Coffee Bay is probably one of South Africa’s hidden paradises. It is believed that the name Coffee Bay came about in 1893 when a ship full of coffee beans ran aground. The ship spilled its cargo of coffee beans, some of which reached shore, and took root there. Today, the area is completely devoid of coffee beans.
Coffee Bay has a number of advantages over its rival Wild Coast destinations. Probably the most important, especially for visitors who are not used to unpaved roads, is the fact that a tarred road leads all the way there.
The tunnel is big enough to drive a ski boat through but only the foolishly brave would attempt to do so, as the sea crashes through there – hence the local nameesiKhaleni, which means ‘place of noise.