Sardine Run 2018




8 Nights / 9 Days

“The Ultimate Marine Migration”

Travel with ScubaCo Diving & Travel down to Port St. John’s in the Transkei as we experience the yearly phenomenon fondly known as the “Sardine Run”.

Over the years the Sardine Run has provided much excitement across the globe with numerous shark species, Humpback whales and dolphin super pods joining in the migration. Throw in the hyperactive Cape Gannets to the mix and we have “The Ultimate Marine Migration” during the Sardine Run.

Your first day on the Sardine Run, after being collected at King Shaka Airport, is spent diving Aliwal Shoal exploring the reef after which you can enjoy some shark viewing with a baited shark dive. After an exhilarating day out on the Shoal watching sharks, you will be settled into Shark & Shoal Guest House in Umkomaas.

Day two we leave for Port St. John’s where you will be booked into a gorgeous rustic guest house on the banks of the Mighty Umzimvubu River where you can rest up & relax, ready to experience the Sardine Run. The next 6 days are spent out at sea amidst the excitement of the Sardine Run where spectacular viewing can be enjoyed both above and diving under the warm waters! Bring your camera along for some incredible photo opportunities of sharks, Humpback whales, dolphins, the sardines and so much more!!

This is an incredible adventure which is not to be missed by any experienced open water diver!

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Arrive Durban International Airport — Transfer to & Overnight in Umkomaas (Aliwal Shoal)

When you arrive at the lodge, you will be checked into your room, spend the afternoon relaxing and getting ready for your adventure.




2 Dives on Aliwal Shoal — Transfer to Port St. Johns — Overnight Port St. Johns, South Africa.

Aliwal Shoal is home to hundreds of Sharks to keep you entertained. After your Shark & Reef dives, you will have time to return to the lodge to get your goodies together in order to transfer to you next stop, Port St John’s, this is usually a 4 hour drive.

On arrival in Port St John’s a short briefing will be given & you have the evening free to relax.

 ScubaCo Diving & Travel - baited shark diving Turtle on Aliwal Shoal - ScubaCo Diving & Travel - Scottburgh / UmkomaasDive the wrecks of the Nebo or Produce on Aliwal Shoal - ScubaCo Diving & Travel



Enjoy the Sardine Run — Overnight Port St Johns.

Every morning we track the marine life movement so that we are able to spend the day at sea following the “action.”

This possibly includes the sardines with numerous shark species, Humpback whales and dolphin super pods.

Conditions permitting you will be continuously in and out of the water on snorkel following the marine life.

After your days at sea, relax at the lodge or enjoy a local excursion should you feel up to it. Overnight at the lodge and be ready and fresh for the following day’s action.

Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

Snorkeling during the Sardine Run at Port St Johns with ScubaCo Diving & Travel Jumping dolphin - Port St Johns Sardine Run - ScubaCo Diving & Travel sightings of humpback whales in port st johns - sardine run Lively sardines surfacing - Sardine Run - Diving & Travel



Airport Transfers to Durban King Sharka International Airport.

After breakfast you depart Port St Johns and transfer to Durban King Sharka International Airport for flights after 4PM.



What’s Included?

  • • Return Transfers (King Shaka Airport / Aliwal Shoal / Port St. John’s / back to King Shaka Airport)
  • • 1 Night Accommodation in Umkomaas incl. breakfast
  • • 1 Reef Dive at Aliwal Shoal
  • • 1 Baited Shark Dive at Aliwal Shoal
  • • 7 Nights Accommodation in Port St. John’s incl. breakfast
  • • 6 Days Sardine Run Diving
  • • Cylinder Rental & Air-Fill
  • • Weight Belts & Weights

What’s Not Included?

  • • 1 Month Marine Park Dive Permit
  • • Flights & Taxes
  • • Passports & Visas
  • • Personal Insurance
  • • Dive Gear (Can be hired)
  • • Lunches, Dinners & Beverages
  • • Gratuities
  • • All additional activities & items of a personal nature

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Please Note: The minimum requirement for Sardine Run is Open Water Diver (or equivalent) with at least 150+ Dives, unless the “snorkeling only” option is chosen. *Please Note that a reasonable level of fitness is required in order to fully enjoy the Sardine Run experience.