Plettenberg Bay Holiday Guide


Originally christened “Bahia Formosa” (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay offers the visitor miles of sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea. With its exceptional climate and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for tourists interested in exploring, watching or just lazing.

Situated between the hills covered with indigenous Fynbos and the Bitou River is the tranquil and rural village of Wittedrift, it is a bird and nature lover’s paradise.

From Keurboomstrand to the Robberg Peninsula there are 15 kilometers of beaches punctuated by the river mouth and an island. The river, lagoon, bay and beaches are much used by fishing and boating enthusiasts and offers the best shore based whale watching of the area.
The Crags is situated 20 km’s from Plettenberg Bay and has become one of the must seen areas, with polo fields, wildlife sanctuaries, theatre, and an abundance of arts and crafts offerings along its vibrant Cruise the Crags route.

Nature’s Valley is situated 30km’s from Plettenberg Bay and the most unspoilt of all of Bitou. This little bay’s untouched indigenous trees, forest and beautiful unspoilt coastline has been preserved since the first inhabitants of early times. It is also the only town within a national park.
Nestled in the great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains is the quaint hamlet of Storms River offering teeming birdlife, vast expanses of Cape flora, delicate eco-systems in wetlands and lagoons, gigantic trees and adrenaline pumping activities such as the world’s highest bungee jump and tree canopy tours.

The Location of  Plettenberg Bay

The great forests lying at the feet of the fabled Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains are the gateway to the incredible indigenous African wealth of Plettenberg Bay, which lies on South Africa’s spectacular south coast 210 km’s from Port Elizabeth and +/- 600 km from Cape Town.

The Plettenberg Bay Vibe

Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of The Garden Route and is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special.
Plettenberg Bay offers a diverse and vibrant nightlife. Make new friends at the pubs and bars, catch a movie at the cinema or dance the night away at the nightclubs.

Plettenberg Bay – Amenities

Plettenberg Bay is a creative haven with art festivals, an abundance of arts and crafts galleries and shops, village markets and artists studios.

Places to see in  Plettenberg Bay

  • Old Nick Village
  • Pristine beaches
  • The Simunye Community Centre
  • The Crags
  • Plett Puzzle Park
  • Plettenberg Bay Nature Reserve
  • Birds of Eden
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
  • Monkeyland
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Robberg Nature Reserve

Plettenberg Bay Activities

  • Whale watching
  • Boat cruises
  • Sea kayaking
  • Diving
  • Canoeing
  • Bungee jumping
  • Skydiving
  • Mountain biking
  • Canopy tours
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Shopping
  • Swimming and sunbathing

Eating out in  Plettenberg Bay

Bitou and Plettenberg Bay offers an endless array of flavors and an amazing assortment of cuisines at a range of cafés, bars, bistros and fine dining establishments. There are also a number of markets offering fantastic local farm produce or simply enjoy fresh of the boat seafood for an alfresco beach lunch or dinner.
Plettenberg Bay has been declared a Wine of Origin region – a coup for the area! The delicious Sauvignon Blanc Cap Classique can be enjoyed on the estate with a selection of mezze style delicacies.
In Plettenberg Bay, you will find an amazing variety of tastes, textures, and tantalising possibilitities to let your taste-buds run riot. From seafood, to italian, from mexico to china, Plettenberg Bay has it all.

Plettenberg Bay restaurants :

  • Beacon Isle Hotel
  • Bramon Restaurants
  • Spur
  • Emily Moon Restaurant
  • fu.shi fusion cuisine
  • Franko’s Kitchen
  • Gilly’s Grill
  • Le Bistro on the Bay
  • Miguel’s
  • Mugg & Bean
  • Nguni
  • Ristorante Enrico
  • Rod & Reel Pub & Restaurant
  • The Med Seafood Bistro

Guesthouses in Plettenberg Bay

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Aqua Dreams Guesthouse