Thompson's Bay Beach

Thompson's Bay Beach, Ballito: Address, Thompson's Bay Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Thompson's Bay Beach
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Jonathan M. Matter
Johannesburg, South Africa69 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Definitely a pleasant beach with a very nice big pool. The constant whistling of the life guards and ice-cream seller bells made the experience quite frustrating.
It seemed there were way too many ice-cream sellers for what the current clientel demanded, hence you could not have a decent conversation. Constantly surrounded by 2 or 3 people from all sides ringing a bell. Very annoying.
Written 6 April 2022
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Sharon V
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
Nov 2021
Perfection in every way. Immaculately tidy, super friendly people, perfect tidal pool, perfect waves and perfect sand. Love love it.
Written 2 February 2022
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GrahamVer
Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Nice tidal pool but the sea is full of rocks. Have come here a lot since I was younger with my family. Definitely not a swimming beach with hard side currents but the temperature is nice and can do good beach activities.
Written 19 November 2021
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Moira L
Durban, South Africa68 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Such a beautiful spot hidden in the built up town of Ballito. There is an amazing tidal pool. The area is beautifully clean. Life guards on duty and it feels very safe.

There are great photo opportunities.
Written 16 June 2021
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Retief P
42 contributions
Apr 2021
It was 'lekker' being on the beach again, but the boardwalk was not wheelchair-friendly like the one on Willards (main beach). Two car guards had to help up and down everyday. Thank goodness for them.
The beach should be made accessible for us.
Beside that, it is a great beach. There is a cove, a tidal pool, life guards station (not Baywatch), ice cream and umbrella vendors, security, police presence.
This is also a beach for fishing and other activities like paragliding.
Look for the 'Hole in the Wall.' An opening in the rocks. Look out for snakes. Once we saw a green mamba.
Written 7 April 2021
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Ryan Leeds
Johannesburg, South Africa45 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
Great day out. This beach has it all. Started with a swim in the waves, then hopped into the “pool” and got treated to many beautiful fish, and topped off with a walk through the hole in the wall (and beyond)
And repeat
Written 18 December 2020
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irishmike60
Hillcrest, South Africa258 contributions
Feb 2020
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 protected and rather private, and there are lifeguards on duty. There is the addition of a very large tidal pool, ideal for swimming training. Also a unique walkway at the seaward side of the pool ( or south side) that can be rather exciting at high tides - careful footing.
Written 1 March 2020
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Andrew B
23 contributions
Dec 2019
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 rocks .
There is a nice beach to tan and swim a bit rocky .
Written 27 February 2020
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Anna
Modimolle (Nylstroom), South Africa13 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed ourselves at the beach it felt save and nice vibe we loved everything about the beach 😍😘
Written 11 February 2020
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sharronb959
Lanseria, South Africa172 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were told by a friend to try snorkeling in the tidal pool, that Balwins had just given back and uplifted the bay and all facilities. The tidal pools has awsum showers and bathrooms and benches etc. U can find parrotfish trumpet fish and others in the tidal pool that is awsum and clear and idyllic in the week. On the weekend however it brought alcohol drinkers at 7:30am which had to be shifted by police threats hours later, plus many many people training Laps and running up and down the stairs with medicine balls etc ... that all cleared around 10. The bay provides awsum swimming minimal currents and cleanliness... can’t say that often... 👌
Written 26 January 2020
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