Beach walkers and nature lovers of the Garden Route delight in finding this fragile rare beauty intact and washed up by the Indian Ocean currents. The Pansy Shell, (also known as a Sand Dollar or Sea Biscuit) makes its appearance on local
Pansyshells by Photographer: Sharyn Hodges
If you’re looking for Pansy Shells, these are the places to find them in Plettenberg Bay
The iconic and delicate Shell can be found with frequent visits of our Beaches:
- Lookout Beach
- the Pansyshell Sandbank at Keurboomsriver Mouth
- Keurbooms Beach
- Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay.
A scenic walk along Lookout Beach to the Pansyshell Sandbank is your best bet to find the delicate shell.
It’s not like you can just walk the Plettenberg Bay beach and pick them up. Pansy Shells are rare, but if you look hard enough, you can find them. Actually a Pansy Shell has to find you!
Make an unforgettable day trip to the Garden Route beaches. The Pansy Shell, a rare and fragile sea shell found in all of these locations is so delicate you can almost feel it's weightlessness as if holding one up on your palm!
Visitors to the Garden Route are greeted with a variety of natural wonders, from thick rainforests and mountain slopes teeming with wildlife, to vibrant seaside landscapes. The Pansy Shell's appearance is no exception; this gorgeous rare shell can be found washed up on our local beaches periodically when currents have been strong enough to push them ashore intact!
The Pansy Shell is a fragile rare beauty that can be found washed up on the beaches in Plettenberg Bay. What makes these shells special are their colors, which range from white to bright pink and purple! The shell's name comes from its resemblance of pansies flowers after they have bloomed.
Our beautiful holiday destination of Plettenberg Bay and Bitou Municipality even has the gorgeous, delicate pansy shell as its town emblem!
Delighted Plett Holiday Makers finding their very own Pansy Shells:
You don´t find the Pansy Shell it finds you.
On the top part of the shell you can clearly see in the center a star, which represents the Star of Bethlehem that led the Wise Men to the manger when Christ was born. Around it is the outline of the Easter lily, a sign of Our Lord’s Resurrection.
Are Pansy Shells rare?
What´s inside a Pansy Shell?
The Legend of the Pansy Shell
That I would like to tell
Of the birth and death of Jesus
Found in this lovely shell
Four nail holes and a fifth one
Made by the Roman spear
That appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar
Through all eternity.