In early June, southern right whales leave their Antarctic feeding ground to frolic in the warm waters of the Cape coast.
Here they mate, calve and generally hang out, occasionally flopping a tail up, or sticking their heads out of the water to check out the humans.
Plettenberg Bay can with right claim being the whale capital of the world. These huge beasts sometimes loll around mere meters from the shore, thus they are clearly visible for some spectacular shore and cliff based whale watching from points along Robberg and Keurboom beaches and Robberg Nature Reserve.
Whale presence in the bay is from mid May to February with the southern right whales around from June to November, the migratory humpback whales arrive with their calves early November and stay until the end of February and we see them again during May and June.
Here in Plettenberg Bay, the dolphin and whale-watching industry is one of the most organized, with boat trips, a dolphin-watching kayak operation and a number of aircraft from which you can have impressive aerial whales’ sightings.