The party beach of Buggala
Buggala is the only island accessible by ferry from the mainland, a 3-hour boat ride from Entebbe. This is also the largest and most popular island with the best tourist infrastructure. The main town of Kalangala features a picture-perfect bay: crescent-shaped and each side sheltered by a peninsula with a long stretch of beach and a string of beach bars and hotels. On weekends, Kampala residents come here to party, albeit in a laidback and relaxed fashion.
Luxury resort on a desert island
On a desert island
Bulago, a small island that lies right on the equator, is 45 minutes by speedboat or 8 minutes by propeller plane from Entebbe. There is only one resort, Pineapple Bay, but it offers everything you need: accommodations in luxurious villas right on a paradise beach, an excellent restaurant and an infinity pool. Walking trails lead to a hilltop with breathtaking views of the 2500-metre-long island. There is little else to do here than relax on a lounge bed under an umbrella with a piña colada at your fingertips.
On the way to the island of Banda
Expedition Robinson on Banda
Once the private island of an eccentric British colonist, Banda falls into a whole other category of price and luxury. This destination is much cheaper but just as secluded. There is a small village on the southwest tip. Roughly a thousand metres away at the eastern tip lies Banda Island Camp, a beautiful tropical beach. A simple cottage on the beach costs about 40 euros per night, including all meals. There is no electricity and the showers are outside - a true Robinson Crusoe experience.