West Africa Fishing:  SÃO TOMÉ AND PRíNCIPE

São Tomé and Príncipe is one of Salty Dog’s best kept secrets as a destination for travel fishing. Because, if you’re into island hopping, white sandy beaches un-trampled by tourists, game fishing, whale, turtle and bird-watching, these islands are worth the visit. The chocolate islands offer so much more than just fishing. Furthermore, it’s a perfect destination for a family holiday too, which will allow you to combine a fishing and family holiday.  Perfect, right?

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If your goal is to fish for blue water species, some of the biggest to roam the oceans, then the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are the best place to go for it! If you're after blue Marlin, this is it!
You will be fishing off the boat in these blue waters. During the peak season, you'll witness humpbacks and other whale species migrating (July to October) through this area. They come close to the shore. Turtle nesting and hatching season is between November and April and you can sometimes spot them while snorkelling. Diving is best between December and March.
It's a good idea to put aside a few days to explore the area's rainforests and also to go birdwatching - there are many endemic birds. The lodges we stay at are secluded and on the beach, and many birds species are spotted close to the accommodation.


Because the base for this destination is high-end, and has a lot to offer for the whole family, not only the angler, we are excited to promote São Tomé and Príncipe (both islands) as a family holiday. This destination is not only for the travelling/adventure fisherman. Tourism is still in its early days so if you're after a secluded break with your other half, but also want to take time to go fishing, this place has it all! The chocolate islands are also perfect if you want to introduce your kids to an African culture in a safe and friendly environment, with all the luxuries of a European holiday.
The lodges have friendly helpful staff and are eager to make your trip a memorable one. Accommodation is on the beach, white sandy beaches lined by palm trees, brilliant snorkelling and diving, or swimming pool for the less adventurous, lovely restaurant offering great food. If you bring the kids, I'd recommend contacting the lodge before as a courtesy to enquire about food choices. Remember, you're on an island and they import most of the food.
Apart from the fishing, the lodge can also arrange for day trips exploring the area or the jungle, and depending on the season: bird watching, whale watching, turtle watching! You will be spoilt for choice and wish you were staying longer!


Season: From June to September
Group Size: 3 - 5 anglers
Target Species: Blue water pelagic species. Enormous sailfish, wahoo and barracuda swim in this part of the Atlantic, as well as dolphin-fish and Atlantic bluefin tunas, among other species of tuna. Here you can get your chance to catch a 1000 pound marlin or a really aggressive sailfish.
Trip Itinerary: Bespoke trips and can be combined with a fishing trip to Gabon. Please contact us.
Accommodation: High end ****/* lodges on both islands - half and full board
Price: Hosted and unhosted trips available - please enquire about prices


Population: 199,910
Capital: São Tomé
Languages: Portuguese, Forro, Angolar, Principense
Currency: Dobra
Economy: Since the 19th century, the economy of São Tomé and Príncipe has been based on plantation agriculture. The main crop on São Tomé is cocoa, with other export crops include copra, palm kernels, and coffee.