BootsnAll's One-Stop Zamunda Travel Guide

Getting to the Island

Please note that because of its relative obscurity, Zamunda can be very difficult to get to. There are no organized tours or trips to the country; you must arrange for your own transportation. The most common way to get to Zamunda is to go to the coast of Equatorial Guinea, to Mbini or Acalayong. Both of these are large cities in Equatorial Guinea. Once you arrive in either of these cities, go to the shore, where the fisherman will be pulling in the day’s catch. Once you arrive at the coast, you must approach the fisherman individually to ask for transportation to the island. Note that English is not commonly spoken in Equatorial Guinea- Spanish and French are the official languages, and visitors who can speak either of these languages fluently are at an advantage.

The fishermen are generally very kind and enjoy talking to travelers as long as they are not busy. Many times, the fisherman will gather together to smoke and converse after pulling in the day’s catch. Do not approach groups; you are much more likely to be successful by approaching a single fisherman and asking for transportation to the island. It takes two days to get to Zamunda, and two days to return: if the fisherman is taking you, he cannot fish. Keep this in mind while you are negotiating a price. A standard fare is 200 U.S. dollars for one way. Although the island itself is very inexpensive, its remoteness hikes up the price.

You may become very discouraged while asking for transport to the island. Many fishermen are weary of Zamunda. According to legend, more than 100 ships have sunk within 5 miles of the island, although it is not surrounded by any reef. Very few fisherman have survived these shipwrecks, and those who did swim to safety to shore reported seeing a beam of light guiding them, emitted by the Golden Staff of Ra, the most treasured artifact on Zamunda. Because of this, you may receive many rejections. Do not let this deter you: the island is worth the effort.

Once you have negotiated the price, expect to leave early in the morning and arrive late the next day. Your fisherman will most likely leave the next morning, because Equatoguineans believe the island is bad luck. Plan on spending anywhere from one week to one month in Zamunda before another fisherman returns to the island.

Posted by Court
Category: Getting There

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