Things to do in and around Fish Hoek
Fish Hoek beach is the ideal family beach, with tame tides, small surf, warm waters, a playground, plenty parking, restaurants and cafes and the country's top life saving club. There is also a strip of grass alongside the beach for picnics, and a small field which is used for casual soccer and touch rugby games over the weekend. Rock pools and tidal pools are dotted along the southern most side of the beach closest to the restaurants.
Walks and Hikes
The Cat Walk
The Fish Hoek catwalk is a 15-30 minute walk that runs alongside the ocean from Sunny Cove station to Fish Hoek beach. The path is also a favourite among joggers who combine the length of the beach and the cat walk together for a beautifully scenic run. There are many rock pools and tidal pools along the path, as well as a popular fishing spot at the Sunny Cove end of the walk.
Elsies Peak (1.5 hours)
This Table Mountaion National Park hike starts off at High Way a mere 400m down the road from Whale Watchers and winds its way up the mountain to Elsies Peak. The trail is relatively easy and offers incredible views of the entire Valley, Glen Cairn and Simons Town. Expect to see plenty of fynbos along the way, and a variety of birdlife.
Whale watching is a favourite pastime in the False Bay area from early August through to mid-October each year. Enjoy whale spotting from the comfort of your balcony, or you can take a stroll along the coastline for more intimate views of these fascinating, gigantic mammals frolicking in the sunshine. The best whale watching locations can be found along the Cape Point Route and whale watching trips are offered from Simon's Town harbour.
Scenic Train Rides
Convenient half-hourly train trips can be taken from Fish Hoek railway station, to Cape Town or Simon's Town. The track hugs the False Bay coastline for much of the way and both trips can be fun family excursions if you include sight-seeing in Simon's Town or Cape Town.
Penguin watching at Boulders Beach (just passed Simons Town) is a pay-for entry, protected beach adjoining a sanctuary for the jackass penguin. Bathers and penguins frolic together, though certain areas are cordoned off for the penguins alone. The high boulders and still waters make this a perfect spot for children.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point is a wild and scenically spectacular area at the tip of the African continent, where the fearless Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Dias first rounded the Cape in 1488. It is a bird watcher's paradise with at least 250 species of birds, and is home to approximately 1 100 indigenous plant species, some of which are found no where else on earth. It has one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 249m above sea level, and over the years there has seen a total of 26 recorded shipwrecks.
Constantia Wine Route
Constantia is the birthplace of the wine farming industry in South Africa. As you drive through the beautiful historical valley it is no wonder the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, chose this situation for his farm, Groot Constantia. Four of the only five farms which remain in the Constantia Valley today, were part of that original portion of prime land which was granted to him.
Visitors can taste the fine wines and experience a unique journey through each of the five farms, which also hold top class South African Restaurants, namely; Constantia Uitsig, La Colombe, Buitenverwachting and Steenberg.
These are our recommended eateries in Fish Hoek based on personal experience.
Bhandaris Inidian Restaurant
A first class establishment serving the finest Indian cuisine.
Main Rd near the traffic circle. Now fully licensed. 021 782 1525****
Baracuda's Seafood Restaurant
Simply sumptuous seafood and other traditional dishes.
Corner of Beach & Recreation Rd opposite the entrance to Fish Hoek beach, very good wine list. 021 782 3066 ****
Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant
Authentic Chinese food and Sushi prepared by the owner chef. Great value buffet specials on certain nights. 38 Main Road. 021 782-9677 ***
Fish Hoek Fisheries
The best take away fish 'n chips in the area. Main Rd opposite the BP petrol station.