- Location: Maiden’s Cove | Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
- Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pool 1: Located between Glen Beach & Camps Bay Beach
- Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pool 2: Located between Glen Beach & Clifton4th Beach
- Distance from Cape Town: +/- 7.5km | +/- 17 – 20 minutes
- Cost: Free
- When: Best during daylight hours | One of the top sunset spots in Cape Town
- Braai facilities: Maiden’s cove offers designated public braai and picnic spots with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Apostles Mountain Range. and Table Mountain – This not only makes Maiden’s Cove one of the best tidal pools in Cape Town, but the perfect place for an ocean-front braai with family and friends
- Contact details: 021 438 8212
Maiden’s Cove is one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Camps Bay lookouts, and top tidal pools (amongst locals & tourists alike). Boasting breath-taking views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Atlantic Ocean, the back end of the famous Table Mountain, Glen Beach, Camps Bay, and the captivating Clifton Beach – Maiden’s Cove definitely lives up to ALL the hype!
With such a spectacular view, paired with the cool and refreshing ocean water, there is nothing quite like being sun-kissed, salty-haired, and blissed-out while soaking up the glorious Cape Town sunshine and spending the day at Maiden’s Cove.
Located in between Camps Bay and Clifton Beach, it is not only one of Cape Town’s most popular tidal pools, but the ultimate Insta-hotspot and Instagrammers dream destination.
# Beautiful shot of Maiden’s Cove by Gavin Pickford
Perched between two of the Mother City’s most beautiful beaches, Clifton Beach and Glen Beach, Maiden’s Cove is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after tidal pools. Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and Twelve Apostles mountain range, it is pure scenic bliss!
# Maiden’s Cove at sunset
The Mother City has no shortage of stunning sunset spots. Known for her sensational sherbet-coloured sunsets that set the sky alight in a glorious celebration of colours, going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure has become one of the top things to do in Cape Town. One of the best sunset spots that absolutely deserve to be on your Cape Town sunset bucket-list is Maiden’s Cove. Paired with a beautiful view of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Atlantic Ocean and Camps Bay, there is nothing quite like it.
# Maiden’s Cove surrounded by giant boulders
Besides being one of the most beautiful tidal pools in Cape Town, Maiden’s Cove is surrounded by giant granite boulders that protects it from the waves. This makes it the perfect sheltered spot, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a relaxing beach day with the whole family. There is also a grassy patch, which is the perfect place for barbecues and ocean-front picnics.
We love this image by @adriaanlouwphotography because it shows a bit more of what is on offer at Maiden’s Cove.
# Stunning aerial view of Maiden’s Cove
Surrounded by massive boulders and plenty of rock pools, little ones are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding spots to explore amongst the rocks. This means you can sit back, relax, and soak up the glorious Cape Town sunshine, while the kids have tons of fun exploring all the wonders of Maiden’s Cove.
@thelawry is one of Cape Town’s biggest and well known instagrammed. He loves to spend time at Maiden’s Cove and has some spectacular shots of the tidal pool.
# The beauty of Maiden’s Cove from above
There is more than one pool at Maiden’s Cove so make sure you spend time in the smaller one as well.
While the water from the Atlantic Ocean is rather chilly, it is absolutely irresistible during Cape Town’s sweltering summer months. Besides being one of the best places to enjoy a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day, Maiden’s Cove is one of the top spots to witness Cape Town’s marine Big 5. Between June and November, southern right whales and humpback whales frequently pass the shores, putting on quite the show as they blow fountains, leap out of the water, or splash its surface with their powerful flukes. Dolphins and Cape Fur Seals can be seen in the waves all year-round. Thanks to the abundance of marine life, Maiden’s Cove is one of the best free diving spots in the Cape Peninsula.
Part of what makes Maiden’s Cove so amazing is the impressive back drop of the 12 apostles behind it across from Camps Bay beach.
Maiden’s Cove is also a hot spot for model shoots who love to have an image of them in the tidal pool for their portfolio.
# Twelve Apostles mountain view from Maiden’s Cove
Maiden’s Cove is not only one of Cape Town’s top tidal pools, but one of the most beautiful look-out points in the city too. Renowned for its magnificent vistas and views of the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles mountain range and the back end of the famous Table Mountain, its no surprise it has become one of the most sought-after spots in Cape Town for locals and travelers alike.
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About Maiden’s Cove
Maiden’s Cove has two amazing tidal pools. The first tidal pool is located between Glen Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Boasting great braai and picnic facilities it is ideal for a fun-filled and leisurely day out with family and friends. Sun, sea, scenic views, and a whole lot of exciting things to do – What more could you ask for?
Perched between the scenic stretches of Clifton 4th and Glen Beach, Maiden’s Cove second tidal pool is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, and the verdant greenery of the mountains of the Western Cape. Undoubtedly making Maiden’s Cove tidal pool a scenic wonder and sought-after spot for a day of ocean-front relaxation, swimming, or a quick dip in the chilly Atlantic (as some may put it). Maiden’s Cove tidal pool is also surrounded by massive rounded boulders that protect the tidal pool from the waves and make for excellent sun-tanning spots.
Little ones are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding spots to explore amongst the rocks and surrounding boulders. In addition to adventuring and exploring, searching for sea shells, splashing about, and generally having a grand ol’ time, Maiden’s Cove also has an amazing spacious lawn / grass area. This is great for keeping the kiddies entertained, sitting back and taking the load off, as well as the perfect place to have a braai or fabulous picnic on a lovely weekday or weekend afternoon.
Maiden’s Cove tidal pool is fantastic for snorkeling during low tide and is one of the best free diving settings / spots in the Cape Peninsula thanks to the abundance of marine life.
The water from the Atlantic Ocean is chilly but irresistible for the sweltering summer months and tough little ones that don’t seem to feel the cold. Between June and November, southern right and humpback whales pass the shores and entertain their spectators as they blow fountains, leap out of the water, or splash its surface with their powerful flukes. Dolphins can be seen in the waves all year round.
From this spot, visitors can enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets, not only in Cape Town, but in South Africa. Following the magical Maiden’s Cove sunset, visitors can opt to enjoy a glass (or perhaps a few) of world-famous South African wines or cocktails at one of the many bars and restaurants in Camps Bay.
Maiden’s Cove is definitely a must-see spot in Cape Town. So, bring your loved ones and don’t forget to take your picture-perfect shots of the boulders, tides, and the beautiful sunset with the magnificent Twelve Apostles as the pefect backdrop.
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