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Candice Buchan
Candice Buchan Africa Product Manager
"" Possibly the most remote Islands I have ever been to, Sao Tome and Principe are completely off the beaten track""

Príncipe Island Holidays

Príncipe is the second largest island in the archipelago and reached by a 30-minute flight north from São Tomé.

Smaller Príncipe is home to a mere 6,000 islanders. Just 19km long, its north coast is notched with castaway shores that include the perfectly curved Banana Beach, which is so definitively palm-fringed and golden it once starred in a Bacardi ad. In 2012

Príncipe was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on account of its rich biodiversity, and this is a choice spot to look for humpback whales and nesting turtles in season. As is the case with Sao Tome, visitors need to be aware that they are visiting a very poor country. 

Three years ago, its principal hotel, Bom Bom Island Resort, was bought by Mark Shuttleworth, the South African philanthropist and billionaire who travelled into outer space in 2002. Now he is investing in both islands to help create a model eco-tourist destination. Birders will be able to seek various equatorial African species such as African grey parrot, Sao Tome green pigeon and Principe sunbird but do note that in general, bird populations are relatively low compared with some destinations on the continent. 

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São Tomé and Príncipe island retreat
  • Beach
  • Culture & History
  • Responsible
From £2745 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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São Tomé & Príncipe
Spend time in the undiscovered isles of São Tomé & Príncipe, marvelling at the natural beauty of a destination as yet untouched by the mass tourism market. This flexible, tailor-made 11 day sample itinerary allows you to experience the best of both islands.
The best of São Tomé and PrÍncipe
  • Beach
  • Culture & History
From £2690 per person
12 day holiday
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São Tomé & Príncipe
This twelve day itinerary covers all the highlights of the Islands spending some time on São Tomé to explore the chocolate and coffee, followed by the beautiful Príncipe island for some beach time and relaxation.
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