A Small Bay Making Big Waves
Kleinbaai is in many ways the reason for Gansbaai's flourishing all year round tourism season. This picturesque and once tranquil fishing and holiday haven has become the bustling hub of the town's flourishing eco-tourism industry. Its small, natural harbour in close proximity to Dyer Island, literally launched Gansbaai onto the map as the world's premier destination for shark cage diving and whale watching adventures. A fleet of boats depart every morning from this charming harbour to take visitors on an exciting Marine Big 5 game viewing cruise to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock where the Great Whites pursue their abundant prey. Watching these predators at close range from a steel cage is the ultimate experience that draws thousands of tourists to this quaint village.
Located 3 km outside the town of Gansbaai in a flowering fynbos and Milkwood pleasance, the greater Kleinbaai area is very much still a serene coastal hide-out and popular fishing spot with a growing number of permanent residents who settled here amidst holiday homes. A scenic hiking trail runs all the way along the rugged coastline with its beautiful rock pools to the neighbouring Franskraal. Adjacent to the harbour, a big tidal pool and lush green lawns provide a safe swimming and picnic area.
The business sector comprises a superette and liquor store, a petrol station, a few licensed restaurants and tourist shops. Various guesthouses and B&B's offer excellent cuisine and spectacular views across the bay.
Kleinbaai also boasts a popular 9-hole golf course - one of the few that offers a sea view - and a modern clubhouse with a bar and outdoor braai facilities. A squash court and a spacious recreational hall are part of the complex.
Hikers and bikers can explore the beautiful coastline along a rugged trail to the lighthouse at Danger Point for an even better all-round view from the top.