Sardine Run

The greatest shoal on earth! The annual sardine run can only be described as the best natural event we’ve ever witnessed, and we have witnessed some pretty amazing things underwater. It happens when a band of cold water gets pushed up the coast by changing weather patterns. This band funnels massive shoals of sardines up the East coast of South Africa towards hungry predators waiting in the wings.

The action normally starts around Port Elizabeth and East London before reaching the Wild Coast and then onto the east coast. The area between East London and Port St Johns is located on the hot spot of this migration route and this area has brought the best action over past years. Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Cape Gannets, Brides whales, Humpback Whales, Dusky Sharks, Copper Sharks, Bull Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Cape Fur seals, even Sailfish can be seen in this area at this time.

Our main goal is to find bait balls, but it does not go off every day. On slow bait ball days, we will dive with dolphins, Humpback whales and sharks. This makes it the ultimate Ocean Safari. The run is unpredictable, weather is unpredictable – but the payoff is very rewarding!

Join Shark Explorers as we search for some unforgettable experiences.

There are limited places on this world-famous spectacle, we have secured some great deals for a fully catered, 10-night ocean safari.

Contact us to secure your spot, at an unbeatable price for this once in a lifetime marine extravaganza.

Daily Itinerary

Please note that this is just a rough guideline

  • 6am Breakfast
  • 6:30am Transfer to boat
  • 7am to 2 pm at sea searching for action (on non-sea days there will be land-based
    activities planned)
  • 3pm to 4pm back at lodge
  • 7pm Dinner and Fire

 Port St Johns
 Season – June/July
 Experienced Divers Only
 From R53 636  (10-night package)


 9 days at sea (weather permitting)
 10 nights’ accommodation
 Meals – dinners, boat lunch, continental breakfast
 Return transfers from Durban airport
 Daily transfers to launch site and scenic drives
 Dedicated aerial information
Cylinders fills and weight belt
 Experienced dive guides and skipper