Where is Tarkwa Bay Beach Located?

Away from the hustle and bustle in Lagos Nigeria is located a beautiful, serene and nature-friendly tourist attraction and holiday resort known as Tarkwa Bay Beach.

Tarkwa bay beach.
The Tarkwa Bay is accessible only by boat.

It is an artificial sheltered beach located in Onisiwo Island, Lagos Harbour Nigeria. 

As you might have known before now, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the most populous black nation in the world. Nigeria is a country that occupies a vast land area of about 923,768 square kilometres. It consists of 36 stages, which are grouped into 6 geopolitical zones including, the north-central, north-east, north-west, south-east, south-west and south-south, with the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. 

Nigerian map.
Different states in Nigeria.

Of the many cities in Nigeria, Lagos stands out as the largest and most popular city. In addition, Lagos is the sixth most popular city in the world,  boasting a huge population of about 17 million residents in its tiny landmass of 1,171.38 square kilometres. Lagos is recognized by the world for its beach resorts, nightlife and activity.

Examples of Beach Resorts in Lagos

There are over 30 known beach resorts situated in Lagos Nigeria. While some are natural, others were artificially created, favoured by Lagos being a coastal city mostly bordered by the Atlantic ocean.

These Beaches are great locations for self-meditations, lover’s dates, getaways, reunions, honeymoon, family bonding, picnics or generally for relaxation.

If you’re new in Lagos, here are some beach resorts you might love to visit:

  • Atlas Beach
  • Coconut Beach
  • Elegushi Royal Beach
  • Eleko Beach
The Coconut Island.
The beauty of the beach is mesmerising.
  • Ilashe Beach
  • Inagbe Resort & Beach
  • Kuramo Beach
  • La Campagne Tropicana Beach
  • Nikki Beach Resort
  • Landmark Beach
  • Oniru Beach
  • Victoria Beach

Of all the beaches in Lagos, one of the oldest and most popular beach resorts in Lagos is the Lekki Beach Resort, which is located on 157 acres of beach land facing the Atlantic.

What makes Tarkwa Bay Beach special?

One reason why Tarkwa Bay Beach stands out from all other Beach Resorts in Lagos is that it can only be accessible via boats or water taxis, and takes about 15 minutes. 

The water taxi in Tarkwa.
Only source of transportation here.

The most popular places to get a boat heading to Tarkwa Bay Beach are Mekwe Jetty, Tarzan Marine & Marina.

When was Tarkwa Bay Beach established?

Tarkwa Bay Beach has been in existence since the 1960s. It was created during the construction of the Lagos Harbour.

The Lagos Harbour is a harbour in Lagos State, situated north of Ilado the loses to Elegbata channel.

The Lagos Harbour is also known as Premiere Port (Apapa Quays). It is the earliest and largest port in Nigeria, established in 1913.

The Lagos harbour.
A really busy harbour in the world.

How much do I need to visit Tarkwa Bay Beach?

If you’d love to visit Tarkwa Bay Beach, you don’t need a lot of money. Tarkwa Bay Entrance fee goes for as low as N200. The chairs cost N300 per chair, the table goes for N100 and a tent is N300. In summary, with just a Thousand Naira, you can settle all expenses at Tarkwa. Although, of course, you might want to get some edibles.

Nigerian currency.
The currency of Nigeria is called Nigerian Naira.

What can I eat at Tarkwa Bay Beach?

A certain community of people live around the beach, and these people are known as the Tarkwa people and are led by their community head who is known as the Baale of Tarkwa. 

The people of Tarkwa are hard workers. While most of their men are fishermen, their women engage in petty trading, especially making available things tourist visitors can eat and drink while at the beach.

A popular delicacy at Tarkwa Bay is Fresh Fish Barbecue often prepared by natives. These fishes are often very fresh, as they come just right out of the ocean.

The grilled fish.;
Fishes are quite a popular food.

One remarkable indication of how hard-working the people of Tarkwa are is the recognition of Tarkwa Bay among “the well kept” beaches in Lagos.

What kind of activities takes place at Tarkwa Bay Beach?

It is often a hub-up of many activities, ranging from swimming to horse riding, to riding power bikes, playing volleyball, playing by the banks of the water, and generally all forms of outdoor recreational activities.

What kind of clothes do people wear to Tarkwa Bay Beach?

There is no specific kind of clothes to wear to Tarkwa. Any clothes generally playful and free is okay. If you’d love to swim or play with the water, it’s advisable to get a swimming suit along. Be sure to wear them before coming to the Beach, because there are no changing rooms in Tarkwa Bay.


Are you a visitor to Lagos or you’re looking for a tourist attraction where you can relax and get re-energized to face life’s challenges? Welcome to Tarkwa Bay Beach!

-by Sambhavi Yadav

Content writer(Erakina By RTMN)


Tags: beach

One Comment

  1. Anchipaka Rupa Sri

    What a lovely spot

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