Lambert's Bay | The diamond of the West Coast
Welcome to the seafood hotspot of the West Coast! Lamberts Bay is known as the Diamond of the West Coast and the crayfish mecca of South Africa.
Snoek is also available during a snoek run which takes place a couple of times during the year. Boats from all over the West Coast flock to the town to catch this fish which has also become more popular. Lambert's Bay is also famous for its long stretches of uninterrupted white beaches and abundant marine life which gathers in the cool blue waters.
Take a relaxing daybreak and soak up the sun, surf the sparkling waves or enjoy a boat ride over the big blue bay.
This gem of a seaside village owes its origin to humble beginnings as a fishing village, like most of the surrounding South African coast villages, but is has become one of the major tourist attractions on the West Coast due to its moderate all year climate. The Sandveld Museum and nearby local farms like Wadrift, will open your mind to the cultural history of this unique place.
Lambert's Bay is also jam-packed with plentiful birdlife. Some of the more popular species on the list include gannets and Cormorants. Dolphins, whales and the ever entertaining seals at the internationally acclaimed Bird Island attract tourist from all over. Heavyside dolphins are frequently spotted from the beach. Lambert's Bay is also a great place to view the lush stretches of wild field flowers that are most beautiful during spring.
Lambert’s Bay is named after Admiral Lambert of the British Navy who did a marine survey of the bay between 1826 and 1840.
In 1887 Mr Stephan bought the commercial buildings and built the hotel in 1888.
Lamberts Bay was used as a lay-up for British warships during the war of 1900-1902 and in 1901 the “ HMS Sybille” was wrecked opposite Steenbokfontein.
The harbour which boasted fishing vessels in the past now only has the odd vessel, the Condor which is used for boat trips and a host of diamond boats which immediately catch your eye.
As the diamonds lie hidden amongst the earth’s gravel, to be found only by the fortunate few who take the time to make it their mission to find this previous stone.
The museum houses 15 different exhibits eg. “Old” Lambert’s Bay, HMS Sybille Gunboat which ran aground in 1901.
Photograph collection, Fish industry and fishing community, Book & Bible collection, Archaeological display, Horsemill and Farm implements and Clothes and embroidery from bygone days