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Akwa Ibom overview

Akwa Ibom was created as a state out of Cross River State on September 23rd, 1987. It is located in the South-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Akwa Ibom is currently Nigeria's highest oil and gas producing state. Akwa Ibom International Airport is located in Uyo, the capital of the state. The state also has 2 sea ports on the Atlantic Ocean and the Ibaka world-class seaport is currently under construction at Oron.

There are numerous tourist centers in Akwa Ibom, namely; National Museum of Colonial History, Amalgamation House, Presbyterian Church built by Mary Slessor, Ibeno Beach,  Godswill Obot Akpabio International Stadium, Rafia City, Lord Lugard's Residence, Unity Park. Others are the Ibom  Plaza and Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre.

Akwa Ibom Christmas Carol Festivals held in December at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium is the single largest Carol service in the world. The carol singers number more than 25000. The Carol has been declared by Guinness World Records as the largest gathering of carol singers in the world.

Akwa Ibom Heritage Festival (IBOMfest) also holds in December to showcase the historic sites, sculptural landscapes, topography, cuisines, arts, and crafts of Akwa Ibom. Other popular festivals are the Usoro Usuuk Udia (New Yam festival) celebrated in June and September; the Usoro Iyak (fishing festival); the Nsit Ubium aquatic festival called Mbre Mmong and the Usoro Ekoon festival of colourful masquerades.

Best time to book a flight to Akwa Ibom

Passengers interested in attending the Akwa Ibom Christmas Carol Festival and Akwa Ibom Heritage Festival (IBOMFest) are well-advised to book early flight tickets as Akwa Ibom receives its largest number of tourists, visitors and leisure travelers around this period. Hotel rates and flight fares rise sharply during this period.

Peak Season: November and December remain the busiest time of the year for Akwa Ibom due to the Christmas fever and the two major December festivals i.e. Akwa Ibom Heritage Festival (IBOMFest) and Akwa  Ibom Christmas  Carol Festival. These two festivals are the single largest event in the state. Flight fares and hotel rates are most expensive at this time and expect to meet a large number of tourists.

Off Peak Season: Akwa Ibom experiences 10 long months of rainy season. June to September is the dedicated months for celebrating New Yam Festival, but it doesn't receive much visitors. Tourism is on the low during the rainy season because of the daily torrential rainfall. Visitors and tourists to Akwa Ibom at this time should travel with umbrellas, over-alls and cardigans. Cheapest flights to Akwa Ibom are available during the rainy season.

Best time to visit Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom Experiences More Than 10 Months Of Rainy Season And A Short Dry Season Lasting From November Till January. Temperatures Are Relatively Constant Throughout The Year, With Temperatures Ranging From 25°C To 28°C.

November To December Is The Best Time To Visit And Enjoy Akwa Ibom Due To The Numerous Festivals Held Around This Time. Also, The Downpour Would Have Reduced At This Time, Tourists Can Visit The Numerous Tourist Attractions And Beaches In Akwa Ibom.

Airlines operating flights to Akwa Ibom

Arik Air

Aero Contractors

Air Peace

 Dana Air

Akwa Ibom airport

Akwa Ibom International Airport (IATA: QUO; ICAO: DNAI) is the airport serving Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in South-South Nigeria. Akwa Ibom International Airport was opened on September 23rd, 2009. The airport includes both a domestic and international terminal.  Airlines operating in the airport fly to Lagos and Abuja.

Arik Air, Aero Contractors, Air Peace and Dana Air operates domestic flights to Lagos and Abuja from Akwa Ibom International Airport. Akwa Ibom International Airport is 24 km Southeast of Uyo and 16 km Northwest of the river port in Oron. It is easy to get transportation from the airport to the city center.

Getting from Akwa Ibom airport to city centre

Staying in Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom was created as a state out of Cross River State on September 23rd, 1987. It is located in the South-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Akwa Ibom is currently Nigeria's highest oil and gas producing state. Akwa Ibom International Airport is located in Uyo, the capital of the state. The state also has 2 sea ports on the Atlantic Ocean and the Ibaka world-class seaport is currently under construction at Oron.

There are numerous tourist centers in Akwa Ibom, namely; National Museum of Colonial History, Amalgamation House, Presbyterian Church built by Mary Slessor, Ibeno Beach,  Godswill Obot Akpabio International Stadium, Rafia City, Lord Lugard's Residence, Unity Park. Others are the Ibom  Plaza and Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre.

Akwa Ibom Christmas Carol Festivals held in December at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium is the single largest Carol service in the world. The carol singers number more than 25000. The Carol has been declared by Guinness World Records as the largest gathering of carol singers in the world.

Akwa Ibom Heritage Festival (IBOMfest) also holds in December to showcase the historic sites, sculptural landscapes, topography, cuisines, arts, and crafts of Akwa Ibom. Other popular festivals are the Usoro Usuuk Udia (New Yam festival) celebrated in June and September; the Usoro Iyak (fishing festival); the Nsit Ubium aquatic festival called Mbre Mmong and the Usoro Ekoon festival of colourful masquerades.

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Cost of things in Akwa Ibom

Basically, items are more expensive in the Central Business District area of the city. A lot of choice hotels can be booked on Hotels.ng at prices starting from as low as N5500 per night for budget hotels.

The cost of foods and drinks in Akwa Ibom is cheap. Fish is a popular cuisine and is regularly added to the menu. Eat roast chicken, boiled plantain and sauce. Tourists to Akwa Ibom can expect to pay a minimum of N700 for food in downtown restaurants, while restaurants in the highbrow area are more expensive, costing at least N3000.

 

 Item  Price (NGN) 

  Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

  700

  Meal for 2 at upscale restaurant

  3000

  Bread

  350

  Bear

  350


    Bread

  300

  A Dozen Eggs

  550

  A Pair of Jeans

  4250

  Toothpaste

  300

  1 dozen egg

  550

  1 bottle of red wine

  2500

Akwa Ibom tips/advice

Come to the airport with all necessary documents.

Akwa Ibom International Airport houses banks where travelers can exchange currency and do all bank transactions.

Do not board taxis or tricycles with strangers. Hire a taxi if unsure about your safety.

Negotiate your fare with the taxi driver.

Keep an eye on your luggage during the search.

Keep your baggage safe. Ensure your belongings are not open and easy to sight.

Flight from local city to Akwa Ibom

Airlines operating scheduled domestic flights to Lagos and Abuja are Aero Contractors, Air Peace, Arik Air, and Dana Air. The airlines operate the flights from Akwa Ibom International Airport to Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

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LOCAL AIRLINES THAT FLY IN NIGERIA

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