St Michaels On Sea

St Michaels On Sea


 

St Mikes is a small village centered around a fantastic little beach, a lagoon and a small navigable river. The beach is very popular among families with kids. It has life guards and shark nets. It has a fresh water pool and a tidal pool. Junior life savers (nippers) get put through their training on this beach. The surfing is superb.

Next to the beach is a grassy park with a restaurant overlooking the park and the beach. Sunbathers can either lie on the grass or the beach.

The local craft market, next to the beach, besides curios also offers cheap avos, pineapples, etc in season.

The lagoon offers paddle boats and canoe hire and also has a water slide in season. Orange Rocks, which is the stretch of rocks between St Michaels and Uvongo beach is very popular amongst the fishermen. The rocks get their name from their orange colour which is due to a growth that grows on them.

A weekly attraction at St Michaels is the Uvongo Park Run. This 5km fun run starts at St Michaels beach every Saturday at 8 am. It then follows the paths and trails along the rocks to Uvongo Beach and back.

The weather on the South Coast is superb, even in winter. The sea temperature, which is influenced by the warm Mozambique current, seldom drops below 19 degrees.

Apart from Uvongo, St Michaels has Shelly Beach as its other neighbour. Shelly Beach is where the local ski boat launch site in the area is. This is where shark cage diving, scuba diving, fishing charters and fun boat rides are offered. Protea Banks, a world renowned dive site is only a few nautical miles from Shelly Beach.

Within 50km of St Miachaels is Oribi Gorge which offers the longest zip-line in Africa, mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting, and a nature reserve. The Wild Coast Sun is also less than 50km away. This hotel resort offers golf, jet skiing, boat cruises, a water park for the kids as well as a casino for the adults – all available to day visitors.

St Michaels has some self catering accommodation but the overlapping village of Uvongo has a huge selection.