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Blue Flag Programme

Blue Flag is an international annual award given to beaches that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management. According to the World Tourism Organization, the international Blue Flag, operational since 1987, is the most well-known eco-label of its kind. 

Currently, more than 40 countries across the globe are participating in the programme and interest continues to grow with almost 4,300 Blue Flag beaches, boats and marinas around the world.

In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA in partnership with participating coastal municipalities. The strict criteria of the programme – in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management - are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). South Africa was the first country outside Europe to be granted Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches. 

The Blue Flag programme offers many benefits: improved tourism facilities, enhanced management of coastal ecosystems, increased awareness of the coast and capacity building of coastal municipalities.

The Blue Flag programme provides both local beach-goers and holiday-makers with the assurance of world class beaches offering safe, clean and well-managed facilities.

Visit the international Blue Flag website for more information about this global eco-label. Locate your nearest Blue Flag Beach, Boat or Marina on this page.


2016/17 season Blue Flag sites for South Africa


Contact details
Vincent Shacks - Ecotourism Unit Manager
Cell 082 337 1273


Latest News


Our #MyBlueFlagSummer Virtual Roadtrip for 2016/2017 has kicked off and you are invited to tour with us along SA’s coastline, visiting our Blue Flag beaches, boats and marinas. 

Click here to hop on the bus...


2016/17 Blue Flag status awarded to SA's top beaches, boats and marinas

Tourism Blue Flag project set to enhance beach-goers experience this summer