Sardine run tours 2020: All bookings for future sardine run tours are on hold until further notice from the Department of Environmental Affairs. The department is currently looking at ways to regulate the sardine run tour industry. We will keep you updated on developments as soon as they arise.
If you’re interested in joining us for the sardine run in 2020, send us an e-mail with your preferred dates so we can keep you in the loop on developments.
What is the sardine run ? The Sardine Run is an annual movement of fish and predators along the south and east coast of South Africa. The movement is driven by a seasonal counter-current that brings the sardines with it. When everything comes together the sardine run is the most spectacular natural spectacle, offering incredible diving opportunities to the adventurous diver.
The action on the sardine run can be so varied as to take in almost the entire scope of what you have seen on Blue Planet and Discovery. However you need time, you need, patience and you need luck. You may or may not get the whole bait-ball experience but you should still have some amazing dives.
The dives during your sardine run are totally dependent on the nature of activity on the day. The sharks and the birds associated with the sardine run should all be there waiting for the shoals to arrive, so dives with them are almost a given! Some days you may be in and out the water 20 times on scuba or snorkel. Other days you may find stable activity or do longer dives on the local reef or wrecks.
The sardine run is a totally wild, unpredictable event so if you are looking for a real African experience with adventure diving at it’s best, you’re unlikely to be disappointed!
For those of you travelling down from Durban for the sardine run we can also arrange some extra days diving on the south coast at Aliwal Shaol. Each week during the sardine run we will also be offering daily charters from Shelly Beach to Protea Banks – so great shark and whale action almost a guarantee if you don’t manage to get to the sardine run itself !