Camps Bay's world-famous beach, Cape Town

The Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) announced that 66 Blue Flags will be flown at 46 beaches, eight marinas and by 12 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the 2018/19 Blue Flag season.

Now in its 31st year, the Blue Flag programme is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year, and practise effective and efficient conservation management.

As in previous years, the Western Cape achieved the highest number of sites – with 30 beaches, 12 boats and seven of the eight Blue Flag marinas.

The Eastern Cape has been awarded one Blue Flag Marina site, and retained its seven beaches, while Kwa-Zulu Natal has been awarded nine Blue Flag beaches.

This year 24 beaches across three provinces have been awarded ‘pilot status’ and throughout the 2018/19 Blue Flag season WESSA said it will work with beach managers stewards from these pilot beaches towards the longer-term goal of achieving full Blue Flag status.

Western Cape

Silwerstroomstrand City of Cape Town
Clifton 4th City of Cape Town
Camps Bay City of Cape Town
Llandudno City of Cape Town
Muizenberg City of Cape Town
Strandfontein City of Cape Town
Mnandi City of Cape Town
Bikini City of Cape Town
Melkbosstrand City of Cape Town
Fish Hoek City of Cape Town
Kleinmond Overstrand
Hawston Overstrand
Grotto Overstrand (Hermanus)
Witsand Hessequa
Preekstoel Hessequa
Lappiesbaai Hessequa
Gouritzmond Hessequa
Santos Mossel Bay
De Bakke Mossel Bay
Hartenbos Mossel Bay
Klein Brak Mossel Bay
Buffalo Bay Knysna
Brenton-on-sea Knysna
Robberg 5 Bitou (Plettenberg Bay)
Keurboomstrand Bitou
Nature’s Valley Bitou
Lookout Bitou (Plettenberg Bay)
The Dunes Bitou
Singing Kettle Bitou
Struisbaai Cape Agulhas


Robberg Express Offshore Adventures   Plettenberg Bay  
Oceanic Express
Whale Whisperer Dyer Island Cruises    Gansbaai
Dream Catcher  
Slashfin  Marine Dynamics  Gansbaai
Oyster Catcher Ocean Odyssey     Knysna 
Dolphin II
Apex Predator  Great White Shark Tours  Gansbaai
Megoladon I   White Shark Ventures Gansbaai  
Megaladon II
Whale Song I  Whale Song Ventures  Gansbaai


 V&A Waterfront   (Cape Town) V&A Waterfront
 The Water Club  (Cape Town) The Water Club
 Harbour Island (Gordons Bay) Harbour Island
 Yachtport SA (Saldanha) Yachtport SA
 False Bay Yacht Club (Simon's Town) False Bay Yacht Club
 TIHOA (Knysna) Thesen Islands  
 Thesen Harbour Town (Knysna)


Marina Ray Nkonyeni (South Coast)

Westbrook Ethekwini (Durban)


Eastern Cape

Dolphin Kouga (Jeffreys Bay)
Humewood Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth)
Hamburg Amathole
Kariega Ndlambe (Kenton on Sea)
Kelly’s Ndlambe (Port Alfred)


St Francis Bay Canals St Francis Bay Riparian Home Owners Association