Banana Island (Dublin), Sierra Leone
Who we are
Did you know that much of the fruit you buy in the city has been ripened artificially? Not ours! Read about us, and about our community run guest house at: http://www.bananaislandguesthouse-biya.org/Island.
Dublin is 11 miles long and 1.3 quarters miles wide. We have seven hills and seven beaches. Our population (2012) is 842.
The Banana Islands are not called the Banana Islands because of our great bananas (though our bananas are great!). When the Portuguese, led by Pedro de Centra in 1462, first saw out little cluster of land, they decided the shape of our cluster of islands (now Dublin, Ricketts and Mesmieu) looked like a bunch of bananas — and the “Banana Islands” got their name!
Our little community on Dublin is full of backyard gardens, big breadfruit trees and rare and delightful butterflies. Wake up in the morning to the noise of strange and beautiful birds.
We are Creole, Sherbro, Limba and Temne. We support ourselves through fishing, sea cucumber harvesting and through the community guest house. Some of us also own private guest houses, like Dalton’s guest house – which has become an extremely popular place for tourists traveling on a tight budget. Dalton’s is clean, friendly, with a beautiful sea view.
Read more here