An island beautifully set on the southern edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Bonny Island lives up to its status as the true beauty of the state. The city holds several historical and economic symbolism for the Nigerian federation, and its dramatic coastline, as well as strategic position, attracts holidaymakers in their droves.
While Bonny, situated in Rivers State, has a handful of low-key attractions, Bonny Nature Park, and Finima, the main draw is the natural environment. Beach lovers are joined on the island by tourist who come for the popular carnivals; including the “Nwaotam” carnival display, a renowned and colorful display among men and women, young and old of the Bonny community.
Bonny Island-Finima is bounded on the west and south by long stretches of beaches, and though there are lots to explore, the majority of visitors come to feel the sand between their toes and clear their heads.
Top three sites include:
1. Bonny Nature Park
The Bonny Nature Park, a popular eco-tourism spot developed by Nigeria LNG is eye-catching. The park not only covers the rainforest, mangrove swamps and area of sandy soil with fresh water ponds and tall timbers between the swamp and beach, it harbors numerous creatures, including the pygmy hippo and reptiles such as crocodiles, monkeys as well as different bird species.
2. Finima Beach
The Finima beach is one of the many beautiful seashores spread across Bonny Island and the most visited by tourists and fun-seeking visitors. The beach is usually crowded on sunny days and festive periods. From the 26th to the 31st December of every year, thousands of people visit the Finima beaches for carnivals.
3. Monkey Village
The Monkey Village is the nickname for a settlement which used to be a large forest inhabited by monkeys on the Island. The area has to it locals living in houses made of palm-tree leaves and branches.
Here’s what you should know whilst visiting. Do not expect white-sand beaches and ritzy resorts. With only a smattering of traditional guesthouses and comfortable hideaways, it’s tailor-made for ecotourists.
Tourist-class hotels are confined to the mainland and most have restaurants and bars that offer wi-fi service and take credit cards.
The cuisine is stock with seafood which is a well-consumed staple on this island as it is close to the ocean. There are also a number of dining options both on the mainland and the hinterland. Visitors get the best taste from Local food joints and restaurants. There are however classy eateries for high-class business travellers or expats who come to the island on oil business.
Best Way Supermarket offers all kinds of provisions, and there’s a range of products on sale including cocktail drinks, wines and beer from Dammy Supermarket. For frozen food and packed food, you’re invited to try one of the stores on Pepple Road. Most of the impressive clothing stores are found inside the NLNG camp.
Although the official language spoken in Bonny Island and Bonny Town is Ibani, most Bonny natives speak the Igbo language.