Oniru Private Beach [OPB] is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos.
I won’t consider it one of the best, considering the existence of much better places like Landmark Leisure Beach.
But if you’re on a low budget and will like to have fun in a place with a huge crowd, I won’t suggest trying out Oniru.
Oniru is located at “1 Ligali Ayorinde Street, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria”.
And if you’ll like further information about the place, just follow me to the end.
- 1 Getting in and parking your car
- 2 Tents, chairs, and tables
- 3 Fun activities available
- 4 Foods and drinks
- 5 Things to note
- 6 Questions you may have
- 7 Opening days and hours
- 8 Final words
Getting in and parking your car
To get into Oniru Private Beach, an adult will need an entrance fee of N1,000.
But as for kids, entry is free.
This amount is also what applies on special days and during festive periods.
As regards parking,
The parking fee isn’t fixed.
On some occasion,
I paid, N200, while on some, I paid N500.
But to be on the safer side, it’s better to come with N500 as parking fee.
If you wonder whether parking space won’t be a problem, I can assure you that you’ll find a good parking space.
The only thing I can’t say is if you’ll find a space on a festive day since I’ve never been to this beach on such a day.
Tents, chairs, and tables
Tents, chairs, and tables are available for whoever needs them. But as you will expect, using any of these items will cost you some money.
For a set of 4 chairs and a table, N3,000 is what you’ll need.
And if you need extra chairs, you can get 3 additional chairs for an extra N1,000.
While the prices I mentioned are the standard prices I was given, these prices don’t seem to be fixed, as I’ve seen some people cajole the attendants into collecting less from them.
In other words,
If you’re very good at bargaining, you may end up paying less.
Fun activities available
Mini Ferris wheel riding
But if you find yourself at OPB, there are a few cool activities you can engage in.
One of the fun activities available is the riding of a mini Ferris wheel.
The activity may seem like something meant for kids, but trust me, adults as well also engage in it.
This activity is a paid one, so prepare some money for it.
Quad bike riding
Another activity available at Oniru is the riding of quad bikes.
This activity can be very fun, so regardless of your age, you should have a great time engaging in it.
But as you will expect, quad bike riding is a paid thing, so prepare additional cash for this, if you’re interested.
Just like most other beaches, horse riding is a thing available at Oniru.
There are a lot of horses available, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one to ride.
And if you’ve never ridden a horse before, don’t worry, the horse owners will be willing to teach you.
This activity is also a paid one, although it is quite affordable.
Swimming is another fun thing available at OPB.
People are allowed to swim in the water, but I’ll strongly suggest going deep into the beach.
I don’t think there has ever been a case of someone drowning at this place, but this doesn’t mean you should test the limits of the beach.
Swimming is a free activity, so if you don’t have a lot of cash, you shouldn’t worry.
Foods and drinks
Oniru features a lot of places to buy foods and drinks. There are restaurants, bars, food vendors, etc.
And as regards hygiene,
I find them quite hygienic at Oniru.
One thing I’m not so pleased about is that things are unbelievably expensive there.
To give a good idea of what I mean, below are the prices of some of the foods and drinks you’ll find —
|Star Radler can||N1,400|
|Blush||Chateau Minuty Rose||N27,000|
|Chateau Minuty 1.5L||N55,000|
|Santa Christina Rosato||N20,000|
|Champagne/Prosecco [Bottle]||Ace of spades||N380,000|
|Moet Imperial Brut||N45,000|
|Moet Nectar Imperial Rose||N50,000|
|Veuve Cliquot Brut||N45,000|
|Veuve Cliquot Rich||N65,000|
|Veuve Cliquot Rose||N70,000|
|Martell Blue Swift||N4,000||N50,000|
|Remy Martin VSOP||N4,000||N50,000|
|Fresh juice||Fresh Apple||N1,500|
|Fresh Orange Juice||N1,500|
|Fresh Pineapple Juice||N1,500|
|Tanqueray No. 10||N3,000||N45,000|
|Cranberry Juice 1.5L||N5,000|
|Escudo Rojo Red||–||N16,000|
|House French Red Wine||N2,000||–|
|Mouton Cadet Reserve||–||N20,000|
|Thomas Barton Reserve||–||N20,000|
|Banana & Coconut||N2,800|
|Strawberry & Banana||N2,800|
|Soft drink||Bitter Lemon, Coke, Coke [Zero], Fanta, Soda, Sprite, Tonic, Water||N560|
|Sparkling Water Perrier||N1,700|
|Don Julio Blanco||N3,500||N45,000|
|Don Julio Reposado||N4,000||N50,000|
|Jack Daniel’s No. 7||N2,500||N35,000|
|Jack Daniel’s Honey||–||N50,000|
|Jameson Black Barrel||–||N50,000|
|Johnny Walker Black Label||N2,500||N40,000|
|Johnny Walker Blue Label||–||N135,000|
|Johnny Walker Gold Label||N3,500||N50,000|
|Johnny Walker Platinum Label||N5,000||N65,000|
|Macallan 12 Years||N3,000||N45,000|
|Macallan 15 Years||N4,000||N65,000|
|Macallan 18 Years||–||N100,000|
|Macallan Rare Cask||–||N135,000|
|House French White Wine||N2,000||–|
|Ksara Blanc de Blanc||–||N18,000|
|Mouton Cadet Ice||–||N14,000|
|Burger||Fish Burger Slider||3 battered fishes served in a bun with pickles, tartar sauce with a side of French fries||N7,000|
|Moist Burger Slider||3 mini cheeseburgers served with French fries.||N7,000|
|Grilled||BBQ Chicken||Barbecue half chicken served with coconut rice||N7,300|
|BBQ Fish Fillet||Fresh fish fillet served with sauteed vegetables, Periperi sauce, and Coconut rice||N7,300|
|Char-grilled Atlantic Jumbo Shrimp||Char-grilled Atlantic Jumbo shrimp [3 pieces]; finished with a lemon butter drizzle.||N7,300|
|Chicken Suya||Char-grilled chicken suya, Tomatoes, Onion, and French fries [3 skewers]||N5,000|
|Fish Suya||Charcoal barbecued fish suya, Tomatoes, Onion, and French fries [3 skewers]||N5,000|
|Peppered Croaker Fish [Mild/Spicy Option]||1.50 kg peppered and spiced char-grilled whole croaker fish; served with sauteed garlic coriander potatoes||N13,000|
|Rack of Ribs||Half rack of South African barbecue ribs served with French fries||N12,200|
|Spiced Chicken Wings||Charcoal barbecued spicy chicken wings [6 pieces]||N4,000|
|Spicy Boerewors Sausage||Served per piece||N12,200|
|Spicy Fillet Skewers||Char-grilled scotch bonnet and Suya spiced South African fillet skewers [3 skewers]||N6,200|
|Platter||Beach Platter||Char-grilled jumbo shrimp, Chicken wings, Spicy fillet Skewers, Cheeseburger sliders, and French fries||N19,000|
|Caveman Platter||350g South African ribeye steak, Spicy boerewors sausage, and Half rack South African marinated ribs||N22,000|
|Fisherman Platter||3 char-grilled jumbo shrimps, 3 mini fish burgers, 3 battered whole fried fish, and French fries||N19,000|
|Fried Fish & Chips||Served with tartar sauce and a side salad||N9,000|
|Mixed Grilled Platter||Beef skewers, South African steak, Chicken, Onion rings, and Beef burger||N25,000|
|Peppered Snail||Traditional spicy snails with Green pepper, Red pepper, Onions, Spicy tomatoes, and Coconut rice||N6,000|
|Prawns, Fish burger, Fried fish, and Onion rings||N30,000|
Things to note
I don’t think you’ll want to wear a revealing outfit [e.g. bikini]
There are some other things you should know about Oniru Private Beach.
And one of these things is that you probably don’t want to put on a bikini at the beach.
There’s no rule that says you can’t put on such, it’s just that you won’t find a lot of people doing so.
So, unless you’re okay being the only one putting on a revealing outfit, you should put on an outfit that isn’t too revealing.
The place can be very crowded
Oniru is one of the most visited beaches in Lagos.
In other words,
In the afternoon, on weekend days, and on special days, the place can be very crowded.
There are situations when you’ll appreciate this, and there are situations when you won’t.
So when coming to Oniru during a period when it’ll be crowded, be sure you’re comfortable with a huge crowd.
Not that spacious
Having been to many beaches in Lagos, one thing I can say is that Oniru is a relatively small beach.
It is big enough to have fun, but if you’re coming with the intention of meeting a large beach, you may end up disappointed.
No tent at night
It’s possible to be at Oniru at night, but you should also know that the people who rent out tents to you, will come for their tents in the evening. The same goes for most tables and chairs as well.
So if you’ll still be present at the beach when it gets dark, make sure you make arrangements to ensure you’ll have tents, chairs and tables to use.
Another thing you should know is that there are no toilets at Oniru, at least not proper toilets.
So before coming to OPB, ensure you won’t be in need to use a proper toilet.
Questions you may have
How clean is the place?
If you have been to a lot of beaches in Lagos, you may have encountered many of them in dirty conditions.
And if because of that you’ll like to know “how clean Oniru is”, well, I think this won’t be a problem.
I won’t give OPB a 5-star rating when it comes to cleanliness, but the beach is usually in manageable conditions.
Opening days and hours
Under normal circumstances,
Oniru is open on all the 365 (or 366) days of a year.
The beach is further open 24 hours per day.
I must mention that if you’ll like to spend the night at the beach, you’ll have to come before 12 midnight.
OPB has this strict policy that prevents entry at hours after 12 midnight, till daybreak.
If you’re interested in spending time at a great beach, Oniru isn’t the first place I’ll recommend.
But if you are specifically interested in Oniru and just wondering whether it’s worthwhile going, I’ll encourage you to go.