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Here are the Blue Flag Beaches, Boats and Marinas for 2019/2020

Here are the Blue Flag Beaches, Boats and Marinas for 2019/2020

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has announced the Blue Flag beaches, sustainable tourism boats and marinas for the 2019/2020 beach season. This year, 64 Blue Flags were awarded which is down from the 66 handed out last year. The announcement was made just ahead of the start of the Blue Flag season on 1 November.

What is a Blue Flag Beach?

To achieve this status, a beach has to comply annually with more than 30 criteria related to water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and services. Standards are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, where it started. Here it’s managed by WESSA.

A Blue Flag site is required to carry out several environmental education activities throughout the year and to practise effective, efficient conservation management. A beach that has unsuccessfully applied for Blue Flag status is awarded Pilot status for an ‘incubation’ development period, when managers and WESSA work together to meet the criteria.

Who scored top marks?

Once again the Western Cape received the highest number of Blue Flags with 33 beaches, 10 boats and seven marinas set to fly the Blue Flag this summer. The Eastern Cape was awarded Blue Flag status for two marina sites and six beaches, while KwaZulu-Natal can boast six beaches that’ll be flying the flag this season.

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Muizenberg is one of the Blue Flag beaches for the Western Cape during South Africa's 2019/2020 beach season.

An additional 35 beaches (up from last year’s 24) across the three coastal provinces are now participating in the Pilot Programme to help these sites achieve Blue Flag status next season.

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Take a look at this year’s list to plan your upcoming beach holiday.

Western Cape

Beaches

  • Silwerstroomstrand
  • Clifton 4th
  • Camps Bay
  • Llandudno
  • Muizenberg
  • Strandfontein
  • Mnandi
  • Bikini
  • Melkbosstrand
  • Fish Hoek
  • Kleinmond
  • Hawston
  • Grotto
  • Castle Beach
  • Struisbaai
  • Witsand
  • Preekstoel
  • Lappiesbaai
  • Gouritzmond
  • Stilbaai Wes
  • De Bakke
  • Hartenbos
  • Klein Brak
  • Santos
  • Glentana
  • Brenton-on-Sea
  • Robberg 5
  • Keurboomstrand
  • Nature’s Valley
  • Lookout
  • The Dunes
  • Singing Kettle

Marinas

  • V&A Waterfront
  • False Bay Yacht Club
  • Home Owners
  • Thesen Harbour Town
  • The Water Club
  • Yachtport SA
  • Harbour Island

Sustainable Tourism Boats

  • Robberg Express
  • Oceanic Express
  • Whale Whisperer
  • Dream Catcher
  • Slashfin
  • Oyster Catcher
  • Sousa
  • Odysseus
  • Apex Predator
  • Megalodon II

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KwaZulu-Natal

Beaches

  • Marina
  • Trafalgar
  • Southport
  • Umzumbe
  • Hibberdene
  • Ushaka

Eastern Cape

Beaches

  • Dolphin
  • Humewood
  • Kings
  • Hobie
  • Kariega
  • Kelly’s

Marinas

  • St Francis Canals
  • Royal Alfred

Words Courtesy of WESSA

Photography John-Clive and the Foundation for Environmental Education

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