Benin is a small country in West Africa. It has a very small coastline along the Gulf of Guinea which is only 125 kilometers long. Benin’s neighbors are Togo to the west, Nigeria on the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The country’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture and cotton exports account for 80 percent of the total export revenue. The coastal strip rises all the way to a forested plateau and highlands further north. Unlike most of the other West African nations, Benin is politically very stable. The law and order situation is good and tourists feel safe on the beaches and streets of Benin. However, the waters around the coastal area of Benin are polluted and are literally dumping sites of garbage. The diving scene is not very encouraging in Benin, with very few diving operations working. Coastal area is comprised of sandy beaches and little or no rock and reef structures which make the waters murky. The visibility is not ideal for photography and at best hovers between 3 to 5 meters.
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