Sardine Run Packages from 21st June 2018 to 15th July 2018

Join ALIWAL DIVE CENTRE for an amazing fun filled trip on the Sardine Run. Our staff has over 15 years’ experience on the Sardine Run, so we know our stuff!

This is an annual event that takes place along the ‘Transkei Wild Coast’, coast line. During the months of June & July, cold currents move inshore allowing the sardines to move along the east coast of South Africa basically a range extension, in the cold nutrient rich water.

Apart from the sardine bait balls that one can see, there is also the annual migration of the Humpback whales that are heading north to give birth. There are super pods of Common dolphin, thousands of Cape gannets, Bottle nose dolphin and sharks galore.

This event known by BBC as ‘The greatest shoal on earth’ is an adventure for everyone, whether you are a diver or a non diver. All nature lovers and adrenalin enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy this amazing spectacle of nature.

ALIWAL DIVE CENTRE bases itself in the scenic town of Port St Johns , where the boats launch out of the Umzimvubu river, we have been doing the sardine run on this coast line for over 10 years , therefore our skippers and dive guides have an extensive knowledge and experience of where to find the best ‘action’ for our clients.

All prices exclude equipment hire.Elton Polly - Dive Master - Sardine Run

View Terms & Conditions by clicking here

Included in the Package

  • 5 Days of diving/snorkeling/boat based viewing.
    {Duration of time spent out at sea is determined by activity and weather}
  • 6 night’s accommodation
  • Includes dinner, bed and breakfast at the Spotted Grunter resort (, situated on the banks of the mighty Umzimvubu river.
  • Lunch pack and refreshments for boat trip
  • Cylinder and air fill
  • Weights and weight belt
  • Boat fuel included
  • Experienced and qualified team of skipper and dive guide/ boat guide
  • Shared aerial information


  • Flights & taxes
  • Passports & visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch & Drinks
  • Equipment hire of: BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Mask & Fins.
    We have a full range available should you require any gear. Kindly notify us up front to secure your equipment needs.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • All transfers are excluded. We can however arrange transfers to and from Port St Johns on your behalf. Kindly contact us for details and costs.

A typical day looks as follows

  • A buffet breakfast at 6:30 am, after which you will get into your wetsuits.
  • We will then launch the boat and look for sardine action according to the daily sardine reports and updates that we receive.
  • We will spend the day out at sea looking for and interacting with sardine bait balls and/or other marine life, i.e. whales, dolphins, sharks etc. The action we get will determine how we engage and interact with the animals, i.e. scuba dive on stationary bait balls, snorkel on fast moving bait balls, whales and dolphins and boat based viewing in low visibility. So there is always something to see.
  • The length of a sea day is determined by the action that we get and weather/sea conditions.

Things to bring

  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Warm waterproof jacket for the boat
  • Sea sick tablets


Email us for more info