Plett Ocean Festival 

The whale watching industry in Plettenberg Bay is worth R371.2 million per year. It also creates 92 jobs, which equates to an approximate total of 250 people who benefit from the employment.
Start Date: 24 June, 2022
End Date: 17 July, 2022

Come take a dip in our ocean!

Fri 24 June – Sun 17 July 2022

South Africa’s favourite playground has much to offer during the winter season, including mild weather and swimmable days. Attention during this time of the year is much focused on the wonders of the ocean – the whales are in the bay, and it’s sardine run time providing happy hunting for the bigger fish, and our stealthy favourite great whites.

The vast Indian ocean, spilling gently onto the 14 km of shoreline from Robberg to Nature’s Valley, has an intrinsic influence on the lives of the people of Plettenberg Bay. Historically named the Bay of Formosa by Portuguese mariners, the beautiful bay, protected by the Robberg peninsula to the south and formed by the sweep of the Tsitsikamma mountains to the north, defines the lifestyle and perhaps the soul of the townspeople.

They swim in it, walk the shoreline, fish the waters, paddle, surf and dive. And contemplate in wonder the creatures who inhabit the big blue. The wildly diverse marine life and the protected bay has well served the curiosity of scientists who continually research and reveal the deep secrets of the animals in the ocean.

In celebration of the ocean and marine life, the Plett Ocean Festival will incorporate ocean-themed seminars, marine research and conservation events and activities like diving, snorkelling and kayaking, alongside all the riverine and other nature and adventure activities you have come to love in Plett. It is envisaged to be an all-inclusive collaboration between the town’s sea and fishy folk, venues and adventure activities, with something for the whole family. The Plett Winelands, restaurants and accommodation establishments bid you welcome, assuring you of the very best they have to offer.

The information and programme will be complete early in the new year. In the meanwhile save the date to come and take a dip in our ocean.

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“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” – Dave Barry