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Tarkwa Bay

coconut treats for sale
coconut treats for sale
Tarkwa Bay is a stretch of divinely fine sand at the exit of the lagoon into the ocean, it is shielded from the high sea by a seawall of huge stone blocks which provides to the beach goers a bit intimacy from the tankers entering the harbour of Lagos.

a beach with a view
a beach with a view
Opposite the lagoon entrance is a vast construction work for the birth of a new city, Eko Atlantic: 250,000 people will live there on 9 million square meters. This will be a new center for finance and energy sectors, built on reclaimed land. It will be powered by its own power grid, independent of the rest of the country which produces about 20% of what Nigeria needs everyday. So far three towers have come up the ground.

Eko Atlantic: one, two, three
Eko Atlantic: one, two, three
Well, back to the plastic strewn beach. it is a quiet getaway from the city center, a 15 minutes boat ride from Falomo bridge in Victoria Island. The sand stretch is lined up with reclining chairs of wood and cloth. A cloth roof is providing life-saving shade. One can enjoy the quiet of the beach, music is amazingly discreet compared to the other beaches along the Lekki peninsula. Food and drinks are available, fairly affordable for the drinks. Grilled chicken or grilled fish with French fries constitute the menu options.

once upon a boat
once upon a boat
One can walk up to the nearby lighthouse and its ocean facing beach which is much wilder than the one of Tarkwa. Bodies of stranded vessels are lying on the shore, some very corrugated. There are just a few shade spots under roofs made of palm leaves. An interesting no man's land.


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