16 Blue Flag beaches in Eden District

A Blue Flag Status is an internationally acclaimed award, certified by co-ordinators in Europe who form part of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

eden-dmBeaches that meet strict criteria and a standard of excellence in the areas of cleanliness, safety, amenities, environmental information and management, receive the award. According to the World Tourism Organisation, the international Blue Flag certification is the most well-known eco-label of its kind.

The Eden district is home to 16 Blue Flag beaches and offers plenty of opportunities to those who love the ocean, enjoy swimming, diving, snorkeling, surfing, kite surfing and boat trips. To compliment this, the climate, beautiful scenery and safety of Eden beaches are conducive for easy jogging or recreational walkers to enjoy. Various economic spin-offs include an increase in visitors, improved behavior of beach-goers and a slight rise in property prices because of well cared-for and managed beaches.

The Garden Route include the following Blue Flag achievements:


Municipal Area  Beach                    Consecutive Blue Flag Status

Eden district            Wilderness           1

Hessequa                  Witsand                7

Hessequa                  Preekstoel            4

Hessequa                  Lappiesbaai         12

Hessequa                  Gouritzmond       4

Mossel Bay               Santos                   8

Mossel Bay               De Bakke              4

Mossel Bay               Hartenbos            8

Mossel Bay               Klein Brak            3

Knysna                      Buffalo Bay          1

Knysna                      Brenton‐on‐Sea  1

Bitou                          Robberg 5            8

Bitou                          Keurboomstrand     6

Bitou                          Nature’s Valley   5

Bitou                          Lookout                3

Bitou                          The Dunes           1 


Sustainable Tourism Boating Operator           Boat

Offshore Adventures                                               Robberg Express

Offshore Adventures                                               Oceanic Express

Ocean Odyssey                                                        Oyster Catcher

Ocean Odyssey                                                        Sousa

Ocean Odyssey                                                        Dolphin


Marina                              Consecutive Blue Flag Marina Award

Thesen Islands                    5


Municipal Area              Beach

Hessequa                              Jongensfontein

Hessequa                              Stilbaai Wes

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