São Tomé and Príncipe

Journey to a tropical island paradise in search of whales and dolphins
11 - 19 September 2022
9 days
Snorkeling with whales and dolphins
Difficulty:
Easy level
2700 EUR
How does the tour take its course?
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Snorkeling with whales
Humpback whales come to the waters of Sao Tome and Principe to give birth and feed their calves. During this time, they are quiet, moving slowly, and the calves are extremely curious.

We will go out in the ocean to look for whales and interact with them in the water.
2
Encounters with other animals
Tropical waters are always full of a variety of wildlife. We will swim with dolphins, turtles, and other Atlantic Ocean creatures. On land, we will be able to watch baby turtles being born.
3
Exploring the Volcanic Island on the Equator
We will visit coffee and cocoa plantations, watch the process of chocolate making, climb the volcano, walk on paradisiacal beaches of white sand and visit museums and architectural monuments of the island.
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Itinerary
Day 1
Arrival to the island of São Tomé.
We will meet you at the airport and take you to our accommodation.
Check in, rest.

In the evening we will have dinner together, get acquainted, and we will have a briefing and tell you about the plans for the next days.
Day 2
Early in the morning we have breakfast and head out into the ocean in search of whales. We will spend 5-6 hours on the water. In case of bad weather, we will replace marine activities with land activities.

After lunch: a walk around the São Tomé. A visit to the monuments and local attractions. A visit to the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in the years 1492-1493 by Captain Alvaro Caminha.

Trip to a chocolate factory, tasting various kinds of chocolate and coffee produced on the island of São Tomé. Trip to the beach "Governadora". Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé.
Day 3
Early in the morning we have breakfast and head out into the ocean in search of whales. We will spend 5-6 hours on the water. In case of bad weather, we will substitute sea activities for land activities.

Then we have a trip to "Agostinho Neto" waterfall. Lunch in a fishing village with freshly caught fish. Drive to the beach "Morro Peixe" to the Museum of Ocean Protection and its inhabitants, where we will release little turtles from the incubator into the ocean. Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé.
Day 4
A trip to Santana, an overview of the colonial and local architecture, then we move to the village "Roça Água Ize", where we will see the holes in the rock massif "Boca do inferno", with which the mystical legend of the island is connected.

A trip to one of the best beaches in the country, the beach of seven waves "Sete ondas" and the Surf Station. Surfing training and practice with a professional instructor during the day. Lunch on the ocean. Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé.
Day 5
Early in the morning we have breakfast and head out into the ocean in search of whales. We will spend 5-6 hours on the water. In case of bad weather, we will substitute sea activities for land activities.

In the afternoon: a trip to Guadalupe, the capital of Lobata District. There we can swim in the Blue Lagoon "Lagua Azul" and visit the Lighthouse.
A trip to the city of Neves. Lunch at a restaurant with local freshly caught crabs and beer.
Drive to the organic cocoa plantations "Roça Diogo Vaz".
Drive through the Santa Catarina Tunnel. Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé.
Day 6
In the morning we will go to the Cathedral in Trindade (the second largest city of the island). Then we drive to St. Nicholas waterfall, botanical garden, tropical forest and climb to the volcano "Lagua Amelia". Lunch at the museum "Almado Negreiro". Visit "Monte Cafe", coffee degustation. Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé.
Day 7
Early in the morning we have breakfast and head out into the ocean in search of whales. We will spend 5-6 hours on the water. In case of bad weather, we will substitute sea activities for land activities.

After lunch: waterfall "Praia pesquira", a short stop at the volcano "Pico cão Grande". Motor boat trip to the island "Illeo das rolas". Walk to the line of the equator "Marco de Equador". Visit to the rock massif "Buraco do inferno". Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé.
Day 8
Early in the morning we have breakfast and head out into the ocean in search of whales. We will spend 5-6 hours on the water. In case of bad weather, we will substitute sea activities for land activities.

In the afternoon you'll have free time or visit the places we didn't have time to see in 7 days
Day 9
Free time for souvenir shopping and packing. Drive to the beach "Micondo", lunch in the restaurant "Mionga". Visit to the beach "Mionga". Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé and have lunch in the restaurant "Mionga". Visit to the beach "Mionga". Return to the gesthouse in São Tomé.
In the evening, transfer to the airport and flight home.
Prices:
2700 EUR per person

Dates:
11 - 19 September 2022
Included:
  • Accommodation in twin room in a guesthouse
  • All transfers
  • 5 sea trips on the boat (plans may change depending of weather conditions)
  • Visiting local attraction (some excursions include lunches)
Not included:
  • Airfares
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Insurance
  • Meal
  • Extra payment for single accommodation - 300 EURO
Guides
Mike Korostelev
Tour leader
Mike founder of "Whale Watching Expeditions" project and inspirer of all new tours. Underwater Photographer.
Natalie Karpushenko
Art-photographer
"I take photos of people above and under water, with and without whales. Dreamer, inspiring people to travel. ECO-enthusiast, tell you how to save the planet and yourself".
Additional information
  • Water temperature about +23C +25C
  • Temperature on land about +28C +30
  • Currency USD/EURO
Getting there
Flights to São Tomé TMS.
To-pack list
  • Passport, tickets
  • Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Light trekking boots
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Anti-mosquito spray
  • Seasickness pills
  • Personal first-aid kit
Snorkeling and freediving equipment
  • Wetsuit 5mm
  • Mask
  • Fins
  • GoPro or other underwater camera
It's easy to book with us!
The process of booking becomes easy with Whale Watching Russia.
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Contact us
However you like: cell phone/WhatsApp/Telegram +79265663991, email info@whale-expeditions.com, using Facebook or fill the application form below
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We will call you back
Or write a message. We will answer all your questions, explain all the details and discuss your personal wishes
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Deposit payment
When you are ready to book expedition, we would ask you to pay the deposit, usually it's 50% of the price. You can pay the rest later, the last payment day is 60 days before expedition start.
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Done!
You got your space on the trip, it's time to buy plane tickets! By the way, we can help you with tickets and visas if needed.
Book expedition!
Contacts
+7 926 566 39 91 (cell/whatsapp/telegram)
info@whale-expeditions.com

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