Far away into the deep blue Ocean, off the west coast of Africa, there is a tiny isolated island graced by fire and water, shades of green shining in the sun and mist: Principe, paradise for solitary souls, where nature is overwhelming yet gentle, powerful and sweet. Here, wild is happy. Many of the species found here are endemic, both on land and in the sea. Walking in the lush omnipresent forest, which in most places falls directly into the ocean, you may feel like you’ve reached Jurassic paradise, the belly of the World, where sustainable development still seems possible. Birds found here include Principe golden weaver, grey parrot, Principe sunbird, Principe malachite kingfisher rare Principe thrush. Most sandy beaches are important breeding grounds for three turtle species.