Eleko Beach is a private beach in the Lekki Peninsula area, about 60kms east of Lagos Island. Because of its distance, it enjoys a lesser crowd than those closer to Lekki and Victoria Island.
I visited this beach after a horrendous experience at La Campagne Tropicana, where I had originally intended to spend the day. I quickly gave up on that ambition, leaving to Eleko beach which is only a few minutes away from the ‘resort’. You know something is very wrong with an establishment when you get better customer service from ‘area boys’.
I visited La Campagne Tropicana with a friend of mine to spend the day at the beach. I was really looking forward to the trip having travelled quite a distance to get to the resort. When we arrived, the ambience was excellent, the people were friendly. I loved the traditional elements put in place, from the greetings to everything else. Then everything went south when the receptionist noticed my DSLR.
To cut the long story short, after discussing with the manager who looked nothing like it, we were told we couldn’t take the camera in unless we paid a fee of N50,000. He reiterated that it meant nothing to them. We agreed to go in with a phone and I made a mistake of mentioning that I wanted to write about my experience on my personal blog. To which he responded that I would be sued if I don’t present a proposal and get a written consent to do so first. The story goes on and on really. At the end of the day, I couldn’t stomach much more..we left to Eleko beach and had such a wonderful time there. – My review on Trip Advisor
Anyway, at 9:00am when I arrived at Eleko beach, there were only a handful of visitors in the area. The beach was very clean (which is something to be celebrated in Lagos) and it was also very quiet. Since I’ve never been the ‘party-at-the-beach’ kind of person, I really loved this calmness and serenity that it offered. The time I spent here was absolutely priceless. If you’re anything like me, you might want to bring a book the next time you visit – there will be a next time!
As far as activities go, there’s an option for horse riding, fishing, swimming and plain old relaxing. There are also huts, tables and chairs to set up with if you decide to bring some food. I’m not sure how much these costs though, if they do at all as I was offered one for free.
A 500 Naira entrance fee (per person) was requested to gain access into the beach. I hear you need another N500 to park your car. We didn’t have to pay for this either. It probably had to do with the time of day perhaps.
While you’re there, you might also be approached by some of the kids bearing gifts of fish (yes, live fish), sea shells and anything they can lay their hands on really. I wasn’t disturbed by this at all, I actually found it rather amusing.
It’s not compulsory but if you have a little extra cash to spare, it would be nice to reward them for their ‘hard work’ :). Overall, I had a pleasant time here. It was certainly a great way to end the day.
Have you visited Eleko beach? What do you think of it?
Update 2019: I went back to LA Campagne Tropicana. My review is here