False Bay Coast

On the Eastern side of teh Cape peninsula lies False Bay, a popular stretch of coast thanks to the wartmer waters, with water temperatures that could be 8oC higher tha elsewhere. The area is also more sheltered and better developed for tourism, although some of the landscape seems almost dull after the Atlantic Seabord. Nevertheless, the area has some excellent beaches and gets busy with domestic tourists in summer. In Spring, False Bay is teh favoured haunt of calving whales, offering excellent opportunitiesto see Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde whales. There are also some interesting villages. False Bay is also known for its population of white sharks. A shark watch operates from Muizenberg, signaling alerts when sharks come in proximity of bathers and surfers. Across the bay from Cape Point, the clearly defined massif rock on the Eastern headland of teh bay near teh holiday resort of Pringel Bay is known as Hanklip. The name False Bay was coined by early sailors arriving from the East who confused the bay with Table Bay as, when they rounded Hanklip, they thought they were rounding Cape Point, which is similar in shape.

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