I’ve spent my childhood and youth in Ivory Coast. I’ve been impregnated by african culture. The under-water hunting and fishing have been my favorites hobbies during my youth in direct contact with nature.
With my brother, I discovered the Bijagos archipelago in 1998. I fell in love at first sight for these islands and their richness. In a first time, I’ve opened a boarding house on Bubaque. I crisscrossed the archipelago by carrying out some missions for environmental protection NGO’s : IBAP (National Institution for Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management System) and IUCN (world leader in the development of knowledge and understanding of effective conservation actions).
In 2000, during a turtle counting mission, I’ve land on the Kere small island. This has been an evidence for me : to live on this small island and share with other my love for nature, fishing and Bijagos archipelago ! It took me time and perseverance to get the right to settle on Kere.
Bijagos population welcomed me as one of them : customs baptism then different initiations (fanado). I’ve built strong relationships with Bijagos people based on confidence, caring and mutual respect. For us, fishing and ecotourism are privileged way to discover this people, this archipelago so little known.
At first, a simple camp of canvas, Kere became over the years a true lodge-hotel : comfortable hotel and one of the best tables in Guinea-Bissau. Big box Bar Restaurant, spacioux bungalows and comfortable bathrooms, ping-pong box and at last the whole new «relax» box coiled in the heart of the roots of a centenary ceiba containing billiards, bar and a film projection area !
I married Sonia in the Bijagos customs ! We’re both impatient to make you discover our small island, true green setting on the water. An intact and generous nature."
Laurent Durris - Sonia Durris M'îles vagues de Découverte - KERE