Cape Townians are some of the strangest creatures, delighting in waking up before the sun has risen and going for icy cold dips in the ocean. I confess, I am one of these strange Cape Townians and I take great pleasure in a freezing cold ocean swim (although it’s mostly not before sunrise). There are so many beautiful Cape Town tidal pools to choose from and so I’ve compiled a list of my personal favourites. The autumn months of March, April and May are some of the mildest in Cape Town with moderate temperatures, no wind and the most glorious sunsets and sunrises. Why not make the most of this weather with a tidal pool swim. Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite of the best tidal pools in Cape Town!
Dalebrook Tidal Pool
Dalebrook Tidal Pool is a firm favourite. This once lesser known spot in Kalk Bay has since become very popular. It’s still a fantastic spot for a sunrise swim.
Camps Bay Tidal Pool
Feeling brave enough to swim in the icy Atlantic waters? Camps Bay tidal pool is a lovely big tidal pool with a glorious view of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head.
Woolley’s Tidal Pool
The new Dalebrook in my opinion. This lesser known spot has beautiful views across the Fish Hoek Bay and is much quieter than Dalebrook. Just located on the other side on Kalk Bay, Woolley’s is a great alternative to busy Dalebrook.
My new local swimming spot! Located in Bantry Bay at the end of the Seapoint Promenade, Saunder’s Rock is a small tidal pool. It also has a bit of beach which is nice for those wanting a tidal pool swim but love the feeling of the sand between their toes. This spot is nicely populated around sunrise and sunset. In the middle of the day it can be a little on the quiet side and more unsafe.
St James Tidal Pool
What’s not to love about the colourful wendy houses of St James? This is probably the biggest tidal pool on the False Bay side and a lovely spot for kids.
There are so many lovely tidal pools around Cape Town, but these are my best ones. Which of these have you been to and which of these are you keen to try out?
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