Explore the depths: Plett Ocean Festival returns 

Bottlenose Dolphins by Alejandra Vargas
Published: February 21st, 2024

Featured image: Dolphins in Plettenberg Bay by Alejandra Vargas

Explore the depths: Plett Ocean Festival returns with thrilling symposium, activities & excursions for all in 2024

21 – 30 June 2024

Ocean enthusiasts, mark your calendars! The eagerly anticipated third Plett Ocean Festival is scheduled to take place from 21 – 30 June 2024. Kicking off the festival is the three-day Marine Science Symposium, scheduled for 21-23 June and hosted at the iconic Beacon Island Resort.

The festival serves as a vibrant celebration of Plett’s most cherished treasures: our ocean, marine life, and beaches while fostering crucial discussions on marine conservation. Notably, the festival aims to engage a diverse audience: families, nature lovers, conservationists, students, and more. You’re invited to “come curious”…

As a destination for marine conservation, Plettenberg Bay is an accomplished destination: six international Blue Flag Beaches, two Blue Flag Boats, a Mission Blue Hope Spot,  and a Whale Heritage Site that is surrounded by national parks and marine protected areas.

Come curious - Photo by Offshore Adventures
Come curious – Photo by Offshore Adventures

Festival director Cindy Wilson-Trollip sums it up:  “The Plett Ocean Festival is committed to promoting awareness and appreciation for our oceans, fostering a sense of shared environmental responsibility, and encouraging Plett community engagement.” Plett Ocean Festival endeavours to be an inclusive, unparalleled event celebrating the conservation and sustainable enjoyment of Plettenberg Bay’s marine resources.

Plettenberg Bay thrives during the winter season, offering mild weather and abundant marine life. The festival season coincides with the presence of whales in the bay, ideal ocean conditions, and the congregation of resident seals, dolphins, sharks, and marine birds.

Pelagic Birding Trip Plett
Pelagic Birding Trip Plett by Mark Brown

In addition to the Marine Science Symposium, the festival will offer a variety of activities and excursions including pelagic bird watching, rocky shore exploration, family-friendly fun and much more. Visitors can partake in a variety of family-friendly ocean-themed activities both along the coastline and on the water, including options for exploration beneath the waves.

Visit www.plettoceanfestival.co.za for more information as it is released, and to book your tickets which will be available from 2 April 2024.

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