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Sardine Run in South Africa, 30 June-9 July 2018

Sardine Run in South Africa, 30 June-9 July 2018

The Sardine Run takes place in Port St. Johns during June and July and is one of nature’s ultimate diving adventures. During the Sardine Run millions of Sardines move north with the currents from South Africa’s cape coast and they are followed by a huge number of predators. Diving around the Sardine bait balls is amazing, and you are often surrounded by hundreds of Common Dolphins, Bronze Whaler Sharks, diving Cape Gannets, Bryde’s Whales, Game Fish, Cape Fur Seals and of course millions of Sardines! During the Sardine Run, the annual Humpback Whale migration passes Port St. Johns, offering some amazing up-close sightings of the Humpback Whales, in the water, close to the boats and when the Whales are breaching!

For our 2018 Sardine Run trips you will be based at Cremorne Estate in Port St. Johns, rated as one of the best locations for the Sardine Run in South Africa. The resort has an on-site dive centre, en-suite accommodation and an amazing restaurant and bar area overlooking the Umzimvubu River which is our boat launching site for the Sardine Run. This Sardine Run trip also include a day’s diving at Aliwal Shoal. At this time of year the Ragged Tooth Sharks gather in large numbers at Aliwal Shoal to mate!

10-day Sardine Run itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Durban Airport (flights to arrive between 12pm and 6:30pm) – Transfer and overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 2 – 2x Shark Dives at Aliwal Shoal – Transfer and overnight in Port St. Johns.
Day 3 – Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 4 – Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 5 – Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 6 – Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 7 – Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 8 – Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 9 – Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 10 – Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

There are 4 spaces available on this trip.

Sardine Run in South Africa, 30 June-9 July 2018

The cost of the trip is 2,550 GBP (3,295 USD) including 9 nights accommodation, diving as detailed in the itinerary, tanks/weights/weight belts, dive permits, daily breakfast, tea/coffee and all land transfers. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Lunches and dinners are not included in the trip price but can be enjoyed at the lodge. Lunches at the lodge cost about 3.75 GBP. For dinner a main meal costs about 5.50 GBP and a 3-course meal about 10.50 GBP. On the dive boat water, hot chocolate, biscuits and lolly pops are provided and snack packs are available to purchase for about 2.50 GBP.