Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kalk Bay Harbour

Compared to big city harbours the fishing harbour at Kalk Bay really has something special to it and when visiting you won't get stopped by security at the gate, except if the parking lot is full.  Kalk Bay Harbour is primarily a fishing harbour so that is what you will see.  Fishing boats leaving pre-dawn and returning in the afternoons with their catch, fishing boats off loading and fishing boats moored at quayside.  The majority of the boats in the harbour are painted in bright colours which means that they are very popular with anybody wearing a camera over the shoulder. 
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But the harbour isn't just about the fishing boats.  Its also about people.  The locals gather on the breakwater to wet their lines or just sit and discuss things while visitors look on hoping to see somebody catch something.  Its amazing how easy strangers can start a conversation and it is no different here with most of the visitors ending up chatting to the locals asking about the (potential) catch.
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The harbour also has a vibrant fish market where you can by your fish fresh off the boats with snoek being a favorite.  The local "tannies" will also clean your fish for a fee and I stood there in amazement watching them scrape and cut away.
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We ended our visit to the harbour with fish and chips at Kalkies.  Who wants to sit in a fancy seafood place if there is a traditional fish and chips shop right there on the harbour with great views over the surrounding area?  Plus four of us ate for the price one would pay in the fancy restaurant.  Suddenly I feel like fish and chips tonight.

3 comments:

  1. Nothing better than fresh. I loved the fish and chips in SA.

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  2. WOW!! ur pics capture the amazing atmoshere of a fishing town!! I love it!!

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  3. Some day....when I come and visit.....we must come to this beautiful spot to fish....well.... I'll fish and you can shoot.

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