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Rolas Island

This tiny but beautiful island is located to the south of Sao Tome island. The island is acknowledged for its splendid beaches and a monument pointing to the equator, which crosses the island.

Rolas is a small islet lying south of Sao Tome Island, being the third largest island of São Tomé and Príncipe. It lies directly on the equator and is known for its beaches, its fantastic views, its palm trees, its lighthouse and its beach resort. The little Ilheu das Rolas is absolutely marvelous, though it’s all wild, just like all of São Tomé.

The equator line crosses this small Islet and there is an equator monument to honor the geodesist and cartographer Gago Coutinho who demonstrated the equator’s passage in the islet. It’s really a nice feeling to have one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern, when visiting the equator mark.