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Situated in the Eastern Cape Province is South Africa's fifth largest city, located half-way between Cape Town and Durban – Port Elizabeth. It is a major sea port located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The city is home to breathtaking beaches, wild-life destinations, museums and memorials, cultural and historical attractions and incredibly friendly locals; giving it the title of ‘friendly city’. Port Elizabeth has many attractions and activities for kids and adults, and is therefore a great family holiday destination. The city has several safe beaches which are ideal for kids and adults alike. Not only does Port Elizabeth have plenty of activities to make sure that the little ones never get bored, it also offers a fantastic range of activities catering to almost every other market segment. It is also a world-class shopping venue for shopaholics. In addition to all of that, Muslim tourists will be please to find that there are plenty of Muslim-friendly facilities in Port Elizabeth. The Addo Elephant Park is a great place to take kids. It is located approximately an hour from Port Elizabeth, in the small farming town of Addo. The park is home to over 550 elephants and is South Africa’s third largest national park. It was originally a small elephant reserve but is now known as a ‘Big Seven’ reserve. Since the park stretches from the semi –desert Karoo to the Sunday’s River Valley Mouth, visitors will get to see a variety of flora and fauna. Rhino, lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, southern right whales and great white sharks can be found here, the latter two in the bay waters off the park, as well as plenty of other animals. There are several other parks that are also worthy of a visit, like: Kragga Kamma Game Park and the Seaview Predator Park. Those visiting Port Elizabeth must also explore the Donkin Heritage Trail. This 5 kilometre trail follows in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers. This is a great historical tour that takes visitors past at least 47 national monuments and historical sites in central Port Elizabeth. This is just one of the many historical attractions in Port Elizabeth that tourists must visit. Port Elizabeth is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Tourists must take a boat cruise and go diving, sandboarding, windsurfing and waterskiing. There are also several areas for treks and hikes, with stunning views. Visitors can also go whale, seal and dolphin watching in Algoa Bay and bird-watching in Settler's Park, Cape Recife Nature Reserve as well as at Swartkops Estuary....more

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Situated in the Eastern Cape Province is South Africa's fifth largest city, located half-way between Cape Town and Durban – Port Elizabeth. It is a major sea port located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The city is home to breathtaking beaches, wild-life destinations, museums and memorials, cultural and historical attractions and incredibly friendly locals; giving it the title of ‘friendly city’. Port Elizabeth has many attractions and activities for kids and adults, and is therefore a great family holiday destination. The city has several safe beaches which are ideal for kids and adults alike. Not only does Port Elizabeth have plenty of activities to make sure that the little ones never get bored, it also offers a fantastic range of activities catering to almost every other market segment. It is also a world-class shopping venue for shopaholics. In addition to all of that, Muslim tourists will be please to find that there are plenty of Muslim-friendly facilities in Port Elizabeth.

The Addo Elephant Park is a great place to take kids. It is located approximately an hour from Port Elizabeth, in the small farming town of Addo. The park is home to over 550 elephants and is South Africa’s third largest national park. It was originally a small elephant reserve but is now known as a ‘Big Seven’ reserve. Since the park stretches from the semi –desert Karoo to the Sunday’s River Valley Mouth, visitors will get to see a variety of flora and fauna. Rhino, lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, southern right whales and great white sharks can be found here, the latter two in the bay waters off the park, as well as plenty of other animals. There are several other parks that are also worthy of a visit, like: Kragga Kamma Game Park and the Seaview Predator Park.

Those visiting Port Elizabeth must also explore the Donkin Heritage Trail. This 5 kilometre trail follows in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers. This is a great historical tour that takes visitors past at least 47 national monuments and historical sites in central Port Elizabeth. This is just one of the many historical attractions in Port Elizabeth that tourists must visit.

Port Elizabeth is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Tourists must take a boat cruise and go diving, sandboarding, windsurfing and waterskiing. There are also several areas for treks and hikes, with stunning views. Visitors can also go whale, seal and dolphin watching in Algoa Bay and bird-watching in Settler's Park, Cape Recife Nature Reserve as well as at Swartkops Estuary.

Nearby Airports

The closest international airport to Port Elizabeth is Port Elizabeth International Airport, located approximately 8 kilometres from the center of the city. This airport has domestic and local flights and is also called the "Ten minute airport" because it is said to be less than a ten minute drive from most major areas of Port Elizabeth. Because the airport is so close by, it is easily accessible by taxis.

Halal Restaurants

Muslims visitors will be able to find numerous Halal restaurants in Port Elizabeth. These restaurants are known to serve a variety of cuisines ranging from Italian and American to Indian and Continental. Chicken Licken, Steers, Kauai, Dulce Café, Debonairs Pizza, Primi Caffé, Indian Cuisine, Zebro's Chicken and Deli Biscotti are just a couple of the many restaurants which serve Halal food in Port Elizabeth. Even though most of these restaurants are Halal certified and/or Muslim owned, it is best for Muslim tourists to double check regarding the Halal status of the food before dining.

Mosques

There are quite a number of mosques in Port Elizabeth, namely; Masjid an-Nur, Masjid Taqwa, Musjid Awatif (Darul Waqaf Islamic Trust), Masjid Huda, Masjid Mansoor, Masjid Azhar, Masjid Fuqara, Masjid Shaakireen, Masjid Abu Bakr, New Brighton Masjid, Musjidun Nabawi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, Masjidus Salaam, Masjid ul-Akbar, Masjid Saabireen, Masjid Saaliheen, Masjid Aziz and Masjid ul-Ghuraba. Many of these mosques have prayer facilities for women as well.

Things to Do and See in Port Elizabeth

  • Addo Elephant Park
  • Algoa Bay
  • Red Location Museum
  • The Donkin Reserve
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Maitland Sand Dunes
  • Humewood Beach
  • Cape Recife Lighthouse
  • Wells Estate Beach
  • Seaview Predator Park
  • Campanile Memorial
  • Bayworld Museum
  • Kragga Kamma Game Park
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  • 10 of the World's Best Surfing Destinations for Muslims

    Hunting the best surfing destinations in the world? HalalTrip has made a list of some of the world's best surfing spots that you can head to as a Muslim traveler.     Surfing has become a trendy water sport over the last few decades and surfing enthusiasts have discovered some well-known as well as hidden surf destinations around the world. With the gaining popularity for surfing, there are a surfeit of surf destinations to choose from in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Here is our list of the best surfing destinations in the world for Muslim travelers.    1) Jeffrey's Bay - South Africa   About: Jeffrey’s Bay often called J-Bay, is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its seashells and seafood restaurants, water sports, river logons and of course surfing! Voted as the second best of the ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’ by CNN in 2013, it is an ideal surfing destination in Africa that has several Halal restaurants in the areas for Muslim travelers.   Surf: Jeffrey’s Bay which offers the best right hand point break in the world has waves that can measure up to 12 feet. With 10 different surfs to choose from, including Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and Supertubes, there are many options for all grades of surfers. Booties are a must when surfing at J-Bay and do keep an eye out for sharks!    Location: Situated on the Indian Ocean in a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa just off the N2 Highway, about 75 kilometers southwest of Port Elizabeth.   Peak Season: May to mid-September   2) Surfrider Beach - Malibu, California, USA     About: California has been a surfers’ destination for nearly 100 years. With its abundance of surfs, California may be considered one of the best surf destinations in America, while Surfrider Beach is a popular sandy beach and surfing spot often included in many lists of the world’s best surfing destinations. Malibu also offers many Halal restaurants for Muslim travelers.    Surf:  Surfrider Beach’s small, perfectly formed waves is a great place to longboard and surf Beach Boys-style.    Location: Situated between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach is part of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has separate designated surfing and swimming areas.    Peak Season: September to November     3) Honolua Bay - Maui, Hawaii, USA      About: Another renown top surf adventure destination in America is Hawaii. The first written reference of surfing at Hawaii was in the 18th century, and hence these islands are often considered the ‘home of surfing’. Although Waikiki, the North Shore and Oahu are known as surfing meccas, Maui also has its legendary surf spots. All in all, the Hawaiian Islands offer surfers of all grades and experience a surfing adventure like no other! Muslim travelers will also be able to find a couple of halal restaurants and a mosque in Maui.   Surf: The surf at Honolulu Bay is the most popular in Maui and yet difficult to find. But once you get on this right-hand point break, the feeling is fantastic. There is also a chance to spot whales while surfing!   Location: The beach at Honolua Bay is located under Maui’s rugged northwest shoulder. You can park on the bluffs overlooking the break and, walk down the trail to the water to Honolua Bay.   Peak Season: Winter is the best surf season,   4) Joe’s Point - Sur, Oman        About: Oman is still a very young and unexplored surfing destination. However, its long stretch of coast along the Indian Ocean does offer some interesting surf breaks that make Oman not only one of the best destinations to surf in the Middle East but also a very Muslim-friendly surf destination.   Surf: With a sand bar to the right and rock bottom to the left, Joe’s Point is suitable for both beginners and experts. Rides can last up to 40 seconds and the water temperature is usually warm.    Location: Joe’s Point situated on the Arabian Sea in the town of Sur in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman can only be reached by car. It is located approximately four hours from Muscat along Highway 17.   Season: Due to Oman’s subtropical dry weather, surfers can surf at Joe’s Point all year through.   5) Arugam Bay - Sri Lanka   About: Sri Lanka is comparatively a newly discovered and affordable surfing destination, while Arugam Bay is regarded as the best surf spot in the country; attracting local surfing enthusiasts as well as international tourists. With the area’s predominantly Muslim population and seafood restaurants, Arugam Bay can be considered a Muslim-friendly surf destination.    Surf: Arugam Bay has quite a few quality surf breaks which are mostly right-hand peaks. The most popular being the Main Point located towards the south of the bay. Other breaks include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka's east coast, the bay is located 320 kilometers (200 miles) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Pottuvil (Ullae).   Peak Season: May to November   6) Sultans - North Male, Maldives   About: Another Muslim-friendly surf destination in Asia is the Maldives. As an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and Halal food is not a concern for Muslim travelers and there many fine surf points to choose from among Maldives' 1,190 coral islands. Sultans is considered a famous surf destination in the Maldives and is ranked 11th in CNN’s 2013 list of ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’.   Surf: The surf at Sultans is a consistent reef wave that's impressive in the spring and peaks at high tide, with a solid southeast swell. However, the rocks at Sultans can be dangerous and it is recommended to use a surf trip specialist outfit such as ‘Surfatoll’.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in the North Male Atoll.    Peak Season: March to October   7) Superbank - Gold Coast, Australia    About: The Gold Coast is considered the best surfing destination in Australia and the Superbank is a highly popular man-made stretch of beach ideal for surfing. The Superbank wave was created following the start of the dredging of sand away from the Tweed Rivermouth is formed by the stretch of sand along the southern points at Snapper Rocks – Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. It is the site of the annual surfing competition. The Gold Coast with its abundance of Halal cafes and restaurants make this an ideal surf and beach destination for Muslim travelers.    Surf: The Superbank's break is one of the world’s best surf destinations for passionate surfers. The wave is a right-hand point break that regularly barrels and can produce heavy, hollow barrels only suited for the experienced surfer.    Location: Located in Coolangatta just north of the New South Wales/Queensland border.   Peak Season: January to April.   8) Hossegor - France   About: Dubbed as the "surfing capital of Europe", it is no wonder that Hossegor tops many lists of the best surf destinations in Europe. With such fame, Hossegor has become a must-visit surf destination that attracts not only surfing enthusiasts and pros, but also people who wish to watch the pros ride tubes, which can rival Hawaii for heavy walls breaking on an unnervingly shallow sandbank. Muslim travelers also luck out as Soorts-Hossegor does have some Halal restaurants.   Surf: Hossegor’s surf is mainly for experienced surfers. Considered some of the best waves in the world, Hossegor attracts world-class surfers with its world-class waves. Hossegor offers a series of world-class beach breaks including Les Estagnots, Les Culs Nuls, the mighty La Gravière (for tube-riding) and L’Epi Nord.   Location: Situated on the Atlantic in the South of France, Hossegor is a part of the little town of Soorts. It is a short drive from the towns of Biarritz and Capbreton and a couple hours from the Spanish border and the Basque country to the south.    Peak Season: March/April or September/October.   9) Cloud Nine - Siargao Island, Philippines   About: Siargao Island is affordable surf destination in Asia with several waves that can only be reached by boat. After being featured in a Surfer magazine nearly 25 years ago, this island has become even more popular as a low budget surf destination. Cloud Nine is one of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.    Surf: The surf at Cloud Nine with its right-breaking reef wave has gained worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes. However, sharp reefs below the surf can be dangerous so do be careful!    Location: Situated in the Philippines Seas, Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island about 800 kilometers from Manila. Cloud Nine is the only wave on the Island that can be accessed without a boat.    Peak Season:  August to November when the prevailing wind is offshore.   10) Uluwatu - Bali, Indonesia   About: The island of Bali is considered a fabulous beach holiday destination that attracts holiday makers from across the globe and its popularity as one of the best beaches to surf on attracts surfers from beginners to professionals for an exotic surfing experience. The island of Bali offers a range of waves in clear waters all through the year, making it another go-to surf destination in Asia. Further, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy their choice of halal food and restaurants.   Surf: Uluwatu which was discovered as a surfing destination in 1972 is known for its professional-grade waves, while the the 5-kilometer-long sandy stretch of Kuta which is clear of dangerous rocks and coral is the ideal surf for beginners.    Location: Uluwatu is situated on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. This left reef is divided into sections - from top to bottom, they are Outside Temple, Bommies, Temple, Outside Corner, Racetracks and Peak.   Peak Season:  April to October.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday!     ...



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