The Dog Stone is a big gneiss rock that so closely resembled a dog, it inspired Thomas Grace to name Hondeklipbaai, which means “Dog Stone Bay”.
In 1853 the “Dog” was defaced when its ear was chopped of and taken to Cape Town in order to start the fictitious “Dog’s Ear Copper Company”. During a severe lightning storm in the 1970s, it lost its nose as well.
At the Honnehokke, there are five resident Yorkies who bask in the sun like rock lizards. True to the heritage of the town, the Honnehokke Resort is pet-friendly. To read more about the petiquette at the Honnehokke, click here.
From top attractions to fun activities, here are 10 things to do in Hondeklipbaai:
- Enjoy a walk from the Honnehokke Resort to the Hondeklipbaai/ Hondeklip Bay lighthouse
- Explore more than 14 kilometres of pristine and unspoilt West Coast coastline
- Gather seafood from the rocks for a delicious and filling dinner
- Go crayfish diving (permits needed). Wet suits available for hire.
- Browse and buy beautiful art from Hondeklipbaai’s/ Hondeklip Bay’s local artists
- For a little romance, watch the sunset at Spitfire (Spatklip) and take a few stunning pictures
- Ask us about the former Hondeklipbaai/Hondeklip Bay Abalone Farm. This completed Abalone Grow-Out Pilot project was conducted in Hondeklipbaai/ Hondeklip Bay in the Northern Cape in partnership with HIK-Abalone, the industry partner, and Stellenbosch University. The trial proved to be a big success.
- Pay a visit to Villian and Mads’s outdoor art studio.
- Visit Hondeklipbaai’s new coffee shop and art studio, The Shack.
- Stay at the Honnehokke Resort where you can:
- Enjoy a sundowner next to the swimming pool
- Have a delicious braai outside your chalet
- Cool down and relax next to the swimming pool
- Table tennis
- Bicycle Rental Service
- Pool table
- Enjoy a game of foosball
- Diving gear rental service
Aristea shipwreck, Hondeklipbaai. The Aristea was a fishing trawler for I&J until she was called into duty in WWII as a minesweeper. The Aristea met her unfortunate end on the rocks outside Hondeklipbaai after her captain drunkenly neglected his duties.
The Aristea was built in 1934 in Scotland and she ran aground on 4 July 1945 just south of Hondeklipbaai.
“The South African Navy’s First Fifty Years” as compiled by Commodore Goosen has Aristea listed as a coal trawler owned by Irvin and Johnston. It was taken over by the SANF in November 1939 and handed back to its owners in December 1944.
The story goes that the captain of the ship was too tipsy to take command of the ship in the rough waters off the coast of Hondeklipbaai. On that dark and stormy night, a junior deckhand swam ashore with a rope and anchor to save his fellow sailors. From a crew of 24, only one person died in the shipwreck.
If you want to learn more about the Aristea, ask your host at the Honnehokke Resort in Hondeklipbaai to tell you the story and guide you to the shipwreck.