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The Bijagos Islands is an archipelago in Guinea-Bissau.


The archipelago is made up of eighteen major islands and a dozen more smaller ones.

  • Bubaque — the most populated and administrative capital of the islands
  • Orango Grande — Orango is famous for its salt water hippos!
  • João Vieira and Poilão — Best islands for turtle spotting!
  • Rubane
  • Acunda
  • Keré — Keré is a tiny island between Caravela and Carache. No people live on the island, there is only a single hotel [1]. Fishing trips and visits to villages in Caravela and Carache can be arranged. To go there, contact the hotel, which will be able to arrange transport from Bissau.


The Bijagos Islands have received less Western cultural influence than the mainland. Many of the smaller remote islands remain unspoilt paradises.

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

Motorised canoes or the bigger but safer boats are the best ways to move between the various islands.



Have a glorious time at the beach.




  • Les Dauphins (Bubaque), +33 0 1 42 89 32 64.
  • 1 Kasa Afrikana, Bubaque Island, +245 724 33 05, . Contains a sports fishing club with guides to help get you to the fishing hotspots.
  • Orango Park Hotel (Orango Grande).
  • Chez Claude (João Vieira), +245-6179577, +245-6661037.
  • Decouverte (Keŕe).
  • Le Tubaron (Rubane).
  • Lodge Ponta anchaca (Rubane).
  • Hotel Acunda (Acunda). There is a fishing lodge at Acunda - basic facilities, good fishing boats and skippers - excellent base for fishing the outermost islands and marks.
  • 2 Africa Princess, Island of Canhabaque (Port of Bissau), +221 77 645 7529, +245 517 8356, . Check-in: synchronized with the flights arrivals, check-out: synchronized with the flights departures. This is a motorized catamaran with 4 cabins with independent WC and air conditioning that tours the two Bijagos National Parks every week in the dry season. With a set of 5 boats and good skippers, is ideal for itinerant fishing, nature and ethnic tours.

Stay safe[edit]

Watch out for the Nile crocodiles and saltwater hippos in the marshes.

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