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Banana Islands Holidays

Banana Island offers visitors a real tropical island castaway experience in a setting where quiet beaches are surrounded by tropical rainforest and the relics of Sierra Leone’s role in the slave-trade.

In reality, the Banana Islands comprise two main islands, Dublin Island and Ricketts Island, linked by a causeway, and uninhabited Mes-Meheux. The best of the forest is on Ricketts, while Dublin Island has the best beaches.

The island is only accessible by boat from Kent beach on the mainland. The journey takes about 30 minutes and provides spectacular views both of the southern beaches of the peninsula and Banana Island itself.

The island itself is ringed by a series of white sand beaches, each nestling in a secluded cove, bordered by dramatic rock formations and lush rainforest. The forest is rich in fruit trees – mangoes, bananas, papaya, citrus fruits, coconuts and starfruit. Wildlife includes a range of reptiles, birds and grey long-tailed monkeys who fish for crab with their tails.

Dotted across the island are reminders of the island’s dark days as a slaving station. The remains of a slaving fort are clearly visible and rusting canons are scattered across strategically important headlands. Ship-wrecks, visible from a boat, lie in the waters around the island. Near Dublin, the island’s main settlement, the ruins of an 1881 Anglican church rise up from the undergrowth.

The 900 friendly inhabitants of Banana Island are mostly the descendents of freed slaves brought to Sierra Leone after the 1807 Abolition of Slavery Act. They are more than happy to provide tours to curious visitors and share the stories of the island with you.

The snorkelling around Banana Island is excellent with both shipwrecks and abundant marine life to explore. There is also fine fishing from the shore or from a boat: grouper, snapper, lady fish, yellow fin tuna and barracuda are all plentiful.

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Total Itineraries: 4      
Sierra Leone Made Simple
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
An easy Sierra Leone holiday that takes in Banana Island, the stunning Peninsula No. 2 beach and the sights and sounds of Freetown.
  • Adventure Holidays
  • Beach Holidays
From £1760
per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Sierra Leone Beach-Hopping Holiday
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
If you have always wanted a holiday on a heavenly tropical beach in its natural state, this is the perfect trip. Whilst the peninsula accommodation is comfortable Banana Island is basic but all the settings are out of this world.
  • Adventure Holidays
  • Beach Holidays
  • Responsible Travel
From £1995
per person
9 day holiday
Flights included
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Sierra Leone Beach & Heritage Holiday
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
This is the perfect introduction to Sierra Leone, taking in the Peninsula Beaches, Banana Island, Freetown and the inspiring Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
  • Beach Holidays
  • Culture & History
  • Responsible Travel
From £2495
per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Sierra Leone Beach & Wildlife Holiday
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
This itinerary combines the primates of Tacugama and Tiwai Island with time to enjoy Sierra Leone's stunning beaches.
  • Beach Holidays
  • Responsible Travel
  • Wildlife Holidays
From £2670
per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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