Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
A peninsula surrounded by productive waters, abounding with seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals and sharks.
This small 26.2 km2 MPA includes the marine area around the Robberg Peninsula and was proclaimed in 1990. The shoreline is primarily rocky, with a short 1 km stretch of sandy beach. The MPA provides protection for rocky, mixed and sandy shore ecosystems of this rugged peninsula. The area is productive and host to seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals and sharks. The inshore and offshore reefs provide habitats for numerous endemic fish species. This MPA gets its name from the Afrikaans word for seal (i.e. rob), as it is home to a small colony of Cape fur seals on the western side of the peninsula. The seal colony is popular with visitors, who kayak and swim with the seals or view them from vessels operated by registered tourism companies. The scenery is spectacular and the good network of walking trails ensures that visitors have plenty to do. Caves located around the Robberg Peninsula provide fascinating glimpses into the history of humans along this coastline, as many tools have been found indicating habitation during the Stone Age. Robberg is managed by Cape Nature; shore fishing is allowed in the MPA but no boat-based fishing or spearfishing is permitted.