Orient Beach in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is situated in the small suburb of Quigney in the city of East London.

The Beach is at the southern end of the Esplanade and close to hotels, restaurants and shops, making it a popular destination with tourists. The beach has lifeguards on duty and is known for its safe swimming environment as the surf is normally quite gentle in the area due to the breakwaters from the harbour.

This poplar beach was previously known as Sandy Beach before 1907 and was then named after the Russian Ship called the SS Orient after it ran aground on the shore. At low tide the remains of the wreck can still be seen.

Facilities

  • Refreshment Kiosk (in season)
  • Tidal Pool
  • Two Swimming Pools
  • Water Slides
  • Orient Pier
  • Lifeguards
  • Toilets & Changing Facilities

Admission

The Beach is open every day of the year during daylight hours and there is no admission fee charged.

Climate

East London has rainfall in the summer months.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 9˚C and 22˚C.

Transport

There are Domestic flights into East London Airport on a daily basis. Hotel transfers, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.

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