KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsThe Dolphin Coast Beaches
The Dolphin Coast offers visitors a combination of modern facilities at it's sun drenched seaside resorts in a lush, subtropical environment. The Dolphin Coast shoreline is an exciting blend of golden beaches and rock pools for safe bathing, surfing and scuba diving, rock and skiboat fishing, or just relaxing on the beach.
Where? The Dolphin Coast stretches from the Tongaat River at Zimbali to Zinkwazi Beach and the Tugela River mouth in the north
When? Best during daylight hours
Overnight? See Dolphin Coast accommodation, in KwaZulu Natal
At Willard Beach, the main swimming beach in Ballito, a 2.4km boardwalk follows the shoreline southwards providing an opportunity for an easy stroll with spectacular views of bays and coves.
A more rugged trail extends northwards from Willard to Shaka's Rock which takes you through a hole in a cliff - best attempted at low tide.
Below is a list of beaches in the North Coast which includes Ballito Beach, Zinkwazi Beach, Umhlali Beach, Tinley Manor Beach, Thompson's Bay Beach, Sheffield Beach, Shaka's Rock Beach, Salt Rock, Blythedale Beach, Clark Bay.
Popular Dolphin Coast Beaches
Ballito Tidal Pool
The Ballito Tidal Pool is a wonderful day out, no matter if you’re a tiny tot or a grown up. There are two different sized pools, a larger one for adults who’d like to swim in the seam but not out in the open water. The tidal pool in Ballito...
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Where? Blythedale Beach
This is a great spot for surfing and you’ll enjoy catching a wave or two in this warm water. Unlike the Atlantic Ocean where a wetsuit is preferable, the warm Indian Ocean doesn’t demand this and you will find surfers without suits...
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Clarke Bay Beach
Just a short 15 minute walk from the main beach in Ballito, Willards Bay, you’ll find the quieter Clarke Bay. The beach is protected by shark nets and there are lifeguards on duty to ensure your safety when you’re in the water, please try...
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Salmon Bay Beach
The beach at Salmon Bay is unspoilt and a fantastic place to spend the afternoon with your friends and family. Salmon Bay beach is usually filled with bathers in the day and this is also where most of the boats are launched from...
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Salt Rock Beach
Where? Salt Rock
A fantastic and safe place to go swimming is Salt Rock Beach. There are shark nets around the beach and lifeguards on duty. A large tidal pool sits at the edge of the beach making it safer for the little ones to swim. Ablution facilities and...
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The Beach at Sheffield Beach
Where? Sheffield Beach
The beach at Sheffield Beach on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal is only a short drive from Ballito and by comparison to the other beaches in the area - its relatively small. But don’t be put off by the size as this is still a great beach...
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Thompsons Bay Beach
Thompsons Bay Beach is known for safe swimming, with lifeguards on duty, shark nets in place and of course ‘Charlie’s Pool’ which provides a bit more security for young swimmers and the elderly. The beach sits in a cove, sheltering it nicely...
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Tinley Manor Beach
Where? Tinley Manor
Tinley Manor is another one of the fabulous beaches you’ll find on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal. If you’re holidaying in Ballito and want a change of scenery this beach is really just a hop, skip and a jump away. Some important things...
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Surrounded by nature, the views are phenomenal and bird watching is a firm favourite with over 250 species spotted around here. You can often see turtles on the beach and during October and November may be lucky enough to cast your...
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The Beach at Westbrook Beach
Bury your feet into these warm soft sands or dip your toes into the tempting waters at Westbrook Beach. Lifeguards on duty and surrounding shark nets ensure a safe swimming beach for all the family to enjoy. Take the kids to the rock pools...
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The Zimbali Beach is a great place to come and relax while your other half finishes a four ball at the Zimbali Golf Course. This beautiful coastal estate is only a 20 minute drive from Durban with a magnificent stretch of beach. The area...
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Zinkwazi Beach is in the small town of Zinkwazi on the Dolphin Coast is surrounded by coastal dunes. The small, protected beach is one of the many beaches on this stretch of coastline that form part of a nature conservancy. Bring your picnic...
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