Explore Durban: Ballito’s Beaches

Discover the coastal town of Ballito, nestled between the green rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal North coast and the blue crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. Experience some of the many diverse pursuits and visit enchanting locations or simply soak up the sun while relaxing on the golden sandy beaches.


Willard Beach is considered to be Ballito’s Main Beach. This Blue Flag beach provides safe swimming with qualified lifeguards seven days a week. This beach also offers the perfect conditions for surfers and body boarders with competitions held regularly.

A 15-minute walk south of Willard Beach will bring you to Clarke Bay, with its rocky pools on either side of this sandy bay. Lifeguards and shark are provided for your protection at this beach as well. South of this you will come across Salmon Bay, a designated launch area for boats.

clarkk bay

South of Clarke Bay you will arrive at Ballito’s Tidal Pool, which was built between the rocks on Ballito’s Point. Here you can enjoy an invigorating dip as fresh sea water flows into the pool during high tide. Here you will also be able to spot a variety of small fish taking refuge in the pool from the strong waves.

Just north of Ballito is the popular Thompsons Bay. Like Willards and Clarke Bay, Thompsons have both qualified lifeguards and shark nets to ensure the safety of swimmers. Also found at Thompson’s is Charlie’s Pool, a large tidal pool providing safe swimming conditions for both young and old alike.

tidal pool

Shaka’s Rock and Sheffield Beach also offer swimming, surfing, rock pools, snorkelling and boat launch sites and are a good choice if you are looking to avoid the crowds. Sheffield Beach is a hot spot for spear fishing and scuba diving

Further up the N2, north of Ballito, is Zinkwazi Beach. This is a breathtakingly beautiful beach with wide expanses of golden sand, lush tropical vegetation, large dunes and exhilarating waves. Zinkwazi is also an excellent fishing and diving spot and is well worth the short trip north.


For the surfers, Ballito’s Salmon Bay, Clarke Bay, Willard Beach, Thompson Bay, Salt Rock and Tiffany’s are renowned for great wave activity. When there is a land breeze you are sure to find an awesome left break at Salmon Bay. As for Willard Beach which has been segmented into three defined surfing areas known as Bog, Surfer’s and Sunrise, these are predominantly right breaks, which also applies to the surfing spots at Thompsons Bay, Salt Rock and Tiffany’s.

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