A whaling station was built on Beacon Island where the famous Beacon Island hotel is now situated in 1910 and closed in 1916. The Beacon Island hotel was recently totally refurbished and the 200 rooms and suites offer unparalleled views of the bay with its superb swimming beaches and idyllic climatic conditions. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying the beaches on offer from Keurbooms Strand to the Robberg Peninsula with over 15 kms of beach which is also renowned for its boating and fishing. Further to the north is the famed Otter Trail situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park which is some 41 kms long and takes five days to walk. Also along this route is the world’s highest bungee jump situated on the bridge above the Bloukrans river some 216 meters below.
Plettenburg bay is surrounded by magnificent forests and mountains on the garden route which stretches some 200kms from George in the west to the Tsitsikamma forest in the north. One of the most interesting towns along this route Knysna is situated 21kms west of Plettenburg Bay and is renowned for its Lagoon and famous Heads which enable small craft to gain access to the sea. Knysna is also famous for its Oyster festival which takes place in late June and early July. Knysna is a quaint town of some 50000 and was established as in 1760.
All in all the Plettenburg Bay area offers not just top class hotels, wonderful beaches and a great holiday experience, it is also an area which one can visit time and again and find new experiences and excitement and fun for the entire family.