Durban boasts kilometres of beaches, all with warm Indian Ocean water and an abundance of tropical fish and coral reefs. The beaches in offer something for everyone – from safe beaches for family outings to the wild beaches that are a surfer’s paradise.
This popular beachfront stretches from Durban Harbour to the Blue Lagoon beach in the north. A surfer’s paradise which includes Durban’s famed North Beach, beaches such as uShaka Beach in the south also offer safe swimming in the warm Indian ocean for families and the less adventurous. It includes Battery Beach, Snake Park, Bay of Plenty, North Beach, Dairy, Wedge, South and Addington.
The beaches along the Golden Mile are monitored daily by lifesavers from 8 am to 5 pm, in the stretches marked by red-yellow flags. Most of the beaches are protected by shark nets.
North of the city, Umhlanga is one of the most popular stretches of beach real estate in the country.
A favourite holiday destination with locals, Umhlanga’s beaches are packed with both locals and tourists all year round. A paved walkway gives access to a number of beachfront restaurants, before heading towards the well-known landmarks of Umhlanga Lighthouse and Pier. Umhlanga is a Blue Flag beach and is staffed with lifeguards, and features shark nets.
Anstey’s Beach is on the Bluff, a suburb south of Durban, and a quick 10-15 kilometre drive from the Durban city centre, uShaka Marine World, Suncoast Casino, the ICC and the Sports Stadiums.
Laid back and relaxed, the sand is superb and the beach features excellent surf. On any given day you’ll find a good amount of surfers, body boarders and kite surfers riding the waves. The water has shallow spots which are perfect for swimmers, who can bathe in peace knowing this is shark-protected waters and there are life guards on duty.
Situated south of the Durban city centre, Amanzimtoti is a popular seaside destination for families. The water is ideal for all year round swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing adventures. From June to August the annual ‘Sardine Run’ takes place, and the area becomes a buzz of excitement as many begin scooping up these little fish as they explore the beach or admire the amazing bird life that dip and dive after the catch
The warm waters off of La Lucia make it the ideal choice for swimming and snorkelling. Diving and surfing are also popular from pristine beach, as tropical fish, exotic coral reefs, fantastic waves and warm white sand are perfect for both relaxing or being a little more adventurous. The quaint town of La Lucia is situated near the suburb of Umhlanga Rocks, just a short drive from the hustle bustle and excitement of the Umhlanga Coast.
This Blue Flag beach is popular with surfers and is protected by shark nets. During certain times of the day, fisherman can be seen casting their lines into the water off the pier or the beach.
Situated on the Golden Mile, this beach is frequented by sun worshippers looking for a great tan and volleyball players looking for some sporting fun. Rock pools at low tide keep the kids amused and gives them plenty to explore.