Canoeing trails on offer led by experienced guides. Experience still pools through to fast
flowing rivers in unspoilt wilderness and experience nature first-hand. A number of
packages on offer for the adventurous.
Fresh, surf, deep-sea, fly-fishing, rock and river fishing opportunities. Popular
spots are the dolosse around the bay area and the harbour breakwater. Try Cape Recife
Nature Reserve for musselcracker, elf and hottentot. Try fly-fishing in salt water rivers
and river mouths for tiger, skipjack, leervis and kob. Try the Swartkops, Sundays,
Maitland, Van Stadens and Gamtoos Rivers (all within an hour's drive from the city) for a
variety of catches including the giant kob (cabeljou). From Maitland River Mouth to
Gamtoos provides 25km of sea for prime surf fishing sites, although one requires a 4 x 4
vehicle to reach most of these sites. Other spots along the bay include Summerstrand,
Humewood, Flat Rock, Marine Drive and Schoenmakerskop.
Popular watersport - enjot a thrill on the waves of the bay.
Sailing & Yachting
Algoa Bay is world renowned in sailing circles. Two prevailing wind directions
namely the off-shore South Westerly (calm and flat sea) and the South Easterly (rough and
World renowned diving sites in the protected warm waters of Algoa Bay. Beautiful
reefs, ship-wrecks, fish and coral species. Reefs and pinnacles range from 10 - 30m.
Visibility is especially good in the Cape Recife area. Dive packages available.
Magnificent shore dives and snorkelling opportunities. Details of some well known diving
Bell Buoy / Roman Rock
Depth ranges from 12-18m with soft coral, gullies, rocky bottom (pinnacles and drop-offs),
lush gorgonians, a resident conger eel, tame fish and lots of red bait. An amazing dive.
Shore dive reached by a long swim. Depth of reef averages 7m with pinnacles of up to 1m
and a variety of fish. A very special beautiful dive.
The Pati Wreck
Lies on the shallow parts of Thunderbolt Reef.
Not easily accessible but woth it once there. Found 3,5km off St. Croix Island and 20km
from Hobie Beach. Pinnacle extends from 12m down to 40m. Reef is very colourful, abundant
coral and fish (game fish in winter months).
Reef life is rugged in its sheltered position in the bay. Prime spot for shells, seaslugs
and nudibranches. Average visibility of 10m.
St. Croix Islands
Crystal clear water. Breeding ground for many species of fish giving rise to an unbeatable
variety of fish on the local scene. Depth varies from shallow to 25m. Permit is essential.
Used for extensive research on marine life. Slugs, nudibranches and corals.
A navy vessel that sunk late in 1987 and is still intact. Algae, barnacles, anemones and
other reef life. Depth of wreck is 21m.
Big swells, clear water and a semi-precious hard coral in orange and lilac. are the
characteristics of this favourite spot. Pinnacles with drop-offs ranging from 15 - 30m. A
favourite dive of brilliant colour.
Western Knight Wreck
Lies at a depth of 8 - 10m in shallow water on the wild side. Best dived on a high tide in
calmer water. Scrutinise entry and exit points well. Wreck is broken up and well worth
Holland Reef lying within the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve. Very protected. Soft coral and
ferns. A beautiful dive with masses of fish visible in the clear water. Depth ranges from
12 - 18m.
The vertical drop-offs and variation in coral make this wall unique. Depth ranges from 18
- 40m. Game fish at specific times of the year. A spectacular dive.
Wreck Dive Inch Cape Rock
Only steel hulled wreck reasonably intact after the great storms of 1902. Depth ranges
from 8 - 10m. Poor visibility so only diveable at certain times.
Great surfing breaks inside Algoa Bay and on the "Wild Side". World renowned
Jeffreys Bay is the "surfing capital" of South Africa and is within an hour's
McArthur Baths Swimming Pool Complex
Found on the Kings Beach Promenade and Humewood Beach. Comprises a freshwater pool, tidal
sea-water pool, a childrens' waterchute and splash pool, snack-bar and restaurant.
Permanent life-guard is on duty. Open in-season, seven days a week, from September to
St George's Park Swimming Baths
Found within St George's Park, Central. Comprises an Olympic sized swimming pool with
diving area, a childrens' pool and snack-bar. Open in-season, seven days a week, from
September to April.
Safe bathing at various spots along the 40km coastline of Algoa Bay. Warm water, calm seas
and magnificent beaches. Paddle pools in places. Is truly a watersport mecca for the whole
family. Beaches include King's, Humewood, Hobie, Pollock, New Brighton, Bluewater Bay and
St George's Strand (Wells Estate). See BEACH INFO! for more
The best windsurfing conditions in South Africa are right here in Algoa Bay. Flat
Water River windsurfing, Flat Water windsurfing (in the Bay) and "Wild Side"
windsurfing (for the experienced) are all on offer.
Flat Water River windsurfing
Best spots at Dufour Park (Swartkops River) and at the Swartkops River Mouth. The South
West wind creates side shore starboard sailing.
Flat Water windsurfing
Best spot for both long-board and short-board sailing is Hobie Beach (Marine Drive). The
South East wind creates a large shore break. The South West wind leads to calm and flat
conditions, with a small to moderate shore break sometimes. Best spot for side/onshore
windsurfing is Millers Point (Marine Drive, opposite Humewood Golf Club).
"Wild Side" windsurfing
Best spot for experienced boardsailers is Noordhoek (8km from Hobie Beach, Marine Drive).
Totally exposed to ocean swells. For "hard core" windsurfers only. An awesome
spot with excellent reef breaks and cross shore conditions when the South West wind blows.
Magnificent, unspoilt, clean and sandy beaches line Algoa Bay for 40km. Sea
temperature is 18 - 21 deg Celsius in summer and 14 - 19 deg Celsius in winter. Sea
conditions are generally calm in the bay, except when the South Easterly wind is blowing.
Fully-trained professional life guards patrol all beaches in summer. Algoa Bay is truly a
watersport mecca for the whole family. Southern Beaches include King's, Humewood, Hobie
and Pollock. Northen Beaches include New Brighton, Bluewater Bay and St George's Strand
1,6km. Golden sand. Stretches from the harbour wall to Humewood. Safe swimming, body
surfing, sunbathing and beach walks. Entertainment for the whole family on offer with a
supertube, children's playground, paddling pools, Putt-Inn Mini-Golf Course, Go-Kart race
track and snack bars. Large parking area. Lifesavers on duty.
Family beach. Sheltered swimming and body surfing. Sandy subway links the beach to Happy
Valley which is well worth a stroll.
Boasts Shark Rock Pier and the Boardwalk. Venue for the annual "Splash
Festival". Hosted many beach volleyball and boardsailing world championships. Ideal
for swimming, sunbathing and body surfing. Sheltered rock pools offer a variety of sealife
well worth exploring. Restaurants and snack bars close by. Launching facility for sailing
Known as the "Pipe". Ideal for surfing. Large lawns. Parking area.
New Brighton Beach
Large and unspoilt beach. Promenade, cafeteria and playgrounds. Good fishing. Lifesavers
on duty for swimmers.
Magnificent beach. Lifesavers on duty for swimmers and surfers. Childrens' playground.
St George's Strand (Wells Estate)
Endless sand dunes. Swimming possible. Childrens' playground. Parking area. Picnic spots.
sea fishing trips
Tel: (041) 507 7820
Fax: (041) 507 7824
Cell: 082 7733710
Ski-boat fishing trips on board
Bait and tackle supplied by skipper and the fish you catch is yours!
Sunrise surf launches off Hobie Beach. R200 per person.