If you live in Lagos, lived in Lagos, or studied at the University of Lagos; there is no way you wouldn’t have heard of Tarkwa Bay.
Lagos is famous for its beaches (of course, most of the island is reclaimed land), and there are a number of them to have a group or private beach hangout . But Tarkwa Bay is one of the most talked about.
Like me, you might have stayed in Lagos for a long time, but never had the chance to visit the beach. So, it was made a destination point by a number of my friends to spend a day at.
What to Expect
One of the most fun parts of the experience for me was the boat ride. I had never been on any waterborne vessel and it was a treat.
There is no need for nerves. Asides from my ungraceful ascent into the boat, and squealing at the initial rocking, everything went without a hitch.
It was miles and miles of faultless aquamarine waves that gave the feeling like you could walk on it as the boat glided through the ocean.
There were plants of different varieties floating on the surface of the ocean, interspaced with clear waters and other waterborne vessels. It was a special delight to look at the buildings from the water.
All in all, it felt like riding a bus with a marine view.
What Tarkwa Bay was like
Upon descent, we had to pay a gate fee of 300 naira before we were let in. As beaches go in Lagos, that was really cheap.
There are rows of wooden cabanas facing the beach. The lean-in chairs were the perfect touch for a beach vibe. It looked like the picture of a beach out of a book: shirtless men playing volleyball, people taking dips and pictures in the ocean, and mellow music.
The cabanas cost a thousand naira per head, so depending on the number of people taking one, the price could be split.
You are allowed to take your food and drinks without question, but there are available spots to get a variety of food from chicken and chips, barbecue fish, jollof rice, and lots more.
We brought our own food and drinks for games and chills.
Some available activities are horse riding and quad bike rides.
What I felt
Unlike other beaches I have visited in Lagos, Tarkwa Bay was quite unimpressive. The sand was more solid than the loose feel you get off other beaches in Lagos. There were a lot of seaweeds and plants on the shore that made it look quite unappealing.
It wasn’t too crowded and there was enough room to settle in; the flipside was that it made it feel like a ghost town-like there was something missing.
The waves weren’t massive which made for a less exciting watch.
But in all, the environment made for better bonding, and it was a trip I was especially glad I made with my friends, if for no other reason, for the boat trip and cruise.