Tourist Sites

Some tourist sites in the state include;

  • Ibom hotel and Golf Resort: A state owned Five-star hotel with 163 standard rooms, 26 suites and 7 villas. The hotel ranks amongst the best in Nigeria with 18 holes golf course, a club house, heliport and numerous indoors and outdoors games/sporting facilities.

  • Ibeno natural sand beach, an over 129 km sprawling coastal sand beach, along the Atlantic Ocean, suitable for relaxation and recreational and sporting facilities.

  • Oron beach and Water Front; located behind the National museum in Oron local government area. It is a breath-taking beautiful outflow of long stretch of water bank and sand beach for recreation and relaxation.

  • Mary Slessor memorial Cairn, at Itu; a memorial park built in memory of Mary Mitchell Slessor, a Scottish Christian missionary, who came to Africa to preach and stop human sacrifice, notably, the killing of twins.

  • Raffia/craft market, Ikot Ekpene; Akwa Ibom state has the largest market of indigenous arts and craftwork in Nigeria. The raffia work/craft include bags, shoes, caps and carvings made from wood. The carvings depict the culture of the people. These products are usually produced in large quantities for commercial purposes.

  • National museum, Oron; the museum contains monuments and relics of colonialism then experienced in the state. It also harbours cultural artifacts, ethnic works of arts and history of the people of the state.

  • Ibom Plaza; with amphi-theatre for recreation and relaxation, adorned with beautiful lightings, water fountain and eateries.

  • Slave trade routes; in Ikot Abasi and Ibiono Ibom local government areas showcase the warehouses, where slaves were kept before being transported to the slave markets in England and America, during the 17th, 18th and 19th

  • Women Anti-tax riot statute of 1928; The statute is the symbol of the heroic sacrifice of the women killed during the protest of that year against the British colonial imperialists in the province. The statute is raised in Ikot Abasi, where the women riot actually took place. This is also to debunk the erroneous misconception of the “Aba women riot”, which attributes the 1928 historic event to Aba rather than Ikot Abasi.

  • Unity park, a lush greenery serene environment which harbours Uyo cenotaph and the giant epitaph of great patriarchies of Akwa Ibom state. It is located along Udo Udoma Avenue, beside the state House of Assembly, in Uyo, the state capital.

  • The first Qua Iboe Church, Nigeria building in Ibeno, built in 1887 by Rev. Samuel Alexander Bill, the Irish missionary who founded the church in the 19th

  • Slave master lodge-Okopedi Itu; the relics of the building where the slave masters lived in Itu. Some of these relics are also found in Ikot Abasi local government area as well.

  • Bridge of No Return” Ikot Abasi ; the horrific canal passage through which slaves where pushed through into canoes and ferries for shipping to foreign countries.

  • The University of Uyo Fine Art Garden; the garden displays the products of the Fine and Industrial Arts department of the University, such as metal and fiber sculpture as well as relief wall murals.

  • Ohaobu Blue River; a unique river confluence, where two water bodies join together in separate distinctive colours. The river is situated in Ohaobu community in Ukanafun local government area of the state.