Beaches and Islands
The beaches here are absolutely beautiful, and each of these (and there’s plenty of them) seems to serve up something different – from the black sand at York Beach to the white sand at River Number 2. The beaches are at the very centre of Sierra Leone’s offering to tourists.
A group of eight islands off the southwest peninsular, the Turtle Islands are idyllic and are in habited by fishing communities. They are remote and hard (and potentially expensive) to get to; it can take at least 3 hours from Freetown by speedboat. If you do make it to Bonthe then we recommend chartering a speedboat from the Bonthe Holiday Village. There is a basic Conservation Society guesthouse where you can stay, or of course you could always pitch a tent. A boat trip to various islands is recommended as is swimming and fishing with local fishermen. The water (and air!) is clean and fresh which makes swimming a truly pleasurable experience.
Probably offering the greatest potential in the tourism industry, the beaches along the Freetown Peninsula are a sight to behold.