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As if Plettenberg Bay needed more ‘attraction’ arrows in her already jam
packed quiver, a brand new arrow is squashed in. Plett has been appointed one

  of only six Hope Spots in South Africa. If you’re not sure exactly what that
                           means, then let’s have a closer look.

Hope Spots are special                     the stars of the fauna. The reserve also      withdrawal, you may even venture out
             conservation areas            boasts the highest navigational light on      to do a spot of shark cage diving to get
             that are critical to the      the South African coastline, at the Cape      that hit of jitters you so desire. No petting
             health of the ocean           Seal Lighthouse (146m above sea level).       mind you!
- Earth’s blue heart. World                Alongside the inspiring landscape, visitors   	 Prefer staying above the surface of
famous marine conservationist              can expect to see dolphins, seals, whales in  the water? Why not try Kayaking? Enjoy
(the very sprightly 80 year old            season and the occasional shark. For the      close encounters with dolphins, seals
pioneer) Dr. Sylvia Earle’s                more seasoned hiker and all round bundu       and whales when the latter are in the bay
Mission Blue International                 bashing fan, a night spent at the Hut, is     (although not too close in this case is best).
is committed to developing                 a fantastic way of enjoying nature up         Learn how to be an expert at kiteboarding
Hope Spots around the world,               close…real close as the waves practically     or take up the latest craze that is SUP –
with 50 Hope Spots already in              break on your verandah. A log cabin,          Stand Up Paddleboard. Sounds cool and
existence. Networks of Hope                a large braai area, a potjie, a couple of     keeps you cool. Fantastic for the core
Spots maintain biodiversity,               glasses of your favourite tipple (a locally   muscles, this will get you fit and trim
provide a carbon sink, generate            produced chardonnay possibly) and plenty      and golden brown all at the same time, a
life-giving oxygen, preserve               of bunk beds…how could life possibly get      kind of aqua pilates if you will. Another
critical habitat and allow                 any better?                                   firm favourite with adrenaline junkies is
low-impact activities like                 	 Looking for something a little more         blackwater tubing. This amazing rush of
ecotourism to thrive. Pretty               up close and personal? Snorkeling and         water combined with nerves is guaranteed
crucial and impressive stuff               swimming with the Cape Fur Seals of           to satisfy the little intrepid child within all.
you will agree. It goes without            Robberg Peninsula has become a popular        Experienced crews will lead you through
saying that what’s good for the            activity. These inquisitive creatures         white water action packed squalls and
ocean is ultimately good for               love company and if you can stand the         safely back to base camp where stories of
us. This isn’t merely a case of            ‘challenging’ aroma of this 3000 strong       survival will regale friends for hours on
slapping on a plaque or two                colony (better keep those masks firmly        end.
and having a few ra ra’s though.           in place), you’re in for a treat. Watching    	 Plett encourages safe and eco-friendly
Many people are committed                  seals in their preferred environment is an    deep sea fishing charters. Experienced
to this very important cause.              awesome experience. On land, they are         skipper will navigate the bay to find the
By engaging government,                    burdened by their weight, uncomfortable       best spots for catching reef fish such as
businesses, schools, research              and ill-equipped. But in the water they       Red Roman, Stumpnose, Santers and
organisations, universities, civil         come alive - synchronised swimmers            Silvers or deep water fish such as Hake,
society and the media, 	                   turning with the twitch of a flipper. The     Cob and Cape Salmon.
Hope Spots effect significant              juveniles are very inquisitive, dashing       	 So you’ve bought the cute cap, donned
changes so that future                     about playfully. It’s all rather good fun.    the floral shirt and sold the camper van.
generations can thrive on a                	 The fauna and flora of Plett is             You are halfway to sailing bliss. All you
healthy planet, with a healthy             undoubtedly unparalleled in beauty.           need is a sea faring vessel with a colourful
ocean. 		                                  However what you see above the surface        sail and you’re good to go. Plett has
                                           of the ocean, pales in comparison to          always been a haven for sailing as the
Now that the concept of a Hope Spot        the beauty that lies beneath it in the        bay lends itself to the perfect conditions
is clear, let’s move on and have a good    clear blue water and on the reefs. The        for this pastime. Hobie Beach is the ideal
look at the beauty and fun that Plett, as  Southern Cape Coast is a very nutrient-       place to launch and the spending a good
said Hope Spot, can offer nature lovers.   rich coastal area and as such it sustains     few hours sailing around the bay will
Firstly, no visit to the area is complete  diverse and interesting marine animals.       set the tone for a fantastic weekend or
without a hike on Robberg Peninsula.       The local reefs of Plett are covered in soft  holiday.
This breathtaking nature reserve is a      corals, anemones and sponges – sporting       	 There are those who are very happy to
national monument and for very good        vibrant colours of reds, oranges, pinks       indulge in a good cuppa whilst chewing
reason. The Fynbos, found only along the   and purples. Qualified scuba divers can       on a pastry of their choice; the more
Southern Cape Coast of SA, makes for       explore reefs, caves, walls and pinnacles     sedentary of gentry. If you are looking
uniquely beautiful vegetation. Sunbirds,   and come face to ‘face’ with shysharks,       to unwind and slow the pace down a bit,
dassies and the Western Cape’s smallest    ragged tooth sharks and many species of       then Plett is the retreat of choice. Helping
antelope, the blue duiker, are among       reef fish. Underwater photography is very     the weary get back on their feet is what
                                           popular as nudibranchs, sea stars, fans and   the folk of this beautiful destination do
                                           sponges create picture perfect images. If     best. Frequent the myriad of coffee shops,
                                           you are very brave you can venture out for    restaurants and watering holes to reboot
                                           a night dive to see for yourself how the      and recharge. Plett is village life at its best
                                           underwater creatures prefer to enjoy Plett    and they don’t mind sharing. See you
                                           night life. If you’re feeling particularly    soon.
                                           brave and suffering from adrenalin

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