This is a 3-in-1 stage: it combines sailing in the Gambia river, a 2-days offshore passage, and, as a main dish, a tropical archipelago of Bissagos
We’ll first have some touches of the great Gambia river. Baobabs, mangroves and extraordinary wildlife are to be found here. We’ll aim to visit St. James island with an old port, and country’s natural reserves with its tiny creeks.
Then the offshore part comes our way. We check out from Gambia, sail 200 nautical miles off the coasts of Gambia and Senegal (that can take us up to 2 days) and finally arrive to a beautiful archipelago to check in to a new country in the biggest town on the islands, Bubaque.
More people have set foot on the Moon than have visited Guinea-Bissau with a sail boat…
Well, that might be an exaggeration, but only just. This country is truly off the beaten track; it doesn’t attempt to sell its beaches to the holidaymakers, lacks for yachting infrastructure, implies tricky navigation because of the strong tides and ever-moving sandbanks… But isn’t exploring the unknown and overcoming your limits where the best adventures come from?
We’ll explore the jewel in the country's crown – the labyrinth of tropical islands (many of them uninhabited) that make up the Arquipélago dos Bijagós. UNESCO-listed national park awaits with its long white-sand beaches lapped by waters brimming with fish. Hippos, monkeys, manatees, turtles, chimps and buffaloes thrive in protected reserves and hundreds of bird species call its vast mangroves and wetlands home.
includes: diesel, gas, and port fees
- Lamin Lodge → St.James island, 15 nm
- St.James island → Banjul, 20 nm
- Banjul → Bubaque, 200 nm
- Bubaque → Bijagos → Bissau (several passages), 115 nm
🛬 Banjul [BJL]
🛫 Bissau [OXB]