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Sardine Run Port St. Johns

Port St Johns, The Jewel Of The Wild Coast

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 kilometres 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 snorkelling 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 R31 550 pp sharing
From R35 950 single  
23 – 29 June 2020
29 June – 05 July 2020
05 – 11 July 2020
11 – 17 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.

Daily Itinerary:

06h:00 Breakfast
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.

Tour Includes:

  • 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
  • Airfills
  • Experienced Skipper & Guide
  • Filming Permits

Tour Excludes:

  • 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

Aliwal Shoal Extension  

From R8750 pps

Request for tailor-made options

Spend a few days Aliwal Shoal, one of South Africa’s premier dive spots where sightings of Ragged Tooth sharks are common and the possibility of other large pelagics such as, sea turtles, potato bass and numerous game fish can be seen.  Extremely popular with divers is the baited shark dive where you will be surrounded by anything from 20 – 80 bold Oceanic Black Tip sharks and might even have other species such as Tiger or Bull sharks come close.

Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation at Scottburgh
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 3 Reef Dives
  • 1 Baited Shark Dive
  • Hire of Tanks & Weights
  • Diving Permit Note:  transfers/car hire on request.

Cape Town Extension     

From  R12 450 pps

Request for tailor-made options

A visit to South Africa would not be complete without a stop in Cape Town – the “Mother City”, known to many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  An awesome 4 night extension that can be added on to any of the standard South African ages where you will get to experience Great White Shark Cage Diving, Penguins & the scenic beauty that Cape Town has to offer.
Tailor made packages are also available.

Package Includes:

  • 4 Nights’ Accommodation (Close to the Waterfront)
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Full day Great White Shark Cage Diving – Gansbaai (incl. lunch & refreshments)
  • Full day scenic tour of Cape Town including Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Free Day for sightseeing, visit to Robben Island, shopping etc.Note: transfers/car hire on request

Kruger National Park Extension

From R20 950

Request for tailor-made options

The Kruger National Park is world famous for the Big 5, travelers from all over the globe come to pay a visit to one of our national parks to tick the box for this bucket list destination. Our country works very hard at preserving its wildlife, and we work with renowned safari lodges and suppliers to ensure your holiday will be one that will never be forgotten.
Tailor made packages are also available.

Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights’ Full Board Tented Accommodation at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
  • 6 Game Drives with optional bush walks
  • Qualified Ranger & Tracker Note: transfers/car hire on request


Please contact our travel department on info@prodivetravel.co.za.

We can then finalize all the necessary details that we need in order to book you onto this amazing opportunity to see the Sardine Run.

In order to finalize, we will request the following from you:

  • Booking Forms to Be Completed
  • A 30% Deposit is required to confirm your booking
  • Balance payable 60 Days prior to departure

Cancellation Policy:

  • Deposit is non-refundable.
  • Less than 60 Days = 100% cancellation fee applicable

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