The Sardine Run Experience: Recommended Duration

To truly immerse yourself in this natural wonder, planning the right duration for your visit is essential. Here’s what we recommend to get the most out of your Sardine Run expedition:

Duration: 7 Nights | 5 Sea Days

  • Plan towards spending at least 5 days on the ocean or more if you can, this offers a balance between maximizing your chances of encountering large sardine shoals and observing the diverse marine life that follows them.
  • Weather and sea conditions can vary daily. A longer stay provides buffer days, ensuring you won’t miss out due to a day or two of unfavorable conditions!
  • Our itinerary includes one open day; which you can take as a rest day, explore Port St. Johns or if you can’t get enough of the underwater actions, then add one more sea day to your adventure.

The Sardine Run can be unpredictable and influenced by ocean conditions, making it vital to allow enough time to increase your chances of witnessing the full scope of the event. The migration can be erratic, with some days offering phenomenal sightings and others being relatively quiet. Flexibility and a well-planned schedule are key.

Witnessing this grand spectacle of nature is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the right preparation can make all the difference!



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