Thompson's Bay Beach, Ballito

4.3
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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  • This little piece of heaven is tucked away in the heart of Ballito. It includes a protected tidal pool, wonderful little walk through a "hole in the wall" rock formation. Rock pools, etc. There is a l...  more »
  • We spent a lovely morning at the tidal pool and on the beach. The water in the tidal pool was cold (but then it is winter) and the water was murky and visibility not great. There are lovely pink and w...  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.
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