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The Secret of Jinja Island

March 2017

I couldn’t hold on any longer. A few days after my 38th birthday, I said goodbye to my mum and dad and made my way back to Bocas.

I flew to Panama City from Manchester airport via Frankfurt.

And then took the bus from Panama City to Almirate.

A ferry boat from Almirante to Bocas Town.

A lift back to the island with CJ and Jess.

And a warm welcome from Campo.

The house was a mess when I got back, an absolute tip. The lesson I should have learnt was this: nobody is going to take quite as good care of a home as the person who owns it.

After cleaning and scrubbing and fixing stuff like my life depended on it, everything was back ship-shape and Bristol-fashion within a few days. As temping as it is to post the “before” pictures, I’d much rather just post the “after” pic. I don’t want to put you off your dinner.


With Jinja Island back in shape, I had me a visitor! Jen, my friend from Stoke, dropped by for a few days.

We went out into Dolphin Bay, and visited Smithsonian Island. I got some corking pics of a dolphin, bat and teeny tiny little blue frog.

After Jen left, I still had a lot of work to do. The pathways needed clearing and the grass needed to cut. I swear, there’s no taming the jungle!

The thing about Jinja Island is this: no matter what happens, it’ll always bounce back.

And it'll always be worth it.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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