Shelly Beach is a small sea-side town that is very popular for scuba-diving, shark cage diving, deep-sea fishing and ski boat fun rides as well as dolphin and whale watching trips. It is the launch site for Protea banks, a world-famous dive site.  Next to the launch site is a tidal pool. The Ski Boat club has frequent fishing competitions.

Shelly Beach has a long white beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other side extending to St Michaels Beach. The rocky beach is great for walking and pottering around with kids. There are numerous rock pools to be found that have all the creatures that you find in small seawater aquariums. Swimming in these picturesque natural tidal pools is great fun. St Michaels beach has shark nets and lifeguards.

Shelly Beach is the shopping hub of the area. It boasts Shelly Centre and Hibiscus Mall. Here you will find all the large chain stores and restaurants as well as surf shops and speciality stores. Shelly Centre also has movies and a tourist information centre.

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 the attractions of Shelly Beach, the attractions of neighbouring St Michaels, Uvongo, Margate and Ramsgate are on your doorstep.

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

Shelly Beach and the neighbouring villages of St Michaels and Uvongo offer a wide range of self catering holiday accommodation.