Just metres away is the soft sand and clear water of Bollard Bay where safe swimming and water sports are the order of the day.
Knysna is the perfect place to explore the beautiful Garden Route with is magnificent hikes, forests, cycling trails and water sport destinations. Several renowned cycling, running and trail running events take place throughout the year, with the annual July Oyster Festival being a highlight for sports enthusiasts.
Several magnificent golf courses are to be found in and around Knysna – Pezula is just a few minutes' drive from Leisure Isle and Simola a short drive through town. The world-renowned Fancourt estate is less than an hour away in George. Golfers are spoilt for choice throughout the area.
The scenic Plettenberg Bay is half an hour away and has beautiful white sand beaches, stunning coastal scenery, an array of restaurants and country houses and even a wine estate. Whale watching excursions along the coast are a highlight.
The Knysna forests offer magnificent hikes and off road bike trails where visitors can spot beautiful animal and bird life and perhaps even see evidence of the elusive Knysna forest elephants. Adventure sports abound and include kloofing, canopy tours, quad biking, diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, yachting, kite surfing and much more.
The Knysna Waterfront has a selection of excellent restaurants, bars and shops while the legendary Il de Pain on Thesen Island is a local landmark and the best place to stop for delicious breakfasts and lunches, a coffee or decadent pastry.