Easily reached from the UK via Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe lie in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa, around 140km from one another. The two islands and several islets make up a beautiful, unspoiled archipelago home to just 6,000 people, only now gaining attention as a bastion for naturalists and all things authentic. The culture has been influenced by people from Congo, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Angola, resulting in a unique and rich cultural and artistic heritage - not to mention delicious cuisine.
A high proportion of the flora and fauna on São Tomé and Príncipe is believed to be endemic, and there are around 25 endemic birds among the 130 species. The islands are one of the world's most important nesting sites for five different species of marine turtles (Dec-March), and in summer you can also spot humpback whales off the coast. Below the surface, divers regularly encounter stingrays, eels, turtles, snappers and sea horses.
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