Amazing what you can see in few days on this island. It takes around 4 hours to get to the parks outside the capital city.

The country has an interesting history as a base for pirates, a French possession courted by England, and post independence as a communist state. The capital city is in very poor shape and is one of the most dangerous places I’ve been (and got slashed up in a botched robbery to prove it). 

That said I had an excellent driver, great local friends, and would like to sample the underwater nature too at some point.