Whales is Stilbaai

Still Bay offers the visitor a number of activities and sights that make this small coastal town the ideal destination for a relaxing holiday.  On this page we would like to offer you a glimpse of some of the activities and nearby attractions that you may find interesting.

Blue Flag Beach in Stilbaai

Whales frequently visit Still Bay during the months of June and October.  The tranquil bay is a famous nursery ground for large numbers of southern right whale and humpback whales. Southern Right Whales spend the summer months in the far Southern Ocean feeding, probably close to Antarctica. They migrate north in winter for breeding and can be seen around the coasts of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mozambique, New Zealand and South Africa.  The total population is estimated to be between seven and eight thousand


Stilbaai sports one of only 20 Blue Flag Beaches in the country.  The award of a Blue Flag beach is based on compliance with 29 criteria covering the aspects of:

  1. 1 Environmental Education and Information
  2. Water Quality
  3. Environmental Management
  4. Safety and Services

golf - Copy

Still Bay golf club offers the following:

  • 9 Hole Golf Course with practice and chipping green as well as a practice bunker and driving range.
  • 17 Different tees
  • Golf carts and trolleys for hire at the clubhouse

The picture above depicts some of the artifacts discovered in the nearby Blombos Cave dating back to the Stone Age.  Various artifacts and replicas of artifacts are on display at the Still Bay Tourism Centre at Palinggat.

For people interested in Archaeology, Stilbaai has much to offer.  The fish traps found along the coast are living examples of ancient technology, have been afforded National Monument status and were declared a Restricted Zone within the Stilbaai Marine Protected Area. Together with the shell middens found along the coast, as well as the Blombos cave, these are visible evidence of the Later Stone Age. Well worth a visit is the Blombos Museum of Archaeology which is accommodated in the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau in the historic De Jager farmstead, “Die Palinggat” in Stilbaai.

Visiting hours:

  • Mon-Fri: 8:30-17:00
  • Sat: 8:30-12:30
  • Dec Sun: 8:30-12
  • Pub Holidays: 8:30-12:00

Palinggat in Stilbaai


Visit the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau, where you will have the rare opportunity of viewing the only tame eels in South Africa fed in the fountain adjacent to the Bureau. The environment at the Palinggat Fountain seems to be ideal for the eels.  Nowhere else in the country are so many eels concentrated in one secluded environment and as tame as the "Palinggat" eels. They are pampered and cherished by the staff of the Tourism Bureau. They are hand-fed daily on chicken livers at 11:00, excluding Sundays.