Superlatives keep away justice. Gorgeous. Idyllic. Heavenly. You won't want to leave after disembarking onto a good postcard-perfect white-sand beach. And some guests don't, determining to buy one with the resort's charming and complicated beachfront bungalows. While there's much to try and do - fishing, kayaking, trips along with other islands - it's tempting to easily do nothing at last.
Days could be spent moving derived from one of relaxing destination for a the next - from a tree-shaded bungalow porch with a lounge chair from the well-supplied infinity pool, to some bar stool or possibly a table using a deck set across the water and mangroves. There's a breakfast buffet and three-course lunches and dinners may be tailored prefer. The resort runs by Solange, a captivating Frenchwoman who built it on your own, and managed using a very professional Senegalese man named Alain. Closed late May to September.
Welcome to Ilha de Bolama
Geographically better Bissau than some other island within the Bijagós, eerily beautiful Bolama feels worlds away, both aesthetically and socially. The shores of Bolama town, Portuguese capital of Guinea-Bissau from 1879 to 1943, are awash with crumbling relics which were abandoned after independence. Tree-lined boulevards are mapped out by lamp posts that don't shine, and also the colonial barracks happen to be recast as being a hospital, now - like much in the island - inside a dark and desolate state. The former town hall, flanked by Greek style pillars, was integrated 1870; nowadays huge splinters hang like stalactites from the ceilings. The turrets from the once grandiose Hotel Turismo sit in a overgrown nest of lianas, 3m-tall weeds and snakes. It's worth walking in the market to Ofir Beach, around 3km in the town, to view the spooky sweeping staircase of any beach hotel that no more exists.
Welcome to Quinhámel
Quinhámel, 35km west of Bissau, makes an interesting day or weekend trip. A wide, palm-shaded promenade adds a bit grandeur, fittingly since it is the regional capital on the Biombo region and also the traditional home on the Papel people. About 2km away, nestled between your mangroves, is really a local beach well-liked by families and young adults at the weekends.
Welcome to Parque Nacional de Cantanhez
The hardest-to-reach places in many cases are the most beautiful, and so it were applied to Parque Nacional de Cantanhez - over 1000 sq km with the country's last rainforest. With a dense web of giant kapok trees, lianas and palm trees (an overall total of more than 200 plant species), you'll need to get out over a trail to distinguish elephants, baboons, buffaloes, colobus monkeys, Africa's westernmost troupe of chimpanzees and a huge selection of species of birds. In the mangrove and island areas that form part from the protected zone, you will see plenty of fish, manatees, small hippos as well as other bird species.
Welcome to Ilha de Orango
The heart of Parque Nacional das Ilhas de Orango - a few more islands are also part with the park's protected reserve) - Ilha de Orango would be the burial site on the Bijagós kings and queens. Travellers understand it more as being the site of Anôr Lagoon, where one can spot rare saltwater hippos - considered sacred, they are now living in both the sea and freshwater. Local guides (around CFA10,000, along with the park entry fee) lead you using a sandy path through tall grass and swampy wetlands, more reminiscent from the prototypical African savannah than other islands. Be sure to wear shoes that you do not mind muddying or sandals with straps, along with pants you are able to roll up or shorts. It's a pretty walk, though shade is scarce. There's an extended, beautiful beach, basically involving the point the location where the Orango Parque Hotel can be found and in which you disembark for hippo-spotting walks. No shade, however.