Thompson's Bay Beach
Thompson's Bay Beach
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atjoubert
74 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is one of the best beaches at Ballito - it has a tidal pool that one can enjoy throughout the day. It also has the hole in the wall - a great photo opportunity. The beach was clean, and we enjoyed the time there.
Written 8 January 2024
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Veronique
Cape Town, South Africa690 contributions
Jul 2023
The tidal pool is just amazing... A long 100m pool for swimmers to do length.
The only down thing is the facilities next to it. The toiletts are disgusting and lake of maintenance and toilet paper, and there is no space to keep your belongings.
My frustration was to made it short because I didn't want to take a chance to see my belongings disapearing.
Written 17 July 2023
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Michael
2 contributions
Mar 2023
I thoroughly enjoyed Ballito and plan to travel back there again in June.

One of the few beaches in Durban where one can swim.

Warmish water is less developed than Umhlanga.
Written 18 April 2023
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Jonathan M. Matter
Johannesburg, South Africa75 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, Ireland6 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
Flic En Flac48 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
South Africa267 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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