The picturesque seaside town of Saldanha is situated on the northern corner of the largest bay in South Africa. On a clear day Table Mountain can be seen from the Adam and Eve rock formation situated on the hill above the town.
There is a short walking trail at Hoedjieskop in the centre of the town to a vantage point, which provides a panoramic view of the bay. The bay's ideal location makes it a paradise for water-sport enthusiasts. Its local economy is strongly dependent on fishing, mussels, seafood and the harbour trade, as well as the established steel industry.
Contrary to its name, Marcus Island is not really an island, as a breakwater was built between the land and the island in 1976. With strong historic military links, Saldanha Bay is also host to a naval training base and the South Africa Military Academy.