With extremely hot weather forecasted for this weekend, we would like to bring the following to your attention:



  • The sun is only dangerous in summer or on a hot day
  • Tanning is safe, as long as I don’t burn –there is no such thing as a safe tan!!!
  • Sunscreen will protect me completely from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays
  • One or two cases of sunburn won’t result in skin cancer
  • People with darker skins are not at risk for getting skin cancer
  • Sunbeds are a safer alternate to obtain a tan

cute child applying  sunscreen  at the beach

Apply Sunscreen Correctly

  • It’s important to know the best SPF for your skin-type
  • Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside and re-apply at least every two to three hours

Wear Protective Clothing

  • Wear sunglasses with a UV protection rating of UV400
  • Wear protective clothing & swimsuits and thickly-woven fabric hats with wide brims – avoid caps where the neck & ears are exposed


Avoid the Following

  • Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm – stay under the shade of trees or an umbrella as much as possible
  • Avoid sunbeds & sunlamps

Use an Effective Sunscreen

  • The new CANSA Seal of Recognition logo(CSOR) appears on approved sunscreen products and is a guarantee that the manufacturers of these UV protective products have complied with CANSA’s strict set of criteria
  • Be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of between 20 and 50 & 30 and 50 for fair to very fair skin
  • Products usually expire two years after manufacture – don’t use a product that has been opened and used after a year has passed

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Visit CANSA’s website for more information: http://www.cansa.org.za/


11 feb blog

Valentine Special 2014

Reservations, Payment and Cancellation Conditions

  • Deposits and cancellation fees are calculated on the full value of stay
  • A 50% deposit will be required to secure a booking
  • Once the deposit has been received, a written confirmation with an invoice number will be forwarded to the client
  • The balance of the booking value (50%) is to be paid on arrival
  • Payment for meals or any other extras to be made on the day of departure
  • Mariner Guesthouse Simon’s Town will retain the full deposit payment in the case of cancellations made within 30 days of arrival or “No Shows”
  • A full refund of deposit (minus 10% handling fee) will apply to bookings cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival
  • All Rates include VAT @ 14%




You wake up in the morning and look across the beautiful bay just as the sun peeks over the mountains. Walking down the road to the coast you encounter penguins waddling towards the clear, cool sea. Out of the corner of your eye you see three otters running along the beach and launching into the waves. Raising your eyes as you walk along, you see a Southern Right whale breeching for the pure joy of it. You must be in Simon’s Town.


Picture by: Liz Hardman

Just a short walk up the road and you are in the Table Mountain National Park.  Just past the Blockhouse you suddenly notice the Erica quadrisulcata – one of the plants that are endemic to this particular mountain-side. On the way you stepped over a beautiful but dangerous puff-adder, scared several dassies and a mongoose, and saw the delicate footprints of a little duiker. Looking along the hazy blue mountain chain of the Peninsula you are thankful for the South Easter that keeps the City’s pollution at bay. Down in the sea, ahead of a graceful Navy frigate, gannets are diving on a shoal of fish driven to the surface by dolphins. You must be Simon’s Town.


The church bell rings as you turn up the stone steps, under the overhanging plants, and look up at the renovated cottages in the narrow lanes. The winding path leads you behind the historic buildings whose facades you admired on the Main Road and past the most southerly Mosque in Africa. Looking up you can see the Waterfall flowing strongly after the rains. You look down into the Dockyard, quiet on a Sunday, and notice the flotilla of small yachts sailing out past the lighthouse. The only question now remaining is “which coffee shop shall we go to for breakfast?” You must be in Simon’s Town.


A gaggle of primary school children rush past you onto the Jetty. The excitement is high. Stuffed into their orange life-jackets they are going on a boat tour of the harbour. The visiting American students climbing into their hired kayaks look up at them and laugh, while further down the jetty deep-sea divers keep their distance as they don their black wet suits and clamber into their ski-boat. You walk back to the Square past a life-size statue of a dog. You must be in Simon’s Town.

Just_Nuisance_statue_in_2013The Naval parade culminates in a 21 gun salute and the enthralled crowd disperses into the many enticing little shops. It is time to explore the museums and galleries. But where to start? A choice of different museums, numerous historical sites and art galleries, all within strolling distance. But the children want a train ride to Glencairn to explore the Vlei – maybe they will see one of the new-born goslings, or a leopard toad splashing into the Els River! You must be in Simon’s Town.

27 March 2011 - Simon's Town 2  (c) Allan Roy

Picture by: Allan Roy

The sun turns the mountains mauve the end of a perfect day. Some had cycled along the beautiful coast to have breakfast at Dixies, some played scenic golf at the Country Club, while others enjoyed the beach. Now is the time to relive the excitement of the trip out to Seal Island, the thrill of seeing a Great White Shark. You look up from your drink to see the perfectly rounded, yellow, full moon slowly rise up over the mountains. Its shimmering light on the sea picks out a dark submarine returning to harbour. You know you have enjoyed another perfect day in Simon’s Town.


-By Lesley Shackleton-

First published in:

 “Simon’s Town Handbook – a guide to living in Simon’s Town

Take in the breathtaking view of Cape Town from the top of  Lions Head, day or night.



At 669 metres above sea level it’s just about high enough view Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years), the Atlantic Seaboard and a windy stretch of beach called Blouberg on the other side of the bay. During the 17th century the British tried to call Lion’s Head the Sugar Loaf Mountain.  The Dutch, however, felt that the mountain’s shape resembled a crouching lion and eventually settled on Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head).




Directions to Lion’s Head:

The entrance to Lions head can be found on Signal Hill Road, at the Base of Forestry Road. Coming from the centre of Town; drive up towards the mountain in the direction of Camps Bay, via Kloofnek Road. You will find the Lion’s Head turnoff at the lowest point between Table Mountain on the left and Lions Head on the right.







The shark cage diving adventure begins in Simon’s Town, just 45min from Cape Town.

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No qualifications for shark cage diving are necessary. The cage floats just under the surface of the water, and it is situated alongside the boat. Only two enter the cage at a time. We are the only one to offer scuba diving on all our trips. No experience needed all scuba equipment stays on board and only the scuba hose enters the cage. You are welcome to snorkel as well if you don’t wish to scuba dive. The crew is highly trained and safety is of utmost importance for your shark cage diving trip.


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