Navigating the allure of Plettenberg Bay

Posted by Carolien Henn on Dec 14, 2023 7:19:12 AM


If you're looking for a quick day or weekend break with your boat in the Pretoria region, Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve might be the perfect choice. In a world filled with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Roodeplaat Nature Reserve offers a peaceful sanctuary. Boating on the dam provides a tranquil escape from the stresses of urban living.

Boating in Plettenberg Bay offers a diverse range of activities and stunning coastal scenery. Here is a brief guide detailing what to do in Plettenberg Bay during the holidays. 


Plettenberg Bay, also known as Plett, is located on the Garden Route of South Africa and is renowned for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and lush landscapes. Robberg Peninsula, situated at the entrance of the bay, is a nature reserve with scenic trails and excellent viewpoints that can be appreciated from the water or land.

The bay is well-protected, making it an ideal destination for various boating adventures.


Boating activities in Plettenberg Bay include sightseeing cruises, whale and dolphin watching, river safaris, swimming with seals, fishing excursions, diving and water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and jet skiing. Various operators offer these services such as Enrico’s Fishing Safaris, Plett Fishing, Ocean Outfitters, Plett Seal Adventures, etc.



Marine wildlife exploration 

With a well-earned reputation as a premier destination for whale-watching enthusiasts, Plett has been awarded Whale Heritage Site Status by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) in May 2023. This prestigious recognition highlights the coastal town's commitment and dedication to cetacean conservation and the preservation of their natural habitats.


Plettenberg Bay is a seasonal home to Southern Right Whales, dolphins, seals, seabirds, sharks, fish species, and marine invertebrates. The bay offers a harmonious blend of marine mammals, birds, and underwater wonders. Whether you're embarking on a boat tour, exploring the shoreline, or observing from the heights of Robberg, the bay promises an immersive experience with its captivating marine wildlife.


In winter, the community also hosts the annual Plett Ocean Festival, showcasing their unwavering dedication to marine preservation.


Diving and Scuba 

Discover the wonders of the underwater world through scuba diving in Plettenberg Bay. The dive sites in the area boast of kelp forests, reefs, and a diverse range of marine life. If you prefer a simpler way to experience the marine life, snorkeling is a great option. The waters around Plettenberg Bay are crystal clear, providing excellent visibility for snorkelers to enjoy the underwater scenery.


Water Sports 

Plettenberg Bay is a haven for stunning landscapes but also a playground for water sports enthusiasts. From the adrenaline-pumping jet skiing to the serene paddleboarding, the bay offers a diverse range of aquatic adventures.

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Plettenberg Bay Angling Club

Ever crossed the N2 bridge over the Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay and wondered what it must be like boating up that beautiful gorge? Well, the good news is, you can do it with one of Plett Boat Hire's motorised river boats at the Plettenberg Bay Angling Club.



Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy both deep-sea and inshore fishing in the area. 

The bay is home to a rich variety of inshore fish species, including yellowtail, kob (kabeljou), and various reef fish. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or explore rocky outcrops for a rewarding inshore fishing experience. 

Venture into deeper waters for a chance to hook larger game fish. Tuna, snoek, and other pelagic species await those embarking on deep-sea fishing excursions. You can also explore the fishing opportunities around the Robberg Peninsula. Its stunning landscapes provide a picturesque backdrop for a day of angling.


Boating and Launching 

Plettenberg Bay has a well-equipped marina and a sheltered harbour, ensuring safe mooring and launching for boaters. However, it is important to be mindful of weather conditions, especially during the winter months when the seas might be rougher. Checking weather forecasts and sea conditions before embarking on any boating activities is recommended.



It's really important to get to know the local boating regulations and guidelines before heading out on the water. Here is a guideline from Cape Nature to access Keurbooms River Nature Reserve.

You want to make sure that your vessel is up to safety standards and that you have any necessary permits for fishing or other activities.


If you're looking for a fun and exciting way to enjoy the summer in nature, boating in Plettenberg Bay is the perfect choice. Whether you're in the mood for a relaxing day out or an adventure, there's something for everyone. Just remember to be respectful of the local environment, wildlife, and other boaters to ensure a positive and sustainable experience. By doing so, you'll be able to enjoy a rich tapestry of maritime wonders in Plettenberg Bay. 


So what are you waiting for? Let's get boating!






Topics: Boating Lifestyle