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Bijagos Islands

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The Bijagos Islands is an archipelago in Guinea-Bissau.

Regions[edit]

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.

Understand[edit]

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.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Have a glorious time at the beach.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • 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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