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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

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Takwa Bay Beach Camp | A weekend at Jaybee Beachcamp

Takwa Bay Beach Camp | A weekend at Jaybee Beachcamp

Wad up! Wad up!! Wad up!!!

Yo…….I have been away from the blog for so long; I wouldn’t have thought a time would come when I become too busy to remember the blog exist. LoL. I took a short career break and then resumed at a new job, so I had to settle in properly before activating my personal hobbies. I might share all about it later. I still can’t promise you frequent articles as I have so much going on at the moment, but I will try.

While on the short break, I decided to try out new adventures including boxing, Pilates, baking, as well as meeting up with friends, visiting family and relaxing. The beach is typically my first option for relaxing and as God would have it, TheDareExperience was planning a group beach trip so I jumped on it. I always love the idea of sleeping close to a beach to listen to the sounds of the roaring ocean, it helps me relax and reflect.

In the past, I had visited TakwaBay Beach but never knew that there was a Beach camp nearby; Jaybee Beachcamp. While Tarkwa Bay Beach is a getaway oasis, and the perfect ‘daycation’, Jaybee which is 5minutes walk away from TakwaBay is perfect for a weekend getaway.

GETTING TO JAYBEE BEACHCAMP FROM THE ISLAND

The trip planner booked a shared boat from FIKI Marina located Ozumba Mbadiwe, under the Falomo bridge. A round trip on a speed boat cost N4,000 while on a banana boat is N1,000. We arrived at the Beach in 20mins though the boat stopped some distance away from the shore due to the shallow waters at shore, then we took a floater which the locals assisted with.

On getting to TakwaBay, we walked for 5mins to our beachcamp lodge, Jaybee. Okay at this point, I have to say that my phone crashed and I lost all my pictures. I had documented every detail of the journey but unfortunately can’t share as much as I would love to. Luckily, I had shared some pictures with other weekenders who were kind enough to send me the pictures back, ELSE………………..this article won’t be possible.

Jaybee Beachcamp

Jaybee Beachcamp

AT JAYBEE BEACHCAMP

We were a total 12 weekenders, so we split ourselves between two cabins. Everyone was in such high spirit and luckily I already knew a few (from the travel community). We settled in, after taking hundreds of pictures, then went straight for a sumptuous meal.

Part of settling in. If I didn’t take a picture how will you know I was there

Part of settling in. If I didn’t take a picture how will you know I was there

Happy people

Happy people

ACTIVITIES AT JAYBEE CAMP

After getting our energy levels up with food, we head out to the main camp for games and drinks. I had interviews and trips to prepare for, so I excluded myself and went back to the room. The rest of the crew played truth or dare and other deep games. LoL

At nightfall, it was time for dinner and we all gathered for something light and adult chats. We also got a nice bonfire while bonding over personal stories.

Bonfire at Jaybee Beachcamp

Bonfire at Jaybee Beachcamp

At midnight, we dispersed and went to our individual cabins. I dozed-off quickly and woke up early to watch the sun rise and worship.

Sunrise over Takwa Bay

Sunrise over Takwa Bay

I returned to the playground to relax and take pictures (no motivational speech). Thanks to MolaraBrown for being so kind to me all through.

Relaxing at Jaybee Beachcamp

Relaxing at Jaybee Beachcamp

After breakfast, we learnt that there was a quiet private beach 5 mins away, with a lighthouse and a military beach house (crocodile lodge) at the corner, so we set out for some relaxation and sightseeing.

This was the best thing of visiting Jaybee. We caught glimpses of shipping companies moving containers on the Atlantic Ocean. The beach was super clean with no one, except us, in sight. It wasn’t the typical beach sight in Lagos, where there are a multitude of people and sellers trying to shove their products down your pocket.

Atlantic Ocean Beach

Atlantic Ocean Beach

Why Jaybee BeachCamp

Why not?! It is the most affordable beach camp I have stayed at.

The cabins are elegant, clean, airy and large enough for 6 people (comes with 2 king size beds, 2 foldable convertible chains) with a standard toilet and shower underneath. The owners also ensured that there are mosquito nets which is commendable.

Note however that the Wifi is none existent. You might also need to take a touch along as well as your personal effects (bathroom slippers, soap etc.) because Jaybee is a beach camp and not a resort.

Final thoughts on having a weekend getaway at Jaybee Beach camp

Every Nigerian needs to consider Beach camping as an alternative to expensive international holidays or the new exorbitant Ilashe beach houses. This outing helped me unplug from the worries of life and being a Nigerian with a restricted green passport.

If you love a mix of a budget friendly secured & clean camp, cooling ocean breeze, a quiet surrounding and Nature, then look no further, Jaybee is recommended.

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Carpe diem! Until next time!

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