The popular Hobie Beach is found in the vicinity of Shark Rock Pier and the Boardwalk of Port Elizabeth. It is a favourite for swimming, sunbathing and body surfing. It also offers sheltered rock pools with interesting sea life to observe. Other facilities include plenty of restaurants, a launching place for sailing, and rubber ducking. It is also the venue for the annual Splash Festival, which features beach volleyball and world boardsailing championships.
Have a brilliant lunch at Hobie Beach, where the recently upgraded Shark Rock Pier shares centre stage with the Boardwalk Hotel complex and is a gathering place for people to watch the swimmers and stand up paddlers out at sea. Take the plunge and splash out on some ocean kayaking or surfing.
The centrally-situated Port Elizabeth Airport is within easy reach from all parts of the city. Domestic flights connect Port Elizabeth with larger domestic centres such as Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. The N2 coastal arterial route takes you to the city by road from Cape Town in the south or Durban in the north. Flights to Port Elizabeth International Airport are provided by international airlines such as British Airways and South African Airways. Domestic airlines that land at the airport include FlySafair, Kulula, and Mango. The beach is just 5 km away from the airport and the traveller can easily get a taxi and reach Hobie beach.