Bayside Backpackers



Have a go sand boarding from the Blesberg Dunes which at a height of 210 meters offer amazing views of Silver Sands beach. We have a large range of sand boards for hire and can also offer lessons if required.


We have a number of surf spots, the closest being Main Beach so if it’s blowing southeast or northwest there will always be somewhere to surf. Will put in more details about surfing when Gwaffer gives me more info!


Stony Point is one of 2 mainland-based colonies of the Jackass (or African) Penguin. Jackass Penguins and Ostriches are the only 2 flightless birds found in Africa. There is a walkway but you can still get up really close to the penguins.

Whale Watching

We are located near the mating and breeding grounds of the Southern Right Whale. July till November is considered the best time to see whales but we often see them out in the bay from our balcony throughout the year. We also get visits from Orcas and Dolphins too!

Mountain Biking

There are a number of options available for the mountain biking enthusiast from the leisurely scenic rides to the new 3 trails at Honingklip Farm that offer sand, rocks, gravel, water, mud, steep climbs to slow long climbs.


Betty’s Bay is spoilt with some of the most beautiful hiking trails in South Africa. Highly recommended are The Crystal Pools and the Harold Porter Botanical Garden trails that take you through the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Hikes vary from 2 to 8 hours.

Bridge Jump

For those not scared of heights there is a 15.5 meter jump from the Palmiet River Bridge – check with staff for details on the jump.


Betty’s Bay is home to the annual Hot Heels Downhill Skateboarding Event and the recently tarred ultra smooth roads make it an ideal location for skateboarding.

Shark Cage Diving

One of the most thrilling activities available in South Africa where you can observe and interact with one of the most majestic creatures of the sea. There are a number of operators available with the closest operating out of Gordon’s Bay.

Kite Boarding

Like surfing, whether the wind is blowing southeast or southwest, conditions are always good for kite boarding. Beaches are uncrowded in the off peak season.

Bird Watching

One of the fastest growing sectors of eco-tourism bird watching is almost impossible to avoid when in our gardens. There are hundreds of birds to observe that come in all shapes, colour and size. We have some books on hand to if you need to identify what you see.

Star Gazing

Our night skies are not affected by any light pollution which means we have brilliantly lit up skies with stars.

Quad Biking

There are a several types of trips available including a star gazing trip at night. Some trips do require a minimum of four persons.

Zip-Line Canopy Tour

Glide leisurely or at adrenaline pace over the tree canopies taking a different perspective of your surroundings. The zip-lines come with a safe breaking system so that you can control your own speed.


We have 2 local options available for paintball – one that requires a minimum of 4 persons and the other a minimum of 8. The facilities are some of the best available in the country!

Das Boot

Take up the Das Boot challenge! Get your name up on the wall – more details available when you check in!