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WWhether you are a surfer or a sunbather, South Africa is home to the perfect beach for you. South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches are on par with the best beaches in the world. Located along the extensive 3200km-long coastline, these beaches are conserved and protected through strict ethics that honour the environment.

Sixty-two Blue Flags will be proudly flown at 44 beaches, seven marinas and by 11 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2017/18 South African Blue Flag season. South Africa was the first country, outside of Europe, to introduce the Blue Flag programme, in November 2001. Locally, the initiative has grown from just three beaches in the first year to 41 beaches in 2015/16 to 62 in 2018. Since its launch in 1987, the Blue Flag programme has continued to grow, not only regarding the number of member countries and sites involved but also in its range of expertise within marine and freshwater environments. 

 

Did You Know?
TThe Blue Flag programme is active in over 40 countries around the world – and there are now almost 4000 official Blue Flag beaches.

TThe Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 28 of the beaches, all 11 boats and six of the seven Blue Flag marinas falling in the province. This shows an increase of three Blue Flag boats from the previous season and one additional marina.

KwaZulu-Natal again has nine Blue Flag beaches for the 2017/18 season. Seven beaches and one marina have been awarded the eco-label in the Eastern Cape, which is on par with the previous season.

 

AAn additional 22 beaches across the three provinces will participate in the Pilot Programme. Internationally, over 4400 beaches, boats and marinas currently hold Blue Flag status more than 40 countries. The Blue Flag website is extremely informative and offers information on each beach's location, the number of lifeguards, parking, average water temperature, special birds or animals that can be seen, and facilities.

The programme is designed to raise environmental awareness and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

HHere are the Blue Flag beaches you can visit in the relevant province...

Eastern Cape

  • Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
  • Dolphin Beach, Jeffreys Bay
  • Humewood Beach, Port Elizabeth
  • Kariega Beach, Kenton-on-Sea
  • Kelly's Beach, Port Alfred
  • Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth
  • Hamburg, near East London

KwaZulu-Natal

  • uShaka, North Coast
  • Westbrook, North Coast
  • Lucien Beach, South Coast
  • Hibberdene, South Coast
  • Ramsgate, South Coast
  • Marina/San Lameer Beach, South Coast
  • Southport, South Coast
  • Trafalgar Beach, South Coast
  • Umzumbe (Pumula) Beach, South Coast

Western Cape

  • Bikini Beach, Gordon's Bay
  • Brenton-on-Sea, near Knysna
  • Buffalo Bay Beach, near Knysna
  • Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town
  • Clifton 4th Beach, Cape Town
  • De Bakke, Mossel Bay
  • Fish Hoek, False Bay
  • Grotto Beach, Hermanus
  • Hartenbos Beach, Mossel Bay
  • Hawston Beach, near Hermanus
  • Keurboomstrand, near Plettenberg Bay
  • Klein Brak Beach, near George
  • Kleinmond Beach, near Hermanus
  • Lappiesbaai Beach, Stilbaai
  • Llandudno, Cape Town
  • Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay
  • Mnandi Beach, Cape Town
  • Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town
  • Melkbosstrand, Cape West Coast
  • Natures' Valley, near Plettenberg Bay
  • Preekstoel, near Still Bay
  • Robberg 5th, Plettenberg Bay
  • Silwerstroomrand, Cape Town
  • Singing Kettle, Keurboomstrand
  • Strandfontein Beach, near Cape Town
  • Struisbaai Beach, Cape Agulhas
  • The Dunes, Keurboomstrand
  • Witsand Beach, the mouth of the Breede River
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"South Africa’s a very special country from coast to mountain. Cape Town itself is just an incredibly beautiful place also an incredibly diverse place, you have Table Mountain, you have indigenous forest and then you have this wealth marine life where you can see orcas and seals and penguins and whales and dolphins all on the same day and octopuses, massive invertebrate bio-diversity. I think, Cape Town is one of the most important bio-diversity hotspots on the planet and it’s also home to a huge community of endemic species and endemics are animals that you only find in that specific place and then when we talk specifically about the Great African sea forest, which is, the beautiful home of The Octopus Teacher. The thing about kelp forests is they cover 25% of the world’s coastlines, they are critical eco systems, they absorb carbon, they protect coastlines from storms and swell which is very important at this time because of rising sea levels and then they are just home to this unbelievable community of animals. They have some of the most bio-diverse habitats on Earth but, what’s happening, all over the world, because of climate change, is they are incredibly fragile. What’s incredible about the Greta African sea forest is the habitat is thriving, you know, it’s a very extensive kelp forest. It runs from De Hoop in the east all the way up the west coast to Namibia in the west and it’s healthy and the structure is there and although, you know, it’s not pristine but because the habitat is thriving the way that it is it really could be and you put your heard under the water there and you will see things that you never dreamed were possible and you’ll look up and there will be light playing through the forest and light rays shining down on you, and, it’s a dreamlike experience. It’s like being in a painting". Film Director, Pippa Ehrlich. We congratulate Netflix’s #MyOctopusTeacher​ for winning at The Oscars. The incredibly beautiful story of one of South Africa’s magical marine life and biodiversity, #MyOctopusTeacher​ was nominated for an Oscar award under the Documentary Feature category. Set in a kelp forest in #FalseBay​, #CapeTown​, South Africa, we say #MyOctopusTeacher​ definitely deserves the Oscar! #ShareSouthAfrica

We didn’t choose a location for this film because we never knew it was going to be a film, this is just what Craig does and what the C-Change project does, we live in Cape Town so we dive in Cape Town. And there are incredible dive sites all over the city, right on our doorstep and the incredible power of this film in some ways, and the joy of it from a filmmaking point of view is that, most natural history shoots you get flown off to some exotic location and then you’re under incredible pressure to get everything you need in three weeks. When you live and work in your home, you can be very picky about exactly the shot that you want. You know, you can wait for the best visibility, you can wait for the scariest storm. And the most amazing part of all of it is you go and dive, and you have these mind blowing experiences and you hold that feeling in your heart, and then you sit down straight afterwards and go back to the edit suite like this magical process of alchemy where it just pours into the film that you’re creating, so this was a once in a lifetime filmmaking process. It’s certainly changed my life." Film Director, Pippa Ehrlich. A showcase of South Africa’s beautiful biodiversity hotspot in a Western Cape kelp forest of #FalseBay​, Netflix's #MyOctopusTeacher​ has won an Oscar award under the Documentary Feature category. Good luck to the team for the brilliant story of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter in one of the most exquisitely beautiful environments on earth 🐙 #ShareSouthAfrica​ #CapeTown​ #FalseBay Learn more about the destination on www.southafrica.net

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