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Diving – Walking

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Diving – Walking

The diving areas of Sao Tome and Principe have not yet been developed. Divers will in the future find a new world here (it is possible to become a member of the “Equator Diving Club” under certain conditions).

The islands of Sao Tome and Principe offer the diver an unusual wealth of different fish. The sighting of large fish, rays and sea turtles can be guaranteed. Snorklers too will have a great time (e.g. in the Lagoa Azul or at Ilhйu Santana). The Hotel Miramar has a diving compressor for filling at the Hotel ( USD 8 ) and can arrange boat transportation if required.

Since 2001 a holiday-resort is built at the equator-island “Ilheu Rolas”. There is also a fully equiped diving base professionally run by Mr. Luis Martines. Divers will be brougt by boat to the most beautifull diving places at the island. Diving with professional equipment costs 40 USD per person and diving.

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Sao Tome & Principe, pearls of rest in Africa

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Sao Tome & Principe, pearls of rest in Africa

These small, fertile islands near to the equator are a perfect destination if you want to have a break from travelling on the main land of Africa. This could also be a good choice, if you just want to go to a less frequently visited African country for a few weeks.

Until 1975 Sao Tome & Principe was a Portuguese colony, mainly used to produce coffee and cacao. Shattered over the country, large colonial buildings where the centre of coffee/cacao production. White Portuguese families inhabited these so-called roças. Small huts and houses of the slaves who did the real work surrounded these buildings. The slaves were mainly imported out of Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde. At the end of the 19th century, Portugal was pressured by other countries to abolish slavery. In response, Portugal introduced “the contracted worker”. These “imported workers” were forced to sign a contract that they could not understand. This contract legitimised to deal with these workers as if it were slaves. For instance, if a contracted worker tried to escape from the plantation, they where punished fiercely (torturing was no exaction). Therefore, the “contracts” were a facade that enabled Portugal to let slavery exist for many years. In 1975, Sao Tome was one of the last Portuguese colonies that became independent.

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Sao tome & principe today!

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Sao tome & principe today!

Elections in 2001 brought Fradique de Menezes to power. De Menezes pledged to use revenues from increased tourism and exploitation of the country’s newly discovered offshore oilfields to improve the standard of living and modernise the islands’ infrastructure. Grand changes seemed imminent.

But complications with extracting the oil in addition to possible overestimations of the oil deposits have delayed economic progress, and there is a palpable growing restlessness in the deeply indebted and impoverished nation.

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