Jacobs Bay


Wildlife and Bird Watching
The coastal fynbos supports a variety of wildlife including jackal, duiker, steenbok and tortoise. Bird watching is popular, especially during the migration season.

Whale Watching
The best time of the year to spot whales  is during Aug - Sept. Some species that can be spotted are Humpback, Southern Right, Sperm Whales, Orca and the Long Fin Pilot whale. They are mainly seen in the mouth of Mauritzbay and just beyond Bamboesbaai’s edge. 

Flowers
Jacobsbaai is often referred to as 'Namaqualand by the sea' since its wildflowers are breathtakingly beautiful in spring. The best time to view flowers depends on the rain season, but usually they are in bloom from Aug until Sept. 

Surfing
Kwaaibaai is popular for surfing

Kayaking
Small kayaks and paddle skis can easily be launched in Mauritzbay, Smalbaai and Jacobsbaai.

Wind Surfing
The best place to Wind Surf is at Swartriet

Hiking to Tietiesbaai
You can hike to Tietiesbaai from Jacobsbaai starting at Swartriet. It is a 17km trail that follows the coast line along the beaches. 

Fishing
Onsevis (previously Hotnotsvis) and galjoen can be caught in the mouth of Mauritz Bay. The platklip (flat rock) inJacobsbaai is famous for catching kabeljou - also try the sandy beaches of Swartriet for both steenbras and kabeljou. Smaller fish like haarders also abound and the kids can have lots of fun catching some smaller species in the multitude of rock pools.

Crayfish diving
The crayfish season usually starts sometime in November and ends around mid-April. Please note that crayfish may only be caught by snorkelling – no scuba gear may be used. A crayfish diving permit or license must also be obtained. Get your permit from a Post Office. R79 for a season. Apply for the West Coast Lobster on the permit. The best spot for diving inJacobsbaai is Tooth Rock.