Plettenberg Bay rests conveniently on the southern coastline of South Africa, where the Indian Ocean meets sandy beaches and the town celebrates spectacular views of turquoise waters. This part of the Garden Route is renowned for the world-class water sports that are available to visitors and locals, thanks to the long stretches of beaches, the warm waters, and the excellent climate of the Western Cape Province.
Whether you are a seasoned pro, a veritable “water baby”, or a beginner that just wants to feel the thrill of the ocean, there are water sports options available for you in Plettenberg Bay. Many of these are ideal for families with little ones as well, which makes Plett a fantastic option for family vacations.
Kayaking and Canoeing
The sea here is often calm and inviting, the ideal conditions for those that want to head out on kayaks and canoes and explore the area. Paddling around the Robberg Peninsula is not only beautiful, but also exciting as you pass large colonies of Cape fur seals. Otherwise, stay close to the beach and catch waves for a really fun way to pass long summer days.
There are a few spots along the Plett shores that are favourites amongst surfers for the consistent conditions and many opportunities to catch the perfect wave. Sometimes, pods of bottlenose and humpback dolphins will even join you in surfing the swell.
When the winds cooperate, Plett is a fantastic spot for kite surfing. The colourful kites can often be seen billowing overhead as kite surfers surge through the waters and leap high over the waves. For visitors that haven’t tried kiting before, lessons are on offer in Knysna, which is less than half an hour from Plett.
This is a hotspot for anglers that want to relax on the shores or rocks, as well as for adventurers that want to head out to sea on a deep-sea fishing excursion. Those who venture out on a fishing charter can look forward to catching red roman, cob, Cape salmon, hake and certain shark species.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Between July and December, the coastline of Plett comes alive with humpback and southern right whales and, sometimes, orcas. Whale-watching cruises take visitors to where they know these gentle giants often frolic in the water and come up for air, entertaining their onlookers with their playful antics. Dolphins can be seen all year round as they leap out of the water and surf the waves.
Of course, for those that don’t have a hankering for getting into the water, there’s plenty to do on the shores. Little ones love exploring the rock pools, building sand castles, and playing Frisbee on the beach; while others sunbathe, enjoy a cocktail at one of the many restaurants along the coast, and drink in exquisite views.