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Sardine Run 2016

Port St John's, Wild Coast, Transkei, 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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Sardine Run - Dive Discovery South Africa
"The Greatest shoal on earth"
Sardine Run - Dive Discovery South Africa


~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]


6 Nights / 5 Days Sardine Run Diving Package

$1860 per person sharing – Bed & breakfast basis
$1990 per person sharing - Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

$2080 single person rate - Bed & breakfast basis
$2240 single person rate - Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

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

Our first trip date starts 10th June and our last trip date ends 24th July. (depending on action)

*** The sardine run can continue into the month of August, therefore our dates can and will be extended depending on action at the time.


  • 5 full days of boat based viewing / diving / snorkelling the sardine run
  • 6 night’s accommodation on whichever meal package you choose. The above package is for Port St John’s River Lodge (3 star establishment)
  • On board boat refreshments – our boat refreshments have been voted to be the best and most comprehensive by all crew and clients and our food is home-made
  • Cylinder & air fills
  • Weight belt & weights
  • Diver permits
  • Highly qualified team of skipper & in water guide / boat guide


  • Transfers to and from Port St John’s. (We can arrange this on your behalf if required. Kindly contact us for details, costs and a variety of pick-up destination options)
  • Lunch (if required)
  • Dinner (if you have chosen the Bed & breakfast option)
  • Equipment rental of BCD, Regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask & snorkel. We have a full range available should you require equipment. Kindly note that equipment rental must be pre-booked during the sardine run period. (See our rental equipment section for rates.)
  • Additional chargeable land based activities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Taxes / flights
  • Passport / visas
  • Personal insurance

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.

Our package rate includes Bed & breakfast accommodation based on a medium / 2 -3 star accommodation facility.

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.

Sardine Run - Dive Discovery South Africa

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

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

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