In Western South Africa sits the beautiful bay “Bahia Formosa”, aka Plettenberg Bay. This bay is popularly known as one of the most beautiful bays in South Africa. The bay lies in close proximity to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is not only known for its beauty, it seems to be the home site of many forms of marine life. Think miles of unspoilt golden beaches, deep lush forests, pristine rivers and sea and towering rock faces.
Nature lovers that visit the region will appreciate the rich and varied wildlife and the achingly picturesque scenery. Plettenberg Bay is home to many seagulls, seals, five different species of whales and three different species of dolphins that all make their home in this bay. Even though each and every part of marine life is exciting to view up close, the dolphins are the most splendid of all of the marine life and hundreds have been captured in our YouTube video above. People have long held a fascination with these intelligent and mysterious creatures and a trip here allows travellers to experience these animals first hand and in their own natural environment.
Plettenberg Bay sees the Common dolphin, the Humpback dolphin and the Bottlenose dolphin. Dolphins have always gained the interest of the human race due to their seemingly keen ability to understand human beings. Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures and given the right circumstances, a human just may be able to communicate with them. Given the right situations, a dolphin will stand up to a whale in defence and many times will cause whales to retreat from the dolphin.
One of the most interesting things to do at Plettenberg Bay is to go dolphin watching. Here travellers can learn and get up close to dolphins. It is at this area that ocean safaris tours can be arranged for groups, individuals and private charters in special licensed marine boats with a skilled and professional guide.
Your ‘seafari’ may be a once in a lifetime experience, so don’t forget your camera and plenty of film to capture your memories forever, and share them with friends and family back home.
Plettenberg Bay is one of the most spectacular and breathtaking areas on the Garden Route. It is full of potential activities, yet tranquil at the same time. There are a variety of accommodation options, including hotels, villas, lodges, and guest homes. As well as dolphin watching there are also plenty of other adventures and activities to choose from such as shark cage diving, cycling golf, hiking, walking, vineyard trips and local cultural tours.
By Julie Bowman