Local Attractions

Port Elizabeth Beaches

Summerstrand Shopping Centre is within walking distance of a vast 40km of magnificent beaches with a perfect combination of warmer waters, calm sees, fair breezes and popular surfing spots in Port Elizabeth including The Fence, the Pipe and Millers Point to mention a few. These beaches also offer one of the best sailing venues in the world. On the tame and more commercial side, visit Hobie Beach and Kings Beach.

The Port Elizabeth beaches to have been awarded Blue Flag status at some stage in the past few years include Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach and King’s Beach.

Whale Watching and Penguin Patrol

Expertly guided whale watching, dolphin watching and African penguin watching cruises in South Africa. Raggy Charters is the only licensed boat-based whale and dolphin watching permit holder in the Port Elizabeth area.

Raggy Charters is a local company that is based at the Port Elizabeth Harbour and is committed to showcasing the invaluable marine life of Nelson Mandela Bay and to educating visitors about the importance of maintaining a healthy biodiversity and about the cute characteristics of these unique birds. The tour, aptly called The Penguin Patrol, is a full-day excursion, and includes meals, refreshments and a number of different facets. This makes it perfect for young and old locals and international visitors alike.

SAMREC African Penguin Rehabilitation Center

For a truly phenomenal experience for any animal lover and an extraordinary educational trip that may change your perspective on things, be sure to visit the African penguin rehabilitation centre in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve in Port Elizabeth. Not only are the endangered African penguins rescued and rehabilitated here, but you will see a variety of marine birds and animals such as gannets and sea turtles at the centre too.

Snorkelling at Devil’s Reef

Devils’ Reef is located on the Port Elizabeth beach front, opposite the Marine Hotel; there is easy access from the storm water pipe, pointing out to sea.

The colourful reef is about 100m off shore. Two role pinnacles that reach out to just below the surface at low tide, play host to a variety of small to medium sized fish, such a black tail and French Madame's.

A great place to snorkel with gorgons, sponges, soft corals and stingrays have been known to frequent this stunning dive site to add to the package of an awesome dive.

Cape Recife Lighthouse

The spine on the Eastern Cape's Indian Ocean floor bed is stacked with rocks for vertebrae that form the east coast bay backbone. This 'Thunderbolt Reef' rising out of the dark waters of the south entrance to Algoa Bay is set in the Nature Reserve of Cape Recife, approximately 7 miles from Port Elizabeth.

At this location in 1902 sailors and rescuers lost their lives to a hurricane wrecking countless moored and sea-faring vessels. Reflecting the cutting nature of the reef that separates the tides offshore a single lane onshore cuts through the biting breezes that lead up to the Cape Recife Lighthouse.

Bayworld

Bayworld comprises the Main Museum, Oceanarium, Snakepark - marvel at the diversity of museum displays: from prehistoric dinosaurs to the 15m skeleton of the last southern right whale harpooned in Algoa Bay; view the diverse collection of marine life and experience the daily sea and penguin presentations. The Reptile Park houses lizards, tortoises, snakes and crocodiles.
 
The Main Museum of Bayworld blends cultural and natural history. Embark on an exciting journey through time and through the fascinating world around us. 
 
Marvel at the diversity of museum displays, from prehistoric dinosaurs to ethnic beadwork as well as a variety of historical treasures that will keep you intrigued for hours. 

McArthur Pool and Leisure Centre

McArthur Pool and Leisure Centre offers outdoor swimming pools with slides at kiddies pools.
McArthur Pool and Leisure Centre, also known as McArthur Baths, offers outdoor swimming pools with slides at kiddies pools. 

Disabled friendly. Kiosk and pool bar on site with access to two restaurants and surf shop. Season tickets available.

Full time security and lifeguards making McArthurs Pool and Leisure Centre "your place for safe family fun in the sun." access to adjoining beach.