Aside being the most populated country in Africa, Nigeria is known for some pretty popular tourist attractions.
In spite of these well unknown places, there is still an untapped tourist paradise waiting to be discovered. Here are five unknown yet beautiful places to visit in Nigeria:
Ado-Awaye Lake, Oyo State
There are only two suspended lakes in the world. One in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, USA and the second right here in Africa, Oyo State in Nigeria to be exact.
This natural beauty is the Ado Awaye Suspended Lake. It is a body of stagnant water located on the mountains. It takes about an hour of rigorous climbing of a staircase of over 369 steps that go through a bush path to get to this breathtaking sight -- a diameter shaped lake with green like water.
So many folktales surround the origin of this lake. Some believe it leads to another world, for others, it definitely contains mysterious powers which is why many visitors leave with bottles of its water.
Regardless of what you believe, this is a beautiful site worth visiting at least once in your life.
Ogba Ukwu Caves and Waterfalls, Anambra State
This is another great natural wonder. It is tucked away in the Owerre Ezukala community in Southeast Nigeria.
It is considered the largest cave in West Africa, taking about two hours to explore. There’s the belief that the large area at its centre is the living room of the god of Owerre-Ezukala.
Suntan Beach, Lagos State
Looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Lagos State, one of the busiest cities in Nigeria? Then you should definitely try out Suntan Beach.
You get the chance to sit under the wings of the palm tree as you enjoy some coconuts, the sweet breeze and the lapping waves of the ocean, which are music to the ears. Apart from the serene environment, the beach also offers lovely huts, horse riding, fishing expeditions and loads of amazing souvenirs.
Don't let the long distance derail you, this beautiful place in Badagry is definitely worth the trip.
ALSO READ: Top 5 best-kept secrets in Lagos state
Azumini Blue River, Abia state
Australians have the Pink Lake, Nigerians have the Blue River in a quiet village in Azumini, Abia State.
Aptly named, the river has blue water so clear that you can see the colourful stones at the bottom and count the fishes from the surface. You can enjoy canoe rides on this beautiful body of water or relax on comfortable chairs while you dig your toes into the sand surrounding it.
You can also enjoy barbecued fish freshly caught by the fishermen or the vibrant nightlife.
Tarkwa Bay, Lagos state
Located on an island in Lagos State is a sheltered and peaceful beach called Tarkwa Bay. Unlike the other crowded and groovy beaches in the state, this one is perfect for anyone seeking a safe haven to spend some alone time or a fun get-together with friends.
Artificially controlled by sand filling, the blissful beach offers water sports activities and wares from the few sellers there.
Since it is located on an island, it is only accessible by a ferry, high-speed boat or by a helicopter. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get to the bay.
It is said to be the safest beach for swimming in Lagos State.