Last Updated On October 18, 2020.
Like I described in a previous blogpost, Tarkwa Bay is an exciting island to relax, surf, play beach games, ride quad bikes and much more!
It offers great opportunities to escape the ever bustling cityscape of Lagos state, Nigeria.
Now, in this superb collaboration between Michael – my long time buddy and myself, he talks about his visit to Tarkwa Bay with friends in summer of 2019, and although Michael shares an unpopular view on the beach/island, I actually think it’s a paradise for locals and Lagos vacationers.
Before we both begin with Michael’s unforgettable night at Tarkwa Bay, here’s a few pointers you need to know…
WHERE IS TARKWA BAY LOCATED?
Tarkwa Bay Beach is one of the small islands located along the Atlantic coast, it is sited several kilometres from the coastal city of Lagos and it is only accessible by boat!
This ideal destination is situated on Tarkwa Island, Tarkwa Bay, Lagos state, Nigeria. It is perfect for fun seekers and tourists looking for a means to run away from the stress of Lagos.
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Michael and his boyz arrived Tarkwa Bay on a sunny afternoon.
The island is home to locals who are predominantly fishermen, and visitors and tourists are a means of income for the thriving community.
Michael recounts that the boat ride to Tarkwa Bay was quite scary and berserk.
From Marina in Lagos, a sum of 300 Naira was paid by each person and everyone was charged up until the speedboat broke down again (read about the first time here) at the middle of the Atlantic ocean!
You should know: boats operate from nine a.m. to six p.m. daily and drivers work hourly on weekends.
After the underwhelming trip, Michael and his buddies scattered to different ends of the pure and pristine island in search for fun things to do.
He says, spending time at the beach is very affordable and you do not have to break the bank to have a fun packed day!
PACKING ESSENTIALS for Tarkwa Bay Beach
Tarkwa Bay is one of the popular choices for ocean lovers and water sports enthusiasts living in Lagos, Nigeria.
Here’s a checklist of essentials you need to soak up the beach vibe.
#1. Waterproof Beach Bag
It’s most likely that your boat doesn’t dock at the ocean banks, and if this happens, you could be in direct contact with sea water.
So, to avoid damage to your expensive accessories, gadgets, special effects, bikini or beach wears, carry a good waterproof bag. Ha! Not 10 or 20 Naira nylon o. I repeat, take a waterproof beach bag that preferably fits your stuff at once.
Atlantic Ocean overlooks Tarkwa Bay and for fun seekers, it’s not an expensive place to relax but sure, you’ll need good cash on you.
Watersports equipment, spicy food, souvenirs, chairs, tents and arts and craft all have a price tag.
Money! Source – @adeyiinka
Here’s a quick breakdown of how much you may need (prices are subject to change during peak seasons).
- Boat Ride (from Marina) – 300 Naira
- Entrance Fee – 300 Naira
- Chair and Thatched Tent – 500 Naira
- Horse Riding – between 500 to 1,000 Naira
- Jaybee Beach Camp – between 20,000 to 40,000 Naira
- L’Paradise Resort – 7,500 Naira for a night
- Deckchairs and Tables – 3,000 Naira or more
- Food and Drinks – 500 Naira or more
- Batik, Wood Carvings or Sunglasses – 500 or more
- Suya – 1,000 Naira or more
- Swimsuit – varies with your style and size
You should know: to prevent possible theft or pickpocketing, pack light. Also, make sure you don’t overpay for services and when possible, haggle before paying.
Go prepared with your swimming costume if you intend to swim at the beach.
Michael said that he couldn’t find any changing rooms so, wear your swimsuit as part of your clothing.
#4. Water Sports Equipment
Surfboards, balls, frisbees and floating pads all come at a fee. Asides that, equipment aren’t always available at times.
Do not forget towels and sunscreen because you’ll need them to make your stay comfortable. Have fun!
#5. Food and Snacks
There’s no better way to put this so I’ll just go straight ahead. Ahem, Go With Your Food, Snacks And Drinks!!! E Get Why.
Michael scurried to ends of Tarkwa Bay in search for a proper meal, and it took hours before he finally settled for “not so good” food.
Yam and Fish. Source – go2net
In case you plan on cutting expenses, packing your own food and drinks is a must. That’s the best way because vendors at the beach are few and may be a bit pricey.
NIGHTLIFE AT THE TARKWA BAY – MUSIC, DRUGS, sex AND ALCOHOL
Tarkwa Bay was designed during the formation of Lagos island. The island is endowed with beautiful scenery, coconut and palm trees, creeks, rock formations and clean beach sand and it all comes alive by night!
Sunset. Source – sassyfunke
In fact, Tarkwa Bay’s waterfront is a lot calmer than most exposed coastlines around Lagos, it is ideal for families and safe for swimming.
Around 2015, visitors cringed at the thought of spending a night at Tarkwa Bay because it was popularly known as a hideout for criminals, hot spot for hard drugs and a haven for sex crazed folks.
In recent times, the island of sin as people would call it, has gradually changed its image to an island of privacy, seclusion and watersports.
Of course you know, Tarkwa Bay is the only beach in Lagos state that is also an island and several people call it home. There are schools, shops, religious centres and every other thing thriving communities need to survive.
As day turned to night, Michael and his friends noticed that the atmosphere of Tarkwa Bay had become more energetic and electrifying.
This overnight beach stay was now evolving into a calm and pacing breather, and it was finally the kind of amazing escape they asked for.
Michael alongside his buddies left the lounge – YMCA Lodge – where they stayed at exactly seven p.m. to see the nightlife for themselves.
Everywhere they turned to, there were people gisting, dancing, eating, drinking, partying, having fun and watching the glowing embers from bonfires.
While Michael’s friends had other plans for the night (*insert whatever emoji you like), he located a nearby Tarkwa Bay club after many twists and turns. The music there was so loud and joy engulfed the air as everyone danced their sorrows away.
It was adrenaline-inducing!
Since one of his friends followed him to the club, there was ginja as the Lagos millenials grooved to great music and at some stage, shakku shakku rhythms enveloped the tropical landscape.
In the middle of the excitement, one fella made a move to rock a lady who he didn’t know was married. Her husband was actually closeby and after a stern look, the jolly fella retreated. Ah, that guy was probably H-I-G-H on something!
The night darkness quickly became piercing and as Michael checked the clock, it was already one a.m.! Surprised, he could see some olosho (sex workers) gesticulating about the beach premises, looking for “kind partners.”
Police officers patrolled the island at midnight as Michael and his friends returned to the YMCA Lodge.
Ignoring the crime tendencies, Tarkwa Bay is a big example of what Lagos’ tourism scene could be like if more development is put in place.
Because, imagine if the Lagos state government financed boat transport and invited stakeholders to build guesthouses, relaxing landscapes or waterslides.
Tarkwa Bay has great lurking potential.
Michael at Eleko Beach
#1. Most of the speedboats are in very bad mechanical condition.
#2. The beach is flanked by rocks which give a cosy air of seclusion. Also, the rocks block out the better view of the ocean.
#3. Stay away from Tarkwa Bay during the rainy season. That way, you won’t be facing sea storm while on the boat cruise.
#4. Make friends with the local elites so you can use their water sports equipment.
#5. The water isn’t as clear as the one at Elegunshi Beach.
Rocks and Boulders. Source – bidsingraceland
MeeT the CONTRIBUTOR
Michael is a graduate of Architecture from Bells University of Technology. He has a very chilled personality and he loves music shows, movies, visiting beaches, public attractions and shopping malls.
Keep in touch with him on Instagram!
☆ Instagram – @mich_of_wales
Michael has lived in Lagos almost all of his life, he dislikes beans, Real Madrid (for no good reason) and disrespectful people but likes chicken, Messi and his team – Barcelona, dancing (honestly doesn’t know how to), rap music and women a whole lot!
RETURN TRIP from tarkwa Bay
The overnight stay at Tarkwa Bay Beach was indeed a mindblowing experience for him. The oasis is lined up with shorelines, shacks and bars for refreshing both the mind and body and it’s especially fun to visit if you go as a group.
The next morning around 11:00 hours, Michael and his friends retired to dry land and trust me, the boat ride was much worse.
This time, they stopped periodically to avoid “little” storm waves.
Another few minutes into the journey, two nonchalant guys at the rear of the vehicle got into a fight. Apparently, the fellas had an argument and even threatened to exchange blows.
That ride felt like Michael’s last.
Also read the previous TARKWA BAY article
Certainly, there was inner peace at Tarkwa Bay.
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Michael walked along the beach, got a few snapshots, went partying, took a drink and enjoyed the distant ocean views.
In his opinion, this island assures you of a memorable experience but it isn’t really worth the hype.
Michael thinks Tarkwa Bay is not the best of its kind in Lasgidi.
Now, over to you. Have you visited Tarkwa Bay? Let me know in the comments below.
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