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Terrific Tidal Pools in Cape Town

The coastline in and around Cape Town is scattered with beautiful tidal pools. These are the original infinity pools – boasting incredible views across False Bay or the Atlantic Ocean. Here one can cool off and enjoy a gentle dip in the ocean without having to brave the crashing waves and rip tides of Cape Town’s beaches.

Only 750m from POD Camps Bay, the closest tidal pool to the hotel also happens to be one of Cape Town’s most breathtakingly beautiful pools. Situated just below Victoria Road on the Southern End of Camp’s Bay beach, Camps Bay Tidal Pool is large enough to stretch out and enjoy swimming a few laps. This is also a fantastic spot for snorkeling as shoals of small fish live in the pool and can be scene scattering through the crystal-clear waters. A perfect powder-white beach lies adjacent to the tidal pool for suntanning after your swim, while large boulders surrounding the pool offer a few sandless spots with great views to relax and read a book. The changerooms and showers are conveniently close. This makes it easy to freshen up before hitting the popular Camps Bay restaurant and bar strip.

2. The St James to Kalk Bay Tidal Pool Walk

For a fantastic day out of town we highly recommend exploring the seaside hamlets of St James and Kalk Bay. These neighbouring villages are situated about 45 minutes’ drive from POD Camps Bay. Keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun as you walk along the Kalk Bay Jetty, admiring the brightly coloured fishing boats in the harbour. Pick up a box of fresh fish and chips at Kalkies Restaurant or stop in at one of the dozens of vibey cafes, bakeries, bookstores and quaint clothing boutiques that line the coastal road. Footpaths meander from the main road under the railway line and down to various powder-white beaches and tidal pools where one can frequently cool off:

Kalk Bay Tidal Pool – To reach this tidal pool follow the signs that lead under the railway tracks to the Brass Bell Restaurant and Pub. Here foamy waves crash into the tidal pool at high tide while one enjoys a leisurely swim overlooking False Bay. The restaurant literally surrounds the tidal pool, so it’s easy to wander over to a table to enjoy a cool beer or glass of wine directly after your swim.

Dalebrook Tidal Pool – This beautiful tidal pool has been built amongst the rocks midway between Kalk Bay and St James. Step into the cool waters of the pool before swimming out to the tidal wall overlooking the ocean. Dalebrook Tidal Pool also features a large boulder “island” where one can sun like a mermaid on the rocks. You may also be lucky enough to spot a rare Cape Clawless Otter taking an early morning dip.

St James Tidal Pool – Step back in time when you visit historic St James. This village, which stretches from the coast and up a steep mountain slope overlooking False Bay, is populated with elegant Victorian mansions boasting iconic ocean views. Its tidal pool, which is surrounded by brightly-coloured Victorian bathing houses, has become an iconic symbol of Cape Town.

3. Miller’s Point Tidal Pool

About 5km past Simon’s Town on the way to Cape Point Nature Reserve, this magnificent tidal pool is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. The pool is hidden away off a footpath meandering from the Miller’s Point parking (off the M4), between large boulders and down to the sea. Here the vista opens up, showing off incredible views across False Bay. The pool also boasts a steep water slide and adjacent natural rock pools to paddle in. A grassy picnic area above this secluded pool is also a great spot for whale watching.

All these spectacularly beautiful tidal pools are within easy reach of POD Camps Bay. If you speak to our concierge we can arrange tours that stop at these points. Alternatively, we can assist in planning self-drive routes departing from the hotel. Don’t forget to pack a costume and towel!