Struisbaai Beach Awarded Blue Flag Status for Summer 2023 / 2024

As South Africa’s Summer season and warmer weather approaches, beach enthusiasts welcome the exciting news—the announcement of Blue Flag Beaches for 2024. And there’s even more fantastic news for Struisbaai, as it proudly achieves the coveted Blue Flag status for another year in a row. WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) recently celebrated our nations top beaches and coastlines on the 20th of October 2023, solidifying Struisbaai’s position as a premier Western Cape coastal destination.

Four people sitting on the struisbaai harbour pier promoting where to stay in Cape Agulhas.

Blue Flag Recognition

Struisbaai Beach has been recognised as one of the 48 beaches nationwide to receive the prestigious Blue Flag status for 2023. Managed locally by WESSA since 2001, in collaboration with the Foundation for Environmental Education and participating coastal municipalities, the Blue Flag status is a symbol of service excellence and coastal preservation in sustainable tourism.

What Qualifies a Beach for Blue Flag Status?

Local municipalities across the country submit their beaches for a national assessment every year. To ensure each beach meets Blue Flag status, WESSA sets high standards to determines the level of service excellence, using 33 different criteria to assess each submission. However, to achieve full blue flag status, every beach is measured against four main categories: 

  1. Environmental Management
  2. Education & Awareness Initiatives
  3. Safety Measures
  4. Water Quality.


The 33 individual criteria allow for an in-depth analysis of a variety of areas of competence, which include:

  • Universal access (for the disabled, elderly and mothers with young children)
  • Control of domestic animals (such as dogs on beaches)
  • Availability of interpretive signage
  • Effective waste management


Struisbaai Beach, in particular, has showcased exceptional commitment to meeting this strict criteria, ensuring that water quality, environmental preservation, safety services, and educational aspects are all met and maintained at an exemplary level.

South Africa's Blue Flag Status Beaches for 2024

Western Cape

  • Silwerstroomstrand – City of Cape Town
  • Clifton 4th – City of Cape Town
  • Camps Bay – City of Cape Town
  • Llandudno – City of Cape Town
  • Muizenberg – City of Cape Town
  • Bikini – City of Cape Town
  • Melkbosstrand – City of Cape Town
  • Fish Hoek – City of Cape Town
  • Kleinmond – Overstrand
  • Hawston – Overstrand
  • Grotto – Overstrand
  • Castle beach – Overstrand
  • Struisbaai – Cape Agulhas
  • Witsand – Hessequa
  • Preekstoel – Hessequa
  • Lappiesbaai – Hessequa
  • Jongensfontein – Hessequa
  • Gouritzmond – Hessequa
  • Stilbaai Wes – Hessequa
  • De Bakke – Mossel Bay
  • Hartenbos – Mossel Bay
  • Klein Brak – Mossel Bay
  • Santos – Mossel Bay
  • Glentana – Mossel Bay
  • Herold’s Bay – George
  • Victoria Bay – George (New)
  • Wilderness – George
  • Brenton-on-Sea – Knysna
  • Buffalo Bay – Knysna
  • Robberg 5 – Bitou
  • The Waves – Keurboomstrand – Bitou
  • Nature’s Valley – Bitou
  • Lookout – Bitou
  • The Dunes – Bitou
  • Singing Kettle – Bitou

Eastern Cape

  • Cape St Francis – Kouga (New)
  • Dolphin – Kouga
  • Kings – Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Humewood – Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Hobie – Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Kariega – Ndlambe
  • Kelly’s – Ndlambe
  • Middle Kenton on Sea – Ndlambe

Kwa-Zulu Natal

  • Marina – Ray Nkonyeni
  • Trafalgar – Ray Nkonyeni
  • Southport – Ray Nkonyeni
  • Umzumbe – Ray Nkonyeni
  • Hibberdene – Ray Nkonyeni