The Bijagos Islands are the jewel in Guinea-Bissau’s crown, an archipelago of 88 islands that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Their isolated location means they are home to some of West Africa’s least adulterated cultural traditions, unspoiled by colonial influence.
A number of the inhabited islands have matrilineal societies, where women traditionally wield power, manage the household and instigate marriage proceedings. When it comes to marriage, women offer a fish platter (traditionally in red palm oil) to their chosen husband-to-be, who accepts by eating it.
The year is divided into two seasons: the dry season from December to May, when the harmattan blows, and the rainy season between June and November when the wind comes from the southwest. November to April is the best time to visit Guinea-Bissau.
To visit Guinea-Bissau and the Bijagos Archipelago you need around 9 days to enjoy the full experience of this unique destination. Bissau, Diola dancing masks (Bissau to Varela), Villages of the flooded forest (Varela to Bissau). Animistic Pepel (Bissau to Quinhamel), From the ghost capital to the Bijagos Archipelago, (Bissau to Rubane), and Dolphins & Hippos, are some of the many activities you can do during those 9 days in this incredible Archipelago!
Guinea-Bissau’s Bijagos Islands make up Africa’s most numerous yet least well-known coastal archipelago. With untouched beaches, tropical forests, turquoise waters, saltwater hippos, pygmy cows and traditional beliefs, the Bjiagos is a unique paradise that is very much off the radar.
Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (OXB), receives both local and international flights.
To Guinea, bush taxis usually go to the border daily from Gabú and Koundara, just a 100 kilometers which can take most of the day. A less-travelled route, open only in the dry season, links the southeast of Guinea-Bissau with the west of Guinea via Quebo and Boké.
Boats travel between Kamsar in Guinea and Bissau in Guinea Bissau. The boat stops in Cacine and Kamkhonde in Guinea Bissau as well
Ferry: The boat does not pass every day of the week and the schedules are variable according to the tides.
Private taxi boat: The private taxi boat is available for short trips within some islands of the Archipelago, or to go from one point to another in the same island itself
All travellers are required to have a PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognized facility within 48 hours from the date of departure, in line with WHO guidelines. Yellow fever and Malaria vaccination certificate are required from those travellers coming from areas of risk. Furthermore, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you are away.