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Sardine Run in South Africa

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!

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Our Sardine Run trips operate from 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. All of our Sardine Run trips 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!

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 : Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

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 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 11 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 12 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 13 : Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

8-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 2,456 USD (approx 1,823 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 2,739 USD (approx 2,033 GBP)
Price 2019 (twin-sharing): 2,698 USD (approx 2,003 GBP)
Price 2019 (single room): 2,981 USD (approx 2,213 GBP)

13-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 4,513 USD (approx 3,350 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 4,675 USD (approx 3,470 GBP)
Price 2019 (twin-sharing): 4,836 USD (approx 3,590 GBP)
Price 2019 (single room): 4,997 USD (approx 3,710 GBP)

Prices include: Accommodation, diving as detailed in the itineraries, tanks/weights/weight belts, dive permits, daily breakfast, tea/coffee and all land transfers.