A transit point by sailors to Douala during low tide, this island soon became a relaxation centre for the Germans who found here a paradise away from Douala. As a result of the demand for raw produces for home factories oil palm and rubber were introduced and used as a prime commodity of trade by the natives in exchange for textile, guns, gun powder, machetes, pearls rhum, tobacco...
Suelaba later served as a military base (In 1914) for the British and French troop till the fall of Douala after which the island returned to its primary activity – Fishing. Suelaba today is bathing station and a prime spot for marine activities.
Small island after Suelaba towards Douala, with high grounds; here the Germans hastily constructed a command post to forestall the progress of the Franco – British troops towards Douala. Manoka sued to be a logging post for the transformation of wood into barrels used as storage and transportation of palm old to Europe.
Today, Manoka is vested with colonial relics of the German colonial era (cannons, observation tower buildings...) it's inhabited by fishermen of various nationalities Niger, Nigeria, Mali. It is divided into four major quarters: Sandje I & ll (Nigerians), Nyangandou (Malians, Nigeriens Cameroonians), Dahomey (Niger& Nigerians) and Plateau which is the administrative headquarter.
A typical escusion to these islands can be accomplished in a day with departures any time based on demande, it emcompasses a gradual cruising in a motor powered pirogue along the creeks and tributaries of the Wouri River, nautical activities and visit of various fishermen settlements as we go along.
Most often the away and return trip offer two distinct scenes, the later being during lowtide (morning) and the former later in the evening with rising tide.
These activity can be organise for individuals and groups of persons... for more infomation contact -