One Unspoiled Tropical Wilderness…
The island of Bioko is one of the most beautiful and biologically-significant places in all of Africa. It is home to Africa's greatest concentration of endangered primates and to more than fifty unique species of plants. During the dry season (November to February), butterflies gather in the rainforest and endangered marine turtles come ashore to nest on the black sand beaches. Nearly 200 species of birds fly amongst the island's three volcanic peaks, the highest more than 3000 meters.
Located 20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Cameroon in west central Africa, Bioko is a part of the African country of Equatorial Guinea. At Bioko's northern tip is the country's capital city, Malabo (population: 100,000), a city pulsing with petroleum wealth and easily accessible from many European capitals. Moving south the island becomes increasingly rural, devolving into large swaths of undisturbed virgin rainforest.
We recommend visiting our wildlife research center
in the picturesque mountain village of Moka.
If you are interested in conducting scientific research on Bioko Island and would like assistance from BBPP and the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), please consult our Guidelines for Visiting Scientists and Students.
Visas for Equatorial Guinea
American citizens DO NOT
need a visa to travel to Equatorial Guinea.
Citizens of ALL OTHER COUNTRIES
need to obtain a visa to travel to Equatorial Guinea. Please contact the nearest Equatoguinean Embassy for more information on visa applications and costs. Information on embassy locations can be found here
Getting to Bioko
Malabo International Airport (Airport Code: SSG) now receives many flights arriving from Europe as well as a number of other destinations within Africa. The following major airlines all operate regular flights to/from Malabo and have been used by BBPP staff. Please see the individual airline sites for more information regarding flight costs/availability.
There are also a number of smaller airlines with connecting flights within Equatorial Guinea and neighboring West and Central African countries, however these flights typically need to be booked in person at airline offices in Malabo.
Getting Around Bioko
There is currently one car rental service available in Malabo, Europcar. More information an services, please see the Europcar Website
There are also a myriad of taxis in Malabo that will take you most places on the island. Fares start at 500 FCFA (approximately 1 USD) and increase from there depending on destination and number of passengers, though pricing is typically negotiable. Government-sanctioned taxis are emblazoned with red hoods and are easily recognizable. Other vehicles will often offer taxi services as well, but are privately run, not as well regulated, and can be troublesome to deal with.
Places to stay in Malabo
Accommodations in Malabo vary widely, but thanks to recent development for the African Nations Cup and African Union Summit, there are a number of luxury hotels that will cater to your needs as a tourist.
There are many other less expensive options for the intrepid traveler, but given the ever-changing development in Malabo, it is difficult to offer a detailed list of these options
Visiting Bioko Island, you will discover that it is actually cost-effective to hire an on-island guide in advance of your visit to assist with arrangements -- to make sure that your hotel has kept your reservation, that you will have a car to use and all the necessary permits to see the more remote parts of the island.
At present, we have only one tour guide we are confident recommending for English-speaking tourists:
An EG citizen and a resident of Malabo, Besari is fluent in English and French as well as Spanish. He is the first government-certified tour guide in the country so he understands the complexities of arranging itineraries and obtaining permits. He can provide a vehicle. His rates are reasonable, given that Equatorial Guinea is generally understood to be more expensive than most major European cities (and with far fewer amenities). From the U.S., he can be reached by dialing 011-240-222-53-39-34 (cell phone) or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Besari is also available to assist businesses looking to explore the Equatoguinean marketplace.
Please mention to Besari that we recommended him, and consider putting our wildlife research center
in the highlands village of Moka on your itinerary.
Health and Safety
Because current information on health risks changes so rapidly, BBPP prefers to refer you to a travel clinic in your area to get the latest information. You can also visit the following web sites for more information on travelers' health: CDC
Answers to many other questions regarding health and safety can be found on our FAQ's
Please find information on how to contact the BBPP and who you should direct your inquiries to on our Contact
page. We are happy to help and answer any questions you might have while planning your journey to Bioko!