Travelers reach the island of Príncipe via a 40-minute flight from São Tomé, then take a private, 25-minute transfer in a 4x4 vehicle to the lodge. The driver provides cool towels and refreshments as well as historical context. Flights to São Tomé are available via TAP Portugal airline, with service from Portugal and Ghana; Afrijet, with service from Gabon; and TAAG airlines, with service from Angola.
Upon arrival to São Tomé and Príncipe, travelers who have visited any other African country in the previous three months must present immigration officials with an international certificate documenting their vaccination for yellow fever. Travelers who have not visited another African country in the previous three months do not require a yellow fever vaccination to visit. Most travelers with a valid passport do not need a tourist visa when staying in Príncipe for up to 15 days.
Staff and guides are trained in CPR and first aid, fire safety, and emergency evacuation. On call medical assistance includes a defibrillator, and there is a hospital in Santo Antonio, about 10 miles away. Note that the lodge is situated in a malaria-free area.
Euros and dollars can be exchanged for dobras, the local currency, at the lodge. Laundry services are available. One of the 15 villas offers wheelchair accessibility.
Weather is typically humid and warm, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit. Rains are most common between October and November and from April to May. Turtles nest and hatch between October and April, and humpback whales and dolphins can be spotted on the island’s northeast side in August and September.
Use sunscreen and insect repellent, especially at dusk and dawn, and bring comfortable shoes, trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt for hiking.
Children of all ages are welcome at Sundy Praia and guests four years old and younger stay complimentary. Child rates apply to children ages 5 to 11. Babysitting services are available for a fee and can be arranged in advance. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty at any of the local beaches.
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