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 False Bay Attractions and Activities     CAPE TOWN'S PENINSULA

False Bay Beaches

Ocean bathing and surfing is available at numerous family-oriented beaches along the False Bay shore. The ocean temperature is measurably warmer here than in the Atlantic waters on the other side of the peninsula.

Good sandy beaches include Muizenberg, St James, Fish Hoek, Glen Cairn and Boulders Beach. Some beaches have tidal pools and quaint colorful beach huts.

Boulders Beach and Penguin Colony

"Boulders" has a large African penguin colony. Long wooden walkways ensure that everyone can enjoy the penguins and their antics from close at hand.

Nearby, Boulders Beach offers safe bathing, popular with families. The gently sloping bathing beach with its huge granite boulders is well worth a visit. Penguins from the nearby colony zip around like torpedoes in the water, almost close enough to touch. Kids love it!

Great White Shark Breaching and Cage Diving

During the winter months – May through September – Seal Island in Cape Town's False Bay is the setting for unusual and spectacular shark behavior. Cape Fur Seals are a favourite meal for sharks and Seal Island is home to a large colony of Cape Fur Seals.

However, it’s the sharks’ technique for catching their meal that is unique. The Great Whites often attack their prey with such explosive force that their entire body is propelled out the water. This breaching behavior is seldom seen anywhere else in the world and provides a spectacular sight.

Simon’s Town on Cape Town's Peninsula is departure point for boat trips out to Seal Island which provide surface viewing of the breaching behavior as well as shark cage dives. No diving experience is required.

Read more about Great White Sharks: Breaching and Cage Diving.

Shark Spotters - Safer Beaches

Although the incidence of shark attacks on human bathers along False Bay shores has been infrequent, the Shark Spotters program has been introduced on popular beaches of Cape Town’s False Bay as an effective tool to further reduce the risk of shark attacks. Using polarized binoculars, sun glasses and two-way radio contact with another spotter on the beach, shark spotters on the mountain slopes above the beaches keep a careful look-out for sharks. If a shark is seen, warning to bathers is provided at the beach by sounding a siren and raising a prominent color-coded flag.
Read More: Cape Town's Beaches and the balance between Nature and Recreation.

Shark Spotters - Muizenberg Beach, False Bay

[2:57 min] [Attribution: Save Our Seas]

An interview with Monwabisi Sikweyiya, Field Manager of the Shark Spotters in Cape Town, who explains the Shark Spotters program.

Cape Peninsula Attractions

| Highlights of the Cape Peninsula| Boyes Drive | Cape Town and Peninsula Beaches |
| Camps Bay | Cape Point and Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve |
| Chapman's Peak Drive |False Bay Attractions and Activities |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Hout Bay | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |
| Llandudno | Penguin Colony at Boulders | Silvermine Nature Reserve |

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