The Banana Islands are the prime tourist destination in Sierra Leone. The proximity to Freetown (40km) and the idyllic environment of a pristine tropical island make Banana Island a popular choice for daytrips and overnight excursions. The island has rich history as the first European settlement in the region and locals are proud to show visitors the various sites. There are two fishing communities on the Island, Dublin and Ricketts.
From Freetown a taxi would cost 70.000Le -100.000Le to Kent. All Guesthouses in Banana Island have a boat to transfer guests to and from the island.
Visitors can enjoy guided and unguided walking tours through the pristine forest. The island has remarkable historical monuments from the slave trade and the colonial times. There is a scuba diving center in one of the guesthouses (Daltons Banana Guesthouse) that can organise scuba dives in nearby shipwrecks and reefs. Banana Island is also renowned for the fishing opportunities. For casual hook and bate fishing most of the islands fisherman can organise something for a fee. For more elaborate experience and a chance to catch surprisingly big fish you are better off with the one of the guesthouses. Given the proximity, Banana Island is a convenient departure point for the the remote Turtle Islands. Daltons Banana Guesthouse can organise a 3 day trip to Turtle Islands.
Both guesthouses have restaurants spesialising in seafood.
Accommodation can be found only at Dublin at Daltons Banana Guest House +23276278120, or the Banana Island Chalets +232 76 989 906.