Whalesong General Information
Children are welcome
Plettenberg Bay was named after Governor Joachim von Plettenberg, who incorporated the bay under the administrative sovereignty of the Dutch-East India Trading Company in 1778. The Company used the place primarily as a shipping port for the hardwood timber that grew everywhere.
Later on there was a whaling station built here, which was active until 1920.
Long before Van Riebeeck landed at the Cape, Portuguese explorers like Bartholomew Dias in 1487 charted the bay, followed 90 years later by Manuel da Perestrello, who aptly called it Bahia Formosa or the Bay Beautiful. The first white inhabitants were the 100 men stranded here for 9 months when the San Gonzales sank in 1630. In 1763 the first white settlers in the Bay were stock farmers, hunters and frontiersmen from the Western Cape.
Traditionally winter months extend between June and August, with August being the coldest month. Temperatures range from min 13 degrees C, to max 17 degrees C. Most of the rainfall occurs between August and September but, falls with in a winter / summer rainfall.
What to take
During summer, light weight comfortable clothing is recommended.
A warm jacket for the evenings, hat, sun screen, binoculars, camera, swimming costumes, batteries & comfortable walking shoes.