Thompson's Bay Beach, Ballito

4.3
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
Walk through a large hole in a rock wall to discover the sheltered coves and limestone formations of Thompson's Bay Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand and boulders. Tucked between Ballito and Shaka's Rock, this beach has tidal pools perfect for kids, a gentle sea for swimmers, and plenty of marine life for snorkeling. Practice your stand-up paddleboarding or climb the rocks to try to spot a whale breaching. Due to its features and location, the popular beach can get crowded; your best chances for a parking space are in the morning. Plan to visit Thompson's Bay Beach and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Ballito attractions using our Ballito online trip itinerary maker.
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  • Exciting connection with nature in this ancient secretly hidden 'hole in a wall' in Thomsons Bay north of Ballito.  more »
  • Out of season and mid week, parking was not a problem, but we have been here over weekends, and the limited parking means invariably a very long walk down to the beach. However the beach is very...  more »
  • Thompsons Tidal pool is very big and has life savers . There is high rock just across the bay as well worth looking at as it has good history the Zulu worriers used to push there enemies off the...  more »
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  • This place is nice to go swimming at the tidel pool. The water gets warm when the tide is out. When the tide comes in, it gets cold because of the water exchange. But, on the whole it's a nice place to picnic. We had put the gazebo up and had a cool day.
  • Picturesque tidal pool and hole in the wall for photo opportunities. Tidal pool great for snorkeling but full of sea urchins and moss. Change room facilities not very clean. Life guards on duty. Nice beach to put up an umbrella and relax. However, not a very good swimming spot. Current very strong and lots of waves. I did not enjoy my time at the beach here cos I like to be in the water to swim. Parking is limited and the trek down to the beach with all ur stuff is a long walkway down. Not great for seniors and kids. Especially going back up to ur car after a tiring swim. Restaurants and shops are quite a way off. Can get very busy during peak periods.
  • Place was really nice very clean , swimming area was great really enjoyed myself however did not go into the tidal pool (natural pool) I guess its more for snorkeling. Lifeguards where present throughout the day ... 🏊‍♀️🎣⚽️♥️
  • So clean. Needs some attention on the walk ways to the other beach . Over all a great outing.
  • Absolutely amazing. It's not very popular which is what makes it so great. It has a cave just after the tidal pool. It's amazing.

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