Tarkwa Bay Beach is an “oasis” from the hustle and bustle of life on the Lagos Island. The sheltered beach is located near the Lagos Harbour and only a 20 minute boat ride from Victoria Island. The trip is a perfect “daycation.” It is also home to guest houses so also a perfect getaway if you want to take a honeymoon vacation (if you’re not prepared to deal with the issues that come along with holding a Nigerian Passport). I am actually ashamed to say that it was my first time visiting, after so many years of living in Lagos.
GETTING TO TARKWA BAY
We took a boat from FIKI Marina located at 3/4 Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Eti-Osa, Lagos. The boats have an hourly schedule on the weekends (but this may be delayed so expect it). The cost of an adult return trip is N4,000 and for kids is N3,000. They are open from 9am to 6pm. Expect the last boat to leave Tarkwa Bay at 6pm
ARRIVING AT TARKWA BAY
Because the Boats can not dock on the shore of the beach, you will have to step unto a floater which will then be pulled to shore (its a balancing but fun act to get through this). There is an entry fee to the beach (currently at N200)
AT THE BEACH
Be prepared to be approached once you land at Tarkwa Bay Beach. Many will come to you to sell you cabanas and offer to carry your belongings for you. If you don’t want to hire a cabana or chair, feel free to ignore them. But if you plan to rent a cabana or chair, speak to them and negotiate. Fortunately for me, I met friends that were organising an event so I didn’t have to pay for a chair/cabana.
SPENDING TIME AT TARKWA BAY
There are many vendors on the beach (many being children). They are very polite so if you tell them not to intrude, they won’t. I had a great time talking to the kids and even buying beach outfits from them. There are snacks available for sale from coconuts, groundnuts etc. To give you a sense of costs, my coconut was N200. It is interesting to know that many people live in Tarkwa bay and there are schools and churches on ground.
On the beach you can play volleyball (bring your ball of course as only a net is available), ride a horse etc.
TIPS & HACKS FOR TARKWA BAYG
Get to Tarkwa Bay early – aim to leave Fiki Marina early in the morning so you get to enjoy the most of the day
Bring your own food and drinks – we made sure to stock up on water, alchohol, snacks, ice etc so that we had enough food to consume.
Take an ice cooler to keep your ice and drinks cold
Bring cash as beach vendors only take cash
If you want music and a “vibe” bring along your speaker to play your own music and ensure all electricals are fully charged
Bring your swimsuit and towel and a change of clothes. Many people swam in the water but I didn’t for no particular reason.
Have you been to Tarkwa Bay before? If you have, leave a travel tip below. If you haven’t, leave a comment to let me know if my guide was useful. I hope it was.