Plantain Island is located in the south western part of Freetown on the Atlantic ocean. It was an important slave trading post in the 17th and the 18th centuries and is ideal for a day trips.
The Banana Islands are a group of islands that lie off the coast of Yawri Bay, southwest of the Freetown Peninsula in the Western Area of Sierra Leone. Three islands make up the Banana Islands: Dublin and Ricketts are linked by a stone causeway. The third Mes-Meheux is uninhabited. Dublin Island is known for its beaches, while Ricketts Island is best known for its forests. Banana Islands are entirely surrounded by the Freetown peninsula; and the islands are only accessible by boat, ferry and helicopter. The major industries in Banana Islands are fishing and tourism. One of the main tourist attractions in West Africa, although it cannot reveal all the beauty of this exotic and extraordinary
Bunce Island is an island in the Sierra Leone River estuary of the Rokel River and Port Loko Creek. It is situated in Freetown Harbour, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) upriver from Sierra Leone’s capital city Freetown. The island measures about 1,650 feet (502.9 meters) by 350 feet (106.7 meters). The Gold coast which Bunce Island forms part of it, is no doubt the home for Roots tourism with respect to the trans-slave trade. Today, grave side of Slave Masters and their slaves illustrates the importance of this Island during the Slave trade.
Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary
This island is located between two arms of the Moa River and is almost linked to the western edge of South Gola forest. It extends to 1200 hectares and was gazetted as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1987. The local chiefdom support the retention of the island (and other river islands as important natural areas, which will maintain a critical ecosystem corridor between Gola Forest and the Kambui Hill South Forest Reserve. The island has a rich biodiversity with 11 species of primates and wild chimpanzees which have mastered the use of hand implements (stones and sticks) for cracking hard nuts. There are 135 species of birds.
The stuff castaway movies are made of: eight tiny islands – Bakie, Bumpetuk, Chepo, Hoong, Mut, Nyangei, Sei and Yele – form the Turtle Islands, an undeveloped archipelago thrown across the Atlantic just off the western shore of Sherbro Island. Each one is a slice of pure, bright sand sat amid breathtaking azure, framed by sighing palms silhouetted against a hazy blue sky. Still inhabited, the islands have their fair share of folklore. While the local paramount chief makes his home on Chepo Island, Hoong Island is strictly for initiated men. Women passing by in boats have been known to cover their heads in towels for fear of offending the spirits there, and they certainly never cast eyes on the island.