St Francis Bay is approximately one hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. The bay encompasses a large number of renowned and delightful holiday resorts such as Cape St Francis, St Francis Marina, with its characteristic white-walled, thatched buildings – even the shopping centre has a thatched roof – Jeffrey’s Bay and Cape Recife.
This stretch of the Sunshine Coast can lay claim to warm summers and mild winters. The magnificent beaches offer safe bathing and ideal surfing conditions. Several nature reserves, a deep-water harbour and all the modern recreational amenities you can think of add to the attraction of this bay.
Adventure And Sport
Air flips and boat trips: These trips can be organised through local operators.
Outdoor activities: There are various hiking trails, both coastal and inland to choose from, horse riding opportunities from St Francis Bay resort, as well as some well-organised hunting safaris.
Shell collecting: Try the beaches of Second Bush, Seal Bay and Oyster Bay for shelling.
Surfing: The surf break between the lighthouse and Seal Bay, known locally as ”Seals”, is an internationally renowned surfing spot.
Water sport: Opportunities include swimming, surfing, fishing, water-skiing, scuba-diving, snorkelling, yachting, rubber-ducking, jet-skiing, canoeing and wind-surfing; all supported by excellent facilities.
Fauna And Flora
The Cape St Francis Nature Reserve: This reserve, which lies between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay is a popular destination for game lovers and anglers. Whales, dolphins and the rare black oystercatcher are some of the reserve’s most sought-after inhabitants.
Swan Colony: A familiar landmark in the St Francis Bay area is the spot just off Cape St Francis where the Cape Recife was wrecked in 1929. After a compassionate crewmember released a pair of swans that were on the ship, they both made it safely to shore and today, their offspring, now wild and free, congregate around the Seekoei River estuary.
History And Architecture
Seal Point: On the bay’s western-most extremity lies Seal Point with its cylindrical lighthouse, the tallest masonry lighthouse in the country and which is now a national monument. According to local fishermen it is the best place in the country to catch yellowtail.