Whales and dolphins frequently visit Plettenberg Bay but they are best viewed
from the Robbeberg nature reserve, a peninsula nearby. Plettenberg Bay is great
for swimming, sailing, surfing, fishing and hiking. If you prefer to stay on dry
land you can go play golf, squash, tennis, and bowling. Hikers can try the Signal
Hill Nature Trail, which starts at Signal Hill, through the Piesang Valley, then
to the beach close to the old timber store.
Plettenberg Bay, or "Plet" as it is known locally, attracts a large number of
rich tourists that prefer to stay in the local hotels. So, hotels are expensive
in Plettenberg Bay. The stretch of sand from the Robberg peninsula to the Beacon
Isle Hotel is known as the "Millionaires Row".
Fishermen can hire a motorboat from the Plettenberg Bay Angling club, situated
on the western bank of the Keurbooms River, if they do wish to go out to sea. Scuba-divers
wont be disappointed because there are plenty of wrecks to explore in the area.
If you stand in the caravan park of the Robberg reserve you can see the wreck of
the greek ship, the "Athena", stranded there in 1967.
Shell-collectors should be on the look-out for the highly sought after "pansy"
shell which can be found on very few beaches in south africa.
According to legend Plettenberg Bay was the first involuntary "white settler"
area, 20 years before Jan van Riebeeck landed at the cape. In 1630, a portuguese
vessel, the Sao Goncalo, stranded in the bay. After eight months, the crew managed
to build two smaller boats from the stranded vessel. One of the boats managed to
reach Mozambique from where they were transported back to Portugal.The second boat
was rescued at sea by another portuguese vessel, the Sao Ignatius Loyola, but the
ship never made it back to Portugal.