Port St Johns


Season: June – July


Experience: Advanced Diver
Minimum 25 past dives


From R35,450 Per Person Sharing


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10 full days of Sardine Run action

Trip Summary
  • Package Summary


    Day 1 : Arrive in Durban & Transfer to the Scuba Lodge

    We will meet you at Durban International Airport or other pick-up points as requested.The transfer takes approximately 1 hour to the Scuba Lodge in Umkomass where you will meet the team and relax for the evening and enjoy dinner at the lodge

    Day 2 : 2 x Dives in The Aliwal Shoal & Transfer to Port St Johns

    Day 2 dives will give you a chance to check your gear and get your weighting comfortable before your epic Sardine Run adventure. The dives will be on the Aliwal Shoal which us home to hundreds of Ragged Tooth Sharks as well as a number of other specias from Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Copper Sharks (Bronze Whalers) and on occasion Tiger Sharks.

    After the dives we will return to the dive Lodge for lunch before transferring south to Port St. Johns. We will arrive in the late afternoon and check in to our accommodation before enjoying the evening at the resort with the guides discussing the action to follow over the coming days.

    Day 3 to 12: 10 full days Diving on the Sardine Run

    Early Starts and fantastic long days at sea looking for bait balls! Enjoy 10 days with the abundance of Marine life in the waters off the wild coast.

    Each day (Weather dependent) is spent on the sea starting at around 8am and then staying on the water until around 3pm. These are long days and not for the feint hearted but when the action is found the wait is definitely worth it! Long times during the day will be spent looking for activity on the water and tell-tail signs of predatory behaviour. Most of the diving on the Sardine run is free-diving but if possible scuba will also be possible. The action happens so fast out on the water that most times there is not enough time to kit up with scuba gear before going in. Everything happens extremely quickly and we want to get you in the water as soon as possible when activity is found.

    Diver Package – Sharing

    per person sharing

    Diver Package – Single

    per person sharing

    Non-Diver Partner – Sharing

    per person sharing

    Please Note : The Non-Diving package does not include any boat days, the package costs are for transfers and accommodation. Boat days can be arranged if required.

  • Itinerary


    Day 1: Collect from Durban / Durban International airport

    Meet with the team and then transfer through to the Dive Lodge in Umkomass for your Aliwal Shoal shark dives. Set up your gear and then relax for the rest of the day. In the evening you enjoy dinner at the lodge.

    Day 2:

    We meet at 7am for breakfast then walk down to the dive centre and kit up for the dives ahead. The first dive will be a basic reef dive (with a chance of seeing sharks) to allow you to check your gear and get everything in order for the coming Sardine Run days. The shark dives during the Sardine Run take place on the reefs which are home to hundreds of Ragged Tooth Sharks as well as a number of other species such as Blacktip Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Copper Sharks (Bronze Whalers) and on occasion Tiger Sharks and Bull Sharks.

    Following your dives you will go straight back to the dive centre and then de-kit under hot showers! We will then head straight off to Port St Johns to join the Sardine Run crew

    Days 3-12

    Each day is a new day and everyone is communicating regarding the movement of the sardines. The boat normally launches at around 8am each day and then we stay on the water until around 3pm looking for the action. Afternoons are spent at the resort recouperating from the day’s activities and recharging the batteries for the next day ahead.

    Day 13 : Depart Port St. Johns – (Transfers available for flights after 4pm) or extend your stay.

    After an early breakfast it is time to depart. Transfers are available if required to Durban Airport (for flights after 4pm). Please ensure if you are flying that day that you flight departs after 4pm to allow you the travel time up the coast for check-in. Should you require it we can also organise overnight accommodation in Durban or at the airport.

  • Accommodation

    You will be staying at the scuba lodge on the first night before your dives at the Aliwal Shoal.

    The lodge has 8 upmarket bedrooms, a swimming pool, Kitchen facilities, Tea & Coffee, TV, Laundry Service & Internet Access. All rooms have ocean view and the dive center is at the lodge. Rooms can be organised into King Sized beds or 2 single beds.

    Accommodation at the Sardine Run Cremorne Estate, Port St. Johns

    Cremorne Estate has fantastic views over the river. There is a swimming pool, onsite restaurant and all rooms have views and on-suite bathrooms with shower. There are great walking trails if you have the energy to explore more after your day on the sea.

    The resort has a swimming pool, BBQ, Restaurant, Bar, TV, Laundry Service and limited Internet facilities.

  • Including / Excluding


    • 12-nights Accommodation
    • Daily Breakfast
    • 10-days Sardine Run Diving
    • 2 x shark dives Aliwal Shoal
    • Cylinders & Air-fills
    • Weight Belts & Weights
    • Diver Permits


    • Airport transfers (can be arranged)
    • Flights & Taxes
    • Passports & Visas
    • Personal Insurance
    • Dive Gear (can be hired)
    • Lunches
    • Dinners
    • Drinks