Top 10 Things to Do on the Ile de Goree


Ile de Goree

The Ile de Goree is one of the best places to visit in Senegal, and is certainly the highlight of a trip to Dakar.

Below is a list of the top 10 things to do on the Ile de Goree:

10. Get lost in the small, narrow streets of the Ile de Goree

9. Go shopping for local art and souvenirs in the markets

8. Visit the Church of Saint Charles and the mosque on the island

7. Hike up to the castle for great views of Dakar

6. Visit the fort museum on the top of the island

5. Go to the Museum of the Sea

4. Visit the History Museum to learn about the Ile de Goree’s role in Senegalese history

3. Have coffee or dinner at one of the sea front cafes by the ferry port

2. Photograph the brightly colored buildings and flowers near the fort

1. Visit the powerful Slave Museum on the Ile de Goree to learn about Senegal’s role in the historic slave trade

Ile de Goree Ferry Schedule


Ile de Goree Ferry

Visiting Senegal’s Ile de Goree is one of the most popular things to do in the country. Below is the ferry schedule for the Ile de Goree in Dakar. If you have questions or want to check for updates, call the port at 823.80.06 or 823.80.09.

Ile de Goree Ferry Schedule for weekdays and Saturdays:

Depart Dakar for Ile de Goree
6:15
7:30
10:00
11:00
12:00
14:30
16:00
17:00 (except Saturdays)
18:30
20:00
22:30
23:30 (Fridays only)
00:45 (Saturdays only)

Depart Ile de Goree for Dakar
6:45
8:00
10:30
12:00
14:00
15:00
16:30
18:00 (except Saturdays)
19:00
20:30
23:00
24:00 (Fridays only)
1:15 (Saturdays only)

Ile de Goree Ferry Schedule for Sundays and Holidays:

Depart Dakar for Ile de Goree
7:00
9:00
10:00
12:00
14:00
16:00
17:00
18:30
19:30
20:30
22:30
23:30

Depart Ile de Goree for Dakar
7:30
9:30
10:30
12:30
14:30
16:30
17:30
19:00
20:00
21:00
23:00
00:30

Ferries from Dakar to the Ile de Goree


Ile de Goree

The only way to get from Dakar to the famous Ile de Goree (Goree Island) is to take a ferry.

Ferries from Dakar to the Ile de Goree depart regularly from the port at the southeastern tip of the Dakar peninsula.

The ferry journey takes around 20 minutes and offers great views of the island and Dakar.

Make sure to arrive a few minutes before the departure to buy your tickets at the ticket office.

If you arrive more than a few minutes early, you can entertain yourself by shopping at the souvenir shops in the port building and just outside of it.

Click here to see the ferry schedule from Dakar to the Ile de Goree.