SPORT AND LEISURE
In such a irregular Islands like São Tomé and Príncipe of volcanic origins, where one can climb and descend through dangerous landscapes that require too much attention, people couldn’t help being invited and seduced for a walk. In fact, taking into consideration that the road connections are obsolete, it is a marvelous for those who like to walk and discover certain areas. São Tomé and Príncipe is by that reason an allure for a certain type of tourists, as it has some of the best paths of Africa for walks. The only thing you have to do is to get in touch with the guides of the hotels where you are lodged or, then, with any travel agency.
It is amazing to notice the amount of interested people who appreciate the birds, studying their habits and knowing by heart the names and the characteristics of birds of all over the world. It is natural, therefore, that São Tomé and Príncipe is a paradise for the experts, considering that it is an archipelago with an enormous diversity of species, many of them endemics and some authentic rarities. The interested parties should contact any tourist operator who offers part time or for a full day programme. In the other hand, the true experts should contact the ECOFAC according to their needs and make proper schedules.
From volcanic origin and well located on the line of the equator, São Tomé and Príncipe gathers the ideal conditions for the practice of diving and snorkeling during the whole year with hot and limpid waters, irregular submarine morphology and rich in endemic fauna and flora.
The annual medium temperature of water is 28ºC. The visibility during the year can vary among 10 to 30m. In the dry season there is better visibility but there is less fish…
Places for diving
You can find the diving sites in São Tomé and Príncipe in three areas Islet of Rolas, Island of São Tomé and Island of Príncipe. Besides di-ving and snorkeling, this archipelago offers memorable moments to watch the dolphins and humped whales. The dolphins show themselves in a pleasant manner all over the year while the whales, show themselves from August to November. Another unforgettable moment is the sea turtles spawning. It is possible to watch its spawning during the whole year, although it is advisable from October to April in the West and North beaches, where the beach Micolo emerges. The most visited beach in the South is Jale. From the seven species of sea turtles existent in the world, five swim in the waters of São Tomé and Príncipe The Eretmochelys imbricata that is locally known as “Sada”, Dermochelys coriaceous – “Ambulance”, the Lepidochelys olivacea – “Tato”, the Chelonia mydas – “Mao Branca” and the Carretta carreta – “Cabeça Grande.” It is important to emphasize that São Tomé and Príncipe is a member of CITES – Convention on the International Trade of the Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Threatened of Extinction, that prohibits the commercialization and export of the sea turtles products.