With its 18 bays and breath-taking sea views, St Helena Bay is a lively fishing village with abundant sea life.
When Vasco da Gama discovered the bay in 1497, he claimed it to be one of the calmest bays on earth – and then named it after St Helena, the mother of Roman emperor Constantine the Great.
Often when there’s a ‘snoek run’, fishing boats from as far as Cape Town line up for their share of the ocean’s bounty. Upon their return, fish is sold straight off the boats.
St Helena Bay is home to several large fish processing plants, some of which export their products all over the world.
The town is a popular tourist destination during the spring wild flower season when the Southern Right Whales come into the bay to calve. Dolphins are spotted all year round.