Spanish citizens will need a passport with a validity of at least 6 months in addition to an entry visa for Guinea Bissau.
The visa can be obtained from the Embassy of Guinea Bissau in Madrid.
The current cost of the visa is 70 euros and is normally issued between 7 and 10 days.Embassy of Guinea-Bissau in Madrid (Spain) Avenida de América, nº 16, 1º dcha. Madrid. C.P. 28036
Telephone: + (34) 91 138 93 79 and 639 27 20 45
Individuals who are not of Spanish nationality must check with their country’s authorities as to what documents are needed in order to travel to Guinea Bissau.
The Orango Parque Hotel is located in Guinea Bissau, a West African country to the south of Senegal. Specifically, the hotel is located on the Orango Grande Island, which forms part of the Bijagós archipelago, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1996.
Guinea Bissau has a hot, humid and generally tropical climate throughout the year with little temperature fluctuations.
The climate in Guinea-Bissau is tropical and humid, with a tropical rainy season between June and October, making road transport difficult and a dry and warm season between December and May, with frequent sea breezes. The warmest season of the year is between March and May.
The best time to visit Guinea-Bissau is between October and June, during the dry and warm season.
Check with International Travel Vaccination Clinics in your country.
The yellow fever vaccination is required.
Vaccinations against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are also recommended.
Prophylaxis to protect against malaria is recommended.
There is a risk of malaria, mainly through Plasmodium falciparum, all year round and throughout the country.
The most advisable option is by air.
The point of entry by air is the Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (OXB), located in Bissau, 7 kilometres from the town.
Euroatlantic offer connections to Bissau from Lisbon.
Royal Air Maroc via Casablanca offers various weekly flights to Bissau from major European cities.
Guinea Bissau was a Portuguese colony and the official language is Portuguese. Lots of other languages are spoken and creole is used as lingua franca.
Guinea Bissau is two hours behind Spain in summer and 1 hour behind in winter.
The currency of Guinea Bissau is the CFA Franc. The country does not have many bank services therefore it is advisable to change money in the capital. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere in the country, therefore you should make sure you have enough cash on you during your stay.
The exchange rate as of April 2015: 1€= 655,957 CFA.
Guinea Bissau, like other West African countries, is the ideal destination for travellers seeking adventure holidays. The level of services and comfort is very low by European standards.
Public services are extremely scarce. In exchange however, the experience is authentic, the people are wonderful and nature is abundant.
We cannot expect great luxury, but we can expect hospitality and a warm welcome.
Road communications cannot be compared with those of Europe and very often transport is along dirt tracks where the use of 4×4 vehicles is mandatory.
Boat transport depends greatly on the weather and the tides, there are no shipping ports.
Guinea Bissau is an extremely safe country. The main problem, as in other areas, tends to be petty theft therefore visitors are advised to look after their valuables, particularly in busy areas such as markets.
There is no reason to advise people not to travel with children; however, the issues outlined in the preceding chapter about travelling in Guinea Bissau should be taken into account.
It is advisable to drink bottled mineral water.
The Orango Parque Hotel is a complex made up of fully equipped bungalows furnished to a high level of comfort, well above the country’s average.
The buildings respect the local architecture and the environment, blending perfectly into the surroundings.
They only have a capacity for 20 people, thus ensuring guests receive an exclusive and personalised service.
It comprises 3 African-style bungalows, two of which have 8 rooms.
The third one has a suite with 2 rooms and a shared bathroom.
The rooms have a bathroom, a shower, a bed with mosquito net and they are situated only a few metres from the white sandy beaches.
All the Orango Parque Hotel rooms have private bathrooms except the suite, where the two bedrooms share a bathroom.
The showers do not have hot water; however, we can provide clients with a pan with hot water if so desired.
The hotel staff will clean your room every day.
The security measures are such in the Orango Parque Hotel that we can even leave our keys behind, in any event the rooms are locked.
The Orango Parque Hotel does not have coverage for Spanish telephones however there is coverage for local mobile phones. You can purchase a telephone card and recharge your phone card in Bissau and use unlocked mobile terminals.
The electrical sockets are 220V and devices can be charged without any problem. Electricity is provided by a solar system that accumulates energy throughout the day, therefore, it is advisable to charge all types of batteries before nightfall.
The hotel does not have a Wi-Fi or cable internet connection. However, the hotel does have a phone line internet service that guests can use if they wish to check their emails. This service does have an additional cost.
The Orango Parque Hotel has 3 boats that can be rented prior reservation that transfer tourists to the Orango Island from Quinhamel, a village close to Bissau. The journey takes around 4 hours. The price of the transfer depends on the number of occupants.
The duration between the islands of the Bijagós Archipelago depends on the distance, but it normally ranges between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
There is a public transport that comes once a week to Orango from Bissau, as well as other boats that can be rented to go to Orango.
The Orango Parque Hotel has 3 boats (Piskavalho, Kavens and Entanke) all of which are used to transport visitors. Piskavalho and Kavens have a maximum seating capacity of 7 passengers and Entanke has room for 14 passengers.
All the boats are built and insured in France. Helmets are made of aluminium and they are unsinkable.
The boats are equipped with a main outboard motor, a safety outboard motor, lifejackets, raincoats, radio, GPS and a first aid kit.
The boats are available to tourists for transfers, excursions, no-kill fishing trips and they are also used to serve the local community by supporting the Eticoga health centre (the small village closest to the hotel) for transporting patients.
The hotel has a bar-restaurant run by local staff. The cuisine is simple yet varied, combining native products with imported products, resulting in dishes that offer tradition and modernity that will delight any palate. The speciality is fresh fish, which may be served grilled or baked in the traditional method and is highly appreciated by visitors to the Orango Parque Hotel.
The abundance of fresh fish and seasonal fruits is quite impressive.
If you have any special food requirements it is advisable to check with the hotel about these in advance: Allergies, intolerance, etc.
A continental breakfast with tea and coffee, bread, sponge cake and homemade fresh pancakes served with seasonal fruit such as papaya, bananas and mango.
Lunch is pasta or rice with cockles, fish, meat and all served with vegetables.
Dinner combines a vegetable, fish or legume soup with a fish or meat dish served with a salad.
The bar serves all types of spirits, beer, wine, sangria or the hotel’s special cocktails such as caipiriña.
No outside food and drink is allowed.
You can relax, enjoy the beach, gaze at the incredible starry sky, walk, enjoy wild nature, birdwatching, collect shellfish, take a trip in a kayak, fish, discover the exceptional Orango National Park, visit the Eticoga tabanka (a Bijagó village where you will discover the Bijagó culture an learn all about the traditions of its people and their everyday lives), spend time in the open air with family and friends.
Excursions are an essential part of the trip. You can find out more about all there is to offer in the relevant website section.
Minimum physical conditions are required for routes or excursions given the length of these and the type of activities involved.
Yes, you can swim in the sea, although the beaches do not have lifeguards or other services. If you follow the hotel staff instructions we are sure you will have a wonderful swim
If you are staying at the Orango Parque Hotel entrance fees to the National Park are already included in the price of your stay.
The Orango Parque Hotel services can be paid beforehand from your country of origin.
Services and expenses generated in the hotel can only be paid in cash in CFA Francs or in euros. Credit cards are not accepted.
The Orango Parque Hotel has a small shop selling homemade local products made on the islands by local artisans, offering perfect authentic souvenirs for you to take home with you.
The rooms are also decorated with local arts and crafts and these are also for sale.
Tips are not mandatory, people may choose whether to tip but they are never included in the price.
It is advisable to travel with comfortable clothes and footwear in order to fully enjoy all that this natural paradise has to offer.
T-shirts and shorts are recommended during the day and long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt in the evenings to avoid insect bites at night.
Do not forget your sun cream and hat or cap to protect your face and neck from the sun and insect repellent. It is also wise to take a warm item of clothing for the occasional cold evening or when travelling by boat as well as a raincoat.
Strong shoes, not boots, are essential for long walks. Waterproof sandals or other types of shoes are advisable for walking along the beach, through streams and walking through the muddy puddles you will come across on the routes.
Do not forget your camera with a spare battery.
There are very few luggage trolleys at the airport and luggage restrictions are limited. A flexible case is the best and most practical option for travelling by boat and by car.
Guests are strongly requested not to throw cigarette butts anywhere within the hotel or the National Park.
The National Park is not equipped with bins and you will have to carry any waste you generate to then deposit it in the areas intended for waste or in the hotel’s wastepaper baskets.
Guinea Bissau is a destination that is not equipped with facilities or infrastructures adapted to persons with reduced mobility. It is advisable to inform us of any special requirements before booking in order to establish whether we can accommodate your needs.
Eticoga, the closest small village to the Orango Parque Hotel, has a small medical centre for the local population. Private clinics in Bissau are located four hours away by boat from the island of Orango, therefore it is essential that anyone needing medication should bring this with them from their country of origin.
All travellers are advised to take out a travel insurance policy that covers them in the country and in the event of repatriation.
The boats, the hotel and the guides are equipped with first aid kits during excursions.