Remote and untouched are two words that would beautifully describe Guinea-Bissau.
These words would apply to the country’s incredible forests, unspoilt beaches and remarkable wildlife. Throw in the words uber-friendly, genuine, chilled-out and unique, and you have the impressive country of Guinea Bissau described to a tee.
Our Guinea Bissau trips
23 Days From $4,031
23 Days From $4,045
50 Days From $8,632
70 Days From $11,731
Guinea Bissau travel highlights
Hang out in Bissau's laidback cafes
Camp out in the wilds of West Africa
Explore Bissau Velho, the old Portuguese colonial centre
Guinea Bissau holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Guinea-bissau
Geography and environment
Top 5 Treats of Guinea-Bissau
Health and Safety
Guinea Bissau travel FAQs
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance
Visas for Guinea-Bissau will be obtained en route in Senegal.Alternatively if your trip is travelling in the other direction your visa will be obtained in Guinea.
Tipping isn’t common in Guinea-Bissau. However if you feel you have received excellent service, consider rounding up the bill.
Internet access is very limited in Guinea-Bissau.
Mobile phone coverage can be inconsistent, even in major towns. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Guinea-Bissau’s toilets may be basic. Be prepared for squat toilets, even in major centres.
Bottle of soft drink = 700 CFA
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 500 CFA
Simple lunch = 2,000 CFA
Three-course meal = 8,000 CFA
Short taxi ride = 500 CFA
Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Guinea-Bissau. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.
Credit cards are rarely accepted in Guinea-Bissau.
ATMs are very rarely available. Cash can be withdrawn from a bank using your card.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 20 Jan Heroes' Day
- 8 Mar International Women's Day
- 1 May Labour Day
- 25 Jun Korité / End of Ramadan
- 3 Aug Pidjiguiti Day
- 1 Sep Tabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
- 24 Sep National Day
- 14 Nov Readjustment Movement Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Guinea-Bissau go to:http://www.worldtravelguide.net/guinea-bissau/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Guinea-bissau
- Be considerate of Guinea-Bissau’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.