The black beaches of Limbe


Etisah Beach with “Petit Mount Cameroon” in the background. The real Mt Cameroon is hidden somewhere in the ever-present clouds behind it.

We spent last weekend in the town of Limbe, about an hour and a half north of Douala on the part of Cameroon’s road network that looks like the N2 (with a couple more potholes). Limbe is Cameroon’s major beach resort but because its the middle of the rainy season the town has very few tourists, although this is the best season for waves.

Limbe is notable for several reasons:

  • apparently it has the third highest rainfall in the world (after some place in Japan and one in Hawaii);
  • it also has black sand beaches – largely because of the presence of the nearby active volcano, Mount Cameroon (which last erupted in 1999)
  • and it has one of the few quality rights in Central/West Africa: “Mile 6″ – a long point break


Etisah Beach: Black

We spent a few days on the beach with Pierre and Stephane, two French expats who spend most weekends in Limbe.

It was the Cameroonian municipal elections on Sunday so driving was prohibited meaning we had to stay on the beach all day – not too much of a problem!


Pierre grew up in the Ivory Coast, is a part-owner of 7Shores – an Ivorian surf brand, and an excellent surfer:


Stephane is a kite-surfer who works for Exxon Mobil. He straps a camera to his wing and gets some incredible shots from the air:

The waves were OK, but we’re holding out for the swell kicking in this Friday. No doubt Giles, our dedicated Surf Reporter will be tracking the coming waves on the Surf Report page.




In the meantime we’re heading off to Kiribi, south of Douala, which is meant to have some great beaches but no waves. We’ll update when we get back from there…



5 Responses to “The black beaches of Limbe”

  1. 1 pierre Aug 3rd, 2007 at 9:06 am

    hi guys

    eh mike!
    don’t forget to bring grilled peanuts back with you!!!!!
    i hope you will be ok ,how was the road thru Manfe?

    Ttake care friends

  2. 2 jerome Dec 28th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    salut je voulais savoir si le moi d avril etait eune bonne saison pour le sur ? merci de me repondre

  3. 3 Christoph Feb 8th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I know it’s been a few years since you posted this, but any idea if there are boards for rent in Limbe?


  4. 4 Marc-Andre Apr 16th, 2012 at 9:57 pm


    Je part pour une mission à Douala du 14 au 18 mai 2012.

    Ca va valloir le coup d’amener mon mattos pour une petite escapade à Kribi?


  5. 5 nicola camilli Oct 16th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    je m’exuse mais j’ai besoin de’un rensegnement concernent la l’entourage e la ville de LIMBE ! Pouvait vous me faire une description e me dire comment arrivèè de la <france ,quelle sont le tarif et le mois meilleures pour venire a LIMBE en couple o tout seul? mercie de me repondre Vous etiez a vivre la?
    meilleures sentiments
    Nicola camilli gustavo

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March 2007: Tim, Lurks & Stone mission north from Cape Town up the west coast of Africa, in search of good waves and good times. Their vehicle: a trusty 1981 Landcruiser named Mzee Kobe (The Old Tortoise). Their final destination: London... finally arriving almost a year behind schedule in latter 2008!

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