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.


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


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)


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.


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.

With Veronica, Stephanie and their friends
One of the beach Cabanas
With my lovely friend Efua (a travel lover like myself)


  • 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.

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    August 21, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Okay, thanks for this post. Most of the posts that I’ve seeing only talked about transportation with regards to those that are only coming from island. What about we that are coming from Mainland e.g. Ikorodu?
    I have also heard that the beach is also accessible by land; that there’s a bus available around Eko Hotel going to Tarkwa Bay.

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      August 22, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Hello! Thank you for reading. Unfortunately I am not aware of buses from VI going to Tarkwa Bay

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    December 26, 2019 at 10:40 am

    If you can’t bring drinks and snacks along, can we get at the beach??

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    March 17, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    The 4000 mentioned for adult, is it for return alone? If yes, how much is for going ?

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    May 25, 2020 at 3:04 pm

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    August 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Please can you explain accommodation?

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    January 12, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Can I rent beach wear for msles and females

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