Introducing Ilha de Bubaque
At the centre of the Bijagós, Bubaque is home to the archipelago's largest town, which serves as its major transport hub. If you can't make it to more remote islands, Bubaque makes a comfortable place to unwind and a good weekend getaway from Bissau. Its best beach is Praia Bruce on the southern tip.
There's an internet cafe, the research and information centre Casa do Ambiente and a small museum.
You can lay your head at pretty Casa Dora, housed in a colourful garden, or from November to May at Le Calypso, which has a pool and bar. At the top of Bubaque's game is Kasa Afrikana, a fishing lodge that hits the right ratio of charm to luxury, with comfortable rooms, a pool and on-site chef.