Blue Water Bay
A quiet stretch of beach on the outskirts of the harbour town of Saldanha, Bluewater Bay is an idyllic getaway for watersports enthusiasts, bird watchers and beachcombers alike. The wide deep bay has been used as a natural harbour through history and today the sheltered harbour bustles with fishing vessels, naval ships, yachts, windsurfers and more, but there’s still plenty of space for seabirds and marine life both in the calm waters close to the town and within the wider bay among its five small islands.
Wind your way through indigenous fynbos down to the unspoilt beach for a surf or swim, enjoy some early morning sea-kayaking or SUP. If you’ve always dreamed of horse-riding along a beach, this is the place to make it a reality, with beach rides further along the bay towards Langebaan as well as horse-riding trails through the fynbos. If a mountain bike is your preferred vehicle, you’re spoilt for choice in this area with a variety of scenic trails to experience, several in the West Coast Fossil Park, where you can also take part in the excavation of 5 million year old fossils. The West Coast is famous for its spring flowers and one of the lesser known places to see them at their best is the SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve, with a chance of spotting Southern Right whales in the bay at the same time of year and a network of hiking and mountain bike trails.
At the other end of Saldanha Bay, Langebaan lies at the entrance to a large protected lagoon, another watersports mecca for windsurfing, kitesurfing and waterskiing and plentiful wildlife within the West Coast National Park that surrounds it. Or head north up the coast to Paternoster for quaint fishing villages and empty unspoiled beaches, if you can tear yourself away from the delights of your home stretch of beach and sea views with cormorants and gannets wheeling overhead.