“There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline”
With the weekend set to go in the same way it has always been after COVID19 lockdown; boring, long uneventful and dry. Olalekan reached out to me for a beach visit, which I almost turned down as I was too lazy for that beach energy, as I simply wanted to be left alone with my thoughts due to the stress, hustle and bustle of the week and the deadlines that I had gracefully survived. He persisted and convinced me that this particular visit is the perfect getaway that I needed. He further instructed me not to forget my sleeping mats, skipping rope, and some of my games with snacks and drinks which I reluctantly packed along. So I dressed up but in my head, I was all about guessing which of the beach in Lagos we might be visiting; Tarkwa Bay, Elegushi Beach, Baracuda beach, Atican Beach. I gave up on finding answers when he told me that our meeting point is Oshodi Terminal 2.
The journey began from Oshodi Terminal, where we booked our ticket to Destination X waited for a little for some other guys to join us before the bus moved. By the way, a bus ticket from Oshodi to CMS Jetty was #300 as at the time of writing. All had bags, some carried coolers, Bluetooth speakers, food boxes and game bags. I hope we all are not going to the same destination was all I could ask.
NB: CMS jetty is one of those jetties in Lagos which provides routes and access to various destinations like Tarkwa Bay Beach, Ilashe Beach, Apapa, Badagry and some other destinations just speak with the boat operators and they will let you know which of them is going to your destination.
We reached out to one of the boat operators, Olalekan described our destination to the dude and he confirmed he knows the particular beach that was being described to him. They negotiated on the fare and they agreed on a particular price for a total number of 8 passengers. In no time we embarked on the 30 minutes journey to the place where sanity is being preserved.
While boarding the boat, little did I know that amidst us were those using the boat for the very first time and also amidst us are those who are afraid of water, and so it took us some time to convince them that the boat is safe as long as we followed the due process and obeyed the guidelines. If you are using the boat for the very first time, you can find some helpful tips on how to enjoy your first boat ride here.
The journey on the boat was interesting for some and scary for others, especially when we had to cruise past the waves on the water making the boat to land so hard. Just like the turbulence you experience while flying but this isn’t as bad as it seems, you will get used to it. But the screams from the ladies tho. We cruised past Tarkwa Bay which was looking crowded already and for once I was glad we were not heading to that direction.
Few minutes later we got to our destination (Lighthouse Beach), the welcoming view alone made me stood in awe like do we really have somewhere like this around here truly? We allowed the boat to dock properly before alighting from the boat with the help from the assistant of the boat operator, while I ensured nothing was left behind in the boat. Always ensure you do that, always.
The beauty that beheld me, words cannot do justice to it; the clean waters, the emptiness, the serenity, the tides, the open space and relatively few people on the beach. We walked up to the guy in charge and he assigned us a shade and we made request for a table and two chairs which all came with a price to it. We negotiated and got a fair deal. As soon as he was done setting up the place for us, he gave us a quick pep talk and guidelines about the beach which I feel you might need also (as a generous guy);
- Do not allow your adventurous spirit get to you. The water is as calm as it can be and very deceitful too.
- Your swimming skills are not needed, and here us not the place to learn how to swim.
- Always look out for your stuffs.
- When it’s getting late the water level rises and the water goes beyond the shoreline at times.
- Do not litter the beach. Always keep it clean
It was a quick talk and we appreciated him for the life saving tips.
The sun came out in all its glory, we had a changing corner for the bikinis & the short gengs and the water did its magic as we allowed ourselves to be blessed by its presence. To have the best of the moment, I will encourage you to be in the now, feel the wind whisper into your ears, let the sun shine through you and also notice how the water moves away from your feet as you get your grip into the sands. Feel free to come back and share your experience in the comment section.
To enjoy a beach like Lighthouse beach in all its uniqueness and calmness, here are what you should consider bringing along;
- Food & Drinks (You are allowed to bring in your own stuffs)
- Bluetooth Speakers
- Sun Glasses
- Shorts / Bikinis
With all the aforementioned, you are on the path of experiencing sanity.
Have you visited lighthouse beach, what was your experience?