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Dive Review of Costa Norte/Pestana Equador in
Africa/Sao Tomé + Principe

Costa Norte/Pestana Equador: "only rocks", Oct, 2016,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 9198.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide
Closest Airport Sao Tome Getting There via Lisbon

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Sao Tome + Principe

A couple of years ago I found the report of a well known German photo journalist Herbert Frei , who nearly got caught in a trawlers fishing net, in a dive magazine. I wondered where the hell these guys had been diving – the answer was Sao Tome. Big question, where is that place? I feel I know many many tempting dive destinations especially islands all over the world, most of which I already have visited  Islands however off the west coast of Africa, deeper down than the Cape Verts, I just couldn´t believe exist. Checked it on a good map and googled and sure enough, there were two tiny spots in the Gulf of Guinea, right on the Equator west of Gabun. These two belonged to the Portugese but nowadays are independent but somehow still connected and attached to it. Today around 90.000 people of very mixed culture live on the islands. Cocoa and banana are one of the main exports article, tourism is still in baby shoes and needs to slowly grow. You rarely see any ads in magazines or brochures. There are some medium and high priced hotels on the island, beautiful beaches and a lovely countryside are waiting for you. I couldn´t get a package deal from home, so I did most of my booking online directly with airline and resorts. Malaria is still a problem on Sao Tome, it´s falciparum, so please come prepared. I didn´t take any prophylaxis but to be on the safe side had a good insect repellent (no bite) with me. In the evening I sprayed and wore long sleeved shirts and trousers. The night I spent under a mosquito net. Principe however is supposed to be free of it already. Sao Tome does not want to be thrown in the general Africa basket with all it´s prejudices “dirt, poverty, thieves, garbage, sickness etc. They try to keep away immigrants of the other African countries and even tourists need a visa when staying longer than 15 days. I chose Pestana Equadore on Ilha de Rolas for my stay and diving and some grand finale with 4 days on Principe Bom Bom resort. Flight went with TAP from Lisbon via Accra to S.T. With TAP I had picked my seats on all flights already at home on their website. In reality ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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