Walvis Bay is named after the bay on which it lies. The bay is a safe haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour. It is protected by the Pelican Point sand spit, being the only natural harbour of any size along the country’s coast.
Being rich in plankton and marine life, the waters draw large numbers of southern right whales, attracting whalers and fishing vessels.
Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia. Attractions include the artificial Bird Island, the Dune 7 sand dune, the salt works, the abundant birdlife, and a museum. The beach resort of Langstrand lies just a few kilometres north.
Walvis Bay has a variety of accommodation options, many of which are situated on the edge of the lagoon.
Walvis Bay contains open spaces, scenic beauty and unique marine and plant life. It suits the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sandboarding, kiting, surfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other indoor and outdoor sport codes.