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Cremorne Estate (Sardine Run South Africa)

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Cremorne Estate (Sardine Run South Africa)

3 star hotel
Port st Johns, South Africa
22 rooms
FREE Internet

Blue Ocean Dive Resort

PADI 5 star dive center
Max 8 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Cremorne Estate is a rustic holiday retreat on the banks of the Mzimvubu River, offering picturesque surroundings, cosy wooden lodges and easy access to the ocean
  • Visit between June and July for your slice of Sardine Run action, then spend your afternoons bird watching, hiking, relaxing or playing pool at Captain's Cabin Pub & Restaurant
  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the annual Sardine Run, a mesmerising phenomena of millions of sardines, hundreds of dolphins, sharks, diving birds, whales, game fish and seals in the African wilderness! 
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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 50%
  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 55.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 80.0% will be charged if you cancel between 37 and 22 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 22 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Cremorne Estate (Sardine Run South Africa)

Dive Center


  • With Blue Ocean Dive Resort you can experience the best of both worlds, with a day of reef diving in Aliwal Shoal followed by seven exhilarating days in Port St Johns
  • Due to the nature of the Sardine Run, you'll be snorkeling as this is the best way to see the underwater spectacle, but there may be opportunities to dive
  • Get closer than ever before: aircraft will fly overhead to point out the best spots to see sharks, sardine bait balls, diving gannets and an incredible host of aquatic activity
  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the annual Sardine Run, a mesmerising phenomena of millions of sardines, hundreds of dolphins, sharks, diving birds, whales, game fish and seals in the African wilderness!


Each year in June and July, Blue Ocean Dive Resort heads to Port St Johns for six thrilling weeks of snorkelling and diving amongst the Sardine Run. 

This exciting seven to 12 night package includes Aliwal Shoal dives and unforgettable days spent on the Sardine Run Ocean Safari. You'll arrive at Blue Ocean Dive Resort, where you'll spend one night before heading off to Cremorne Estate in Port St Johns. 

Each day, you'll head out on sturdy RIBs into the wild, open ocean, seeking one of nature's greatest migration events. Aided by aircraft scanning the horizon for activity, you'll soon be in the center of millions of sardines that have drawn in pelagics, sharks, seals and whales from far and wide. 

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PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Drysuit
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Technical Diving Courses

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Nitrox ($)

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French

Diving Facilities

  • Training Pool
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort

Resort Amenities


  • Sunset Cruises
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Hiking


  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Aud)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Horseback Riding

Amenities & services

  • Camera Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Vegan

Great for families

  • Kids Playground

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Massage Services

Resort Description

Cremorne Estate is a rustic holiday retreat in Port St Johns, offering picturesque cabins and unbridled access to the exhilarating annual Sardine Run event. 

Divers from all corners of the world travel to South Africa to witness this amazing sardine migration that is described as one of the wildlife wonders of the world. Millions of sardines, hundreds of dolphins, sharks, diving birds, whales, game fish and seals all collide in a hair-raising feeding frenzy from June till July each year. 

Located on the banks of the Mzimvubu River, each wooden lodge is set within beautifully-manicured gardens, beneath towering hills of the Eastern Cape. Besides the Sardine Run and relaxation, you might want to go out bird watching, join a guided hike or play a game of pool at the onsite restaurant, Captain's Cabin Pub & Restaurant. 


How to get there


  • The best airport to fly into is King Shaka International Airport, which is 1 hour from Blue Ocean Dive Resort. 
  • Transfers between the airport and dive resort are included in your package, provided you give advance notice of your flight details. 
  • You will spend your first night at Blue Ocean Dive Resort, before setting off for Cremorne Estate in Port St Johns. 
  • Check in time is flexible depending on your arrival time. 


  • Check out time is flexible depending on your departure time. 
  • On the final day of the trip, the team will drop you back at the airport directly from Port St Johns (advance notice required). 


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