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Water Fun

Water is truly a gift to mankind and daily we make use of water to do multiple things, like cooking food, washing clothes, cleaning the dishes, brushing our teeth, and very importantly drinking it to quench thirst. The list can go on and on, but have you ever imagined using water for fun activities?

There are lots of amazing sports and activities in the water that are so amusing! More interestingly many holiday destinations with beaches always have a larger number of tourists. 

Beach destinations are always known to be attractive and enjoyable for almost anything, from taking lit pictures to sunbathing, to various water sports! 

Day by day holiday locations surrounded by water or close to the ocean coast gain more popularity and the focus on making more water fun activities to win over tourists is on the rise!

 

“Water-full” destinations like Seychelles, Maldives, Goa beach, Inagbe beach resort in Lagos, Labadi beach resort in Ghana, etc have introduced multiple water engaging sports to keep visitors entertained. 

 

The ideal vacation spot needs to be different from what we are used to every day and that explains the concept of some people preferring a serene environment, tall trees, and clear blue water over mountain spots or snowing destinations.  Some Countries go as far as creating man-made beaches in a bid to beautify their environment and attract visitors, for instance, Palms island in Dubai, Sentosa island in Singapore, Camden beach in London are all man-made beaches!

 

palms, Dubai
Seychelles

When next you plan to set out to the beach, these are simple ways to enjoy yourself:

 

i) Water bucket relay:

In this game, there are two teams and two small empty transparent buckets placed behind each team. Each team member will have a big plastic cup while standing in the line of their teams. The teammates first in line will rush to the ocean and fill their cups up with water, then run back to the line and pass the water in their cups over their head to the next teammate’s cup without looking back. In the same manner, each teammate would do the same till the last team member pours what’s left in their cup into the transparent bucket. When this is done the last teammate rushes to the ocean, gets water, and continues the same process till the agreed time is up or in some cases, till the transparent bucket is filled up. The team with the most water in the transparent bucket wins.

ii) Building sandcastles:

Getting dirty and playing in the sand is a must when visiting the beach, especially when there is so much water to clean up afterward. Making sandcastles is lovely as you get to explore your creative nature! This involves using sand, water, and an empty bucket to mold up a castle of your choice from the mud.

iii) Parasailing:

One of the most popular water sports which does require a bit of bravery! Just imagine being connected to a parachute, in your swimwear and life jacket, then flying high above the ocean like a bird in the sky. 

parasailing

iv) Jet-skiing:

Any vacationer seeking fun would have this sport at the top of their list! This water vehicle is just like a motorbike on water, and the ocean waves make the ride on a jet ski unforgettable. 

jet skiing

v) Kayaking:

This is an exciting water sport that’s also like a form of workout because you would move most parts of your body. It simply allows you to move on the water in a flatwater vessel while paddling with a double-bladed paddle.

vi) Water gun:

This is an enjoyable outdoor game that can be played at parties, the beach, in a swimming pool, and definitely by adults too! It involves the use of a water gun and has different ways to play.  One of the ways to play this game is having a water war between two teams while trying to capture a flag or a water balloon from the other team. They go after each other, usually, when touched by water from the gun of the opponent team, you will freeze for few seconds before continuing to play or can be released when tagged by a fellow teammate.

It could also be used to play a beach ball race, where each player uses the water gun to push off their beach balls to the finish line, the first to reach the finish line is the winner.

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a calm sunbather, there is something fun for everyone to do at the beach. This list of activities can go on and on! Which one would you try on your next visit to the beach?

 

Sand, Salt, and Healing: Why you should spend more time on the Beach.

My mother said I had been drawn to the ocean since I was a child. Over time, I met numerous people who couldn’t resist the call of the ocean like Moana; thus spent a chunk of their time on beaches for relaxation, for events, and other occasions.

For me, being on the beach so close to the ocean was therapeutic. Whenever I had a lot on my mind, had a hard week, felt stuck, or was generally overwhelmed by life, I loved to go to the beach. There is a certain level of calm and awe I derived in the presence of crashing waves, cooling salty spray of the ocean water on my skin, and loose sand underneath my bare feet. 

I wasn’t the only one that felt this way, and these are a few reasons why you should spend more time on the beach.

 

Did you know Ocean air has Curative Properties?

200 years ago, doctors advised patients with respiratory ailments to visit a seaside resort, and the clinical proof was given and published in 2006 as a result of Surfers’ observations in Australia. Surfers with cystic fibrosis claimed to breathe easier after surfing which prompted the experiment. 

Simply put, salty air helps to clear the lungs. Inhaling more of this also helps keep your respiratory system clean and strong, and this is why it is generally believed that people who stay by the beach are healthier.

It is no wonder why it feels like the air you breathe on the beach feels fresher.

 

Did you know the beach aids stress release?

You might have wondered why you suddenly seem serene anytime you go to the beach. It is because seeing the ocean and hearing the waves releases neurochemicals like serotonin in your brain. This creates the feeling of relaxation, increases the blood flow to your brain and heart, and aids in the release of stress.

It is no wonder why blue which reminds us of the colour of the ocean represents calmness.

 

Did you know seawater is good for your skin?

Seawater contains minerals such as magnesium which aids to amplify the skin’s elasticity, hydrates it as well which improves the general appearance. Talk about a glow-up!

It is no wonder why British elites in the 18th century thought seawater could cure all ailments even stupidity.

Did you know seawater has wound-healing properties?

I hope you never thought someone was insane when they took a dive into the ocean water because there is the added benefit of speedy healing of opens wounds the ocean provides.

Not suggesting you cut a chunk of your skin off to test this, but seawater contains mineral salts, sodium, and iodine which can be considered an antiseptic for slight wounds.

If you had been worried about missing out on a dive because of a cut, you can jump in.

Asides, the numerous health and mental benefits of being on the beach, my favourite is it is the perfect place to meditate. The rhythmic sound of the waves and ambience makes it the perfect place to have a quiet time or think about the course of actions to take.

Put our facts to the test by planning for more beach outings.

 

Living in a coastline city

I have spent a few years in Lagos, the most populous city in Africa, Nigeria. A well-known city all around the world. Lagos is truly the city that never sleeps, by 4:00 AM I can already hear loud car honks outside my window, from people rushing off to work.
Some mornings I wake up asking myself why I am in this city and other mornings I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Aside from being such a famous town, Lagos is also the smallest state by landmass in the country at only 3,345 square kilometers. It also boasts of the longest bridge in Africa, which is the third mainland bridge. Lagos is located by Nigeria’s coastline, hence this vibrant city has lots of scenic beaches. Also, there are so many beach resorts to choose from and have a remarkable experience.

Resorts are far more than just a room to lodge in. It stands out from a regular hotel room as a resort has more space, entertainment, privacy, sports, recreational activities, and even shopping stores within its premises.

The city of Lagos has a number of charming beach resorts with breathtaking facilities to choose from, which is why I’m still trying to decide on which to visit this Christmas! I had to speak to a few friends to find out their experiences when they visited some popular beach resorts in Lagos.

INAGBE GRAND RESORT

This breathtaking beach resort is one of the most trendy resorts in Lagos. It is a tourist hotspot and is located on Inagbe Island, which is a 15 minutes boat ride from Victoria Island. I happen to know a guest who lodged here earlier this year and I learned that the staff are very welcoming, the food is okay and the environment is serene. However, she experienced insect bites, poor cellular network, and had to pay additional money for horse/boat rides on the resort.

WHISPERING PALMS RESORT

It’s one of the most talked about resorts in Lagos, situated at Iworo/Ajido Town, Badagry. The resort has a lovely ambiance for a refreshing staycation. As stated by a visitor, “it’s quite pricy and one has to go with deep pockets to enjoy your stay. You pay for everything you want to use despite lodging there.”

JARA BEACH RESORT

This resort remains one of the top attractions in Lagos. The Jara beach resort has a blend of Nigerian cultural outlooks and modern-day designs, which makes it stand out from other Resorts. I’m told the staff are attentive, rooms are spotlessly clean, delicious meals are served and it’s the type of vacation spot, you would love to take pictures all day long.

JAYBEE BEACH CAMP AND TARKWA CAFE

Jaybee Beach Camp is found along Tarkwa Bay Island and proves to be a stunning vacay spot. I’ll give it a thumbs up in relation to the experience my friends had there last year, lovely, affordable, neat, and calm. The room cabins have a great beach view and more amazingly, there are cooking utensils available, so you can definitely bring foodstuff. It was also suggested going in a group would make the trip more entertaining.

LA CAMPAGNE TROPICANA

The beautiful and famous La Campagne Tropicana is a well-visited resort in Lagos. It is a notable beach resort, as it proudly shows off African beauty in an extraordinary way, making it a unique getaway spot.
From visitor reports, this resort sure knows how to treat guests like royalty, welcoming you/waking/knocking with talking drums, Yoruba attires, and a special salute to top it off! Also visiting with a stash of cash or on a group tour would make it more enjoyable. There is something for everyone, lots of fun activities including bunk beds for the children.

Escaping to a beach resort for a quick holiday is one of the best decisions anyone could make. The cool ambiance, fresh atmosphere, and change of environment to the coastline can have a positive impact on your mind, body, and soul.

Have you visited any of these resorts before? What was it like for you?