Here are this Season’s Blue Flag Beaches, Boats and Marinas

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has announced their Blue Flag beaches, sustainable tourism boats and marinas for the 2018/2019 beach season. This year, 66 Blue Flags were awarded which is up from the 62 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 30 beaches, 12 boats and seven marinas set to fly the Blue Flag this summer. The Eastern Cape was awarded one Blue Flag for Cape St Francis Marina and retains its Blue Flag status for seven beaches. KwaZulu-Natal can boast nine Blue Flag beaches this year.

Blue Flag beaches in South Africa

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An additional 24 beaches across the three provinces are now participating in the Pilot Programme to help these sites achieve Blue Flag status next season.

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
  • Melkboostrand
  • Fish Hoek
  • Kleinmond
  • Hawston
  • Grotto
  • Witsand
  • Preekstoel
  • Lappiesbaai
  • Gouritzmond
  • Santos
  • De Bakke
  • Hartenbos
  • Klein Brak
  • Buffalo Bay
  • Brenton-on-Sea
  • Robberg 5
  • Keurboomstrand
  • Nature’s Valley
  • Lookout
  • The Dunes
  • Singing Kettle
  • Struisbaai

Marinas

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

Sustainable Tourism Boats

  • Robberg Express
  • Oceanic Express
  • Whale Whisperer
  • Dream Catcher
  • Slashfin
  • Oyster Catcher
  • Sousa
  • Dolphin II
  • Apex Predator
  • Megalodon II
  • Megalodon I
  • Whale Song I
Fish Hoek is one of the Blue Flag beaches
Fish Hoek’s beachgoers are protected by shark nets and the sand well cleaned for castle building.

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KwaZulu-Natal

Beaches

  • Marina
  • Trafalgar
  • Lucien
  • Southport
  • Umzumbe
  • Ramsgate
  • Hibberdene
  • Westbrook
  • Ushaka

Eastern Cape

Beaches

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

Marinas

  • Cape St Francis

Words Courtesy of WESSA

Photography John-Clive and the Foundation for Environmental Education

A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.

Leigh Hermon

Leigh Hermon

A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.

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