VISIT BIOKO ISLAND

BBPP has expanded its ecotourism program with EG EXPEDITIONS to allow tourists to visit the island. Trips include student, family, and traveler-friendly day hikes, weekend excursions, or research field visits.

VISIT THE SOUTHERN BEACHES

To experience the Gran Caldera Scientific Reserve (GCSR) and the unique biodiversity that lies within this pristine area, the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) offers short-term research volunteer experiences at the remote field camps located on the southern beaches. Groups of “short-term research volunteers” (maximum of 8) can be accompanied by local guides to the research camps and learn about the bio-monitoring and conservation work being done by our field researchers. Not only does participation support the ongoing conservation efforts of the BBPP, but it also supports sustainable alternative livelihood opportunities as tour guides for local community members of the village of Ureca.

Camp Moaba Playa

(1.5-2 hour hike from Ureca)

A visit to Moaba is almost certain to include an experience with one of Planet Earth's ancient animals, the Leatherback sea turtle. Relax during the day by waterfalls hidden in the forest or take in the views of the stunning volcanic rock formations along the beach.

Camp Moraca Playa

(6 hour hike from Ureca)

Moraka's long sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets make it an idyllic location to view nesting green sea turtles nesting at night and in the pre-dawn hours. Venture into the forests at the foot of the Gran Caldera to spot the many monkey species that make this forest their home, especially the rare Pennant's Red Colobus.

EXPLORE URECA

Only have one day to visit? Come visit the Ureca Nature Center to learn about all of the opportunities waiting just outside of this small hidden village. With the help of a local guide, just one day can take you to crystal clear swimming holes, beautiful vista points, ocean draining waterfalls, and even give you a glimpse at some of Ureca's resident primates.

hike the moka highlands

Remarkably different from anywhere else on the island, Moka is Bioko Island's best-kept secret. The breathtaking views of the Moka highlands are not to be missed. Visit the Moka Wildlife Center and take advantage of one of many hikes designed for all skill levels.

Nature Trail - This 1-kilometer educational trail starts directly behind the Moka Wildlife Center and leads through the forests surrounding the base of Biao Mountain. Informational panels line the trail with facts about the flora and fauna of Bioko, making this trail an ideal family outing or just a short tour stop.

The Cascades - This four-hour round trip hike follows a river through the back forests of Moka, opening up to a view of one of Bioko Island's most magnificent river valleys with waterfalls tumbling from the highland's mountain range.

Lago Biao - Take a trip to a hidden crater lake perched atop Bioko's third highest peak. This five-hour challenging hike will lead you through the sacred forests and mossy grasslands of Moka all the way to this volcanic lake.

PLAN YOUR TRIP TODAY!

Arrangements can be made through BBPP on-island staff in the months of November through March. Please contact us to discuss prices and availability. Your weekend excursion fee, in addition to supporting the local community, will include:

  • Guided hike to the field camp (with the option of a porter)
  • Three hot meals per day plus additional snacks
  • Drinking water
  • Personal camp attendant (to collect firewood, tend fire, set up tent etc.)
  • Tent on a custom-built beach side platforms
  • Use of dry bags
  • Sleeping pad and/or cot
  • Research headlamp
  • Guided night hike on beach to monitor sea turtle nesting activity
  • Guided day hike in forest to observe wildlife (primates, birds, etc.)

*Transportation to Ureca can be arranged for an additional fee (subject to availability).

All photos are credited to National Geographic Photographers Tim Laman, Ian Nichols, Joel Sartore, and Christian Ziegler, as well as numerous members of BBPP (staff, students, and volunteers).