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Discover the Tropical Bom Bom Islands of Sao Tome et Principe
Discover the equatorial African tropical islands of Sao Tome et Principe, serenely anchored in the Atlantic Ocean, 320 kms off the West Coast of Africa.
With volcanic origins, the Bom Bom Islands consist of jumbled masses of rocky peaks, tropical rain forests and striking waterfalls. The prolific bird life (many endemic to the area) will enchant visitors. Unexpectedly for the equator, the weather is sublime
The Ocean is your Playground
Deep sea fishermen never had it so good. The ocean surrounding the Bom Bom Islands is alive with blue marlin, yellow-fin tuna and record sailfish. Fully equipped sport fishing boats offer the incomparable thrill of pursuing a marlin. The resort has a fleet of the following fishing crafts: a 36' "T-craft, a 28' "Blackfin and 28' "Bertram, fully equipped with 50 and 80 lb tackle.
The wild coastline of the Sao Tome et Principe invites exploration. Clear waters are home to a whole spectrum of tropical marine life, enriched by the merging hot and cold currents. Snorkelling and scuba diving in these waters is an unrivalled undersea experience to which you will vow to return.
Pack a picnic lunch, take an inflatable to a deserted cove and enjoy total privacy on your own slice of heaven. The overgrown primeval forests are idyllic for visitors. The bird life is vast and many parrots and parakeets are legion on the islands. Fish eagles swoop past and, at dusk, you can hear owls hoot. Coconuts are there for the picking and palm fronds gracefully line the beaches.
The History of the Bom Bom Islands
The serenity and old worlds' charm of this incredibly picturesque place is pure enchantment. Sao Tome et Principe is home to Creoles who date back to 1470, when the Portuguese colonised the Islands, bringing a penal colony, slaves, settlers and traders. Slaves worked the sugar and timber lands, with exports to the Netherlands and Germany.
The Dutch blockaded, then occupied and plundered the islands in the sixteenth century. They withdrew in 1648 and the Portuguese moved back. Plantation owners who came at the end of the fifteenth century received grants of land (rocas), used slave labour and became a wealthy elite. They married locally, creating a Creole class whose families survived into the twentieth century.
After five centuries of Portuguese colonisation, independence was declared in 1975 and two of the unusual islands became a Socialist Republic. Socialism did not work, and real democracy has now overtaken the islands. Productivity fell disastrously and now, a decade later foreigners are being cajoled back to restore motivation and productivity.
The Bom Bom Island Resort
Five-star distinction takes you to the northern coast of Sao Tome et Principe, featuring 25 top class individual twin-bedded bungalows. Each air-conditioned chalet has a comfortable bedroom, en-suite bathroom and lounge complete with bar, TV, video, safe and telephone. There are foreign exchange facilities and all major international credit cards are accepted.
The resort reflects the style of the island by merging with the beautiful surroundings. The chalets lead onto exclusive, private beaches. A little bridge links the accommodation to the restaurant and casino on the islet of Bom Bom. You can wade through at low tide!
The restaurant offers a wide range of exotic meals, such as fresh fish, mouth-watering tropical fruit, or the national dish "cululu". Relax and enjoy a beach barbeque.
The staff of Sao Tome et Principe are helpful, the atmosphere is relaxed and the place frankly fantastic. So enquire about a trip to the Bom Bom Islands today and let us plan your ultimate getaway!