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Before Bunce Island became the main slave trading centre in Sierra Leone, the English had established three settlements on the island. Due to its relatively large size and close proximity to the mainland, slaves escaped frequently, and the island was abandoned by the traders. Tasso Island has become one of the most appealing eco-tourism attractions in Sierra Leone. Visitors can enjoy bird watching tours, forest hikes, local fishing trips, and guided tours exploring the colonial past of Tasso Island.
Bunce Island was the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast of West Africa. This is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the slave trade. You cannot hear the story of Bunce Island without being moved by its history.
Founded around 1670, it exported tens of thousands of African captives to North America and the West Indies until the British Parliament finally closed it down in 1808.
In this excursion we combine a tour of both islands guided by the historical narrative which links both of these fascinating sites.
Boat will set off at 9am so please get there on time to as not to keep others waiting. Once everyone has arrived, our tour guide for the day will do introductions and brief you on what to expect on the trip. After setting off he will point our various sites on the way to Bunce Island, but please feel free to ask him any questions.
Packed sandwiches will be provided and consumed on the island and you will have some downtime to have snacks and conversation.
Boat ride takes approximately 45 minutes to the island and roughly 45 mins back with a 1 hour tour of the island. We expect to be back in Freetown between 2 and 3pm.