Shelly Beach - South Coast Holidays, KwaZulu Natal
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Shelly Beach gets its name from the wide variety of shells that can be found on the beach after high tide. Shelly Beach Blue Flag beach with its submerged reefs has shark nets, and is patrolled by lifeguards during school holidays.
If it's Shelly Beach scuba diving you're into, there's a reef about 1500 metres out to sea which is very popular with divers, as well as the renowned Pretoria Banks reef 7km out to sea, which is also a popular diving destination teeming with fish and sharks.
If it's South Coast shopping you're after, the Shelly Centre in Shelly Beach is the biggest shopping centre on the South Coast, with 6 cinemas, various restaurants and shops.
Thrill the kids with a visit to the Pure Venom Reptile Park at Shelly Beach, said to be the largest reptile farm in Africa. The Shelly Beach snake park has an amazing collection of indigenous and exotic reptiles, which include both alligators and crocodiles. While at the park, stop by the 'Creepy Curio Shop' which sells curios, unique clothing and accessories.
Also visit other South Coast towns near Shelly Beach:
Drive 1.9km south from Shelly Beach to St Michaels-on-Sea - the South Coast surfer’s paradise.
Uvongo (5.5km from Shelly Beach) - situated at the mouth of the Ivunga River.
Manaba Beach (5.7km from Shelly Beach) - surf and swim on a safe South Coast Blue Flag beach.
Margate (7.5km from Shelly Beach) - regarded as the foremost South Coast holiday beach destination.
Ramsgate (9.3km from Shelly Beach) - a quiet South Coast paradise with a large tidal pool and lagoon.
Drive north from Shelly Beach to Oslo Beach (7km from Shelly Beach) - known as the place to go surf and fish.
Port Shepstone (11.1km from Shelly Beach) - offers excellent surfing, fishing, scuba diving and swimming.
Umtentweni (11.8km from Shelly Beach) - come sit on the beach and watch the dolphins go by.
What to do in towns near Shelly Beach:
Eat at C-Bali - a stylish seafood restaurant overlooking St Michaels-on-Sea beach.
Dive the caves in Uvongo Lagoon.
Swim, sunbathe, kite-surf, paddle, canoe, windsurf and bird watch in Manaba Beach.
Fish in Margate - known as the anglers paradise.
Be enchanted at the Ramsgate Butterfly Valley.
Visit Oribi Gorge (20km inland from Oslo Beach) - the largest and most spectacular gorge in KZN.
Golf at Port Shepstone Country Club - considered the gem of the South Coast golfing circuit.
Take the family to Umtentweni Riverbend Crocodile Farm - home to 200 Nile crocodiles.