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Sunset at St Helena Bay, West Coast © Graham Maclachlan, License

St. Helena Bay

Just 150 km west from Cape Town, on Route 27, St Helena Bay is recognised as one of the calmest and one of only three natural bays in the world where it is possible to see the sun rise and set over the sea. St Helena Bay was named by Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama and is an important fishing centre, providing support for the local economy. Fish processing factories around St Helena Bay supply over half the fish in South Africa and the bay is known for its crayfish, anchovies and snoek.

St Helena Bay is sheltered from the West Coast winds making it ideal for windsurfing. Other popular water activities include diving, sea kayaking, surfing and swimming in rock pools. Seasonal Southern Right Whales visit the Atlantic coastline during their calfing season, and dolphins can also be spotted. Wheat fields surrounding St Helena Bay provide for a number of hiking trails. History enthusiasts can visit the Vasco da Gama Monument and Vasco da Gama Nautical Museum.

St. Helena Bay, located on the West Coast of South Africa, boasts stunning beaches, rich marine life, and scenic landscapes.

Here are five things to see and do in and around St. Helena Bay:

1. Shelley Point Peninsula:
Beach Exploration: Explore the pristine beaches of Shelley Point Peninsula, known for their white sands and clear waters. Take leisurely walks along the shoreline, collect seashells, or simply relax and soak up the sun.
Rocky Outcrops: Discover rocky outcrops and tidal pools along the coast, ideal for exploring marine life such as colorful fish, crabs, and sea anemones.

2. Cape St. Martin Nature Reserve:
Coastal Hiking Trails: Traverse scenic hiking trails within the Cape St. Martin Nature Reserve, offering panoramic views of the coastline, fynbos-covered hillsides, and rugged cliffs. Keep an eye out for indigenous flora and fauna along the way.
Whale Watching: Visit during the whale-watching season (June to November) to witness southern right whales, humpback whales, and other cetaceans as they migrate along the coast.

3. Fishing and Water Activities:
Angling: Enjoy fishing opportunities in the rich waters of St. Helena Bay, known for its abundance of fish species including snoek, yellowtail, and Cape salmon. Join a fishing charter or cast your line from the shore.
Boating and Kayaking: Explore the bay by boat or kayak, discovering hidden coves, sheltered bays, and offshore islands. Paddle along the coastline for a unique perspective of the area's natural beauty.

4. Stompneusbaai Lighthouse:
Historic Landmark: Visit the Stompneusbaai Lighthouse, a historic landmark situated near St. Helena Bay. Although the lighthouse is not open to the public, it offers picturesque views and serves as a scenic backdrop for photography enthusiasts.

5. Local Cuisine and Seafood:
Seafood Restaurants: Indulge in fresh seafood cuisine at local restaurants and eateries in St. Helena Bay. Sample dishes such as grilled fish, seafood platters, and traditional South African favorites, all prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Fishermen's Wharf Market: Explore the Fishermen's Wharf Market, where you can purchase fresh seafood directly from local fishermen. Stock up on prawns, mussels, and crayfish for a delicious seafood feast.

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

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