|The climate in Port Elizabeth is rated the fourth best in the world for coastal destinations. Beautiful beaches grace its coast, and because of the excellent sea conditions and pleasant water temperatures, an increasing number of water activities are being offered. You can try you hand at kite boarding, surfing, sea skiing, wind surfing, scuba diving or jet skiing. If deep sea game fishing is your passion, fishing charters can be arranged with one of the many experienced skippers in the area. Sea safaris are also available should you want to enjoy a sunset cruise, a dolphin experience or whale watching.
Scuba diving off the Port Elizabeth coast is very rewarding. You have a choice between shore entries and boat dives. If you opt to dive from the shore, there are three dive sites (Postman’s, Devil’s Reef and Shark Rock Pier) of between 2m and 8m deep. If you choose a boat dive, there are twenty dive sites (between 6m and 40m deep), of which four are shipwrecks, twelve are reefs and one is a shark dive. The shark dive site is called Raggie Sands and as many as 40 Rag Tooth sharks have been spotted there in a single dive. If you cannot dive, but would like to learn, you can arrange for one day courses and gear for hire from most of the local dive operators.
There is more to Port Elizabeth than beaches though. For culture and natural history there is no better place than Bayworld. Bayworld is a museum (PE Museum and No. 7 Castle Hill), oceanarium and snake park complex that is located off Beach Road in Humewood. Special needs individuals are catered for and wheelchair access is available in most of the areas within the complex. Dolphin and Seal presentations are held daily and are guaranteed to thrill young and old.
The enthusiastic golfer will find Port Elizabeth a golfer’s paradise. There are no less than five golf courses to choose from within the city’s borders, and many more within easy reach just on the outside. These are Port Elizabeth Golf Club, Shark River Golf Club, Walmer Country Club, Wedgewood Park Country Club and Humewood Golf Club. Humewood is one of the top ten golf courses in South Africa. A true seaside links course, Humewood has exposed fairways, steep faced bunkers, fast and strong greens and thick brush roughs. The course is in excellent condition and never disappoints ardent golfers in search of a challenging game.