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Plett Shark Spotter finding serenity in surfing

Published: June 14th, 2024
Plett Shark Spotter finding serenity in surfing Plett Shark Spotter finding serenity in surfing

In the serene waters of Plettenberg Bay, Shark Spotter Tyrone found unexpected solace – surfing became his anchor amidst life’s storms. Guided by Adopt A Surfer X The Impowrd Program, his journey unveils the transformative magic of riding waves.

“When I first hit the waves, I was like, ‘This is gonna be tough!’ But hey, I love a challenge!” recalls Tyrone with a grin.

With Brandon’s coaching, Tyrone conquered his first wave, a feat of pure joy and triumph. Yet, the journey wasn’t all smooth sailing. “Man, those big boards were tough to handle! And what’s this ‘duck dive’ thing? I felt like a confused ...more


Learn to stay safe around water

Published: January 12th, 2024
Learn to stay safe around water Safety in and around the water in Plett

This Sunday morning… pop down to Central Beach for some Watersmart fun. Join the Plett Lifeguards as they give some essential instruction in staying safe while you're on the beach, in the water and on the rocks this summer in Plett.

Date: Sunday 14 Jan 2024
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Central Beach, Plett


Lifeguards timetable for summer season in Plett

Published: December 11th, 2023
Lifeguards timetable for summer season in Plett Lifeguards timetable for summer season in Plett

Lifeguards are on duty on the following beaches from 7 am to 7 pm this summer:

LookoutCentral BeachThe Wedge CentralRobberg 1Robberg 5

Lifeguards are also on duty on the following beaches from 10 am to 6 pm over the holidays:

The Wave Keurbooms BeachThe Dunes Keurbooms BeachNatures Valley

Shark spotters are on duty at the following places from 7 am to 7 pm during the festive season:

The WreckOn the roof of Beacon Island Resort Hotel (overlooking Central and Robberg beaches)On the roof of The Plettenberg Hotel (overlooking Lookout and Central Beach)

IN AN OCEAN EMERGENCY CALL 082 990 5975


Plett joins world leaders in sustainable shark safety

Published: November 6th, 2023
Plett joins world leaders in sustainable shark safety Plett joins world leaders in sustainable shark safety by signing three-year MOU with Shark Spotters

The Bitou Municipality Council has resolved to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Plett Shark Spotters Non-Profit Organisation – a move that will see holidaymakers feel safer in Bitou’s Blue Flag beaches. 

The council resolved this week to contribute an amount of R800 000 towards the employment costs of the 14 Plett Shark Spotters on an annual basis for a period of 3 years. The Plett Shark Spotters was established through a partnership with the municipality, Plett Shark Action Group (PSAG) and the Cape Town Shark Spotters in November 2022. They have been ...more


Severe Weather Warning

Published: September 23rd, 2023
Severe Weather Warning Severe Weather Warning issued by SA Weather Service UPDATE

24 September 2023

23 September 2023

The South African Weather Services has issued multiple severe weather warnings from Sat 23 to Monday 25 September 2023 for large parts of South Africa, including the Garden Route and Plettenberg Bay.

Take the warnings issued by the SAWS seriously and take precautions to keep your families, property, pets and live stock safe - rather be safe, than sorry. A steep upper air trough west of SA is developing into a Cut-Off Low pressure system (COL). The system is expected to rapidly intensify into a severe storm over the next 36 hours and bring adverse weather conditions to large ...more


Have a bite from all over the world with Chef Gareth

Published: September 5th, 2023
Have a bite from all over the world with Chef Gareth Have a bite from all over the world with Chef Gareth

Ten years ago, The Burnt Orange was to be found tucked away behind a water park in Plettenberg Bay. However, five years ago, they moved to Keurboomstrand and, according to co-owner Michelle Chant, the move has been a good one: “This location is good for business because a lot of tourists travelling between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape always make a stop here for a good meal.” says Michelle Chant.

Michelle and Gareth Gardiner are mother and son, and business partners. The inspiration for the business was Gareth, a well-travelled and qualified professional chef who is best known for his private chefing. He has ...more


Women’s Month with Nicky Namntu

Published: August 8th, 2023
Women’s Month with Nicky Namntu Women’s Month with Nicky Namntu

Featured image: Nicky Namtu by Julia Evans of Daily Maverick

This women’s month, we take a close look at Nicky Namntu, who is a Field Manager with Plett Shark Spotters. Nicky admits that it took her a while to get where she is now, and that she had to dig deep to find a career path she really loves and has passion for.

“After high school, I enrolled at South Cape College for business management which I never completed because it was not my passion. From there I worked in the retail industry for seven years but that was also not a career path I wanted to pursue,” she explains. 

Choosing a career path should be one of ...more


Offshore Adventures partners with Plett Shark Spotters

Published: May 10th, 2023
Offshore Adventures partners with Plett Shark Spotters Offshore Adventures partners with Plett Shark Spotters for May

Over the past decade, Robberg Nature Reserve and swimming with Robberg’s colony of Cape fur seals has grown in popularity and it’s not difficult to see why: in the shallow, clear and sheltered waters on the leeward coastline of Robberg, the seals are in their natural element - playful and engaged - making for a unique and unforgettable marine adventure in South African waters. 

Offshore Adventures has been operating seal swimming excursions to Robberg since December 2010, offering many visitors the opportunity to get a breathtaking look at South Africa’s marine wildlife. Plettenberg Bay’s ...more


Dr. Andreotti introduces ‘shark safe beaches’ discussion

Published: December 28th, 2022
Dr. Andreotti introduces ‘shark safe beaches’ discussion Bitou Municipality welcomes Dr. Sara Andreotti to Plett as she introduces the ‘shark safe beaches’ discussion to tourists

The Bitou Municipality welcomes Dr. Sara Andreotti and her team in Plett as she introduces the ‘Shark Safe Beaches’ discussion – a talk about white shark behaviour and how to reduce the chance of negative encounters. 

The white shark population around the South African coastline declined rapidly over the past two decades, due to a combination of the use of lethal net and drumlines, climate change, orca presence, overfishing of important food sources and poaching. Nevertheless, some white sharks are still sighted in Plett. What we need to ...more


Plett Ocean Smart launches shark patrol jet ski

Published: December 28th, 2022
Plett Ocean Smart launches shark patrol jet ski Plett Ocean Smart launches a dedicated shark patrol jet ski and the shark spotter team increases awareness for season

Plett Ocean Smart has launched a dedicated patrol jetski to assist the Plett Shark Spotters. The jetski has been partly sponsored by Offshore Adventures and will be operating under the Ocean Outfitters Marine Conservation Trust.

Plett Yamaha supplied the jetski and performed a full service of the craft and Plett Tractor Services continues to assist with the daily launching and retrieving of the craft. We would also like to recognise the Plett Rage Event owners as they made a generous contribution to the running costs for the holidays.

The jetski is operated ...more


Plett hosts WESSA Blue Flag Awards

Published: November 22nd, 2022
Plett hosts WESSA Blue Flag Awards Eight international Blue Flags for Plett’s 2022/2023 Season

Plettenberg Bay was proud to play host to the national WESSA (Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa) Blue Flag ceremony for 2022/2023 at Lookout Beach on Thursday 3 November 2022.

Plett was selected as the official venue for the ceremony which recognises international Blue Flag status beaches, sustainable boating tourism operators and marinas throughout South Africa, and are thrilled to be awarded Blue Flag status for six beaches and two boats - a total of eight Blue Flag awards.

Plett Tourism CEO, Patty Butterworth, “We are very honoured and privileged, with efforts made by the Bitou Municipality, to have won the ...more


Shark spotters wanted for summer season in Plett

Published: November 13th, 2022
Shark spotters wanted for summer season in Plett Shark spotters wanted for summer season in Plett

Plett Shark Spotters is looking to employ 12 shark spotters to trial our safety programme at five Plettenberg Bay beaches over the coming summer season.

12 VACANCIES
FIXED TERM CONTRACTS
17 November 2022 – 31 April 2023
Closing date: Wednesday 16 November at 10am

Duties:

• Continuous visual surveillance from elevated vantage points
• Communication of shark and other marine life sightings to Lifesavers
• Data collection
• Adherence to all standard operating procedures and safety protocols
• Public communication and education
• Safeguard and maintenance of personal equipment

Requirements:

• Over 18 years old
• ...more