Mossel Bay

Our Beaches

All along the Mossel Bay shore there are beaches sprinkled among the rocks. Even at the very Point of Cape Saint Blaize there is a sandy channel set between two rocky ridges that has long been treated by locals as the town swimming pool – known as the “Poort”.

Mossel Bay’s Blue Flag Beaches

Mossel Bay have four WESSA blue flag beaches. We are very proud and happy that Santos beach, De Bakke beach, Hartenbos beach and Klein Brakrivier beach are all part of this prestigious group of beaches in South Africa. Glentana received pilot status for 2018/2019.

The greater Mossel Bay is home to no less than sixty kilometres of long, sandy beaches as well as beach-going weather throughout the year. There is also plenty of beach stuff to do in Mossel Bay like swimming, sailing, surfing, fishing and walking. Feel like doing nothing at all? That’s what everyone likes best at the beach, especially on beaches like ours.

What is a Blue Flag Beach?

A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet EXCELLENCE in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. The strict criteria of the programme are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). For more information visit the Blue Flag South Africa

Ocean Awareness 101

How do I avoid getting stuck in a current?

  • Never go swimming alone and always watch your friend. Use the buddy system
  • Always keep an eye on a fixed point or marker on the beach
  • Always make sure your feet can touch the ground
  • Never swim in rough water
  • Always swim between the lifesaver’s red-and-yellow flags

What do I do if I DO get stuck in a current?

  • Do not panic and stay calm
  • Never swim against or directly into the current
  • If you have a surfboard or body board wit you, stay on it. It will keep you a float.
  • Use one arm to keep you afloat and hold the other one up to signal for help. Stay calm
  • Let the current take you out to sea and then assess how you can get back to shore (rip currents work in circular patterns)

How do I recognize a current:

  • Current strength is determined by the tide and wind, which in turn affect the size of the waves
  • Currents are usually discolored, sandy brown
  • Currents ripples the surface of the sea
  • Currents usually start in deep water where there is little wave activity.

5 Golden Rules of swimming at the beach:

  • Never swim alone
  • Always keep an eye on a fixed marker on the beach
  • Stay waist- to chest-deep, and keep your feet on the ground
  • Swim between the flags wherever life savers are on duty
  • After a you eat, wait at least 30 minutes before you swim

And finally:

  • Always respect Mother Nature, the sea.
  • Keep the beach clean and tidy.
  • Always tell your parents or care takers that you are going to the beach.
  • Be responsible on the beach, do not drink alcohol or eat before entering the water.
  • It’s very important that you share this knowledge and information with your parents, friends, brothers and sisters.
  • If you can abide by these simple rules you will be able to enjoy swimming in the sea and still be safe.

Thanks for this material:

Emergency Number: NSRI Mossel Bay

National Sea Rescue Institute  | 044 604 6271

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 990 5954


The consumption of liquor on beaches (incl. the parking areas) is prohibited. Any person who contravenes or fail to comply with this provision shall be guilty of an offense and liable upon conviction to a fine or imprisonment, or both.
Never consume alcohol before swimming, diving or boating as it impairs your judgment, balance and coordination, which can be fatal when in water or in the ocean.

Dogs on our Beaches

During the period  1 December to 31 January annually, dog-owners can walk their dogs on the following beaches on the demarcated areas between 05:00 – 08:00 and 18:00 – 20:00;
Diaz Beach – between the estuary and Bayview Hartenbos – between the river mouth and Little Brak River excluding the Blue Flag Beach between the river mouth and the northern boundary of the parking lot.
Reebok / Tergniet
Dana Bay – between First and Second Beach Souwesia
During the period 1 February to 30 November annually, dog owners are allowed to walk their dogs between  the hours of 06:00 – 20:00 on the beaches mentioned above.

Stranded Marine Animal Rescue Team

To report all marine strand-lings, call 072 227 4715

The Seabird & Penguin Rehabilitation Centre (SAPREC)

Carol Walton |  072 227 4715

No swimmining recommended at Dana Bay!

Beach-goers are advised not to swim at any of the Dana Bay beaches due to dangerous currents and sea conditions at times. No lifesavers on duty.

Lifesavers on Duty 

There will be lifesavers on duty on the following beaches between 15 December 2018 and 2 January 2019;

Glentana, Gleniqua, Onderwyser, Outeniqua, Dwarsweg, Pienaar, Great Brak River Mouth, Southern Cross, Souwesia, Klein Brak River, De Bakke, Santos, Cloete se Gat, Nooitgedacht, Koffiehuis, Bay View,  Tweekuilen, Diaz, Point Tidal Pool, Die Poort @ The Point, Boggomsbaai and Vleesbaai

Great Brak River Mouth, De Bakke, Santos and Diaz beaches will have lifesavers on duty from 1 December 2018 to 13 January 2019 

  • Thanks for this video, Dr Rob Brander (‘Dr Rip’) of the University of New South Wales.
  • Download more greaat beach safety information from Dr Rip’s site: