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Sardine Run

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!
What is the Sardine Run About?

The Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon which is caused by the movement of currents and certain weather patterns, therefore it cannot be guaranteed to see sardines, however regular close up encounters with sharks, dolphins, whales and sea birds guarantees this to be a lifetime experience.

During the months from April to July, the cooler Benguela current moves up towards the east coast of South Africa resulting in the migration of millions of Sardines. This provides an abundant food source attracting game fish, sea birds, whales, dolphins, sharks, etc…

A typical sardine bait ball in crystal clear conditions where dolphins, sharks, whales and sea birds are in a feeding frenzy is in fact a very rare sighting.  Film crews have spent weeks out at sea over the span of a couple of years in search of the perfect bait ball action to get the footage regularly seen on television. After more than 20 years experiencing the Sardine Run, we can honestly say that you realistically have a 30-40% chance of experiencing this phenomenon

Why Pro Dive?

  • Specialized in the Field
  • Based in the Eastern Cape
  • Hands-on approach by owner Louis van Aardt
  • Sought after by numerous film crews and underwater photographers

  • Over 20 years of experience
  • First Hand Expert Knowledge
  • Infrastructure in Port Elizabeth & Port St. Johns
  • One of the first Sardine Run operators working from this area

Port Elizabeth

It all starts in Nelson Mandela Bay! Diving in Port Elizabeth is growing in popularity after the last few years displaying dense action with the Sardine Run.

With a wide variety of marine life in our waters, you are practically guaranteed to see a variety of sea life on one bait ball such as penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sharks as well as the birds that can be seen from miles away diving into the water from great heights to get their share of the action.


17 – 23 April  – Fully booked

23 – 29 April 2019 – 3 spaces remaining

29 April – 05 May 2019 – 6 spaces remaining

05 – 11 May 2019 (Limited Space) – 7 spaces remaining


Enjoy your stay in Port Elizabeth at the wonderfully located Courtyard hotel, situated on the beachfront within walking distance to many shops and restaurants as well as most importantly to the dive center.

More about the Area:

Your hotel is located 5-10 minutes away from the airport and within walking distance of the dive center. You will be collected and dropped off at the airport and transported to the launch site for each dive.

Being based in Port Elizabeth you are surrounded by a magnitude of natural beauty in the surrounding areas and lots to do.

On non-diving days group transfers will be provided for local excursions e.g. Addo Elephant National Park, Seal Diving in Plettenberg Bay, Visit to Tsitsikamma National Park, Sundays River Sandboarding and River Cruises etc. All entrance fees and other costs related to the activities will be for the clients account.

Port St. Johns

Port St Johns is a small coastal town situated on the Wild Coast, a coastline of about 250km boasting spectacular natural scenery.  The town lies alongside the mouth of the Mzimvubu River, which flows through an impressive gorge into the Indian Ocean.

It is from this laid-back, vibrant town that we congregate for the annual sardine run. An area that has been known for the Sardine Run for many years and attracts divers from around the globe.


25 June – 1 July 2019

01 – 07 July 2019 – 7 spaces remaining

07 – 13 July 2019 – 5 spaces remaining

13 – 19 July 2019 – Fully booked


Nestled between towering cliffs and set in amazing Tropical gardens on the banks of the Umzimvubu River, N’taba River Lodge offers the finest mixture of Wild Coast hospitality and hugely comfortable rooms.

The 4-star lodge is a nature lover’s dream… just enjoying the river flowing past. With the diversity of the rugged landscape, the sheer beauty of the area and dense vegetation that surrounds the lodge, bird watching enthusiasts will be held a captive audience.

More about the Area:

Port Saint Johns is a beautiful natural area, quiet and away from the hustle and bustle.

During any non-diving day, you will be able to enjoy some time relaxing at the lodge or in the Spa, absorbing the calmness that surrounds you whilst being away from the city.

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