Where else can you have the choice of 11 tidal pools to spend the long, warm days on the Cape Peninsula. Join us as we take you on a tour of these often overlooked activity. In case you don’t know, a tidal pool is an enclosure build on the coast line that provides a safe environment from the waves and tides for swimming. They also provide a shelter where you don’t have to worry about sharks!
We have selected some of our favourites below…
The tidal pool at St James Beach, on the False Bay coast, is one of the largest along the Cape Peninsula. It’s easily accessible through a subway under the train tracks and there is plenty of parking on the main road. The tidal pool has an even, sandy bottom, that gradually gets deeper the further you go out, making it the ideal pool for all ages. Take in the magnificent views of the colourful bathing boxes and when you are done, enjoy a nice walk along the sea to Muizenberg for a bit to eat or a quick coffee.
Located just up the road from St James, towards Kalk Bay, Dalebrook is a smaller, quianter tidal pool that is a little less busy. This tidal pool offers large boulders to jump off, plus stairs and a rail to help you get into the water with ease. There is also a small beach located next to the tidal pool if you want to do a bit of sun-bathing (remember the sunblock!). Being just a stone’s throw from central Kalk Bay, why not do a bit of exploring around the village, you are sure to find an eclectic shop or eatery that will pique your interest.
Continuing down the coast, next is Wooleys pool. Situated between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek, this one is a bit of a hidden gem! Often overlooked by visitor and locals, Wooleys pool offer amazing views of False Bay and Fish Hoek beach. This pool is suitable for all ages as it offers shallow sections for the kids and more deeper pools for the more experienced swimmer. Afterwards, why not take a walk along the newly refurbished walkway along the main road to Fish Hoek beach and enjoy a light meal or takeaway fish and chips.
Another hidden gem. This tidal pool is accessible from the train station parking lot or a quick walk along the rocks from the beach. It’s one of the oldest tidal pools along the Cape Peninsula, build in the 1920s. It was starting to show its age, with cracks in the walls developing, however an upgrade has recently been completed – replacing the wall with with a new one. Making this a must-visit tidal pool this summer.
Located between Boulders Beach and Cape Point Nature reserve, this tidal pool is certainly our favourite, mainly due to the awesome slide that goes straight into the water! There are a number of braai (BBQ) spots dotted around the pool, which means you can really make a day out of it. Look for the Miller’s Point turn off, about 4 KM before the Cape Point Nature reserve entrance.
Buffels Bay and Bordjiesrif
These 2 amazing tidal pools are situated inside the Cape Point Nature reserve, which means that they are often not as busy as the general access pools. This gives you the opportunity to take in your surroundings while you gently float along. There are also great picnicing spots – just watch out for the baboons! Once done, we suggest a drive down to Cape Point and walk up to the lighthouse.
Soetwater is the first of our of tidal pools on this list located on the Atlantic seaboard. This tidal pool is unique as it offers a dedicated baby pool for those little ones not ready to take the plunge. It’s been recently upgraded, as part of a wider rehabilitation program for the Cape Peninsula tidal pools, so you should find the ammeties up to scratch. While you are in the area why not check out Slangkop lighthouse, standing at 33 meters, it’s the tallest wrought iron lighthouse in South Africa. You’ll pass it on your way to the pool.
Maidens Cove and Camps Bay
These 2 tidal pools are located in the exclusive suburb of Camps Bay. Situated on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula, provides it with some protections from the South Easter that blows in the summer months. In addition to the views out onto the ocean, the 12 Apostles (a series of rocky outcrops) dominates the view towards the mountain.
Hidden amongst the high-rise apartments and palatial homes, this tidal pool is the last on our list, but not last in our hearts. This pool offers amazing views out over the Atlantic Ocean, in fact we suggest arriving late afternoon / early evening to enjoy one amazing sunset. If you want to make a day of it, why not start out in Sea Point and enjoy a walk along the prominent finishing off with a dip in the pool.
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