As winter embraces the Southern Hemisphere, the migration of Humpback and Southern Right whales arrive in the sanctuary of Plettenberg Bay to calve and breed. During the Plett Whale Season’s viewing peak (June – November), you can enjoy a variety of encounters with these marine mammals including marine safari and, possibly, from the comfort of your own room or your breakfast table!
Picture this: you’re sitting on the patio, soaking up the morning sun with your coffee and the waves gently breaking, as you take in the breathtaking Plett views. Suddenly, just beyond the breakers, the water turns white as a giant flipper slaps the water followed by the graceful flick of a tail. Enthralled, you grab your camera as the whale launches into a stunning display of breaching, spy-hopping and rolling just a short distance from your coffee cup. What could be better? Now, that’s winter in Plett!
Find out more about the whales that visit Plettenberg Bay.
Here are some top Plett accommodation establishments with sea views to glimpse the gentle marine giants of Plett.
Located along the sweeping stretch of Blue-Flag Robberg Beach, The Robberg Beach Lodge offers luxurious boutique accommodation with glorious views of the ocean, Robberg Peninsula and the mountains. Stylish and comfortable, the Robberg Beach Lodge is a superb choice for a luxurious whale-watching breakaway.
Singing Kettle Beach Lodge, located overlooking the serene Keurbooms Beach, is so close to the ocean that you can hear the whales blow – definitely a spot for whale lovers. On-site restaurant, Enrico’s features a huge terrace looking out over the sea and excellent Italian fare, it’s a popular spot for watching whales, strolling along the beach and eating out – all rolled into one.
The Dunes is a famil- friendly hotel and resort with an option of self-catering chalets that effortlessly blend luxury and family comfort for a memorable holiday. The Dunes features an on-site restaurant, games room and playground, and 2 swimming pools ensuring a fun-filled holiday. If you’re looking for a whale watching holiday experience, The Sand Dunes Beach Front Villas are your choice at The Dunes for awesome ocean views and whale-watching, complete comfort and lazy afternoons in the sun.
Charming Rus en Raas Bed & Breakfast has quite the history! The original building, now completely renovated, was one of the one of the first two holiday homes built in Plettenberg Bay. Located in the centre of Plett, and just 5-minutes’ walk from the beach, with stunning views over the lagoon and mountains, you’ll get an authentic “Plett holiday experience” with all the modern conveniences.
Little Sanctuary offers a luxurious self-catering alternative in Plettenberg Bay. With gorgeous views of the lagoon, sea and mountains and the addition of an extra floor to make use of the views, swimming pool and several entertainment areas – it’s the perfect place for family reunions and get-togethers during whale season.
Arch Rock is a seafront guesthouse and one of the few situated along the tranquil Keurbooms Beach. Superb, uninterrupted views and easy beach access for an ocean-centred, relaxed holiday experience that you won’t soon forget. Make sure to take a walk to the famous “Arch Rock”!