Discover why this stretch the Garden Route is rated as one of South Africa's most sought after holiday destinations.
To begin with, Plettenberg Bay itself has more than six miles of safe pristine beaches to wash away all those upcountry stresses and strains. Usual coastal activities aside, Plettenberg Bay has a whole lot more to offer. There are incredible dive sites including some of the finest soft coral reefs in the world. A one day course will have you going places you've never been before, seeing things you've never seen before and enjoying life like you've never enjoyed life before. And, while we're on the topic of things "wet", here's one of universal appeal - whale and dolphin watching. Did you know that Plettenberg Bay boasts the most complete marine mammal experience of the entire South African coastline? This includes the world's best land and sea based whale watching, outstanding viewing of seal colonies along the famous Robberg Peninsula and to top it all - the opportunity of swimming with wild dolphins!
Besides excellent surf, rock and deep sea angling, you can indulge in the gentle art of fly fishing in the Bitou and Keurbooms rivers which both drain through the Keurbooms estuary into the ocean off Lookout beach.
If the call of the fish eagle appeals to you more than the fish themselves then Plettenberg Bay is still the place to be because you can satisfy the itch of the twitch on foot, bike, horseback or canoe by following any one of the innumerable trails which wind through forest, fynbos, rivers and wetlands.
Talking about birdies, you might want to spend some time improving your drive on the magnificent greens of the Plettenberg Bay Country Club, a proclaimed nature reserve, or the Gary Player designed Goose Valley golf courses.
If you've ever wondered what is meant by the phrase "a bird's eye view of the world" then take a short drive to the Blauwkrantz pass. At 216m the Blauwkrantz Bridge bungee jump is not only the world's highest but also the most scenic that's if you're able to keep your eyes open on the way down...and up .... and down...and up. Once back on terra firma, adrenalin junkies can get a further fix by heading off to Stormsriver for some Blackwater tubing .... it's the Garden Route's answer to white water rafting,
The more refined and culturally inclined might prefer to explore the superb art, crafts and antique route that stretches from Knysna to the Craggs.
A richly woven web of fascinating history dating from the time of Plettenberg Bay prehistoric human inhabitants to medieval mariners and early settlers is waiting to be discovered.
If you fancy ending your day with an evening at the theatre then pack a picnic and head for The Barnyard at the Craggs and enjoy a show in an authentic American style barn equipped with real hay.
Holidays would be incomplete without indulging in things of a culinary nature. Fortunately ample opportunity to eat, drink and be merry is afforded by the numerous excellent restaurants and pubs in and around Plettenberg Bay. For something different you could combine a sundowner ferry cruise on the Keurbooms River with a snoek braai on Stanley Island which also happens to be the only privately owned Island in South Africa. A holiday in Plettenberg Bay would be incomplete without visiting Knysna to indulge in fresh oysters followed by a couple of frosties at the Mitchells Brewery.
Tired of driving? Then pack a picnic, put your feet up and relax to rhythmic clikety click of the Outeniqua Tjoe Choe while allowing your eyes to feast on the visual delights of the Wilderness Lake land between Knysna and George. And, if you're looking for an excuse to visit the area again, then you'd better enter the Knysna mountain bike race or the half marathon both of which take place during the Knysna Oyster Festival in July each year.
Plettenberg Bay is quite literally heaven on earth. Come to think of it, the Garden of Eden is just down the road!