This volcanic island still maintains a somewhat colonial atmosphere. Because of its rugged topography, lush tropical scenery and attractive principal city, plan to spend more time there than in the undeveloped mainland portion of the country. (In addition, Bioko can be reached directly by international airlines while Rio Muni, the continental province, is difficult to get to.)

Bioko's beauty is quite striking. It's possible to drive or hike into the mountains and see the island's two volcanoes—one reaches 10,200 ft/3,110 m. Plan three days on the island, but don't be surprised if you're there a bit longer—delays are likely to occur because of the island's bare-bones tourism infrastructure.

Bioko Island is home to many primate species. Some areas of the island are so difficult to reach that there has been, up to now, no threat from mankind. However, increased hunting of primates for their meat has threatened the primate populations. 125 mi/200 km northwest of mainland Equatorial Guinea.

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