Sardine Run Port St. Johns
Port St. Johns is situated in the heart of the wild coast and offers a unique beauty to the Sardine Run experience.
Port St Johns is a quaint coastal town in South Africa and is known as the Jewel of the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast is a stretch of 250 kilometers of coast which gained its name by its inaccessibility and reputation for ship-crushing waves. Today the Wild Coast is still relatively untouched and offers rich experiences and adventures.
The Port St. Johns Sardine Run Experience
The Sardine Run is more about the migration of various predators moving along the South African coastline following sardines than the sardines themselves. It’s about encounters with humpback whales, dolphins and observing gannets plummet into the water, while schools of sharks glide by.
It’s also about the crew and fellow divers who share this experience with you. Spending hours at sea together and interacting with marine animals of this magnitude is a rare and special experience…being alongside a school of thousands of dolphins or staring into the eye of a humpback whale will be a life changing experience you’ll never forget.
Always Be Ready
One can come across sardine run action quite unexpectedly and it is important to always be ready to respond. The crew will do their best to manoeuvre the boat and anticipate the marine animal activity and it is therefore essential to be ready to jump into the water at a moment’s notice. If luck is on your side you will get to experience the run at its peak.
It is easier to get on and off the boat quickly with snorkeling gear as the skipper needs to keep moving to stay with the action. It would be beneficial to have some free diving skills.
A combination of shared aerial information, local spotters, fishermen and ocean users in the area to locate information regarding Sardine Run action.
Sardine Run Port St. Johns Tour Information
|6 Night / 5 Day Package:
|From R 32 950 pp / € 2 195 pp (2019)||From R3950 pp|
|25 June – 1 July 2019 – Fully Booked||2 – 12 July 2019|
|01 – 07 July 2019 – Spaces Available||Includes:|
|07 – 13 July 2019 – Spaces Available||1 Full day at Sea (weather dependent)|
|13 – 19 July 2019 – Fully Booked||Lunch Pack on boat|
|8m Semi Rigid Dive Boat (SAMSA Licensed up to 40 miles offshore)|
|From R 35 950 pp (2020)||Hire of Tanks & Weight Belt|
|23 – 29 June 2020||Air Fills|
|29 June – 5 July 2020||Experienced Skipper & Guide|
|5 – 11 July 2020|
Day 1: Arrive and transfer to Port St. Johns. Check into the hotel for 6 nights.
Meet up in the early evening for a full expedition briefing and to meet the crew.
Day 2 – 6: Spend the day out at sea looking for Sardine Run action.
06H:45 Transfer to the launch site, load the boat (8m semi-rigid RIB) and prepare for a full day out at sea.
07h00 – 15h00: Ocean Safari. Refreshments and lunch are provided on the boat. Return at approximately 3pm and transfer back to the hotel to relax, download footage and enjoy dinner at the resort.
Day 7: Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
NB: Please enquire if you would like to extend your package eg. Additional Sardine Run Days, Cape Town Great White, Shark Diving Aliwal Shoal etc.
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 throughout their visit, not to mention the opportunity for amazing photographs.
- 6 Nights’ Accommodation
- Breakfast Daily
- Lunch packs on diving days
- 5 Days at Sea (weather permitting)
- 8m Semi Rigid Dive Boat
- (SAMSA Licensed 40 miles offshore)
- Hire of 12L Tanks and Weight belt
- Experienced Skipper & Guide
- Filming Permits
- Flights only 2 hours from PSJ)
- (Recommended flights into Mtatha Airport –
- Airport Transfers – quoted on request
- (Umtata, Durban, East London)
- Dinner and Drinks
- Equipment Hire
- Travel & Dive Insurance
- Additional sightseeing & activities