A Leisurely Day in Simon’s Town

My first day at sea will now be on Sunday, after today’s trip was cancelled due to bad weather. Still, I know the sharks are about after being awoken to the shark sirens wailing at 8.30am-ish this morning, across the bay at Fish Hoek. So I took the opportunity to wander around Simon’s Town a bit more. Here’s the sign on the jetty and the historic main road. Simonstown Resized Simon's Town High Street Resized Simon’s Town was founded in 1680 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape Colony established by the Dutch. For the past two centuries its been a naval base, at first for the British Royal Navy, and now of the South African Navy. I first came here in 2008 to finally meet the Great White Shark, and the place always struck me as friendly though quite quiet. Eight years later it seems much busier, with lot’s more shops and restaurants whilst retaining its friendly manner. The jetty pictured is a hub of activity (not least for the occasional visit of a Cape Fur Seal) Cape Fur Seal Resized where numerous shark and whale watching excursions depart from. Jetty Resized 2 Beyond the harbour jetty lies the open False Bay, and due east lies Seal Island where the Great Whites will be. Can’t wait. Beyond The Jetty Resized Until then, I bid you all a lovely evening. Off to watch the footie now…

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