Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Plettenberg Bay was discovered by 15th century Portuguese explorers who sailed into the bay and pronounced it Baia Formosa - the Beautiful Bay. This is indeed an accurate description of one of the Garden Route's most popular attractions. Protected from the ocean by the spectacular Robberg Peninsula, the bay is home to a prolific variety of creatures.
Plett, as it is affectionately known, is often considered to be the best destination worldwide for boat-based marine mammal watching. Southern Right Whales make their majestic appearance from June until November, and Humpback Whale from August to December. Large seaworthy ski boats transport clients in comfort or, for the more adventurous; there are escorted sea kayak trips as well.
For a bird's eye view, scenic flights are also available. Close by is the highest bungi jump in the world at Bloukrans Bridge, some excellent mountain bike trails through Harkerville Forest, wonderful hiking trails along the Tsitsikamma coast and one of only 3 tree top canopy tours in the whole world. Plett also offers wonderful beaches for swimming, walking or surfing.
The diving in Plett is top notch, and the entire area is littered with excellent hotels, guest houses and restaurants. Plett has a small airport which is served by SA Express and flies to and from Johannesburg daily.
For flights from other centres, George Airport is about an hour's drive away and Port Elizabeth is about two and a half hours away. Plett is situated along the spectacular garden Route, just 500 kilometres from Cape Town and 250 kilometres from Port Elizabeth.