Fish Hoek along the False Bay coast

The Fish Hoek beach

Along the False Bay coast road from Simon’s Town lies the placid town of Fish Hoek. Most of the residents are retired but it still has a busy main street with market stalls competing with shoppers on the pavements. The long sandy beach is one of the safest in the Cape for bathing and body boarding and when the wind picks up, hobie-cats and windsurfers take to the waves. From July to October whales come into Fish Hoek bay and loll around just 50 metres from the shore in preparation for mating and giving birth. Huge schools of dolphins are also sometimes seen.

Delightful Fish Hoek, the seaside holiday village in False Bay with loads of tourist attractions, is only 30 minutes outside Cape Town city with the lovely Table Mountain cable way and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. "A Whale of a Time" in Fish Hoek, Cape Town with majestic sea views of False Bay and Fish Hoek.

False Bay, in which Fish Hoek is located, has one of the highest densities of great white sharks in the world. The coastline is also home to the world’s only shark spotting networks. The warm waters of False Bay, south of the city, are a favored breeding and feeding ground for great whites, particularly around Seal Island, a rock that sits in the middle of the bay and hosts a huge colony of Cape fur seals.

To prohibit the raucous thirsty sailors stopping here for a drink on their way to Simon’s Town navy base, the original 1818 farm was only granted on the condition that there was no public wine house. One hundred and eighty years on, there is still no liquor store and any pub that opens up seems to go out of business very quickly due to lack of customers.

A picturesque pathway winds it’s way along the coastline, called Jager’s Walk, and starts at the south side of the town. Many mountain walks start in Fish Hoek. The beach is very popular for swimming, and it also has a Hobie Cat launching spot. The Clovelly Fire Museum has a collection of old and new fire equipment. A fossilized skeleton of a Fish Hoek man was discovered in Peers Cave in 1927.

The Fish Hoek beach is about 2.5 km long and quite flat, and the bay is protected from the currents and stronger surf in the rest of False Bay. Swimming is allowed along the entire beach with lifesavers on duty during the summer peak season, and body surfing, boogie boarding, wind surfing and kayaking are popular. Restaurants and children's play areas are situated at the southern end, and a path known as Jagger Walk (also spelled Jaeger or Jager, and known locally as the Cat Walk) runs past rock pools on the southern side of the bay. Shark spotters are often on duty, especially during the summer tourist season. Despite this, there have been two fatal attacks on swimmers in the bay in recent years, one in November 2004 and one in January 2010.

There is a terrific little restaurant on the beach serves the tastiest fish I've ever eaten. Nearby Kalk Bay, which has always been a beatnik-type area according to my wife, has lots of funky little antique shops.
Fish Hoek along the False Bay coast near Cape Town city