When the 15th Century Portuguese explorers sailed into what is now known as Plettenberg Bay, they called it Baia Formosa - the Beautiful Bay. It's an apt description; protected from the open ocean by the spectacular Robberg Peninsula, the bay is home to an astonishing variety of creatures.
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route | Best Whale Watching Towns in South Africa
Plett is widely considered to be the best destination worldwide for boat-based marine mammal watching. Southern Right Whales are in residence from about June to November, and Humpback Whales from August to December. Large, seaworthy skiboats transport clients in comfort or, for the more adventurous, there are escorted sea kayak trips.
For a gull's eye view, there are scenic flights in a variety of aircraft. Close by is the highest bungy jump in the world at Bloukrans Bridge, some fantastic mountain bike trails through Harkerville Forest, wonderful hiking trails along the Tsitsikamma coast and one of only 3 tree-top canopy tours in the world. Plett has wonderful beaches for swimming, walking or surfing.
The diving is good and the whole area is just littered with excellent hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. Plettenberg Bay's small airport is served by SA Express, which flies to and from Johannesburg daily.
For flights from other centres, George Airport is about an hour's drive away and Port Elizabeth about two-and-a-half hours. The town is situated on the Garden Route, just over 500 kilometres (310 miles) from Cape Town and about 250 kilometres (155 miles) from Port Elizabeth.
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