Rubane Island, Guinea-Bissau 

Rubane is one of the Bijagós Islands in Guinea-Bissau. The island has a population of 165. The island lies northeast of the larger island of Bubaque, across a narrow strait. It is part of the Boloma Bijagós Biosphere Reserve.

Five hours by regular ferry from the archipelago hub of Bubaque, Rubane beckons travelers with its patchwork of verdant backcountry forests and ivory-white sands.

Groves of tall palm trees fringe the shorelines all over the place, punctuated by the occasional cliff, or even the timber villas of the Ponta Anchaca resort – the only place to stay here.

There are clusters of small fishing hamlets to wander around the isle, the boats of locals forever bobbing around the shore, along with oodles of totally deserted coves, where the powdery yellow sands lift oh so softly from the water.

Epic Guinea Bissue Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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