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Sea Turtle Conservation

Join marine biologists on Sao Tome and Principe. Contribute towards the sea turtle research and conservation work with turtles and whales from an Island Resort.

Witness Leather, Loggerhead and Green turtles nesting on island beaches

  • Principe Island, Gabon
  • 11 days/10 nights

Highlights of Sea Turtle conservation

The research you will participate in is located on Sao Tome Island, off the coast of Gabon. Staying at the luxurious Bom Bom Island Resort with 2 private beaches, a great spot for relaxing and recharging your batteries and the ideal place to observe sea turtles in their natural habitat.

The 21 bungalows each have their own veranda with wonderful views across the green palm fronds and bay. Each has an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, flat screen TV with satellite connection, telephone, safe, tea/coffee/ mini bar fridge and fans.

The restaurant, bar and marina are on a tiny islet which is reached by crossing a 230 meter wooden walkway. There’s a dive centre, swimming pool and pool bar with a souvenir shop.

Best time to go to Sao Tome

  • December to March - leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles nesting in the Praia Grande. The focus will be observing these amazing animals as they migrate long distances to their favourite feeding grounds and hatching beaches. The females are one of the most endangered marine species under observation today.
  • July to Septemberhumpback whales visit the surrounding waters

Principe Island is an ideal place to explore after your research holiday - why not spend a couple of nights before flying back to Portugal and on home after your eco adventure?

(Sea turtle on Bom Bom courtesy Paulo Andrade)

ItineraryFrom $4700

Days 1- Arrive Principe transfer to Sao Tome Days 1- Arrive Principe transfer to Sao Tome

Staying in luxurious comforts of Bom Bom Island Resort with 2 private beaches a restful place to recharge your spirits; and the ideal place to observe sea turtles in their natural habitat.

Days 2-10  Sao Tome Days 2-10 Sao Tome

Focus on observing Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles nesting in the Praia Grande, These animals migrate huge distances to their favoured feeding grounds and hatching beaches.

Day 11 - Depart Sao Tome Day 11 - Depart Sao Tome

Fly back to Principe Island for your flight to Portugal

Useful info Tips and notesHow to get thereWildlife

Tips and notes



How to get there

Fly to Principe Island from Portugal, and connect to the scheduled flight to Sao Tome Island. You will then take a road transfer to Bom Bom Island Resort, where cocktails and explorations of the local area will be waiting for you.


As a group, sea turtles represent a primitive and unique component of biological diversity, and an important part of marine ecosystems.

Sea Turtles belong to the oldest living lineage of reptiles and even though they have endured drastic environmental changes without requiring large adaptive changes, these animals are now finding it difficult to survive. A combination of factors including commercial over-fishing, marine pollution and climate change, have led to the decline of sea turtle populations, often to critical levels, and many populations have already become extinct.

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