A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet EXCELLENCE in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. The strict criteria of the programme are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

In South Africa, the programme is managed by WESSA (the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa), along with participating local authorities. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches. As South Africa enters it’s 15th year of Blue Flag, we can proudly say that our beaches are sustaining excellence in beach management and rate among the top beaches in the world.

Blue Flag South Africa is in the process of setting up and testing new Eco Tourism Boat criteria for all commercial tourism boat operators along our coast, these include SCUBA, whale watching, seal watching, shark cage diving, recreational fishing and bird watching operations.