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Five of the best tidal pools in South Africa

Do you love going to the beach but you’re afraid of massive waves and strong currents? Swimming in one of these tidal pools will solve both problems.

St James Tidal Pool - Cape Town


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Situated a stone’s throw away from Muizenberg beach, the St James Tidal is a local favourite for Capetonians - some who use it for a quick swim before going about their daily duties.

On public holidays and other warm summer days, this spot is usually filled to the brim, and is the ideal spot for a safe day at the beach with the little ones.

Ballito Tidal Pool - KwaZulu-Natal


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Offering a smaller tidal pool for the little ones and a larger one for adults, Ballito’s Tidal Pool is the ideal way to enjoy the warmer beaches of Durban. The surrounding rock pools offer hours of fun, exploring the sea life that call it home.

Fick’s Pool - Hermanus


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Located in Westcliff on the way to the New Harbour, Fick’s Pool is very popular amongst locals and feeds off the crashing waves during high tide. Sunsets are a dream here and one can take a stroll along the paths above the pool.

Miller’s Point - Simon’s Town


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Located five kilometres from the iconic Boulder’s Beach, Miller’s Point is another excellent destination for a family day out.

A popular launching point for watersport enthusiasts to explore the False Bay coastline, Miller’s Point has braai areas and a lush green grass area to set up an umbrella and a picnic basket. If you’re looking to explore the False Bay coastline a bit more - make sure you have reliable wheels, if you don’t, car rental Cape Town is cheap and easy to obtain.

Salt Rock Hotel Tidal Pool - Durban


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What makes the Salt Rock Tidal Pool so special is the host of sea life that visitors can see within the pool itself - in fact one can even spot a few rare corals at the bottom of the pool. Take a snorkel and search for the colourful parrot fish - which can often be seen swimming in the tidal pools waters.

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