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 2024
7 Night / 5 Day Package — 2024
R 46 950 p.p.s
Single Supplement: R 4 950
17 June – 24 June
24 June – 01 July
01 July – 08 July
08 July – 15 July
15 July – 22 July
Arrival: Arrive and transfer to Port St. Johns. Check into the hotel for 7 nights.
Meet up in the early evening for a full expedition briefing and to meet the crew.
5 Sea days:
After breakfast you will embark the boat (8m semi-rigid RIB) directly in front of the hotel.
Spend the full day out at sea looking for Sardine Run action.
Ocean Safari. Lunch is provided on the boat.
Return to hotel at approximately 3 pm to relax and enjoy dinner at the resort
Rest/ Sightseeing/ Cultural Day:
Spend the day relaxing at the hotel & enjoying the facilities or alternatively join the Pro Dive crew on a half day excursion where you will get to explore the area, visit a local school & community.
Departure: 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 or the Kruger National Park
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.
- 7 Nights’ Accommodation
- Breakfast & Dinner 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
- 1 open day: optional sightseing / cultural day
- Experienced Skipper & Guide
- Flights (Recommended flights into Mtatha Airport – only 2 hours from PSJ)
- Airport Transfers – quoted on request (Umtata, Durban, East London)
- Equipment Hire
- Travel & Dive Insurance
- Additional sightseeing & activities