Activities around Gordon’s Bay

Gordon’s Bay offers many different experiences – some guests thrive on adrenaline adventures, others enjoy lazing on the beach or pool deck, gentle strolls, luxurious experiences, wining and dining or enjoying the spectacular scenery on drives around the Cape. To get the best value for your time hire a car – contact 5 Star Car Rentals – / 082 783 2592

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360 Degree Pleasure


Located in the centre of some of the Cape’s finest golf courses, Gordons Bay is the ideal base for you to enjoy golf to your heart’s content. Some guests stay a month or more to experience Arabella , Erinvale, Strand, De Zalze, Somerset West and the 9-hole Kleinmond Golf courses. Further afield are Pearl Valley, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Devonvale and Hermanus.

Local Activities

Bikini Beach

With crystal clear water & a white sandy beach,Blue-flag rated for cleanliness and safety Bikini Beach will be a delight for you and your family. Sometimes the waves lap lazily and sometimes they break dramatically against the harbour breakwater, The water temperature is much warmer than the cold currents along the Cape Town Atlantic seaboard.

Photo: Neville Cooper

Gordon’s Bay Harbour

Just beyond Bikini Beach is the ‘old harbour’ where luxury yachts and cruises rock. Enjoy a walk along the harbour wall where fishermen tend their rods patiently. Stormy seas and wild winds sometimes lash this area so be aware of danger. The harbour is home to the Naval Officers Academy. Refer to our restaurant section for advice.

Photo: Neville Cooper

Stroll along the beach

Beyond the Naval Academy are more pretty beaches. Along Sunset Beach Milkwood trees offer welcome shade and the shallow warmer rock pools make this ideal for young children. Extend your walk to the end of Main Beach and if adventurous (not at night) walk to Harbour Island at the other end of the dunes.

Photo Chanel Miller

Walk the Danie Miller Trail

The gentle trail winds along the mountain (no steep up and down). We do recommend that you start the trail at Aurora street, walk to the anchor and back.  That particular side is well maintained.  The trail, so close, is an excursion into the wild fynbos. Walk a while, then sit and enjoy nature and the view, then return to your car. Closed shoes are advised.

Stroll the Monica Miles Whale Walk

From Bikini beach road are stairs leading to upper Faure Rd. Keeping right leads you to this walk with fabulous views over False Bay. Walk safely as far as the Whale look-out point (Whale Season is July to about end November) and back – delightful!


Occasionally dolphins come to Gordon’s Bay, even into Bikini Beach cove. See how they circle, trapping fish to sea gulls delight! Photo our guest Bill Davies from the Harbour wall.


From early morning until late at night fishermen patiently cast their lines. Sometimes they do catch something! This mid-winter photo was taken by Jeanette Loring from outside 185 on BEACH


When the surf is up surfers rush, any day, any time to catch the big wave. Photo by 185 On Beach Guest house.


Discover our magical Kelp Forests, meet the playful Cape Fur Seals, explore the many historical shipwrecks and vibrant reefs. Gordon’s Bay is also a macro photographer’s dream with an abundance of interesting tiny creatures and of course a nudibranch enthusiast mecca. Divers have recorded more than 11 different species on one dive around one pinnacle!

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Enjoying Sundowners

Gordon’s Bay sunsets are extraordinarily beautiful and every night is a different display! Sunsets can be enjoyed from mostly anywhere in Gordons Bay


Especially recommended: ‘Thirsty Oyster Tavern’(relaxed atmosphere, superb seafood); ‘Zest’ (Delicious meals prepared with love); ‘Famous Bean coffee shop’ and The Grill Shack at Pitstop Lodge. Krystal Beach Hotel has daily specials well worth a visit!The Strand: ‘Bens on the Beach’ (especially steaks); ‘De Brazzerie’ (Fine Dining). Award-winning ‘Pyjamas and Jam’-exceptional breakfast / lunch , extraordinary decor; and fish take-aways – ‘Ooskus’. … and the wine route!

Mary-Ann’s Health Emporium

Never has healthy food tasted so delicious! Open for lunch Mon- Fri & Monday evenings, this fabulous restaurant, with a warm atmosphere and fantastic views, is just 200m up the hill from the ‘Checkers’ traffic lights. Try the delicacies from the Harvest Table – don’t miss out on the sauces! The health juices, deserts and snack food are SO delicious. Great for health advice.


Mukdah Thai Spa

Quality massages and treatments at this superb spa have the most discerning guests complimenting. Try to stay awake so you can experience the blissful experience!


Bikini Beach Books

Leave our books at home because In Gordon’s Bay village is their famous Bikini Beach book shop. Be transported into a maze of books of every description. You can get lost in the amazing experience so, like Hansel and Gretel, have pebbles in your pocket to lead yourself out. Then laze around the pool or in your suite for a delicious read.

Boat Angling

If you hanker for the thrill of Deep Sea Angling then contact the Gordon’s Bay Boat Angling Club to go on an adventure. It is not uncommon for anglers to return with sizeable fish – among them tuna. Be sure to get the necessary permits.



If you are a yachtman, sail the exciting route from Table Bay to moor at Blue Flag Harbour Island Marina or the Gordon’s Bay Yacht club, or with no berth, anchor in Bikini Beach Cove a 100m or so from the beach and enjoy basking in the sunshine , taking dips in the refreshing sea or sipping cocktails – the delights of your sport.

Wine Winter Wonderland

The quaint village of Gordon’s Bay comes alive with sparkling white LED lights for the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights in celebration of the start of the winter school holidays. Buskers and entertainers ignite street parties as people stroll the beautiful beachfront arm in arm enjoying the sound of laughter.

Whale Route

Whale Route drive

The Whale Route (Clarence Drive/ R44) is acclaimed as “the most beautiful drive in the world”. Enjoy spectacular views between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els. Pass Crystal Pools, stop often, especially where the road is close to Kogelbaai beach – stop to walk on this wild beach (not for swimming) or the hike trail nearby. Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay Kleinmond, and Arabella lead you on an hour’s journey to Hermanus.

False Bay Look-Out point

Enjoy magnificent views, especially at sunset or at night! At Bikini Beach turn right; at stop street R44, turn right; at last road before you leave Gordon’s Bay, see “Cape Town Water Works” sign – turn left & drive 5 minutes up winding road bordered by fynbos and spectacular views. At the entrance of Steenbras dam (no entry) park and use the Lions granite slab to check directions of distant Cape villages.

Crystal Pools – Steenbras River Walk

Crystal Pools (Steenbras River Walk) is an exceptionally beautiful half-day hike up the Steenbras River crystal clear pools where you can swim, laze and picnic, or a little higher for the more fit to be rewarded by waterfalls and more beautiful pools. Closed May to October. Booking essential: Email: with date, names & mobile numbers of 2 hikers. Receive reference number and bank transfer fee – R65pp (we’ll assist). Send proof of payment with reference to above email. Receive permit. Check weather –

Penguins – Stony Point Betty’s Bay

On the Whale Route watch out for the Penguin signs at Betty’s Bay – which lead you to the Stony Point Nature Reserve. Outside of this successful breeding colony you can see many pairs settle in their nests. A small fee allows you onto the walkway to see more penguins and interesting facts displayed.

Photo: Guest Bill Davies.

Harold Porter Botanical Gardens

On the north of Betty’s Bay this exceptionally well-laid out facility displays many South African ecosystems – great for those interested in plants. At the deepest part of the gardens is a fabulous walk. Enjoy waterfalls and pools dressed with beautiful Cape plants.

Ivanhoe Whale Cruises

TripAdvisor winners, reputable and offering exceptional value and safety, Ivanhoe in Gansbaai offer whale viewing that make you feel you are on a Discovery Mission. See whales just meters away. Don’t miss this during whale season July to November! Incorporate this adventure into a day’s outing.

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Shark Cage diving

Being dunked in a cage while man-eating sharks swim around prodding the cage like the witch from Hansel and Gretel is some people’s idea of bliss! This one I have NOT yet tested myself! Ha! Ha!