Chris and I have only been in Ghana for a few months but we’ve already been lucky enough to receive our first visitor. Anyone who has lived overseas for a while will know how exciting it is to be visited by someone from back home. It’s a little hard to explain why exactly, but I think it is in part because when you move to a new country you have a present and a future, but often it feels like your past has suddenly disappeared – because, let’s face it, locals and fellow ex-pats often don’t care much about who your teachers were at school or what your local pub looks like as we’re all too busy talking about how exciting our current new experience is, and where we’re hoping to end up next.

So when my school-friend, Mariel, told me she would be visiting me in Ghana for a short break I was over-the-moon and immediately began looking for things to do with her. With Mariel being a beach-girl, an obvious first port of call was the beautiful Ghanaian seaside village of Busua.

busua beach boat

busua beach children

Busua and the lovely Busua beach lie about 30 kilometers west of the city of Takoradi in Ghana’s Western Region. Buses to Takoradi run at regular (although unpredictable) intervals from Accra throughout the day. Hoping to miss the traffic, we left our house in Accra about 07.30 on a Saturday morning and made it to the bus station by about 07.45. As anyone who has caught a bus in Ghana knows, they don’t leave until they are full. This means when we bought our tickets, the last thing we wanted to receive was seat numbers 1, 2, and 3, as this indicated we were in for a hot and sticky wait while the bus filled up. But by about 09.30 – having spent around 90 minutes getting excited as potential passengers made their way towards our bus, only to be gutted when they walked straight past without hopping on-board – we were on our way Westward!

busua beach ocean

busua beach boats

busua beach

We stayed at a lovely little place called Busua Inn which was right on the beach and great value for money. And because the owners were French, the food and wine list was great too. And, what’s more, there was even a little monkey who befriended us throughout our stay which gave poor, diligent Chris someone to talk to as he still had to work each day, while Mariel and I got to spend every waking hour on Busua beach or trying our hands at surfing.

busua inn busua beach

busua beach surf school

The Ahanta Waves Surf School

busua beach surfing 2

For those who need a huge amount of attractions and organized activities to make a holiday enjoyable, Busua might not be the perfect place in the world to visit. But for those looking for some peace and tranquility, with friendly locals and the option of some beginners’ surfing to pass the time, Busua beach is a fantastic little holiday destination within half a day’s travel of Accra. The only warning I would provide though is that if you haven’t ever surfed before, be prepared to drink a lot of sea water and wake up the next morning with some decently-bruised knees!

busua beach surfing

busua beach bruised

Now tell me, am I the only person that gets horribly bruised knees from surfing?

Useful tips:

  • Getting there: From Accra take a minivan from Kaneshi bus station to Takoradi (costs: 24 Ghana Cedis). The journey takes about 3-4 hours. From Takoradi take a taxi to Busua (costs: 45 Ghana Cedis). The journey takes about 30 minutes.
  • Where we stayed: Busua Inn, right by the beach (rooms from US$ 24 per night)
  • Where to rent surfboards: Ahanata Waves Surf School (1h 15 Ghana Cedis, 2 hrs 25 Ghana Cedis, and all day 35 Ghana Cedis)

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

2 Thoughts on “Getting battered and bruised at Busua Beach

  1. I love how your friend ‘just happened to be coming to town.’ I also have lived far away from friends/family most of my adult life and those visitors are essential! I did find that when I moved to the super touristy areas (NYC and then London), we all of a sudden had a lot more visitors. Coincidence? I think not! That surf school looks fantastic by the way!
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    • Tammyonthemove on May 2, 2015 at 3:47 am said:

      The more attractive and modern a city the more visitors we usually get. Distance also plays a major role though. We love having visitors around as we usually only get to visit home once a year.

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