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The coastal village of Onrus, about 120km outside of Cape Town, lies on a narrow coastal strip, sandwiched between majestic mountains and the sea, surrounded by fynbos. The area around Onrus is legendary for its "champagne" air and Southern Right whales can be spotted near the Onrus beach in season.

Onrus is great for crayfish diving. The beach is well-known to surfers and a fresh water lagoon and nearby pool offer safe swimming. Rock pools with abundant marine flora and fauna are popular for snorkelling.

The area around Onrus is teeming with bird life such as the Black Oystercatcher and various species of Terns. The nearby Vermont Nature Reserve has a hiking trail that covers an area stretching from Brêkfis Bay to the Hawston harbour.

Hermanus, just five kilometres away, has the best land based whale watching site in the world and is home to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve showcasing ericas, proteas, and other fynbos species.

Onrus, located in the Overberg/Whale Coast region of the Western Cape, South Africa, offers beautiful coastal scenery, outdoor activities, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Here are five things to see and do in and around Onrus:

  1. Onrus Beach and Lagoon:

    • Beach Relaxation: Spend time at Onrus Beach, known for its soft white sands and scenic views. It's an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking. The beach is family-friendly and has a laid-back vibe, perfect for a relaxing day by the sea.
    • Lagoon Activities: Explore the Onrus Lagoon, where you can enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or simply wading in the calm waters. The lagoon is a great place for birdwatching, with a variety of bird species inhabiting the area.
  2. Whale Watching:

    • Seasonal Sightings: Visit during the whale-watching season (June to November) to witness the southern right whales that migrate to the coast. Onrus provides excellent vantage points for spotting these magnificent creatures from the shore.
    • Whale Watching Tours: Consider joining a whale-watching boat tour from nearby Hermanus or other coastal towns to get a closer view of the whales and other marine life.
  3. Hiking and Nature Walks:

    • Onrus Mountain Trails: Explore the hiking trails in the Onrus Mountain area, offering stunning views of the coastline and surrounding landscapes. These trails are perfect for nature enthusiasts and provide opportunities to see local flora and fauna.
    • Fernkloof Nature Reserve: A short drive away, Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus offers a variety of hiking trails through fynbos-covered hills, with breathtaking views and diverse plant life. It's a great spot for hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking.
  4. Hermanus:

    • Cliff Path Walk: Take a scenic walk along the Cliff Path in Hermanus, which offers spectacular ocean views and opportunities to spot whales during the season. The path stretches for several kilometers along the coastline and is accessible for all fitness levels.
    • Old Harbour Museum: Visit the Old Harbour Museum in Hermanus to learn about the history of the area, particularly its whaling past. The museum features interesting exhibits and is situated in a picturesque setting.
  5. Local Dining and Art:

    • Restaurants and Cafés: Enjoy a meal at one of the many local restaurants and cafés in Onrus, which offer a range of delicious dishes, from fresh seafood to contemporary cuisine. Many of these eateries have beautiful sea views, enhancing the dining experience.
    • Art Galleries and Studios: Explore local art galleries and studios to discover works by talented local artists. Onrus has a vibrant arts scene
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