Fun Activities

Fun Activities

At Hartley House, we pride ourselves on making sure that our guests get to enjoy the exact type of holiday they want to.
No matter what type of break you want St Francis bay has it all!

Wellness Spa

If you want to relax and unwind, you can spend the day pampering yourself at one of our local spas.


If you are a foodie you will be in your element as St Francis Bay offers excellent cuisine, including fresh fish, local calamari, superb steaks, Greek food, Sushi, curries and fine dining, having some of the best restaurants in South Africa, the choices are excellent.

Sea Lover

For the more adventurous and those looking for a surfing holiday, we are privileged to have some of the most famous surf breaks in the world on our doorstep... Bruces Beauties, Hullets, Seal point, Seal Bay and last but not least the world famous Jeffrey's bay.

Outdoor Adventure

Do you enjoy hiking, running or mountain biking? If so you have landed in paradise, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis and surrounding areas offer some of the most beautiful landscapes to enjoy your chosen sport. We have mountain bikes for you to rent and have a guide that can take you for a ride through the pristine landscapes, Please don’t forget to pack your own cycling shoes.


If you enjoy beach walks we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world right here on our doorstep, there are beautiful walks on the river too. Early morning walks on the river watching the sun come up is the perfect way to start your day.

Fishing Enthusiast

Visit the canals just for a bit of fun or the river for the slightly more adventurous. Surf fishing for those who love spending time on the shore. We have all fishing equipment available for you to rent for the canals, the river and surf fishing. Spearfishing is also an incredible way to explore under the sea in St Francis. If you are into deep-sea fishing then we can arrange a charter with one of the local fishing charter companies. The deep-sea fishing in St Francis Bay is some of the best in South Africa.

Paddling the Canal

A great active way to get around the canals is to paddle. One can also paddle up the Kromme river or surf-ski paddling in the ocean for the more adventurous. We have a variety of surf skis and life jackets for you to rent for whatever you chose. If you prefer to stand up paddle then you can do that too, there are a variety of companies that rent out stand up paddleboards in the area.


Should you be a golf enthusiast then you are spoilt for choice as we have two beautiful golf courses, The St Francis bay links and the local St Francis Bay golf club.

Canal & River Cruises

These are the highlight for most visitors to St Francis Bay and can be booked with Hartley Houses very own canal cruiser that can accommodate up to 16 of you and your friends. Whether you take a shorter canal cruise or one encompassing the canals and the Kromme River, it will be an unforgettable experience. Should you wish to go skiing or wakeboarding we have a ski boat that can take you and your friends up river for a morning of fun.

Visit the Port

A visit to our delightful harbour, Port St Francis, is a must. Here one can view the excitement of our local fishing boats as they load up to go to sea or unload their catch of the day. Also watch the activities around the Chokka boats while you enjoy a great meal at different restaurants on offer at the port.