Sao Tome was fun for me and I really loved my time there. However, you can easily run out of things to do in Sao Tome. I was mostly with a group and we had a nice time, it can however get boring if you are in Sao Tome for a bit. I recommend 7days or less and not more, especially if you do not have plans to head to Principe. I was there for 10days and I was pretty bored during my last 3days especially because plans for Principe fell through.
If you are in Sao Tome, Here are my top 5 things to do in Sao Tome.
- Head South
As a matter of fact, this should be the first on your list. The scenic drive alone its worth it. It tops the list of my things to do in Sao Tome. I did a full post on my experience here. You would certainly enjoy the trip to the equator.
2. Take a dip at the blue lagoon
Looking to take a dip or you just want day by a different beach? You should take the drive up north of Sao Tome and make a stop by the Blue Lagoon. The blue lagoon is also home to a black sand beach unlike what you will experience any where else.
3. See the Center of it all
If you are into waterfalls and would like to chase one. Cascata Nicoloau is where you should head to. Located in the center of the Island, you definately do not want to miss out on it. If you have got a bit more time, there are a couple more activities at the center of the island for you to get involved in. Click here to find out.
4. Try a Traditional Dish
There are couple of Sao Tomean Traditional Dishes, some of which are , Molho no Fogo, Cozido de Grao, Feijoada de Grao, Feijoada a Moda da Terra, Cachupa Rica, Buzios da Terra and Calulu de Peixie, so if you are into culinary experiences and love trying new food, you should try any of these. I tried Calulu de Peixie and although its not something I would try again, I love the experience that come with trying new things. I tried it at Cameos Restaurant and I felt the sauce was more than the rice which was overly polished.
5. Party Like A Local
If you are looking for a place to hangout for drinks and muisic, you should check out Pico Mucambo which is a walking distance from the presidential place but if you are looking for a carefree, get into my dancing shoes with wild music kind of night, then head to beach club. You’d definately see a bunch dancing kizumba the local dance and you could definately get a free dancing class if you ask or be offered if you look cute.
6. Crazy about Water Sports? Snorkeling Maybe?
If you are into water sports and haven’t tried snorkeling or you have tried snorkeling but cant get enough of it. Sao Tome is a good place to try it. For 50 Euros, you can have a nice snorkeling day trip and strike this activity off your bucket list
7. Go Chocolate Tasting
Some of the best chocolates in the world originate from Sao Tome. Claudio Corallo is a an institution which offers tours on their history and chocolate making process, If you are out of things to do, you should try it out. Cant swim? No worries, you’d get a life jacket and an expert to help you out.
Here are some of my things to do in Sao Tome. I hope you find them useful, do not hesitate to let me know if you did. If you need more things to do in Sao Tome and need an expert to help, reach out to Diogo on firstname.lastname@example.org. XOXO,