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Kayaking in Lagos with my new Adventure Crew

Hey guys! So I have been wanting to do a couple of outdoor activities for a while, kayaking being top on my list and felt it would be more fun, if I go with a couple of people. I tried to convince my friends and colleagues to come along with me but they were having cold feet, saying they couldn’t swim and giving all the excuses in the world. I sent an email.

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I got this reply, like I wasn’t going to make it back to the office :-(

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And this πŸ˜•.

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Once I was tired of trying to get them to turn up, I basically put a post up on the gram and tagged a few people who I knew would be interested. I was hoping to get a few responses but I got a bit more. Of course I knew not everyone would show up but in the end we had 13 amazing ladies and 1guy.

Kayaking in Lagos

I contacted Nothing to do in Lagos (a group of guys who curate alternative happenings around Lagos) as they help with bookings for Kayak Lagos and paid for the crew a night before. It costs 3,000naira per hour to kayak, 2,500naira per hour for 2-3 hours and 6,000naira for 4hours.

Kayaking in Lagos

We got to Folawiyo Jetty located at 19 Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi our take off location at about 1pm with of course a couple of people showing up a little later. There are only 5 kayaks with an extra 1 in case of a rescue situation hence if you’re going kayaking, it is important to keep to time else someone else would have your slot and you might just have to wait an hour or more to have your kayaking done.

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Just before the adventure, Mr Seni Williams our instructor who was filling in for his wife and who was really nice by the way gave us a quick beginner class on how to paddle left or right, reverse πŸ˜€ and general safety tips.

Kayaking in Lagos Nigeria

When getting in the kayak, holding the rail is compulsory so you don’t slip, have your left leg in first, your right leg next and then sit 😑 .

Kayaking in Lagos

An assistant instructor helps you in and then pushes you into motion.

Kayaking in Lagos Nigeria

After which all you have to do is hold off a bit till you are balanced and then start using your newly acquired paddling skills.

Kayaking in Lagos

Kayaking was totally fun and it was really nice to try out something different after a while. The rain wanted to mess with our shine but we were over comers :-).

Kayaking in Lagos

Kayaking in Lagos

Kayaking in Lagos

Kayaking in Lagos

Kayaking in Lagos

Kayaking is totally safe and Kayak Lagos has provided over 2,000 rides without a causality plus you’d be wearing a life jacket, so if you have been having fears, its time to face them and get started by sending an email to nothingtodoinlagos@gmail.com.

I’d totally love to know about your experience. If you’d like to join one of mine simply follow on Instagram @findingae

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25 Comments

  • Reply Lanre October 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Seems Adaora’s tongue speaking chased the rain away… How far off from the shore did you guys go and how far off did Mr. Seni say you guys could go?

    • AE
      Reply AE October 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Lol….ha ha ha. It probably did. We were able to go as far as we wanted as long as we didn’t exceed our allotted time. A couple of us did kayak racing, we left the jetty at Ikoyi to the shores of Mobil house in V.I

      The jetty to Falomo bridge and back takes about 1 hour, while to Lekki-Ikoyi bridge and back takes close to two hours to and fro so its really your call and what you feel comfortable with.

  • Reply Sammy Alabi October 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    And u cldnt send to ur manager to proof read bah? 😐… u better give us credit 😐😐😐…
    But all in all I had FUN!

    • AE
      Reply AE October 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      lol..I have edited as appropriate.:D.

      • Reply Sammy A. October 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm

        Good girl……

        • AE
          Reply AE October 11, 2017 at 6:23 am

          πŸ˜€

  • Reply Godfrey October 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    World domination! Great fun here! Chock-ful of beautiful ladies having fun. Very ingenious of you all.

    • AE
      Reply AE October 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      lol..Thanks Godrey!

      • Reply Godfrey October 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        You are very welcome. Next visit, come to Kenya. I shall host you all and be your tour guide. haha!

        • AE
          Reply AE October 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm

          Hey Godfrey! if all goes as planed, you should see me in Kenya in December of course, you’d definitely be my guide.

  • Reply Ojikutu Boluwatife October 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    This looks like it was a lot of fun. I tried to push my friends too but they gave excuses as well. Do invite me on your next adventure. Thanks

    • AE
      Reply AE October 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Will do Bolu! Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Hammed October 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Lovely outing girls, keep it up olopade.. More blessing, bigger you I pray

    • AE
      Reply AE October 11, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Thank you Hammed.

  • Reply Victor October 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Lol. Your friend, Usman, has no faith.

    So, I’m learning to swim. When I am thoroughly confident in my swimming skills, I’ll definitely do this.

    • AE
      Reply AE October 10, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Lol…He aint got. You don’t have to know how to swim Vic all you need is the adventurous spirit. I was actually the only one who could swim well among us and you really should have seen how the others paddled like they had being doing it all their lives, even better then myself.

      • Reply Victor October 10, 2017 at 10:03 pm

        Adventurous spirit I have. Perhaps I could join you next time.

        • AE
          Reply AE October 11, 2017 at 6:22 am

          Definitely

  • Reply Dare October 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    It was fun-filled…….

    • AE
      Reply AE October 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Definitely was, thanks for coming out Dare!

  • Reply Waka With Debbie October 11, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Amazing. Well done.

    • AE
      Reply AE October 11, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Thanks Debbie

  • Reply Jadessola October 11, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Yaaaaaaay. It was definitely so much fun😍😍😍😍😍. I like this Kenya idea 😎😎😎😎
    Thank you for a good time Anu!

    • AE
      Reply AE October 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      You’re welcome Jade! Pro Kayaker…lol

  • AE
    Reply AE October 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Nice stuff. Your ability to describe events is topnotch and that your outfit is dope.

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