Lagos Island Travel Guide

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    Eleko Beach

    by AC1 Written Apr 19, 2004

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    There are some nice beaches around Victoria Island that you can have some break during the weekends. Eleko beach is one of them.

    Located about 1 hour drive away from the city. You can't compare it with Bali, Phuket or Tioman, but it is the best you can find here. Just make do with it. Can't complain too much.

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Lagos Island Restaurants

  • Fantastic cheese cake and international...

    Good cheese cake and wide selection of all other pastry. The owner used to be a practised medical doctor in UK but give up his career by pursing his hobby in making cheese cake.International serving for lunch dishes and breakfast. Meat ball spaghaetti.

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  • If you fancy Chinese food

    This is one of the better Chinese restaurant in town. The closest to the taste back home or China. Of course, dont expect too much though as material are not easy to obtain locally. The ambience is one of the better one around and definitely up to standard in comparison the setting of any chinese restaurant in China. Try the lunch set No 5 if you...

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Lagos Island Transportation

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    by AC1 Written May 2, 2004

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    You may find a lot of motocycle taxis around Lagos. They are called Okada in local terms. These Okada can bring you any place you want in the Island or outside the island. Prices range from 50 Naira to 100 Naira depending on the distance.

    However, be careful with the way they drive the bikes. Just tell the driver you want to go slower if you are not comfortable.

    Okada is the best mode of moving around the Island if you are in a hurry. Traffic in the city can be real bad at times. The draw back is safety.

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Lagos Island Shopping

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    by AC1 Written May 2, 2004

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    A one stop shop for travellers. You can get almost all local souveniers at this place.

    Ranging from wood carving to oil painting.

    What to buy: Local wood carving, ivory bangles, bronze sculptures, etc.

    What to pay: You have to negotiate real hard.

    50% asking price will be fair enough usually.

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Lagos Island Local Customs

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    by AC1 Written May 2, 2004

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    You might find the language used here a little strange from typical English. It is call Pigeon English.

    How now? = How are you?
    Welcome! = Hello!
    No wahala = No problem
    How far? = How is it going?
    You have anything for me? = Can you give me some money (cash)?
    Now = can be tomorrow
    Now now = to be done today
    Now now now = to be done immediately

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Lagos Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by AC1 Written May 2, 2004

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    NEVER EVER use your credit card after you landed in this country. Nigeria is very famous for all credit card scam and fraud.

    Do not even your credit card to pay for hotel bills at a 5 star hotel. Many visitors who signed their credit card in the country, suffer when they return home to find out that their cards were immediately charged with all strange transactions costing thousands of dollar.

    Don't ask me how it happened, but the reality is they have the network to track you down once they have your full name as appear on the card and the signature.

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Lagos Island What to Pack

  • Beach gear...

    You will probably not doing any camping or much of outdoor activities here except probably a visit to the Atlantic Ocean facing beach. Some beach wear will be useful if a beach visit is in your itinery. Don't have to carry your surf board, sails, etc though as it might be difficult for you to clear the customs in the airport. You can rent one of...

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  • Ask before you shoot!

    A digital camera will come in very handy in Lagos. Typical SLR camera will also do the job except that developing the phtotos is not recommended locally. Conventional photo shop is not easily accessable. Quality is poor too.Cautions: Before you take a shot, make sure you have asked for consensus from the owner/local otherwise they can get really...

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  • Bring your First Aides kit

    As mentioned in my main page, you have to make sure that you have all the necessay vaccinations taken, for examples Yellow fever, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Meningitis A&C and Typhoid. Medical facilities are very poor locally and very expensive if you can find one. Bring some basic medication kits Paracetamol, Flu tablets, cough mixture,...

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Lagos Island Favorites

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    by AC1 Written May 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Lagos is a cash society. Don't be surprise to see people moving around with stashed of hard cash in hand to pay for a dinner bill or drinks.

    Due to the big stashes of cash to be carried around, conventional wallet or purse will not be able to do the job. Usually we use a black nylon bag to pack all these cash around.

    Fondest memory: Due to the overused notes, the smell of the cash notes can really turn you away. Remember to wash you hand after touching the notes, before any meals.

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