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Beach Day at Tarkwa Bay

I have fond memories of Tarkwa Bay mostly because I had my Man o War training there when I was in secondary school and we all slept by the beach. I remember sneaking off to buy suya with my friends during the bonfire. Those were simpler times when the Naira exchange rate wasn’t so bad.

Chiamaka of Social Prefect hit me up telling me about an upcoming trip to Tarkwa Bay and I was in. Saturday will always be for the beach.

Tarkwa Bay located in Lagos is only accessible by boats, ferries, water taxis or any other form of water transportation there is.


We used Tarzan Marine services for our transportation there and take off point was from their dock which is beside Oriental Hotel, VI.

As a tour organiser myself, I would like to stress that people need to learn how to keep to time. Tours are organised with a schedule in mind and this is thrown off balance when people are late. We should all be considerate and sensitive to others. A lot of folks were late and it was amusing that the first person to get there was a guy coming all the way from Ota in Ogun State.

The silver lining is that the waiting time was used to make friends, take selfies and learn more about one another. #gallery-6324-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6324-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-6324-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-6324-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */


I’m not sure when this started, but I love boat rides. Some people found it interesting and scary at the same time, but we loved every bit of it. It was nice to see the back end of Lagos by sea. After about 20 mins we were there and after a few minutes haggling with the ‘gate keepers’ of Tarkwa Bay, we were let in and assigned our spots for the day.

It’s interesting to note that despite being a beach, Tarkwa Bay also has settlers. There is a community in Tarkwa Bay including 3 schools. You can see the shacks dotting the back drop of Tarkwa Bay and the residents watching fun seekers play around on the beach.


Social Prefect (Chiamaka) & I


There isn’t alot about Tarkwa Bay to be honest. There is nothing fancy or amazing about it BUT it meets the purposes of being a beach where you can just hang out with your friends and put life’s troubles behind you for the day. I even spotted a senior from secondary school while I was there.

We ate, played volley ball, card games, and pretty much just had a chilled day at the beach. We had a guitarist come thrill us as we ate and had some coconuts for desert. I on the other hand after a brief round of volleyball wandered off with Ellen and Segun to explore the grounds and climb rocks that some might consider dangerous. There was also a lovely man selling jewelry on the beach and I got some (3 bracelets cost me N500 ($2)).

It was epic and making it to the make shift lighthouse was such an accomplishment for me. The lighthouse is said to have been built in 1848. Now that I think about it, it was a dangerous but fantastic climb.