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Scuba diving in São Tomé and Príncipe

Tucked beneath the bulge of northern Africa, Sao Tome and Principe are some of this region’s best kept secrets. With unbelievable diving and fascinating landscapes, it would be a pity to miss out.
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Diving in São Tomé and Príncipe

Quick facts

The visibility on the islands is clearest from December to March, and you can expect lovely warm water during this time. Awesome dives await off the coast of Sao Tome. The pinnacles of Pedra and Dahlo are excellent places to see huge barracuda. The two formations poke above the surface, stretching to meet the sun. You can see octopi in the cracks, as well as a variety of eels. Down at the bottom, nurse sharks relax, waiting for night to fall.

Head to Bone de Jockey, a stellar site that dons a humungous boulder. There are several sites around the huge rock, all of which give great views. There are massive grouper to be found here, sometimes surprisingly massive.

When to go

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What to see

Come to see the hawksbill turtle lay their eggs, or even hatch out into the sea. You can find grouper in deep water, as well as a variety of rays. Octopi and eels are abundant, as well as fantastic reef fish of all sorts. Many animals here are found nowhere else in the world.

Flying above the seas you may see the African grey parrot, widely appreciated as one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are highly endangered because of the pet trade.


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