Pointe Denis Beach
Pointe Denis, Gabon © Nolween
Point Denis has Gabon's best known beach resorts and is a popular excursion from Libreville. It is a peninsula dividing the Atlantic Ocean and the Gabon Estuary, with some mansions, lodges and restaurants on the city-side and wilder, more pristine stretches of beach on the ocean-side. Point Denis is a beautiful place, easily reached by a 30-minute ferry ride from Libreville. For thrill seekers the peninsula is also reachable by jet ski, and the ride takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
The beaches at Point Denis are some of the best in the country,
the shoreline is perfect for long strolls and it is easy to find a
secluded spot to enjoy paradise privately. There are palm trees for
shade and the sea is generally very calm and good for swimming.
There are several beach bars and seafood restaurants strewn along
the coast and for those that want to spend a few days there are
lodges, bungalows and camping facilities. It is also easily
possible to avoid all the development and picnic somewhere wild and
unspoiled. Take a break from the sun, sea and sand by hiking right
off the beach into the jungle, or take a guided jungle safari to
seek out wildlife. A visit to Point Denis is fun for the whole
family and it is a favorite weekend getaway for locals, expats and
While Point Denis offers some of the best untouched stretches of beach and nearby rainforest, be aware that safety can be compromised by quick sand and wildlife. In addition, remember to respect the forest as it is a sacred place for locals and be sure not to infringe on any sacred rites or ceremonies.