Tidal Pools in the Cape
Cape Point Nature Reserve
There are 3 tidal pools in the Cape Point Nature Reserve:
· Buffels Bay
· Venus Pools
Buffels Bay is probably the most popular tidal pool of the three as there are ablution facilities and a large picnic area.
You will need to walk to Venus Pools.
Cape Point is great for hiking, cycling, kayaking and boating. You can go for a coffee at the Visitor’s Centre and take the funicular up with all the other tourists. Another option is to book one of a couple of accommodation options. There is an amazing self-catering house right on the beach.
Gate entrance is free for Wild Card holders.
Camps Bay Tidal Pool
Victoria Road, Camps Bay opposite Primi Piatti
This tidal pool is my local where I swim with an amazing group of friends. Go early in season and school holidays as it gets really busy. Enjoy coffee at Maison J, next to Pick & Pay afterwards.
Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pool
Victoria Road, between Camps Bay and Clifton
As you leave Camps Bay, look out for the Maiden’s Cove sign and take that road all the way down. There is a picnic area and you can have coffee at the Bungalow Restaurant depending on the time you go, they don’t open until later.
Saunders Tidal Pool
De Kom Tidal Pool
Soetwater Tidal Pool
Lighthouse Road, next to Kommetjie
This tidal pool was not my favourite. You pay a small entrance fee and there are many picnic areas, ablution facilities and you can also camp. You will need to take your own gas stove and coffee or drive to Scarborough.
St James Tidal Pool
Main Road, St James
Take your mask and snorkel, this tidal pool sometimes has some sea life to enjoy. Enjoy coffee at St James Café.
Miller’s Point Tidal Pool
Main Road, pass the turn-off to the Black Marlin Restaurant in the direction of Cape Point.
A beautiful setting with the Pringle Bay and Rooi Els mountains far in the background. You will need to take your own coffee or pick up a take away at Olympia Café in Kalk Bay on the way. At the moment they have coffee for R10 before 9am.
Glencairn Tidal Pool
Main Road, Glencairn by the railway station
There are beautiful views out to the ocean but as it is on Main Road and by the railway station, it is not exactly idyllic. Enjoy coffee at Blended Health Cafe afterwards.
Wooley’s Tidal Pool
Main Road between Kalk Bay and Clovelly
A beautiful small pool, felt like a rather special place.