This Karoo-by-the-sea" town has one of the few north-facing views on the Cape Coastline.
From The Point one can watch dolhpins, seals and whales at play. The whale numbers surpass even those of the famous territory at Hermanus. Mossel Bay has the most beautiful view points.
In the season, from June to November, Southern Right Whales came into Mossel Bay to calve. Their increasing numbers have had the town included onto the Whale Route, stretching 900 km from Doringbaai on the West Coast to the Stoms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Only four species are seen in these waters and while the Southern Rights are the most commonly sighted, there are also Humpback, Bryde's and Killer Whales frequenting the route.
The route along Hartenbos, Klein-Brak River, Reebok and Tergniet is also superbly suited to view these giant mammals. Or take the boat to Seal Island, home to a large colony of seals and their cubs.
With the ocean on its doorstep, Mossel Bay and the surrounding resorts have a long standing association with fishing of both the sports and commercial varieties. The many slipways allow ski-boats, deep sea fishing boats and other vessels to make the most of the bounties of this part of the Indian Ocean. To this day, Mossel Bay is famous for its Marlin, Sole, Mussels and Oysters.
Naturally, aquatic sports are a prime attraction, and the modern mooring facility makes it a haven for yachting enthusiasts. Yachts are available for hire and sailing classes are offered at the Sailing School. Surfing, boardsailing, power boating, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are immensely popular.
Outdoor lovers can always hike the Attaquaskloof Hiking Trail on the Robinson Pass between Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay, once used by elephants to cross the Outeniqua Mountains.