Cape Whale Coast ebb & flow

The Marine Tidal Pool, Hermanus
The Marine Tidal Pool, Hermanus

Scared of the cold Benguela Current’s predators or just looking for a safe, natural place to swim and experience the benefits of salty, fresh waters? The Cape Whale Coast offers a number of safe swimming options.  Pack your sunscreen, water and a fluffy towel and take a friend or two to one of the following tidal pools with easy walk-in access.

  • The Marine Pool is conveniently situated in town in close proximity to the Hermanus high street shops and offers an opportunity to cool down with the convenience of a changing facility next to the pool. After a refreshing swim you could pop in at The Marine for a glass of wine.  Very civil indeed!
  • Fick’s Pool on the way to the Hermanus new harbour
  • Davies’ Pool opposite the Onrus Caravan Park has well maintained ablution facilities right at the walkway to the water and has become the meeting place of locals on a sunny afternoon.  Exercise does not have to be a solitary occasion.

    Davies Pool Onrus
    Davies Pool Onrus
  • Rabies’ Pool at the bottom of Vermont Drive bordering Onrus and Vermont offers two tidal pools in one.  The front pool seems to be a quick-dip opportunity for dogs while the back pool, which is a little bit more treacherous to enter, offers the luxury of swimming while the waves are breaking a meter away.  A close encounter with nature!
  • Gansbaai sports a tidal pool with braai facilities on hand
  • Kleinbaai’s pool has a grass spot ideal for a picnic while swimming

Stock up on some feel-good energy and sunshine vitamins while burning the calories away -stroke for stroke in fresh seawater!

Rabie's Pool, Onrus
Rabie’s Pool, Onrus