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  Situated near the bustling Lagos harbour in Nigeria, Tarkwa Bay Beach emerges as a unique sanctuary, offering a serene escape for those seeking solace in the sun-kissed shores. Positioned as an artificial sheltered beach, Tarkwa Bay’s charm lies not just in its golden sands and glistening waters but in the exclusive journey one must undertake to reach its secluded beauty.
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Landscape and Community

Tarkwa Bay’s island status sets it apart from the typical beaches one might encounter. This exclusivity, however, comes with a delightful twist, the only way to reach this beach paradise is by boat or water taxi. As the boat gently docks at Tarkwa Bay, visitors are greeted by the rhythmic sounds of waves and the inviting stretch of golden sands. This artificial beach has become a magnet for swimmers and water sports enthusiasts, drawn to its pristine waters and the promise of aquatic adventures. From leisurely swims to thrilling water sports, Tarkwa Bay caters to a diverse range of interests, creating an atmosphere of shared joy and laughter. Beyond its picturesque landscapes, Tarkwa Bay is graced by a welcoming resident community. These locals, in harmony with the beach and its visitors, add a touch of authenticity to the experience. Engaging with the residents can reveal stories of the beach’s evolution and their unique bond with this tranquil stretch of coastline.
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Entry Requirement

For a modest entry fee of 2000 Naira, visitors gain access to Tarkwa Bay Beach for relaxation and enjoyment. For those seeking a more personalized experience, an additional 500 Naira secures chairs and a thatched tent, creating a cosy spot to call their own for the day. This affordability ensures that Tarkwa Bay remains accessible to a broad spectrum of beachgoers.

Environmental Challenges and Intervention

While Tarkwa Bay stands as a natural beauty, it has not been immune to environmental challenges. Pollution, including plastic waste and crude oil incidents, has marred its shores. However, local intervention activities and cleanup initiatives have been instrumental in safeguarding the aquatic environment. The commendable efforts have resulted in the collection of over 180,000 pieces of plastic from the marine environment. To address environmental concerns and reduce pipeline vandalism, an eviction notice was served to residents in different quarters of the beach. This challenging decision underscores the delicate balance between preserving nature and ensuring sustainable practices. Tarkwa Bay’s future hinges on the collaborative efforts of the community, authorities, and conscientious visitors.
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Final Thoughts

In essence, Tarkwa Bay Beach is a coastal retreat. As visitors continue to discover and appreciate the beauty of Tarkwa Bay, it becomes not just a beach but a living proof of human connection and environmental stewardship.
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This article was first published on 9th March 2024 and updated on March 11th, 2024 at 12:35 pm


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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