16 July 2011 by Kate Turkington

Seaside Adventures at St Francis

St Francis Bay is only 50 years old but this beautiful themed village with its matching black and white architecture has evolved from a fishing camp of thatched rondavels to one of the Eastern Cape’s most sought-after destinations .

An extensive canal system stretches from the Kromme River to the marina and old fishing port. But I wasn’t here just to cruise the canals, walk along the lovely beach or admire the flaming sunsets. I wanted to discover what there is to do if you’re feeling active.

May to September is whale-watching time, but I’m here in an unbelievably warm and sunny July. I could have gone fishing, canoeing, black water tubing, snorkelling, diving, sandboarding, hiked a trail, had a scenic flight or gone ballooning.

Instead in a golden dawn, I cycle slowly along the shell-bedecked beach with Rudi Moolman from The Sands Hotel (more a luxurious beach house than a hotel), as gulls fly overhead and dolphins drift by.

Laze on the beach by all means, but don’t miss out on activities to make your heart race, your body tingle, and your adrenalin pump.

Or maybe just sit on the deck of The Sands and watch the whales and dolphins…

www.thesands.co.za

www.stfrancistourism.co.za

Category: Adventure

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