These are South Africa’s 46 Blue Flag beaches for 2018

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

You can find the full list of Blue Flag beaches detailed below.

Western Cape

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

KZN

Beach Region Municipality
Marina KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Trafalgar KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Lucien KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Southport KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Ramsgate KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Hibberdene KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Westbrook KwaZulu-Natal Ethekwini
Ushaka KwaZulu-Natal Ethekwini

Eastern Cape

Beach Region Municipality
Dolphin Eastern Cape Kouga
Humewood Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Kings Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Hobie Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Hamburg Eastern Cape Amathole
Kariega Eastern Cape Ndlambe
Kelly’s Eastern Cape Ndlambe

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These are South Africa’s 46 Blue Flag beaches for 2018