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Sardine Run 2019

Port St John's, Wild Coast, Transkei, South Africa

Sardine Run in South Africa

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July 2016
Port St Johns, South Africa ~ Sardine Run!

It was awesome. Truly amazing experience which makes my top ten ever in travel.

On my last day we had a static bait ball with action for 20-30 minutes. So many dive bombing birds - my favorite. The only sad part is that my gopro got water logged right before this bait ball so I wasn't able to capture any of it and no others had cameras.

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~Please note, this is an Ocean Safari, not a dive trip per say. Most of the action happens quickly, you must be ready to jump in on snorkel asap before the bait ball’s dissipate! Scuba happens when the Bait Balls are in tact, large and there is time to get back on the boat and don tanks!~

WE are the only operator that is able to offer a “home base knowledge” package for the Sardine Run as we are based in Port St John’s all year round and are ideally located to offer you a superb, fun filled trip, coupled with highly experienced sardine run specialist teams of skippers and dive guides.

We offer a boat based adventure for everyone, whether a diver or non diver. All nature lovers, bird watchers, photography enthusiasts, dolphin and whale enthusiasts, snorkellers and scuba divers will thoroughly enjoy this incredible event of nature, which has been likened to the land based “Wildebeest migration of the Serengeti” and the marine equivalent of this has since been called “The Greatest shoal on earth”.

Please take a look at our sardine run trip info and join us for an experience of a lifetime in the most beautiful and scenic place of Port St John’s, Wild Coast, Transkei, the gateway to the sardine run.

Sardine Run Trip Information [pdf]


Sardine Run - Dive Discovery South Africa
"The Greatest shoal on earth"
Sardine Run - Dive Discovery South Africa



6 Nights / 5 Days Sardine Run Diving Package

Double bed rooms and twin bed rooms available
USD 2266.00 twin share
USD 2420.00 single

*** Rate subject to change, based on current rate of exchange.

Sardine Run start date is 11th June through 27th July. We highly recommend at least a 6 nights / 5 days Ocean Safari to offer the best possible chance to see quality action with the predators! Remember nature does what nature does!


  • All meals are included. Dinner bed and breakfast at the lodge. Lunch on the boat.


  • Drinks / items of a personal nature
  • Transfers - can be arranged at an additional charge
  • Dive gear rental - MUST be pre booked. R 70.00 per item, per day OR R 350.00 full rental per day
  • Additional chargeable land - based activities i.e. guided hikes / afternoon gyro copter flights - R 1500.00 for a 30-minute flight.
  • Diver / travel insurance
  • Air fares / taxes
  • Passports / visas
  • Gratuities for staff


  • Whilst we offer a shorter stay, clients must remember that we are dealing with Nature and it is winter season, which means that we do encounter cold fronts and some days could be shorter than others due to adverse weather/ocean conditions. We cannot offer any guarantee of any kind
  • Transfers can be arranged from King Shaka international airport (Durban) or Umtata airport ex Johannesburg with domestic airline SA Airlink (airline code UTT)
  • Dive gear rental MUST be pre-booked as we carry limited stock
  • Divers MUST produce their dive cards or log book prior to the 1st day of ocean launching
  • Once a booking is confirmed, Offshore Africa will issue a booking invoice asking for a 20% non-refundable deposit. The booking is NOT secured until the deposit payment (in full) has been received
  • Offshore Africa will not issue a refund due to weather/sea-sickness/days not done/a client making a decision to have a day off during their trip
  • Port St Johns River Lodge offer double, twin bed, single & 3-4 people sharing options

Sardine Run in Port St John's, Wild Coast, Transkei, South Africa

Trip Report: Sardine Run SOUTH AFRICA ~ June 21-30 2007

Please note:

We are happy to organize any tailor made package for you, whether you are simply unable to fit into our set package trip dates or if you wish to extend your sardine run experience with a longer stay.

We are also in a position to offer you a daily boat rate in the event that you are seeking more flexibility, or if you would prefer to organize your own accommodation. Kindly contact us for further information.

For more information
Dive Discovery
1 800 886-7321
(415) 444-5100

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