Experiences to discover Principe
Just beyond Domus Rio Papagaio lies a wealth of attractions and activities sure to delight outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For those who want to explore the beauty of Proincipe Island and surroundings, here are a few of our favourites. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The ocean and the beaches
If you are looking for crystal, clear and pristine sea beaches, come to the island of Principe (STP)! You can find long stretches of coral sand under the shade of coconut and palm trees ascending to the sky. Praia Banana is the most popular beach of the island, right now managed by Belo Monte Hotel. Here you find all the comfort you desire.
Praia Boi, remained untouched and wild, is a a destination for daily trip. The place is almost, always solitary ... on Sundays you can sometimes meet the locals who are allowed a few hours of picnics. Praia Sundy and Praia Macaco are going to lose their enviable tranquility for a looming tourism ... while Praia Imane, Maria Correia, Abbade and other fishermen's beaches are welcoming you with joy and dignity.
Bom Bom Islet offers relaxing and quiet moments to tourists, pampered in the shade of coconut palms and surrounded by colored hibiscus plants. You are accessed only by entering the homonymous Resort and you can approach the Sailfish, Marlin fishing.
Enjoy a beautiful daily trip, relax and sports (snorkley, diving, canoeing) in a white sandy beach, fringed with palm trees and turquoise waters. Praia Campanha is waiting for you in Principe island! Let yourself pampered by the waves in a genuine Eden, inebriated by the scent of the sea, the fragrance of tropical flowers with the temptations of simple meals delicious. This beach looks like a watercolor becaming reality.
Much of the Principe beaches are protected for nesting turtles and in December it is not uncommon to spot hundreds of whales playing in the surrounding sea.
Landscapes, plantations and excursions
From the very first glance Principe Island remembers the Robinson Crusoe's Paradise. On one side the tracks leading into the forest, populated by colorful birds, show sparkling waterfalls, towering monoliths and streams that appear and disappear among the green of the lush nature. By the other side, much of the plantations, the past glory of Portuguese era, have been abandoned, the forest has swallowed the crop land and the colonial farms are often fallen into disrepair. The ancient Rocas, the Portuguese agricultural companies, are today, unfortunately, fragments of history.
The island and the people
Most of the Sao Tome and Principe plantations have been abandoned, the forest has swallowed the crop land, the farms of the colonial era have fallen into disrepair, but the people of Principe Island is a riot to life!
We really recommend a holiday in this land if you love hiking, long walks, nature, oceon and coral beaches, the colonial history. You can live an experience out of the mass tourism circuits. A lot of sport and a very private holiday, no nights life unless you join some native, on Saturday night, guiding you around the local "disco" scattered in the island.
You can quietly drive by scooter and car discovering Principe wonderful views. There is the possibility of hiring cheap scooters, or cars. Be always careful, those cars without a driver are not very reliable because they are actually ramshackle and the roads are very bumpy and plenty of holes, especially when it rains. You might be deep-set even if you drive a jeep. We always recommend a good local guide.
Most villages have virtually no bar and no food, sometimes there is a tiny little shop selling a bit of everything, especially beer. The locals found in the nature all they need to live: bananas, fruta pao, papaya, pineapple, any kind of tropical fruit.
Be patient, with a k-way and a backpackers, we anyway leave, no matter the forecast (the weather is really very variable so not worth to plan too much ... ..). There is always a beautiful coral beach where, fortunately, we can also take a bath ....
In the restaurants placed in the city you can eat well and the locals are very hospitable. In Bom Bom and Belo Monte Hotels - they use to serve meals directly by the beach) you are finding international menu, too, where the food is great and, we recommend you to reach them at least once.
The feast of Santo Antonio
The island was sighted on 14 January 1471, the day of Sant'Antonio, and was called Santo Antonio. Later it was called Principe, the city continues to be called Sant'Antonio. Every year, on August 15th, Santo Antonio is celebrated.