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Historical Sites… Ibeno Beach: Lover’s haven



Historical Sites… Ibeno Beach: Lover’s haven

Ibeno is a town in Akwa Ibom State which houses the naturally beautified Ibeno beach. It is a beach for the eyes to see, located in Ibeno Local Government Area at the South end of Akwa Ibom State, Ibeno beach stretches for about 30 kilometers.


From Ibeno to James Town along the Atlantic coastline of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, it is bounded in the South by the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is also very popular for tourism since it was the landing site of the qua Ibo Christian missions from Scotland which was one of the most successful Christian missions in Nigeria, in the early 20th century leading to the conversion of many Nigerians to the faith, Ibeno houses a lot of relic of that missionary expedition.

Ibeno beach is said to be the longest sand beach in West Africa and most popular beach in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. With its beautiful coastline, Ibeno beach in Akwa Ibom features one of the most natural beaches in Nigeria with a beautiful coastline and a boundless bank of lush white sand along the coastline of the beach and extends the beauty of Ibeno beyond human sight.


Ibeno beach provides endless natural facilities for tourism, water sporting, beach soccer, general boating, sunbathing or taking strolls along the beach coast. The endless white sand dunes extending as far as the eyes can see along the Atlantic are unaltered by the waves that pour violently on the seashore. History has it that the area was first occupied around 1200-1500 BC by Ibeno indigenes. The alluring array of trees lined along the beach provides good shelter from the burning rays of the sun for visitors looking for shade after sunbathing or taking strolls about the place.


Ibeno is also home to the Mobil/Exxon QIT terminal where crude oil is processed for export all over the world. The beach provides an ample view of the Gulf of Guinea over which the scattered gas flares from ExxonMobil offshore oil platforms create a scintillating image of flaming tongues of fire on the sea.


This natural scenery of visual spectacle blends perfectly with the sound of splashing waves and screams of seagulls under casts made out of the shadows of fascinating trees bedded along the beach. In 2013, the Federal Government of Nigeria constructed and opened the Ibeno beach as a move to attract tourist and improve other economic activities in the region. Ibeno is a major boost for tourism in Nigeria, especially in the oil rich southeastern part of the country. It’s a fantastic beach that showcases the best of natural Nigeria. The sweetness of Ibeno Beach is ageless, crowned with a magnificent blue sky and the endless white sand dunes that extend as far as the eyes can see is not only evergreen, it has been stable over the years without receding with the tide. It is said to be both gentle and turbulent depending on the season of the year. At low tide, the waters can recede as far as 100 metres from the beach and can reach unimaginable elevation of 30 metres above sea level before it strikes the beach.


According to tourists , the sound of the beach roaring waves is amazing, the cool breeze that emanates from the water is soothing to the soul. It’s indeed a relaxation spot for tourists and lovers of water sport. Due to its serenity and security, the beach is rated high amongst the top soothing and clean beaches in the country.

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