Things To See in Mossel Bay, South Africa

From activities bound to get your adrenaline pumping to a host of historical attractions, Mossel Bay has it all and more besides.

The shark cage diving trips organised by White Shark Africa are one of the most popular things to do here in Mossel Bay with large numbers of people travelling here specifically for the opportunity to get up close and personal with this toothy fishes. Other aquatic adventure favourites here include deep sea fishing with Go Fish, boat trips to Seal Island with Romonza and plenty more.

Surfing is hugely popular here too. You’ll also see quite a few surfers enjoying the swells around the Point at the Inner and Outer Pools. Other popular surf spots in Mossel Bay include Ding Dangs and Mystery Reef close to Santos Beach.

If you’re interested in historical and cultural attractions, check out the Dias Museum Complex, which was named after famous Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias. This complex is home to the 500-year old Post Office Tree, South Africa’s largest shell museum and lots more.

Attractions in Mossel Bay

  • Diaz Beach

    , Mossel Bay, South Africa

    Stretching for around 3 kilometres, this glorious stretch of sand is just a short drive from the centre of town. Here you’ll find plenty of people cooling down with a swim in the ocean, collecting shells as they walk along the sand, or simply stretching out on the beach to take in some sun.

  • St. Blaize Hiking Trail

    , Mossel Bay, South Africa

    This trail follows the coastline for some 13.5 kilometres from the Cave to Dana Bay. Along the way, you’ll see spectacular views of the cliffs stretching down to the ocean and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of whales or sharks in the water below. If you’re planning the hike, head to the tourist office for more information. It's also a good idea to arrange to be picked up at the end of the trail.

  • The Point Beach

    , Mossel Bay, South Africa

    You’ll often see surfers enjoying the waves off the Point and these are great to watch as you walk along the stone wall and down towards the beach. Here you’ll find a tidal pool to swim in, a playground area and plenty more to keep you occupied.

  • Santos Beach

    , Mossel Bay, South Africa

    The gorgeous blue waters and golden sands of Santos Beach attract plenty of people who come to lounge on the sand, walk in the surf or go for a swim. This Blue Flag beach, which is popular with both locals and visitors, is within walking distance from the centre of Mossel Bay.

  • Surfing

    , Mossel Bay, South Africa

    Whether you’re an avid surfer or you prefer to just watch the surfers do their thing, you’ll come across a number of top-notch surfing spots in Mossel Bay. As well as the swells at the Inner and Outer Pools at the Point, other popular surfing areas include Ding Dangs and Mystery Reef close to Santos Beach.

  • Cape St. Blaize Cave

    The Point, Mossel Bay, South Africa

    The gaping mouth of the 10-metre high Cape Saint Blaize Cave looks out down the coast providing stunning views. As you walk back into the cave, your eyes will be drawn to the jutting rocks and furry creatures called dassies scurrying around the cave floor. Also known as Bat’s Cave, it’s an important historical site and has produced finds of artefacts dating back for thousands of years.

  • Romonza Boat Trips

    Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, Mossel Bay, South Africa

    On a trip out to Seal Island with Romonza Boat Trips you’ll see plenty of the huge colony of Cape fur seals who have made their home on the island. Along with the sight of the seals and their playful pups, you’ll learn a lot about these animals from the on-board guide, while also getting grew views of the town as you travel along the coast.

    Seal island trips on the hour daily 10am-5pm; admission R100.

  • Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

    1 Market Street, Mossel Bay, South Africa

    This Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is named after a famous Portuguese explorer who arrived in Mossel Bay back in 1488. Here you’ll be able to see the famous Post Office Tree which is said to be around 500 years old. The extensive collection at the Shell Museum and the interesting Maritime Museum are two more essential stops on your trip through the complex.

    Open Mon-Fi 9am-4.45pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3.45pm; admission R10.

  • Go Fish

    Shop 12, Bayview Centre, Mossel Bay, South Africa

    Rod, reel, bait and tackle are all provided on a deep sea fishing charter trip with Go Fish. Operating two boats, this family-run operation takes enthusiastic fisherman out onto the waters around Mossel Bay to try their hand at catching a huge range of fish including red roman, cob, geelbek and even some sharks.

    Daily trips (weather permitting) 5am-11am or 5pm-11pm; admission R550.

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