Banana Island Guest House is a lovely place for a beach break in an unspoiled tropical location. It offers simple, comfortable accommodation on Banana Island and is the perfect base from which to explore one of the highlights of the Western Peninsula. The guesthouse is closely involved in the local community and provides valuable employment for the islanders. We warmly recommend spending at least a night or two on Banana Island as part of your Sierra Leone holiday.
The guesthouse has three chalets, each divided into two rooms. Two of the rooms have comfortable, full-sized double beds; the rest are furnished with a double and a single bed. They have mosquito nets, screened windows – and dazzling views of the sea and the mountains of the Western Peninsula. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with running water. Hot water can be brought to your room in the morning. In the evening, light is provided by solar-powered lamps and lanterns. Each room is named after one the heroes of the anti-slavery struggle – you will find his or her profile by the door.
Meals are served either in the covered dining room area or on the beach, with stunning views out to sea and the peninsula beaches on the far side of the straits. Seafood is a particular speciality: fresh fish is bought daily and lobsters are taken straight out of the sea. The guesthouse is happy to prepare and cook and fish caught by guests. Seasonal fruit makes a delicious dessert. Snacks are also available from the bar.
Snorkelling and fishing kits are available for hire and the guesthouse can arrange boat trips for off-shore fishing or snorkelling excursions. You will find a rich variety of tropical fish and, with luck, encounter pods of dolphins or a leatherback turtle, one of the world’s most endangered animals. Guests can even snorkel with their own mallet and bags and collect their own oysters from the oyster beds. Guided canoeing trips round the Banana Islands are also offered. The half-day guided walk to discover the flora and fauna, visit the bat cave and the Anglican church ruins, climb to the top of Ricketts Island, and visit Ricketts village should not be missed.
Community and environment
The guesthouse is community-owned and operated, and has an impressive commitment to development through sustainable tourism. The guest house uses some of its income to support the local clinic and primary school and has developed the island’s first bakery so islanders and the guest house have fresh bread daily. There are also plans for a tailors shop, crafts centre and a hiking trail to the summit of neighbouring Rickett’s Island, where you have a magnificent, panoramic view of the Western Peninsula. The whole lodge is designed to be low-impact and allow visitors to enjoy an authentic experience of this amazingly beautiful island.