São Tomé seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is palpably luxury and it is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant vegetation. São Tomé and Príncipe is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. View more
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Discover the coffee plantations of São Tomé and learn how coffee is produced during this half-day sightseeing excursion.
Monte Café Plantation
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the Monte Café Plantation. Located at a height of 2,480 feet (about 756 metres), and approximately 2,133 feet (about 650 metres) at its entrance, the plantation has a climate that's adequate for the cultivation of coffee. Upon arrival, take a guided tour to learn about coffee production, transformation, taste, smell, and quality.
Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Bombaim Plantation, which is surrounded by mountains, stunning vistas and the fresh air of 'Obo' Natural Park. It is also the only place in São Tomé Island where it is possible to find 'mangustão', a rare fruit that was brought over from India by the Portuguese. Vanilla is also cultivated in the shadows of this plantation, a unique characteristic required for its development. Here you will enjoy a banana tasting as well as some light snacks while you enjoy some free time.
Bombaim Waterfalls & Church
Your tour continues with a stop to take in the beauty and serenity of the Bombaim Waterfalls, followed by another stop at the local church to hear a performance by one of the most famous choirs on the island.
Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking over uneven natural terrain that is muddy at times, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, four-eight stone steps leading up from the tender boat to pier, and 20 steps at the church. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants, sturdy, closed-toe walking/hiking shoes and sun protection, and bring insect repellent from the ship. Carry small change in local currency, USD or EUR for any purchases. Credit Cards are not accepted. Photography is not permitted inside the museum exhibition rooms or in the Presidential Palace. Operation of this tour is subject to weather and road conditions.
São Tomé National Museum
Depart the pier in your mini coach for a fascinating look at this tiny island nation. Your first stop is at the São Tomé National Museum built in 1575, which was originally Fort São Sebastião. Here your guide introduces you to the colonial history and culture of São Tomé and Príncipe. This young Creole nation just rounded 39 years of independence but still has to deal with its past as a Portuguese colony, when it comes to political and economic relations as well as its cultural identity.
Praia Melão Beach & Cathedral of São Tomé
Continuing on, pass through Pantufo, a small fishing village where a folklore show will be waiting for a perfect performance and you may see the fishermen busily working on the beach of "Praia Melão", before arriving at the Cathedral of São Tomé. You will have time to discover this lovely sixteenth-century church independently.
Re-boarding your coach, your guide takes you on a panoramic drive through the town, pointing out important sites including the Presidential Palace and colonial homes. Note that it is forbidden to take pictures of the Presidential House.
Next, continue to learn about the culture of this Island by visiting Independence Square where you will see more first-hand influence of the Portuguese people. Here you will also visit the local market where you will interact with the local people and where you can purchase souvenirs at the Ossobê shop before returning to your coach for the drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking however there are steps to negotiate at most of the venues visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. Caution is advised as the stone stairs can become slippery when wet. It is strictly forbidden to take pictures of the Presidential House. Carry small change in local currency, USD or EUR for any purchases. Credit Cards are not accepted.