The Beach is one of the best places to unwind, chill and have fun to the fullest. In Lagos state, there are several beaches you can visit for vacation but only a few are well known/visited. This is because some beaches are dirty maybe due to poor maintenance, or the fear of drowning. The major reason is the fear of drowning in the waters of the beach. This because you may unaware of places that are too deep. Also there are no signage to inform tourist on the safe part to take a swim. I also had my own fears formed from the tales of horror that I have heard. So,while exploring vacation spots, I stayed off beaches.
My first visit to the beach was unintentional and it was to Tarkwa Bay. I had no idea that Tarkwa bay was a beach vacation spot. I wasn’t even dressed for a beach vacation. Imagine my horror as I given a life jacket for a boat ride to the venue. (I am hydrophobic and I was scared to my bones) . On arrival at Tarkwa bay , my horror for beaches disappeared. Also,it made me understand that beaches are not bad after all. So here I have complied a list of top 5 beach vacation spot you can add bucket list vacation spot.
Tarkwa Bay Beach
Tarkwa bay is one the finest beaches in Lagos. Unlike most of the naturally formed beaches, Tarkwa bay is artificial. This artificial nature makes it quite safe to explore for swimmers as it not too deep. Also, Tarkwa bay beach is perfect for beach sports like surfing and other water sports.
Transportation to Tarkwa Bay
The major means for transportation to Tarkwa bay beach is through a boat ride or ferry. You can take a ferry or private boat to the bay. There are 3 places which you can get a ride to Tarkwa bay; Bonny Camp, CMS and Fiki Marina on Ozumba Nbadiwe road. The prices for ferry rides vary on all this ports. From CMS, It cost 1,500 naira per person for a round trip. At Fiki Marina, It cost 4,000 naira for a round trip while at Bonny camp, 2,000 naira. Also important to remember is getting the mobile of your ferry driver in case of payment for a round trip. Most of these drivers insist of 6.30 pm latest on the bay for pick out at the end of the day.
Arrival and Fun things to do
On your way to Tarkwa bay, there are array of amazing sights seeing to take in. The lovely view of Eko Atlantic city, Nice sky scrappers , some cargo ships and boat cruising the waters. The entry fee at the beach is 200 naira. Although there is no actual gate fee but the “Agbero” at the bay usually stop tourist to request for the fee.
Available at Tarkwa bay are smoked foods like berbecue or grilled fish. Tents, lounging chairs and tables are available for rentals too. In order to enjoy your time at Tarkwa, come with your food items and things for entertainment. Games like ayo, ludo, cards, and if you want music, come with your own disco. The food items at Tarkwa bay are pricey so it is economical to come with your own foods and drinks. Also there bikinis available at the beach for those who want to take a swim in the water.
Eleko beach is perfect for those seeking for a seclusion because it is a private beach. It is located along lekki epe express way, a few distance from La campaigne tropicana. Going on vacation to Eleko beach seems like a journey of a thousand miles but a bit closer for residents on the island. The entry fee is 500naira
Fun things to do at Eleko beach
Tourist at Eleko beach can purchase a secluded hut for the day or have fun on the beach. Some of these huts come with a private pool to swim. Also you can swim in the waters of the beach. On my recent visit to this beach, we were advised to stay clear of the beach water. This because it is very deep and not really safe.
You can a have fun get-together or beach party at Eleko beach. The beach house and private huts are perfect for such. Also, come with your foods, drinks and entertainment. For lovers of ponies, you can have a fun horse ride at fee.
Owned by Oba Elegushi, this private beach is located at Lekki 1 phase 1( a trek or tricycle from Ikate Bus stop). It is a well known beach in Lagos state. Elegushi beach is one of the first beaches that comes to mind if you want to go on beach vacation. It is popularly known for its hangout spot, night clubs and meals. The entry for Elegushi beach is 1,000 naira.
Elegushi beach is perfect for lovers of night life.e.g. entertainment likelive performances, and night clubs are available at night. Horse rides are also available at this beach. Elegushi beach is always full especially durings weekends. So, if you want more space, visit on weekdays.
Atican beach is located along Abraham adesanya road, Lekki-ajah. It is a private beach resort. The entry fee is 500 naira for weekdays and 1000 naira for weekends. Apart from a day out with family, there lodges available if you want stay the night. So for a luxury getaway, this resort is perfect. For a day out, go with your food items, games and music to have maximum fun. Also, you could book a tent for a group hangout for 10,000 naira.
Fun things to do
At Atican beach, you can engage in some fun activities.
- private pools are available to individuals for swimming
- playing ground with facilities to entertain your kids is also available. So your kids will have fun on a family day out to this beach
- horse riding, live performances on Friday’s and fun activities at the beach club house Fridays to Sundays.
- Destination weddings doesn’t have too be expensive. For your beach weddings, Atican beach is great place for an exotic and dreamy wedding. You don’t have to go too far to commence your honey moon as you could book your lodge as well for your stay at the beach.
Oniru beach is a private owned beach by the royal Oniru Family. The beach is located at Ligali Ayorinde street, Victoria island. The Entry fee to the beach is 1,000 naira but you may pay more on days when there is special show at the beach. Also worthy of note is that you must be at the before 12 noon to be granted access to the beach.
Available are tents, chairs and tables for rentals. Oniru beach also as amusement Ferris which kids and adult can use for fun. For a quiet and relaxing day out, visit this beach during weekdays. You can also visit weekends if don’t mind more people around/ a little socializing especially Sundays.
There are several beaches in Lagos that you can visit but this are top 5 beach vacation spot. So, if you’re looking to go to beach, this spot are perfect. Also, there are some must haves for your next beach vacation. They include;
- Bikinis for those who don’t mind showing off more skin. You can get your swimwear or bikinis at some of the beaches like Tarkwa bay, Elegushi beach, Eleko beach etc. A bum short, Knee shorts and tank tops/ body suits is also good beach wear option.
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the heat of the sun rays. You could opt for a beach hat if you’re like me who doesn’t like sun glasses.
- Sandals for easy movement on the shores of the beach.
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