Warner Beach, South Africa, is just thirty kilometers from Durban along the coast road that leads to Port Shepstone. Unlike the other coastal towns on this stretch of road, it really feels like a suburb of Durban with its accommodation and office blocks and its busy main street.
The beach is wide and with fine sand. It’s fringed with vegetation-covered dunes, but it isn’t a swimming beach. The wind and waves are quite strong, so it’s more for surfers than sun bathers. It’s very popular during the Sardine Run in June and July, when migrating sardines bring whales and dolphins close to shore. As most of the town is up on the hillside, there are many great vantage points from which to see this.
Warner Beach is connected to Durban by Metrorail trains and by minibus taxis, and you can get further along the coast toward Port Shepstone by the same means, although this will mean changing a couple of times along the way, if you go further than Kelso, where the train terminates. Warner Beach is a much busier place than those further along the coast, but the advantage is you have everything you need at your fingertips.
The main street has many shops and a supermarket, and the train station is a ten-minute walk from your backpackers’ hostel in Warner Beach, South Africa (it's also five minutes to the beach from your Warner Beach, South Africa hostel). It’s a ten-minute, uphill slog to get back to it though, and that hill is very steep! Your Warner Beach, South Africa hostel is very professionally run and has all sorts of tours on offer. It’s popular with surfers and divers. Many of South Africa’s best surfers have honed their skills at Warner Beach. Your Warner Beach, South Africa hostel rents surf and bodyboards, fishing rods, bicycles, and kayaks, so it has pretty much every activity covered.
Aliwal Shoal, one of the prime diving sites in South Africa, is just twenty kilometers away in Umkomaas, where you'll find hostel options if you can't find a bed at a Warner Beach, South Africa hostel.
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