To go diving or organize any kind of water activity in Sierra Leone, we recommend getting in touch with the dive centre Banana Divers, based at Dalton Guesthouse. This dive centre has been active since 2009, and has top-notch equipment and fully qualified instructors. There are dive sites for every skill level, ensuring unforgettable experiences for everyone.
Are you a diver who is planning to come to Sierra Leone? You should definitely pay a visit to the Banana Islands, an archipelago within a day-trip distance from Freetown, and a hidden gem for underwater explorers searching for a unique, offbeat diving experience. The Banana archipelago includes three islands, Dublin, Ricketts, and Mes-Meheux – the first two are inhabited by the descendants of freed enslaved people who moved back to the Motherland from the Americas in the late 19th century. Diving and nature aside, visiting is an interesting cultural experience. Mes-Meheux is uninhabited and houses an eco resort. The warm and clear waters surrounding the Banana Islands are home to a diverse range of marine species, making it an ideal destination for underwater exploration. Diving or snorkeling the coral reefs you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colorful fish, including parrotfish, angelfish, and butterflyfish. Visibility is usually excellent, allowing divers to explore not just marvelous coral reefs, but also to discover nudibranchs, seahorses and other macro life hiding among rocks.
Diving in the Banana Islands might also give you the chance to spot larger animals such as sea turtles, rays, and even the occasional shark – usually harmless reef sharks. Underwater you’ll find dramatic drop-offs, underwater caves, and pinnacles that attract marine life and add an adventurous element to every dive. History lovers will also be pleased to hear that the Banana Islands offer the chance to explore shipwrecks dating back to colonial times. Some of these wrecks, including 19th century trading vessels, are reasonably easy to access and explore, and they have also become a magnet for marine life – giving divers the opportunity to explore history and nature in one single dive. It’s not necessary to go scuba diving for underwater exploration in the Banana Islands – there are also sites suitable for freediving, as well as ample opportunities to go snorkeling off some of the most beautiful beaches in Sierra Leone.