Experience the exhilarating Sardine Run; spending time out at sea interacting with dolphins, whales, seals, penguins, sharks and birds, chasing the “Biggest Shoal on Earth!”
It all starts in Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay). This area is becoming known as one of the major hot spots for the Sardine Run by international photographers and filming companies, including National Geographic.
In the event that there is not much Sardine Run action, there are excellent dive sites in Port Elizabeth where you are virtually guaranteed to dive with ragged-tooth sharks (also known as sand tigers), as well as plentiful other marine life.
Water Temperature is 17 - 19 degrees Celsius while the outside temperature in March to May (Autumn) is 18 – 24 degrees Celsius and it can get cool in the evenings.
Equipment: Air fills included 10l Dive Tanks (Din/Int) & Weight Belts Provided Additional Equipment is available for rental (5mm wetsuits, booties, fins, masks, BC’s, Regulator)
The sardine run of southern Africa occurs from May through July when billions of sardines spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa. Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. The run, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique where it then leaves the coastline and goes further east into the Indian Ocean.
Your chance for a front-row seat to the watch the biggest shoal on Earth.
Return airport transfers.
10 Nights’ Accommodation at a 4* hotel directly on the Beachfront.
Breakfast is served daily.
Packed lunches on diving days.
Transfers to launch site.
8 days at sea (weather permitting).
26-foot (8 m) semi-rigid dive boat
(SAMSA licensed up to 40 miles offshore).
Tanks and weight rental.
Experienced skipper and guide.
One full-day game safari, including Addo Elephant Park and Boma dinner.
Arrive in Port Elizabeth and transfer to hotel. Meet up in the late afternoon for a full expedition briefing and to meet the crew. Dinner in the evening will be at a local restaurant.
Spend 8 days out at sea looking for Sardine Run action. Daily Itinerary: After breakfast, transfer to the launch site where you will kit up, load the boat (8m semi-rigit RIB) and prepare for a full day out at sea. Refreshments and lunch is provided on the boat.
We use a combination of aerial information, local spotters, fishermen & ocean users in the area to locate information regarding Sardine Run action.
During the day, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a dive on one of the numerous dive sites in the hope to see Ragged Tooth sharks and other rich marine life.
Return at approx 3pm and transfer back to the hotel, enjoying the beachfront or taking part in optional activities e.g. additional diving, kayaking, cultural activities, shopping etc. Beach Walk & Picnic: Weather depending we will have sundowners and snacks on the beach, enjoying a spectacular South African sunset.
At the end of your expedition, you will check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.