One of the many great things to do in Cape Town is to visit the tidal pools. There are so many of these to choose from which is why we have made this guide to the tidal pools in Cape Town. Every one of them is blessed with stunning views and rich marine life. The beautiful tidal pools in Cape Town are definitely worth a visit!
Camps Bay Tidal Pool
Camps Bay Tidal Pool is probably the best-known tidal pool in Cape Town. It is one of the bigger ones which means that it doesn’t feel too crowded on busy days. Therefore, it is perfect for swimming laps or exploring marine life. Another great thing about Camps Bay Tidal Pool is that it is easy and very convenient to access. It is therefore a favorite among locals. From the pool, you are rewarded with some magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head.
Miller’s Point Tidal Pool
Miller’s Point Tidal Pool is located just outside Simon’s Town. In the area, you find both a restaurant, a caravan park, and 2 boat launch sites. The tidal pool is named after a man, who set up a whaling station at this location back in 1825. Nowadays, it has become a very popular place for whale-watching, as southern right whales and their calves tend to swim by in the months between May and November. It is a perfect place after spending some time with the penguins at Boulders Beach.
Dalebrook Tidal Pool
Dalebrook tidal pool is one of the lesser-known spots in the quirky small town of Kalk Bay. However, it is becoming more and more popular amongst tourists. This is because it has become a very good whale-watching spot. However, this tidal pool is ideal if you are looking for a quieter morning swim. The sunrise is said to be beautiful from this spot!
Woolley’s Tidal Pool
Wolley’s tidal pool is probably the best-kept secret of all the tidal pools on this list. This is the second tidal pool in Kalk Bay. However, it is hidden away on the outskirts of town, which means that not many tourists know of it. It is therefore a very quiet place, where you can get an incredible view of Fish Hoek Bay.
Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pool
Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pool has become very popular over the last few years. This is especially due to its great location at sunset. As these two tidal pools are sheltered between big boulders, they offer dramatic scenery with some spectacular views of Table Mountain and the ocean. In addition to its being a perfect sunset location, there is also an area with grass, making it an ideal place to spend the day.
St James Tidal Pool
Last on the list is St James tidal pool – which is nestled between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. This is one of the bigger tidal pools – probably the biggest in False Bay. Just below the railway near St James station, this tidal pool has become a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. This also means that it can be quite crowded. Another bonus of visiting the St James tidal pool is the colorful beaches. Unfortunately, they were getting renovated during our visit. But hopefully, they are all done when you go for a swim at the tidal pool.