4:59pm on Friday. You fake laugh along as your colleagues high five themselves amidst shouts of TGIF!!! You can’t believe you’ve left your weekend plans till the very last minute! You can already feel it in the pit of your stomach, the fomo (fear of missing out) you will get when the ‘pepperdem’ gang begin uploading snaps and stories from their lit weekend. You can already picture yourself laying on your couch and scrolling through your Instagram feed seeing Sade from marketing living her best life for the gram whilst you’ve spent the entire weekend in sweatpants watching reruns of Power.
Before you resign to a Netflix and junk food weekend, Genevieve Magazine is here to help! We present to you the Ultimate Lagos Weekend Guide!
i. Takwa Bay
This small artificial island is located 20 minutes away from Fiki Marina in Victoria Island. The first ferry leaves at 11am and the last ferry back to the marina is at 5:30pm so be sure not to get caught out. What sets Takwa Bay apart from other beaches (ahem Elegushi) is its relative tranquillity and the cleanliness of the beach. Its clear blue waters are also a favourite for surfers! That’s right, move over Miami! Takwa Bay for the win! To book surfing lessons, contact Godspower @gpsurfing on Instagram. Swimming is also allowed on the main Takwa beach as the shore is relatively shallow.
You can also stay overnight at the Jaybee Beach Camp for a true camping experience!
ii. Secret Cinema
Secret Cinema Lagos is an outdoor cinema company that organises movie viewings and picnics. Contact them on Instagram @secretcinemalagos, alternatively Call 07069117347
iii. Social Painting
Fancy yourself the next Basquiat? Or are you like me who’s artistic ability begins and ends with drawing stickmen? Not to worry! No prior skills are needed to sip wine and paint with Paint The Night Africa. For more information, check out their events calendar on their website at PTNAfrica and their Instagram page @ptnafrica
Everyone and their grandma has caught the new kayaking bug in town! Skip the gym for a fun full upper body workout kayaking with @nothingtodoinlagos.
v. Roller Skating
Get a bunch of friends together for an afternoon of fun at D-Cube Roller Skating Rink in Funderlands Mall, 16-18, Lekki-Expressway. A fee is charged for skate rentals, instructions and protective gear.
vi. Paint Balling
There are now a good number of arenas in Lagos offering simulated warfare games like paintballing. Located in Oniru, Xtreme Sports Paintball Arena is open every weekend from 3pm to 7pm. Packages range from N3000 to N6000 for equipment and protective gear. In the Magodo area, there is Ultimate Paintball Arena which is located at Ziggies, 82, Basheer Shittu Street.
vii. Scuba Diving
viii. Explore Colonial Architecture in Lagos Island
Follow Kelechi @oc_wonder on a waka-about Lagos Island learning about historical buildings in and around Broad Street.
ix. Swimming at The Blowfish Hotel
Take a dip in the pool at this gorgeous boutique hotel nestled quietly in Victoria Island. Relax by the bar beside the pool as you take in the views.