How to Enjoy the Beach in Ballito, South Africa

Visiting the beach? Well here are 5 totally free ways to really enjoy the ocean


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    Enjoy coffee on the beach while watching the sunrise. It may sound simple, but the experience is far from simple. If you have not enjoyed a cup of coffee on the beach while watching the sunrise, well then, best you get the flask out. This is elementary level coastal living. Plan ahead, get your flask out, buy a box of cookies and be sure to wake up at first light. There is something quite special about a sunrise on the beach. Perhaps it’s the misty mysterious look the ocean takes on, or perhaps the silence and changing colors.
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    Go dolphin spotting. There is nothing quite as memorable as watching these friendly mammals riding the waves and playing in the surf. But you have to look. Ninety percent of the time, when we see dolphins, no one else on the beach even notices them. So make a point of being the ten percent and go on a dolphin-spotting mission. One suggestion for a successful dolphin spotting mission is get out there in the early morning, before the breeze starts blowing, perch yourself on a rock and just watch, they’ll be there.
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    Go whale watching. The east coast of South Africa sees an annual migration of humpbacked whales past the shores (and the occasional Southern Right Whales). Whale season peaks around June / July as these giants of the ocean head north and again around September / October as they head back south. During whale season, they can be seen anywhere along the north coast but most often relatively far of shore. Keep an eye open for their spray on the horizon as they come to the surface to “take another breath” – this is the easiest way to spot them.
    • If you’re lucky, you will even see them breaching out the water, seeing 30 tons of meat flying through the air is definitely an experience that will make you go “ooooooh.” It’s quite humbling to look out at the ocean and consider that out there somewhere are some of the biggest creatures on our planet, just gently swimming by, the same way they have done for a millennia.
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    Get under the water and snorkel. The variety of fish, nudibranchs (sea slugs on LSD) and other marine life is staggering. The north coast is home to what is probably the southern most shallow water coral on the entire planet. No less than three species of Moray Eel, over seven species of damselfish, four species of butterfly fish, nudibranchs that have yet to be described by science, parrotfish, and the list goes on. In fact some people even go as far as saying that snorkeling on the North Coast is better than diving in some areas! If you have more of an adventurous temperament, snorkeling at night shouldn't be missed as an opportunity to see octopus feeding and even occasional phosphoresce, a microscopic plankton that glows when disturbed, just wave your hands in the water in front of you and amazing glowing green sparkles occur.
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    Take a long walk on the rocky shores. Pick a time when the tide is low and walk fifteen minutes in any direction from virtually any of the busy beaches in the Ballito area and you’ll probably find yourself somewhere quite special, especially if you’re on a rocky part of the shoreline. The rocky shores are considered one of the most dynamic ecosystems on the planet, exposed to the hot sun for hours on end at low tide and then battered by waves for the rest of the day at high tide. It takes some special creatures to survive this endless daily change of habitat. At low tide, incredible life forms are exposed, look closely in the cracks between rocks to spot brilliantly colored anemones with their tentacles waving, just waiting for some unsuspecting prey to pass by, or the bright colors on various sea urchins, which are actually members of the starfish family. Look even closer and you will start noticing Blue-eyed hermit crabs dragging their little shell homes along with them or the cushion starfish, you may even be lucky enough to spot an octopus trying to blend in with the rocks and sponges…and the best part is, you’ll probably have this treasure chest of life to explore all to yourself.


  • Check the wind, wind can make the beach awful even if it is sunny. This article is specific for people living on the east coast of Africa but do some local research for info that applies to your area of residence, whales, dolphins, they are everywhere.

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