About 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.

Did you know? The Dolphin Coast refers to the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal, and is so named for the schools of Bottlenose Dolphins that leap out of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, to the delight of spectators. This is a prime holiday hotpot for its undeniable beauty and almost year-round tropical climate.

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 Beaches & Pools

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 ...

Ballito Beaches & Pools

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 ...

Blythedale Beach Beaches & Pools

Blythedale Beach

Head down to the beach at Blythedale Beach for a safe swim thanks to the resident life guards on duty and the shark nets in the water. This is a great spot for surfing and you’ll enjoy catching a wave or two in ...

Ballito Beaches & Pools

Salmon Bay

Salmon Bay Beach which is situated south of Ballito is great for surfing due to how exposed it is which makes for very consistent surf. The beach is unspoilt and a fantastic place to spend the afternoon with ...

Salt Rock Beaches & Pools

Salt Rock Beach

Salt Rock Beach is the main beach of the little town of the same name, which is perched along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is idyllic for its palm trees, white sand, and warm turquoise waters. And, thanks to its ...

Ballito Beaches & Pools

Thompsons Bay Beach

Thompson’s Bay Beach is a sheltered escape from the elements as well as from the non-stop buzz of city living. It is situated just north of Ballito and near Chakas Rock, along Marine Drive. This is a popular beach ...

Zimbali Beaches & Pools

Zimbali Beach

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 ...

Zinkwazi Beaches & Pools

Zinkwazi Beach

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 ...

Tinley Manor Beaches & Pools

Tinley Manor Beach

Sprawling beaches and a tranquil lagoon are what the magic of Tinley Manor is all about. This coastal area of KwaZulu Natal is close to the beachfront buzz of Ballito and promises spectacular summer holidays for ...

Westbrook Beach Beaches & Pools

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 ...

Sheffield Beach Beaches & Pools

The Beach at Sheffield Beach

Sheffield Beach is a relatively small beach on the Dolphin Coast in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is conveniently situated about 15 to 20 minutes from Ballito, and less than an hour from Durban. Despite being ...

Tugela Beaches & Pools

Tugela Beach

Tugela Beach situated on the Dolphin Coast of Kwazulu Natal is an outstanding beach with a stretch of seemingly endless sand ideal for long leisurely walks or a great jog. Surrounded by nature, the views are ...

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Beaches of KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal and Durban boast 600km of subtropical beaches on the warm Indian Ocean coastline. What makes this fantastic coastline even better is that KwaZulu Natal also has fantastic weather all year round - even in winter. The water is warm and contains an abundance of magnificent tropical fish and coral reefs. Find out more about KwaZulu Natal's beaches.

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