Thinking of taking a beach holiday in Africa? Probably the likes of Kenya, Seychelles and Mauritius immediately spring to mind. However, a less obvious choice is to pay a visit to Nigeria’s southern coastline which hugs the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Guinea. Here there are a number of beaches catering to a range of different tastes and we check out the best options below.
For those beach bums looking to get out of Lagos altogether, Eleko Beach (pictured above) is our number one choice. The beach is a mere 60km trip east of Lagos and in a 45 minute car journey along the Lagos-Epe Expressway. The beach is particularly popular with local families and facilities here include the option to rent a beach hut for a day and have a BBQ made for you.
Takwa Bay Beach is a highly exclusive beach which is located across the harbour of Lagos and a little further down Victoria Island from Atlas Beach. As you relax on the beach, you will in all likelihood see the local fisherman going about their work (tuna, shrimps and crabs are all fished off Nigerian waters). Further in the distance you can watch the ships and containers come and go at the Apapa Port and Lagos Harbour. All in all, it’s a fantastic day out and a real treat for the eyes.
Oniru Beach is the perfect destination for those looking for a peace and quiet and a break from the hustle and bustle of Lagos. The beach is located on Victoria Island and features a number of bars and beach huts following a recent estimated 15 million Naira investment by the beach’s owner, Sola Oniru. Note that this is a private beach and so payment is required for entrance.
Coconut Beach is a beautiful sandy beach which is surrounded by coconut plantations (as the name would suggest!). The beach is located in the town of Badagry which is approximately 70km to the west of Lagos and can be reached by car along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. Badagry itself was once a key port in the slave trade with the Americas with most of the slaves eventually reaching Brazilian shores.
Our final choice is the Bar Beach situated on Victoria Island. The beach is long and traverses the coastline from the west of the island by the Institute of Oceanography all the way to Eko Hotel on the east of the island. The beach is particularly popular with young locals who flock here in their masses on the weekend.
If you’re not feeling the beach this weekend, then feel free to check out our page on the Top 5 Things to Do in Lagos This Weekend for plenty of alternatives.
Did you know? The Nigerian coastline along the Gulf of Guinea is a whopping 853km in length.