The Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon that is not to be missed. Occurring annually, the famous Sardine Run transpires when cold water is pushed up the east coast from Port Elizabeth, moving up to Durban and funnelling huge shoals of sardine up the East Coast of South Africa.
Billions of sardine migrate up along the continental shelf, triggering an incredible feeding frenzy as predators of all shapes and sizes descend on the coast to feed off the abundant sardine. The spectacle is unbelievable to witness, and attracts attention from adventure seekers, avid divers and ecologists from all corners of the globe.

Location

The Wild Coast town of Port St. Johns is the world-renowned hot-spot for viewing the Sardine Run. Here, the continental shelf falls off a mere 2km from the land; this is where most of the action happens.

Bait Balls

Due to the large number of predators circulating the area, the sardine form a tightly-packed protective ball commonly known as a ‘bait ball’. These bait balls are pushed up to the surface by predators such as the Bronze Whalers/Dusty sharks. Once at the surface, the sardine balls are at the mercy of Cape Gannet which dive bomb the bait balls like fighter planes – an incredible spectacle to behold. Dolphins will swim in and pick off the sardines with fine precision while Brydes Whales emerge from the deep to consume entire bait balls in one bite with their enormous, cavernous mouths.

Predators

Predator sightings on the 2014 Sardine Run will include:
Common dolphin, bottle nose dolphin, Cape Gannets, Brydes Whales, Humpback whales, Southern Right Whales, Dusky sharks, Copper sharks, Bull sharks, Black tip sharks, ragged tooth sharks, Cape fur seals and Sailfish.

The Sardine Run 2014

Join the hunt for the Sardine Run along South Africa’s Wild Coast. The Sardine Run is an adventure in itself – whether searching the seas for bait balls or viewing the predator action on the surface. Though there are no guarantees for spotting bait balls, the long days at sea offer up a wealth of opportunities for sightings of dolphin, Humpback whale and sharks. Like any marine adventure, the weather is as unpredictable as the sightings – though, the payoff is very rewarding.
Most diving is free-diving as the ocean activity is fleeting and fast; however, when we find a large bait ball there will be time to kit up quickly for an action-packed scuba dive.
Shark Bookings have 3 exciting 2014 Sardine Run Adventures to choose from:
8-day Sardine Run Package
11-day Sardine Run Package
13-day Sardine Run Package

Sardine Run South Africa

Late Deals!

Grab your last places on the Sardine Run for 2014!

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Location: Port St Johns
Season: June – July
Experience Required: Advanced
Diver with minimum 25 past dives
From R13500 per person sharing
Sardine Run South Africa

8 Day Sardine Run Package

Join in the hunt for the Sardine Run action along South Africa’s Wild Coast. Some people look for a chance to just get a glimpse of the action and this is the ideal

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Location: Port St Johns
Season: June – July
Experience Required: Advanced
Diver with minimum 25 past dives
From R20,950 per person sharing
Sardine Run South Africa

11 Day Sardine Run Dive Holiday

Enjoy 9 full days at sea on the Sardine Run to maximise your chances of seeing the perfect bait ball! With the weather and Sardine Activity not guaranteed why not stay that little bit longer to get the most of your Sardine Run holiday.

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Location: Port St Johns
Season: June – July
Experience Required: Advanced
Diver with minimum 25 past dives
From R32900 per person sharing
Sardine Run South Africa

13 Day Sardine Run Dive Trip

10 Full days of Sardine Run action!

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Location: Port St Johns
Season: June – July
Experience Required: Advanced
Diver with minimum 25 past dives
From R35,450 per person sharing