Shells by the thousand, skipper's caps, beach clothing, hand-made gifts and sea-art curios are on sale here ; plus whacky Republic of Hout Bay passports with a boatload of special offers. Many of the items are themed to Hout Bay's harbourside ambience and exude memories of a wonderful place, nowhere else to be found.

Choose an oyster guaranteed to contain a beautiful pearl inside. Then, if you so wish, watch it set to jewellery of your own choice, from the extensive range on offer.

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Its nautical artifacts and antiques, books, paintings, brassware, scrimshaw, scripophilly and shipwreck memorabilia are a collector's dream, and an inspirational source for designers bedecking bars and boardrooms. With over 20 000 different items in stock, it is the largest shop of its kind, certainly in Southern Africa.