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The Republic of Sao Tome Travel


The Republic of Sao Tome and Principe includes two islands that hover over the Equator about 290 kilometers off the coast of Gabon in the Gulf of Guinea. The islands of Sao Tome and Principe are environmental treasures. The republic offers relaxing beaches and clear blue waves, as well as spectacular foliage and animal life. As one would imagine, the republic has a tropical climate with both rainy and dry seasons. The rainy seasons are in both March and September. In between these two months, the islands exhibit a similar climate to a Savannah, although there is still some rain.

The Republic of Sao Tome

The culture of the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is a mixture of African and Portuguese influences. This is a result of its proximity to central Africa and the Portuguese discovery and claim of the islands in the 15 th century. The common sounds of Latin dance music can be heard in the evenings, floating about the rhythm of the waves. After enjoying the dancing and music, wake up in the mornings to the best coffee in the world, or so the republic claims.

The snorkeling off the islands does not disappoint. The small islet, Ilhéu das Rolas offers the spectacular, although not inexpensive, dive resort named Pestana Equador. There are also upscale restaurants here featuring cultural cuisine and relaxing beaches. The inlet can be reached by taking a boat from just north of Porto Alegre . Another famous dive spot is at Lagoa Azul or Blue Lagoon. Although this location has a rocky beach, the diving off the shore is spectacular and on land, the trees house several rare species of birds. Bird watchers will never be bored on the Islands of Sao Tome and Principe.

Sao Tome travel


Snorkeling and fishing are the key attractions on the smaller island of Principe . The texture of this island varies from the superior island because it has volcanoes and rich forests. The local residents are helpful to tourists and can guide them to the best fishing holes and diving spots. They may expect to be compensated for their help, but visitors can negotiate a fair price.

There are diverse transportation options in the islands. There are three weekly flights in between the islands and they should be taken into consideration when planning a trip. Sao Tome offers taxi rides to the different cities and beaches; but Principe only has a red bus transportation. There are also ferry and boat rides that can be utilized for travel between the two islands.

Sao Tome travel


To gain entrance to the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, one must have a passport and proof of an updated yellow fever vaccination. Visas also must be acquired before entering the islands. Although the republic has been receiving more tourism, it still offers a feeling of seclusion and a deep cultural experience. Its renowned coffee and scuba diving also affords an enriching and relaxing holiday.

 
 
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