Banda is exactly what an island escape should be: it has a picturesque beach and laid-back vibe, and days here feel like weeks. This decidedly rustic place nonetheless has running water, cold beer and hot showers. Accommodation is in comfortable cottages, decent dorms or tented camps. Food is a highlight. Hippos are common visitors come full moon.
The local catch contributes to anything from fish samosas to sensational fish burritos. Guests can paddle around in canoes, learn to sail, pass the days with lazy games of outdoor backgammon, or perform some quality control on the hammocks.