Lying off the coast of Guinea Bissau, the UNESCO listed Bijagos Archipelago is made up of 88 small islands which are noted for their extreme beauty and importance to wildlife. The Bijagos are the epitome of a tropical island paradise; pristine, deserted white-sand beaches line shores which give way to an interior made up of coconut palms, tropical forest and the occasional small village of thatched mud-wall houses.
Different islands have different things to attract the adventurous traveller. Bolama is the closest island to the mainland and is also the name of the island’s main town. Bolama town was once the capital of Portuguese Guinea; deprived of this prestigious status in 1941, the buildings in the once grand town have been slowly decaying ever since. Today, parts of the town have an eerie, derelict feel as the jungle slowly reclaims its territory.