Île Boulay

The name of Boulay is applied both to an archipelago of islands in the Abidjan Lagoon in Côte d'Ivoire and the main island of that group. These islands are relatively unpopulated (a bit over 10,000 people) and remained in an undeveloped state, considering their proximity to the urban areas of Abidjan. Boulay is only 15 minutes from downtown Abidjan by boat. It contains some vacation cottages for some of the richer residents of the city. Water skiing is a popular activity offshore.

Since 2008 there has been a project to extend the Autonomous Port of Abidjan to the island, and to build a bridge. Also in that year the government of Mali begin construction of a warehouse for goods transshipped through Abidjan. These projects have created considerable opposition among the local residents. The waters around Boulay have also been affected by bacterial and chemical pollution.
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