About Dias Beach
Located on the Western side of the tip of Cape Point is Dias Beach. Dias Beach is frequently seen in photos from the vantage points above and is as spectacular from below for those who venture down to its pristine sandy shore.
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From the parking bays at Cape Point, the walk down to Dias Beach will take the average person roughly 20-minutes. Follow the path which is a mix of hiking trail, wooden pathways and stairs. It’s a pretty strenuous walk back though, which is what puts most people off and makes this such a gem for those who do venture down. It’s highly likely you will get to enjoy this secluded beach with few others, if anyone at all.
It’s best to visit this beach at low-tide and preferably earlier in the day during the summer season before the infamous cape southeaster winds batter the coastline. In winter months, the wind tends to blow from the north and the beach is protected by the mighty cliffs surrounding it. The northern winds also bring with them a pretty decent swell, which makes Dias Beach popular with surfers.
Swimming is very dangerous and not recommend due to the strong currents and you are better off just getting your feet wet walking along the shoreline or splashing around in the rock pools. Make sure to take your camera with as this beach is truly spectacular and there is a wide variety of wildlife to be seen too.
NOTE: Dias Beach is within the Cape Of Good Hope National Park.
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- Pristine Sandy beach
- Rock Pools (Low-Tide)
- 200-Meter High Cliffs
- Walking and Hiking
- Rock Pool Adventures
- Surfing (for the experienced)
IMPORTANT: Swimming is Dangerous
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Dias Beach is located within the Cape Of Good Hope Nature Conservation area and there is considerable plant and wildlife to be seen. Other than the Fynbos, an excursion to the beach could yield views of Ostriches, Dassies, Baboons, Buck, Seals, and various Birds. Also, there is considerable sea-life to be seen within the many rock-pools and there have been reports of Sharks sightings not too far offshore.
That being said; you do need to be on the lookout for the Cape Baboons (Chacma baboons) which can be a nuisance. Don’t take food with you and/or leave any bags or anything else lying around unattended. Mostly, the Baboons are inquisitive, but they can sometimes threaten and/or intimidate you.
Attacks on humans don’t happen often especially in areas where the Baboons are familiar with humans, but like any wild animal rather avoid them than try to interact with them (rather view them from a distance). If possible, if you see the Baboons approaching, it’s best to head in the opposite direction or wait till they have crossed your path and moved on.