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Sardine Run 2017

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

Double bed rooms and twin bed rooms available
USD 2590.00 twin share
USD 2795.00 single

No twin rooms available. All rooms have either queen or king size beds.
Rates quoted are for the Superior rooms.
USD 2715.00 twin share
USD 3006.00 single

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

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!


  • Dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
  • Full aerial support – Gyrocopter & pilot
  • Professional DVD, video & still images of your daily boat launches through the surf
  • Cylinder / air
  • Weights / weight belt
  • Diver permit
  • Suitably qualified sardine run skipper & dive guide


  • Dive gear rental – can be hired and must be pre booked. R 65.00 per item, per day OR R 325.00 per day full
  • Gyrocopter afternoon flights are extra and to be paid to the pilot
  • Travel / diver insurance
  • Air fares / taxes
  • Passports / visas
  • Additional chargeable land based activities
  • Drinks / items of a personal nature

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.

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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