Some years, the M/V Explorer docks in Takoradi, which is much closer in proximity to the Cape Coast. Due to a too-short berth Takoradi granted the ship, our Semester at Sea itinerary was changed to dock in Tema instead, which was a bit of a shame only because there were so many small fishing villages surrounding Cape Coast that I could have spent days exploring—but at the very least, we did get the chance to learn about Ghana’s slave history and tragic past.
Instead, while exploring Cape Coast Castle, I wandered outside the Door of No Return and down the stairs to find a whole fishing culture thriving just below the slave dungeons.
According to Wikipedia, Cape Coast is the capital of the central region of Ghana and “from the 16th century, the city has changed hands between the British, the Portuguese, the Swedish, the Danish and the Dutch.”
The area is also home to one of the leading teaching and research universities in the country, though all I saw of it was this one bustling sliver of coastline.
I’m hoping next time I sail with Semester at Sea—and yes, I very much plan to come back again if they’ll have me—we’ll arrive in this section of Ghana instead. Accra was perfectly fine, but I enjoyed the peek into small town Ghanaian life much more.