy Bedroom Int

Roca Sundy Bedroom

Today’s an especially exciting day. You will be transferred to Sao Tome airport from Omali Lodge (it’s just 15-20 mins by road) for the STP Airways flight to Principe departing at 09h00.

Arrive to Principe at 09h35 and you will be met by a Roca Sundy representative and transferred slightly inland to Roca Sundy, your home for the next 4 nights. At this lovingly restored colonial cocoa plantation house property you can get a really good feel for the essence and history of Principe. Principe is 31 million years old – 3 and 6 times respectively older than the oldest Hawaiian or Galapagos islands.

Stay at Roca Sundy in the Plantation House Yard View Double Room, for 4 nights, with dinner and breakfast included (Half Board Basis).

Days 5 - 7: Explore Inland Rainforest with Vertical Rock Towers

Principe Nature Hike

Principe Hiking

Part of the world network of UNESCO declared World Biosphere Reserves, since 2007, Principe is an ideal base to see turtle hatchlings return to sea, humpback whales off the shore in the North and endemic birds such as the Dwarf Ibis and African Grey Parrot.

Whilst Sao Tome is more eroded, both have phonolitic rock towers erupting vertically from the rainforest. It’s incredibly hot and humid on both islands – particularly during the rainy seasons of May-Mar and Oct-Dec.

Being on the equator, temperatures range from 25 to 27 degrees Celsius year round.

Day 8: Head to Bom Bom Beach

Bom Bom Aerial

Aerial Shot of Bom Bom Resort

Known as the best beach on an island of stunning beaches, today you will be transferred by road to Bom Bom Island Resort for a luxury final destination on your trip. You will enjoy Bom Bom for 6 nights in a Pool View Room on a Half Board basis, with breakfast & dinner included. Drinks, lunch & laundry are considered extras.

Day 9 – 12 : Turtle Watching & Nesting Monitoring & Research

Bom Bom Baby Turtle Principe

Bom Bom Turtle Research

The perfect place to relax, with a great range of activities on offer. A place of gentle rhythms and sensuous fragrances, of whales and turtles, forest hikes and cooling swims. Bom Bom Príncipe Island is the 1st hotel in Africa to be awarded with the “Biosphere Responsible Tourism” certification.

The turtle watching excursion duration is: 16h30 - 19h00 and 20h30 - 23h30. It can be physically challenging and late at night, so keep an open mind about the experience, knowing that you are first-hand positively contributing to the conservation of these turtle species.

Day 13: Return Home

Grey Parrot  Sao  Tome

Grey parrot on Sao Tome

You’ll fly via Sao Tome & Lisbon back to the UK.


Duration: 14 nights

Location: São Tomé and Príncipe, Africa

Price: £3790pp

Price based on two adults travelling together and sharing double or twin room accommodation includes return economy class international flights from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Sao Tome via Lisbon; air taxes; tourist taxes; internal flights; all transfers; accommodation as outlined with meals & drinks as listed.

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