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Tractor pulling boat from water in Britannia Bay  © Robvanvee, License

Britannia Bay

Britannia Bay is a little town about 160 km from Cape Town, named after the British ship of the same name that was wrecked just 3 miles west of the present day Britannia Bay. The wreck, originally salvaged by local farmer Martin Melck, was re-discovered in 1998 and artefacts recovered that include valuable porcelain crockery and full bottles of wine and ale.

The beauty of Britannia Bay is in the miles of unspoilt beaches, the quaint character of the older holiday cottages in the original village with its slow way of life and the proximity to numerous water activities that include fishing, diving, surfing, yachting, water-skiing and sail boarding. This part of the coast is notoriously tranquil, despite modern development along the coast. Seal Island is a 10 minute boat ride from Britannia Bay and is perfect for fishing and crayfishing and the shallow waters of Britannia Bay attract Southern Right and Humpback whales as well as resident pods of the rare Heaviside dolphin.

Britannia Bay, situated on the West Coast of South Africa, offers pristine beaches, scenic landscapes, and outdoor activities.

Here are five things to see and do in and around Britannia Bay:

1. Golden Mile Beach:
Scenic Beach: Spend time relaxing on Golden Mile Beach, a beautiful stretch of coastline known for its golden sands and calm waters. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing along this tranquil shoreline.
Sunset Views: Capture stunning sunset views over the Atlantic Ocean from Golden Mile Beach, providing a picturesque backdrop for romantic walks or evening picnics.

2. Cape Columbine Nature Reserve:
Cape Columbine Lighthouse: Visit the historic Cape Columbine Lighthouse, located within the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding landscapes.
Rock Formations: Explore the rugged coastline and unique rock formations along the reserve's hiking trails. The area is known for its dramatic cliffs, tidal pools, and diverse marine life.

3. Water Activities:
Fishing: Enjoy fishing opportunities off the coast of Britannia Bay, known for its abundance of fish species such as snoek, yellowtail, and kabeljou. Join a fishing charter or try your luck from the shore.
Watersports: Experience adrenaline-pumping watersports such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking in the clear waters of Britannia Bay. Rental equipment and lessons are available for enthusiasts of all skill levels.

4. West Coast National Park:
Flower Season: Explore the nearby West Coast National Park, particularly during the spring flower season (August to September), when the landscape is adorned with colorful wildflowers. Witness the breathtaking display of floral diversity in this protected area.
Birdwatching: Discover the rich birdlife of the West Coast National Park, which is home to a variety of bird species, including flamingos, pelicans, and migratory birds. Visit the bird hides and lagoon areas for excellent birdwatching opportunities.

5. Local Cuisine and Markets:
Seafood Restaurants: Indulge in fresh seafood cuisine at local restaurants and eateries in Britannia Bay. Sample dishes such as line fish, calamari, and seafood platters, prepared using locally sourced ingredients.
Farmers' Markets: Explore nearby farmers' markets and artisanal craft markets to discover locally grown produce, homemade treats, and handmade crafts. Engage with local vendors and artisans while enjoying a taste of West Coast hospitality.

These attractions offer a mix of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights in and around Britannia Bay, making it an ideal destination for visitors seeking relaxation and exploration on the West Coast of South Africa.





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