Observe. Preserve. Conserve at the Plett Ocean Festival, brought to you by Plett Tourism, in Plettenberg Bay from June 30th to July 9th, 2023.

Calling all ocean, marine life, and nature enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for the upcoming Plett Ocean Festival, taking place from June 30th to July 9th, 2023. The highly anticipated Marine Science Symposium, a key event of the festival, is scheduled for June 30th, July 1st, and July 2nd, 2023, at the beautiful Beacon Island Resort. The festival serves as a dual celebration of Plett's cherished treasures: our magnificent ocean, vibrant marine life, and pristine beaches, alongside captivating discussions on marine conservation that will engage a diverse audience.

Following the success of the 2022 Plett Ocean Festival, local wildlife enthusiast and photographer Rob Smith was inspired to delve into the Whale Heritage Site program for Plettenberg Bay, resulting in Plett being acknowledged as a Whale Heritage Site. Whale Heritage Sites are initiatives by the World Cetacean Alliance that recognize and endorse destinations worldwide that prioritize the preservation of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and their ocean habitats. These sites empower communities to protect these extraordinary marine mammals, foster respect and celebration of cetaceans through local culture, arts, and events, and contribute to local economic and environmental sustainability. Additionally, they facilitate the development of locally-based scientific research and education.

During the winter season, Plettenberg Bay offers mild weather and an abundance of marine life. With whales gracing the bay, optimal ocean conditions, and plentiful food sources, the focus naturally shifts to the captivating wonders of the ocean. The resident seals, dolphins, sharks, and marine birds of Plett are drawn to these favorable conditions.

Freediving instructor Zandile Ndhlovu, also known as The Black Mermaid, will be making a return after her successful role as the MC of the 2022 symposium, along with her fruitful collaboration with Plett's Adopt-A-Swimmer program. Ndhlovu is renowned for her Black Mermaid Foundation, which advocates for diversity in South Africa's oceanic realm and promotes inclusive participation and ocean guardianship. She was even selected as one of the four speakers for the esteemed 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) assembly held in New York.

Don't miss out on the incredible three-day Plett Marine Science Symposium from June 30th to July 2nd at the Beacon Island Resort, followed by ten thrilling days of outdoor activities and excursions along the captivating Plett shoreline and in the vast ocean. It's an unmissable celebration that awaits you!

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