Malabo © Ben Sutherland
Today Malabo is booming thanks to the petroleum business. The capital, on the island of Bioko, is beautifully situated on the brink of a volcanic crater with lush rainforest visible on the horizon and a picturesque and wild coastline. Malabo has a sizable expat community which has helped energise the city's nightlife and restaurant scene. There are some markets to wander through, and some interesting colonial buildings, but Malabo is ultimately best used as a base for exploration into the Bioko rainforest, and is seldom described as a popular tourist destination in itself.