About Naval Island

Naval Island is one of the most popular beach attractions in Richard’s Bay; both amongst the locals and the tourists that visit here every year. Rather than being a formal island, it is attached to the Richard’s Bay Waterfront by a tarred road. This ‘island’ was once a naval base, but is now dedicated to scenic beaches and has a definite air of peace and tranquillity.

Naval Island is perfect for those wanting to swim or stand-up paddle, thanks to its warm Indian Ocean waters and idyllic conditions. There is also plenty of sandy beach areas on which to enjoy a picnic with the family, toss a ball back and forth, or challenge one another to a game of Frisbee. The sand stretches are flanked by the ocean on one side and trees on the other, providing plenty of shade under which to enjoy some reading, or even an afternoon snooze. Long, romantic walks are rivalled only by the opportunities to sail or jet-ski here.

There is plenty of parking available at Naval Island, but no ablutions. Visitors are reminded to bring snacks, water, and sunscreen along to make sure that they can enjoy their day on the beach.

Richard’s Bay is a vibrant holiday town in KwaZulu Natal, just two hour’s drive from Durban and seven hours from Johannesburg. Richard’s Bay is known for its exquisite wetlands and gorgeous beaches, but also has plenty to offer in the way of shops and restaurants.

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WhereNaval Island, Richards Bay, 3900, Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours

How muchFree

TelephoneNot applicable

OvernightStay nearby in Richards Bay, in KwaZulu Natal

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