Explore plantation life and island traditions along the eastern shore of Sao Tome, an idyllic setting of verdant forests and gorgeous beaches.
Depart from the pier and head down the picturesque eastern side of Sao Tome. Along the way, you will pass several colorful villages, although much of the rocky, heavily forested coastline is undeveloped.
Upon arriving at the working cocoa plantation Roca Aqua Ize, you will watch how the raw product is processed. The Portuguese introduced cocoa around 1822 and it now dwarfs all other agricultural exports on the island, so it’s vital to the economy.
Sao Tome is also known for its natural beauty in places such as the seaside Blow Hole, where you will stop to drink coconut water before continuing to the Sao Joao Plantation. You’ll discover the history of the plantation, referred to locally as a “roca,” on an enlightening walking tour given by Isaura Cavalho, who co-manages the property.
Unlike plantations that grow a single crop, Sao Joao has diversified into raising cattle, culinary endeavors and promoting local artists. You will enjoy the delightful result of the efforts firsthand over a lunch of Santomean cuisine, accompanied by Bulawe drum music.
The return to Sao Tome presents other alluring perspectives of the island, first at beautiful Seven Waves beach where you will have a bit of free time, and then at Pantufu fishing village, where you will watch a dance performance. Afterwards, you will drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing plus any additional walking at the guest’s discretion during free time at Seven Waves Beach. The walking includes some steps, natural and uneven surfaces as well as the possibility of mud. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing to include long sleeves and long pants; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain and bring small change in either USD or EUR to purchase any additional drinks or local products. Restroom facilities on this tour are limited and may be quite basic in nature. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary and can be influenced by weather conditions.