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'Hawaii without the tourists'

Even the brave might think twice about a holiday to a West-African nation that is trying to recover from civil war. But there are compensations...

By Marc Santora  /  NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , FREETOWN

Sierra Leone travel facts:

● Sierra Leone requires an entry visa; it can be obtained for around US$100, see the Web site www.sierra-leone.org, or its Mission to the UN in New York, (212) 688 1656. Travelers should check travel.state.gov, for announcements and updated warnings about Sierra Leone. Taiwanese nationals are advised to get in touch with the Web site www.boca.gov.tw for updated travel warnings. ● They should also check www.cdc.gov/travel, about vaccinations needed for travel to West Africa, such as a vaccination against yellow fever. It is also highly recommended that people take prophylactics against malaria. Mosquito nets are essential. ● US dollars can be exchanged at most hotels that cater to Westerners. ● Fare: Over US$1,000 round trip, depending on the season. From the airport, the best way to get to Freetown is by helicopter. ● Contact local travel agent Lahoo Ticketing and Tour (02) 2531 2578 for a full quote. ● The rainy season runs from April to September.

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