Discover Sao Tome & Principe
Wild and beautiful Sao Tome (Scott Ramsay)  
Old ruins of Ribera Ize (Scott Ramsay)  
The Equator marker, Ilheu de Rolas, Sao Tome  
Aerial of Praia Sundy (Scott Ramsay)  
One of many secluded beaches, Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Going swimming off Praia Boi, Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Walkers exploring one of the trails near Praia Sundy (Scott Ramsay)  
Sorting cacao at Roça Paciência (Scott Ramsay)  
Aerial view, Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Beach picnic, Praia Margarida, Principe - Scott Ramsay  
Aerial of Roça Paciência on Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Tented villa interior, Sundy Praia - style in paradise  
Turtle-watching in season is very reasonably priced at 75 euro pp.  
Island life - residents near Roca Sundy, Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Santo Antonio, Principe's largest urban settlement (Scott Ramsay)  
Enjoy a boat trip to Bay of Needles, Principe (HBD)  
Who wouldn't want to luxuriate here? Sundy Praia villa drone shot  
Biosphere Trail to Parrot Peak, Principe (HBD)  
Try your luck Humpback whale-watching in late July - August  
12 day tour
Prices from
£3795 - £4419

Tour Highlights

  • Rest & relaxation time on secluded beaches in Principe
  • Discovering the beautiful tropical rainforests along walking trails on Principe
  • Excellent accommodation and hospitality
  • A range of activities included during your time on Principe
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Discover Sao Tome & Principe

São Tomé & Príncipe

This wonderful sample itinerary enables visitors to enjoy the far-flung tropical islands of Sao Tome and Principe, to the maximum.

Start off with a night in Omali Lodge on Sao Tome, after which you fly to Principe for 7 nights. During this time, you will be based at the atmospheric Roca Sundy and secluded, uniquely stylish Sundy Praia.

A variety of interesting activities is included in the rates for the properties on Principe: you will be able to embark on rainforest walks; meet resident communities and learn about their history, culture and everyday lives, and of course, spend time relaxing on sunny beaches for which this island is appreciated.

After your 7-night stay on Principe, fly back to Sao Tome for 2 nights in Omali Lodge. Contact us for ideas about excursions which are possible on Sao Tome itself, so you cam make the most of your time there - we can either book these for you, or you are welcome to do so when you are in-resort at Omali Lodge.

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Day 1
Day 1
Fly to Sao Tome
Depart early this morning from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports (if you are flying from the UK) to Lisbon, where you remain air side and connect with the daytime TAP flight to Sao Tome.
On arrival this evening, you will be met and transferred to Omali Lodge for an overnight stay in a classic room with breakfast.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
Day 2
Day 2
Sao Tome - Principe (flight)
This morning, you will be taken to Sao Tome Airport for the short flight over to Principe island.
On arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to Roca Sundy, where you stay for 3 nights in an Eclipse Yard room, dinner and breakfast included. Rates also include house drinks, teas, coffee, 1 daily experience (as per experience inclusions list), airport transfers and WiFi
Day 3
Day 3
Principe - Roca Sundy
Begin your exploration of Principe island. 1 daily activity is included in rates at both Roca Sundy and at Sundy Praia - the choices are as follows:
Trail Santa Joaquina Walking - half-day
Trail Ribeira Izé Hiking - half-day
Trail Parrot Peak Hiking - half-day
Trail Oquê Pipi Waterfall Walking - half-day
Turtle Watching Walking - half-day
Birding walk - half-day
Explore the south of Principe by car - half-day
Explore Plantations by car - half-day
Cacao Route by car - half-day
Explore Príncipe by car - full day
- As all activities commence in the mornings after breakfast, you'll mostly have afternoons free to relax and/or head to the beach.
Accommodation: Roça Sundy
Day 4
Day 4
Principe - Roca Sundy
Enjoy another day on Principe with the very atmospheric Roca Sundy as your base. In the morning, choose from one of the activities on offer, or if you prefer, visit one of the beaches nearby.
Do note that the closest beach to Roça Sundy is the beach at Sundy Praia. The walk there from Roca Sundy is about 20 minutes, and the walk back to Roça is about 30 min as there is an incline.
Guests are welcome to ask Roça for a transfer to the beach at Sundy Praia.
Two of the excursions included in the rates are boat trips - one is to the Bay of Needles and the other to the North-eastern beaches.
- Please take some cash (euros) with you from home. as miscellaneous items (drinks bills, etc) should be settled in cash at all the Sao Tome properties.
Accommodation: Roça Sundy
Day 5
Day 5
Principe - Roca Sundy - Sundy Praia (transfer)
After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to lovely Sundy Praia to stay for 4 nights in a one-bedroom tented villa, dinner, breakfast and one scheduled experience/activity included per day.
Accommodation: Sundy Praia
Day 6
Day 6
Principe - Sundy Praia
Enjoy this secluded and stylish property which is fronted by a lovely beach and surrounded by luxuriant equatorial forest.
Day 7
Day 7
Principe - Praia Sundy
Another day in this remote slice of paradise... select from one of the included activities - or arrange another excursion with reception - or luxuriate at the beach, or by the pool - or enjoy a treatment at the Spa.
Accommodation: Sundy Praia
Day 8
Day 8
Principe - Praia Sundy
Enjoy your last full day in Principe with Sundy Praia as your base.
Accommodation: Sundy Praia
Day 9
Day 9
Principe - Sao Tome (flight)
You will be transferred to Principe Airport for the 15 minute flight back to Sao Tome, where you will be welcomed on arrival and transferred to Omali Lodge to stay for 2 nights with late check-out in a Classic room, breakfast included.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
Day 10
Day 10
Sao Tome - Omali Lodge
You have the day at leisure with Omali Lodge as your base. Contact us for details about popular excursions on the island, which will depend on your personal interests.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
Day 11
Day 11
Let us know if you would like us to arrange another excursion for you on Sao Tome, today.
Late check-out at Omali Lodge.
In the late afternoon/early evening you will be transferred to the airport for the overnight flight with TAP back to Lisbon.
Day 12
Arrival home
On arrival into Lisbon Airport this morning, connect with the quick TAP flight back to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports if you are travelling back to the UK.

Pricing Information & Dates

12 day tour, from £3795 - £4419 per person
Itinerary Dates From Price
01 Dec 2021
30 Jun 2022
01 Jul 2022
31 Aug 2022
01 Sep 2022
22 Dec 2022
Price Includes
* Return international TAP flights from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports to Sao Tome via Lisbon (economy class seating), with airport taxes
* Inter-island domestic flights and airport taxes
* Transfers
* Accommodation as per the itinerary, with meals as indicated.
* Scheduled activities/ excursions as outlined for Roca Sundy and Praia Sundy.
Price Excludes
* Visa fee
* Any meals and activities not listed
* Personal items (drinks, tips, phone calls, laundry, travel insurance)
* Villa/room tax (3 euros per day, payable locally)
Price Notes
This sample itinerary can be tailored to suit individual requirements and preferred spend.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Príncipe Island
  2.   São Tomé Island

Accommodation on this Tour

Omali Lodge
Omali Lodge
São Tomé Island, São Tomé & Príncipe
Omali Lodge The  stylishly decorated Omali Lodge Boutique Hotel is set along the white sandy shores of Lagarto Beach close to the cultural melting pot of São Tomé Town. Just 5......
Roça Sundy
Roça Sundy
Príncipe Island, São Tomé & Príncipe
Stay in this beautifully restored former cacao plantation house on Príncipe Island. Roça Sundy guest house has just twelve en-suite rooms, all traditionally furnished with colonial style pieces from the original house. Several have balconies that look over the lush green forest.
Sundy Praia
Sundy Praia
Príncipe Island, São Tomé & Príncipe
Sundy Praia is one of the first five star accommodations to open up on Principe Island and has just fifteen luxurious villas.

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Broadly speaking we greatly enjoyed our trip and are most grateful to you for putting it all together and for your support whilst we were away. The two islands (and perhaps Principe particularly) reminded us of the West Indies where we honeymooned in 1965.

My understanding of the organisations behind our destination is that the Sundy Estate is financed basically as a philanthropic endeavour by Mark Shuttleworth, with the aim that it should be run on green sustainable lines, working with the environment. This appears to focus heavily at present on cocoa, coffee, tropical fruits, and of course tourism, with HBD Hotels (not sure of ownership of them) providing the heavy lift for this purpose.

Our appraisal of the hotels where we stayed; Omali Lodge – very expensive compared with the other two and frankly with pokey badly designed accommodation (no chair in double bedroom, one very small drawer, two miniscule shelves, two large bedside tables incorporating no storage space), menus only accessible by app which we did not attempt – there was a board in a completely different location. Doubtless these shortcomings are explained at least in part by the fact that it is better established and that it is located in the main island and does not have to try so hard to bring in custom.

Roca Sundy In one of the handsome buildings abandoned by the Portuguese in 1974, now restored but still a work in progress (a swimming pool is planned), much more spacious , with staff much more on the ball, and providing a good location from which to tour;  Sundy Praia – best of the three with accommodation to knock spots off most competitors and very friendly and helpful staff – but rather isolated for touring.

Sao Tome: obviously more to do, being much the larger of the two islands and I don’t think we exhausted the options. Roads very varied, some pretty good, others just the opposite.

Principe. Much less developed and perhaps because of this it seemed to be more scenic. Roads frightful – virtually all transport is in 4 x 4’s. It needs to be!

Both hotels on Principe were rather lacking in DIY alternative activities (slightly to our surprise very little use seemed to be made by hotel guests of the beach). It occurred to us that both locations might benefit from the setting up of one or two self-guided local nature trails suitable for pedestrians and which could have relevant explanatory signs en route.

We would not want to give you a negative impression. However we are trying to report accurately and whilst our overall sentiment was very favourable, there were glitches which it is clearly important that we should mention.

Another positive,  we were helped by some charming guides who did all they could to improve our experience, and the same goes for the staff, again perhaps especially in Principe and at Sundy Praia.  Very attractive special events were laid on particularly by the Praia catering staff.

I hope this is helpful. We enjoyed our trip. 


Mr and Mrs Hunt
March 3, 2022
Now all future tours cannot compare.
Thanks a lot. We got very lucky 😉