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.
Your guesthouse is likely to be situated on a nice beach where you are probably going to spend all your time.
Next to the guesthouse is Dublin, a fisherman village where inhabitants lives in visible poverty (despite the significant money flowing in) as typical fisherman: alcohol, jamba and a not so peaceful life...
From Freetown a "chatter" taxi would cost 70.000Le -100.000Le to Kent.
It is possible to go cheaper (around 10.000Le total) by using a shared taxi, from Bombay in Freetown to Waterloo and then from Waterloo to Kent.
All Guesthouses in Banana Island have a boat to transfer guests to and from the island, ask them in advance.
There is a possibility to try to board a cheaper "local boat" directly from Kent Wharf but know that it's going to be very tough and difficult price negotiation (many foreigners people have been there before you and paid way too much).
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.
Local guesthouses have restaurants and are serving fresh fish/seafood. An extremely limited choice of things can be bought from the mini shops in Dublin.
There are a few guesthouse, located at Dublin: