Plettenberg Bay’s Secret Spot – Still Bay
I am in two minds whether to write about this or not. We have discovered such a special, untouched beach in our hometown of Plettenberg Bay, that we thought we might keep it all to ourselves.
The coastline along the Garden Route is a mixture of sandy bays, and dramatic cliffs dipping down to rocky shores. In spectacular fashion, the warm Indian Ocean laps at the beaches and crashes against the cliffs. Still Bay is a bit remote and can only be reached on foot. The hike down to Still Bay is through rare Cape Fynbos vegetation and offers panoramic views of the ocean.
It was quite a walk, but totally worth it. The first day we visited Still Bay, we followed the path down to the beach, losing sight of the sea. Although we could still hear the waves, we were unsure of our route. Suddenly, we stepped out of the trees onto a shoreline completely sheltered by cliffs on either side.
It truly looked like a deserted paradise. Before us lay enormous, clear rock pools conjoined by small waterfalls, beyond that the ocean stretched to the horizon and dolphins were spinning in the waves. We have since found it to be an excellent whale watching spot.
An abandoned hut, once used by nature conservationists, sat alone on the shore with a braai pit out front and a deck for shelter. Glancing to the south, we saw a massive archway further along the coast – spectacular and eternal.
We now visit Still Bay regularly to recharge and enjoy a spot of swimming and snorkelling. This is truly an untouched and rarely visited spot and we hope it stays that way!