First time visitors to Tarkwa Bay in Lagos cannot help but get enthralled at the wonders of nature. Located at the Atlas cove, it is a place worth loving. it is also an island of fun.
Almost cut off from the glare of the prying eyes, getting to Tarkwa Bay is not a piece of cake. Since it is an island, it is not a place to go by the lily-livered, especially when the waves are angry as well as raging and the visitor knows nothing about swimming.
It is easily accessible by boat from Tarzan Jetty at Maroko or under Falomo Bridge on Victoria Island. The trip takes only 15 minutes at break neck speed. The beach is a pleasant outing and has safe bathing even for children. Deck chairs are available for hire with a variety of fruits such as pineapples, coconuts and oranges to buy.
Tarkwa is a man made bay beach that was created during the formation of the Lagos harbor. The beach was shaped by the moles used to form the inlet to the harbor and is covered with sand dredged from the bottom of the channel. As a result the water is a lot calmer than the exposed Atlantic coastline elsewhere around Lagos.
The fine sand is also much more comfortable to walk and lie on than the coarse/sharp sand of the other beaches. With its own resident community, most of whom make their living from the tourists who visit the beach; this is the only “maintained” beach in Lagos with the beach hands cleaning up the garbage every weekend before the influx of tourists.
Also given the fact that it is cut off from the main habitations of Lagos by water and is therefore only accessible by boat, this makes it a beach for real beach bums and sun bathers
It is also possible to surf in a corner of Tarkwa Bay and other water sports. Jet Skiing and Water Skiing are fairly common, although you don’t expect to find equipment there to rent! You can make friends with the local nautical elites so you can use their water sports equipment.
Despite the fact that Tarkwa Bay belongs to another age, the culture of enjoyment has evolved there. Fun seekers from the metropolis throng Tarkwa Bay beach, especially during the weekends, just as the residents catch their own fun in their own way. Indeed, Tarkwa Bay has a beautiful beach. Those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Lagos consider it as an ideal place to cool off.
People organize parties and other social activities at the beach. There, you behold the beauty and mystery of nature, as ocean waves billow into the sky, cascading to the shoreline and leaving foamy bubbles that soak into the fine sands.
Stepping into Tarkwa Bay, you meet a splendid beach and it is easy to see that the residents are fun loving people.
Explore the Tarkwa Bay with the Lagos Boat & Sailing this Saturday 27th of February. Boat departs from the FIKI Jetty, 3/4 Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave. at 13:00 hours. Cost 5, Protected content taxi & beach access fee).