25 February 2012 by Chris Marais

Lookout days in Plettenberg Bay

The best lookout spots at Plettenberg Bay are no longer on the beach. They’re out in the ocean, where the wild dolphins live.

Whenever I pass this dolphin statue in the Garden Route seaside village of Plettenberg Bay, I remember a very special morning spent off these shores.

I was at sea with a group of foreign travellers and it was just before dawn on the Indian Ocean. We were bobbing along in Ocean Blue Safaris’ pelagic boat, with the morning sun glinting off the luxury homes and restaurants of this top-notch holiday spot.

And then we found ourselves in the midst of about 4 000 common dolphins – it had to rate as 1 of my biggest ‘rush moments’ of the year. These dolphins were hunting for breakfast, courting and prancing, and flipping out into the sunlight in pure joy at the sight of a new day.

As a young buck, I used to hang out with my mates on Lookout Beach at Plett. We always made sure to hoist at least 1 surfboard into the sand near us, thereby signifying that someone in our group actually rode the waves. I guess you could have called it ‘girl-bait’.

Truth is, not 1 of us had even passed the Body Surfing 101 course. But let me hasten to assure you that the surfboard (which we all clubbed in to buy) was the best romantic investment of the summer.

As a young buck, I used to hang out with my mates on Lookout Beach at Plett. We always made sure to hoist at least 1 surfboard into the sand near us, thereby signifying that someone in our group actually rode the waves.

We parked out by the Lookout rocks, and thus spent the Christmas month, roasting and ogling and chancing our luck. The shape of the beach has changed these days, and most of the ogling now happens from the deck of The Deck bar & restaurant at Lookout.

However, after that morning’s jaunt out to sea with Ocean Blue, I came to realise that the best lookout spots at Plettenberg Bay are no longer on the beach. They’re out in the ocean, where the wild dolphins live and leap…

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