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J BAY Lodge, School, Surfaris & Surf Camp - Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape. South Africa

INTRODUCTION

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Jeffreys Bay, or J-Bay as it is affectionately known, is sandwiched between the scenic Garden Route and Sunshine Coast, on South Africa’s southern coast east of Cape Town.

 

The bay is home to the famous Supertubes, venue of the ASP Billabong Pro, and the legendary breaks where the iconic “Endless Summer” was filmed.

 

Enjoying a stunning location perched on a dune overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Surf house offers dorm and private en-suite accommodation, an outdoor restaurant and a full licensed bar, all with a truly laid back, surfing atmosphere.

 

There is also an opportunity to choose the executive beachfront accommodation. The luxury penthouse (4 people max.) is also used for the WSL Billabong Pro JBay,  when pro surfers come to compete in JBay.

 

The Surfcamp is open to all levels of surfing, from complete beginners who will take daily classes on the beach in front of the Surfhouse, to accomplished surfers who will embark on a Surfaris to discover each day a new surf spot under the guidance of local guides.

 

The bay is the meeting point where the warm Indian Ocean mingles with the cold waters of the Atlantic. creating unique conditions for an incredible diversity of marine life. Dolphins are a daily sighting and whales come to clave in the winter, between July and September, putting on a show with their courtship ritual.

THE ACCOMMODATION

The Surfhouse at Supertubes

Enjoying a stunning location perched on a dune overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Surfhouse is the perfect setting for any surfer. The Aloe framed wooden decks overlooking the surf and the beach provide a perfect spot to check swell conditions, watch the surf or do some whale and dolphin watching.

 

Accommodations range from dorms with bunk beds to en-suite double rooms, all with ocean views. The Surfhouse also features a self catering kitchen, outdoor restaurant and a full licensed bar, all with a truly laid back, surfing atmosphere.

 

Surfhouse facilities:

  • Dorms sleeping 4 to 12
  • Single, double and triple en-suite rooms
  • All accommodation with ocean views
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Outdoor restaurant (all day)
  • Self catering kitchen
  • Wooden deck overlooking the surf
  • Pool table + TV/DVD room
  • Internet access
  • Barbecue

Luxury Lodge at Supertubes

Luxury lodge right on the world class waves of Supertubes, where the pros sleep during the ASP Billabong Pro in July.

 

This superbly positioned lodge offers a unique beach front experience, each suite has a stylish decor, complete with it’s own private balcony with a breathtaking view of waves, dolphins and African sunrises.

 

Nice bistro on the basement floor with full continental breakfast, creative cuisine and shushi-continental food.

 

Lodge facilities:

  • Fantastic ocean views
  • Spacious private balcony
  • Direct telephone lines,
  • High speed internet connections,
  • Complimentary tea, coffee,
  • Pure cotton bed linen,
  • Shampoo, bath oils, body lotions,
  • Current magazines,
  • Satellite TV,
  • Safety deposits boxes,
  • Hair dryers,
  • Personal mini-bar with wide selection of beverages,
  • Laundry service,
  • Sushi Bar & Continental Bistro

THE ACTIVITIES

Surf Lessons

The experience begins when the jeep comes to pick you up at your accommodation and drives you to the main beach. This beach has small consistent waves which are perfect for learners. A two hours daily lesson in the morning. Free use of the material for practice in the afternoon. The lessons start on the beach where you begin with the safety instructions and warming up. The groups exists out of maximum eight people to secure individual attention. The lessons are designed to be intensive and are of course about having a good time. In no time you will get that stoked feeling you will carry in your memories for a lifetime!

Surfaris 

For accomplished surfers, surfaris by experienced local guides. Depending on the weather and surf reports, a full licensed instructor will drive you around to the best spots of that moment so good surf is guaranteed.

 

You will be taken to places in Jeffreys Bay, St. Francis, etc., wherever the waves are waiting.

You are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation and the equipment is provided, if needed, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the trip.

Fun for Everyone

In your spare time in between the surf sessions, or for non surfers there are plenty of other activities in the area:

  • You can visit a Surf Museum, go shopping and sightseeing in J-Bay.
  • Go Sandboarding, Kite and Windsurfing to make you stay diverse and even more memorable. 
  • Hop on  Big Game Safari to meet face to face with lions, tigers and other famous South Africa’s animals.
  • Join a Mountain Bike Tour to keep you holiday active and picturesque
  • Dolphins are a daily sighting and whales come to clave between July and September, putting on a show with their courtship ritual.
  • Simply relax and enjoy endless sandy beaches of South Africa’s coastline.

Surf Tour

A 10 day Guided Surf Tour of the excellent surf breaks along the picturesque Garden route, including a Game Drive (wildlife safari), Cape Winelands visit, Cape Point and Cape Town city visit. Surf breaks are all of the competent level and easily accessible and user-friendly. Surfing levels catered for is from competent to experience. Surfguide is a certified surf coach so surfing levels will improve throughout the tour.

 

Tour 1: Starts on Wednesday and finishes the following Friday

Tour 2: Starts Monday and finishes the following Wednesday.

Additional days in Jeffreys Bay are possible in tour 1 & 2.

 

Optional extras: Table Mountain Cable Way, Boulders Beach penguins (Cape Town), Bungy Jumping (Bloukrans Garden Route = world’s highest bungee jump), overnight stay at Game Lodge (=safari) and additional days in Jeffreys Bay or Cape Town.

 

Tour 1 - Jeffreys Bay to Cape Town Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival – Jeffreys Bay Guide collects clients from Port Elizabeth Airport. Transfer to J-Bay, check in at an accommodation. Orientation tour of town and afternoon surf. Sleep J-Bay.

Day 2 – Jeffreys Bay Full day surfing at one of the many surf breaks in J-Bay. Surf guide will guide clients to the best break on the day in J-Bay. Sleep J-Bay.

Day 3 – Jeffreys Bay Morning surf at the beast break in J-Bay and afternoon local Game Park (=safari). Sleep J-Bay

Day 4 – Cape St Francis After breakfast, drive 30 minutes to Seal Point. The fun right hand Point and beach break is world class. Morning and afternoon surf Seal Point. Sleep Seal Point. Dinner – Evening braai (provided)

Day 5 – Cape St Francis Full day surfing Seal Point and beach break. Tour of St Francis Bay and the unique canal system and Calamari harbour. See the iconic Bruce’s Beauties (if lucky even a surf at this mythique wave). Sleep Seal Point.

Day 6 – Victoria Bay Dawn surf at Seal Point, breakfast and drive via Garden Route to Victoria Bay. Stop along the way at the Bloukrans Bungy Bridge and Knysna. Afternoon session at Victoria Bay. Sleep Vic Bay. Dinner – Evening braai (provided)

Day 7 – Mossel Bay Dawn surf Victoria Bay and after breakfast drive 30 min to Mossel Bay. Lunchtime and afternoon surf at Inner Pool or Outers. Visit the Cape St Blaze Cave and the site where the first Europeans landed in Southern Africa. Sleep Mossel Bay.

Day 8 – Winelands Early surf Mossell Bay and after breakfast drive 3.5 hours to Franschoek. Enter Franschoek via the spectacular Franschoek pass and enjoy a walk around the historic town. Afternoon visit to winelands and wine tasting. Sleep Winelands.

Day 9 – Cape Town After breakfast, drive to Cape Point via Simons Town. Visit Cape Point National Park where the two oceans meet and then drive to the City via the scenic Chapmans Peak drive. Visit city bowl and Waterfront. Sleep Cape Town.

Day 10 – Depart After breakfast guide transfers clients to Cape Town airport. Cape Town City

Tour 2 - Cape Town to Jeffreys Bay Itinerary

 Day 1 – Arrival – Cape Town Guide collects clients from the airport; check in at accommodation and after a shower, head into Capetown City and the Waterfront.Sleep Capetown.

Day 2 – Cape Point & Wine Lands Breakfast, checkout and then head to Cape Point via Chapmans Peak to view where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Then on to the Winelands via Simons Town for an afternoon wine tasting. Sleep winelands.

Day 3 – Mossel Bay After breakfast, drive to Mossel Bay for lunchtime surf at Inner Pool. Visit the Cape St Blaze Cave and the site where the first Europeans landed in Southern Africa. Sleep Mossel Bay.

Day 4 – Vic Bay Early surf at Mossel Bay and after breakfast a 30- minute drive to Victoria Bay. Lunchtime and sunset surf at Victoria Bay. Evening braai.Sleep Victoria Bay.

Day 5 – Cape St Francis Dawn surf at Victoria Bay, breakfast and drive via Garden Route to Seal Point. Stop along the way in Knysna, and at the Bloukrans Bungy Bridge. Afternoon session at Seal Point. Dinner St Francis Bay.Sleep St Francis Bay.

Day 6 – Cape St Francis Full day surfing Seal Point and beach break. Tour of St Francis Bay and the unique canal system and Calamari harbour. See the iconic Bruce’s Beauties (if lucky even a surf).

Day 7 – Jeffreys Bay Morning surf at Seal Point, Breakfast and then off to J-Bay, 30-minute drive. Orientation tour of town and then Surf J-Bay lunchtime and sunset. Sleep J-Bay.

Day 8 – Jeffreys Bay Full day surfing at one of the many surf breaks in J-Bay. Surfguide will guide clients to the best break on the day in J-Bay.Sleep J-Bay.

Day 9 – Jeffreys Bay Morning surf J-Bay and afternoon Game Drive(=safari) Sleep J-Bay.

Day 10 – Depart Transfer to Port Elizabeth airport.(Plz)

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay, or J-Bay as it is affectionately known, is sandwiched between the scenic Garden Route and Sunshine Coast, so called as this region has more sunshine hours than any other in the country.

 

The bay is the meeting point where the warm Indian Ocean mingles with the cold waters of the Atlantic. creating unique conditions for an incredible diversity of marine life. Dolphins are a daily sighting and whales come to clave in the winter, between July and September, putting on a show with their courtship ritual.

 

The climate is temperate, dry climate with warm summers (27º C) December-February, and mild winters (19º C) June-August. 

 

The closest major airport to Jeffreys Bay, South Africa is Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ / FAPE). This airport is in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and is 80 km from the center of Jeffreys Bay.

Getting Here

Flying to Port Elizabeth Airport

Port Elizabeth International Airport is located 80 km from Jeffers Bay. The Airport welcomes direct flight from the following destinations:

 

East London Airport (IATA) – Airlink 
Cape Town – BA/Comair 

Durban – BA/Comair, South African Express

Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo – by FlySafair, BA/Comair, South Africa Airways, South African Express
Bloemfontein – CemAir 

Airport transfers

Included in all the packages with surf lessons or surfaris. 

Clients booking accommodation only will be charged 90 euros (both ways) and 50 euros (one way) for airport pick-ups at Port Elizabeth.

Visa

EU, US and Commonwealth citizen do not require entry visa. A 90 day tourist visa will be automatically issued on arrival.

Vaccinations

There are no compulsory vaccinations for South Africa required for travellers from Western Europe to gain entry. However, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate could be required for travellers coming from some endemic zones in Africa and the Americas.

 

Furthermore, for the short-term traveller the recommended vaccinations for South Africa usually consist of cover against: Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

PRICES & PACKAGES

Full Pack

 Prices per person Daily rates  7 nights 14 nights 
Classic 33€ 230€ 430€
Epic 88€ 615€ 1190€
Ultimate   2590€  

Accommodation Only

 Price per person Daily rates 7 nights 14 nights
Classic 94€ 599€ 1175€
Epic 145€ 967€ 1890€
Ultimate   2280€  

Classic Aloe 

Standard Package with shared dorm

 

Prices & Inclusions

The package includes:

  • Accommodation in seaside dorm including breakfast
  • One guided visit to a breathtaking safari game park
  • Driver with in-depth local surf knowledge
  • All petrol and road tax
  • Daily 2-hour beginners or advanced surf lessons with a professional instructor or daily surfari to the best waves in the area (JBay, St. Francis Bay, Cape St. Francis, Seal Point, Bruce’s Beauties)
  • Equipment: surfboards and wetsuits
  • Kitchen facilities  available
  • A visit to a local JBay board shaper
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Satellite TV
  • Surf lesson and surfari packages also include all transfers from and to Port Elizabeth airport.

Epic Aloe

Upgraded Package with Private room

 

Prices & Inclusions

The package includes:

  • Accommodation in double room with stunning sea/surf views on the legendary Jeffreys Bay Supertubes break.
  • Continental breakfast at the in-house restaurant.
  • Daily room service
  • One guided visit to a breathtaking safari game park
  • Driver with in-depth local surf knowledge
  • All petrol and road tax
  • Daily 2-hour beginner’s or advanced surf lessons with a professional instructor or daily surfari to the best waves in the area (JBay, St. Francis Bay, Cape St. Francis, Seal Point, Bruce’s Beauties…)
  • Equipment: surfboards and wetsuits.
  • A visit to a local JBay board shaper
  • Free surf brand T-shirt and local discount vouchers
  • Broadband Wireless Internet access
  • Satellite TV in the room.
  • Surf lesson and surfari packages also include all transfers from and to Port Elizabeth airport.

Ultimate Aloe

Upgraded Package Luxury beachfront accommodation

 

Prices & Inclusions

The package includes:

  • Luxury beachfront accommodation in the penthouse (4 people max.).
  • Continental breakfast at the in-house restaurant.
  • Daily penthouse service.
  • One guided visit to a breathtaking safari game park.
  • Driver with in-depth local surf knowledge.
  • All petrol and road tax.
  • Daily 2-hour beginner’s or advanced surf lessons with a professional instructor or daily surfari to the best waves in the area (JBay, St. Francis Bay, Cape St. Francis, Seal Point, Bruce’s Beauties…).
  • Equipment: surfboards and wetsuits.
  • A visit to a local JBay board shaper.
  • Free surf brand T-shirt and local discount vouchers.
  • Broadband Wireless Internet access.
  • Satellite TV plus surround sound DVD player.
  • Surf lesson and surfari packages also include all transfers from and to Port Elizabeth airport.

A 10 day Guided Surf Tour

 A 10 day Guided Surf Tour of the excellent surf breaks along the picturesque Garden route, including a Game Drive (wildlife safari), Cape Winelands visit, Cape Point and Cape Town city visit.

Tour 1 starts on Wednesday and finishes the following Friday & Tour 2 starts Monday and finishes the following Wednesday. Additional days in Jeffreys Bay are possible in tour 1 & 2.

 

Prices & Inclusions

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers(in+outbound)
  • 9 nights accommodation in private room
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 x traditional braai dinners
  • Daily 3 hour guided surf session
  • Entry fees: Cape Point National Park, Wine tasting(winefarm) and local Game Drive(safari), all road taxes and transport
  • The surf guide will take photos and videos of the entire tour & surfing
  • Accommodation in Capetown, Winelands, Mossel Bay and Cape St Francis in self-catering apartments or houses
  • Surfguide will arrange daily breakfast and 2 x dinners
  • Accommodation in Jeffreys Bay is in B&B
  • All the accommodation within walking distance of the surf breaks so plenty free surfing time available
  • Surf breaks are all of competent level and easily accessible and user-friendly.
  • Surfing levels catered for is from competent to experience.
  • Surfguide is a certified surf coach so surfing levels will improve throughout the tour.
  • Optional extras: Table Mountain Cable Way, Boulders Beach penguins (Cape Town), Bungy Jumping (Bloukrans Garden Route = world’s highest bungee jump), overnight stay at Game Lodge (=safari) and additional days in Jeffreys Bay or Cape Town.

 

Pricing per tour (tour 1 or tour 2) pp:

2 Surfers : 2520 Eur per person

3 Surfers : 2250 Eur per person

4 Surfers : 2112 Eur per person

 

Additional info for all packages:

  • All our surf instructors/guides are SSA qualified and Etienne is ISA-instructors level 3
  • Children under 4 years old come free of charge (accommodation only).
  • Surfers of all ages welcome
  • We will be happy to arrange customized packages on request – Limit a Tour to maximum of 4 surfers per Tour. This is for the crowd factor and for maximum enjoyment of the whole group. Can take extra non-surfers (wives/girlfriends).
  • The tour will have to start on specific days: Tour 1 – arriving in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, leaving from Cape Town the following Friday. Tour2 – arriving Cape Town on Monday and leaving from Port Elizabeth the following Wednesday. That is to cut down on weekends at surf breaks.

Additional info for all packages

  • A huge selection of surf equipment surf soft-tops to hand-shaped boards, also all kinds of wetsuits and other water sports material.
  • Customers that choose the daily surf lessons will also go on surfari at least once a week and experience the legendary waves of Endless Summer.
  • In all packages clients can use the fully equipped kitchen and all facilities such as pool table, TV, DVD-room, BBQ free of a charge.
  • All clients are fully insured.
  • All surf instructors are qualified lifeguards and SSA-instructors at level 3.
  • Children under 7 years come for free (accommodation only).
  • Children between 7 and 16 years old come for half price (accommodation only).
  • Children from 17 years and up have to pay full price.

Upon request

  • Photoshoot
  • World’s highest bungee jump
  • Beach Horse rides
  • Sandboarding

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