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Ocean View Hotel

3 star hotel
1 Main Road, Coffee Bay, Mthatha, 5082, South Africa
31 rooms
FREE Internet

African Dive Adventures

PADI 5 star dive center
Offsite (Free pickup)
Max 8 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • 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!
  • 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
  • Book through PADI Travel - our operator guarantees an uncrowded experience with no other boats disturbing the action, with exclusive rights to certain areas
  • 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
  • Head out in a safari 4x4 each day to reach stunning sites from where a zodiac boat will speed you to the heart of all the marine life action
  • These unmissable safaris are available until 20th July 2020 - book your spot now to witness one of the diving world's most incredible natural sights!


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Booking process


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: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 365 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Ocean View Hotel

Dive Center


  • Protea Banks is ranked as one of the world'ss best shark dives, with a 95% chance of shark encounters on every dive
  • Dive with bull sharks between November and July, and with tiger sharks from March until June for year-round thrills
  • Scalloped hammerheads swim up and down the reef in their hundreds, their silhouettes against the rays of sun creating stunning sights
  • Divers must be Advanced Open Water Qualified with at least 30 dives to enjoy the challenging currents around Protea Banks

*** Each year the team offers thrilling pelagic encounters as they follow the Sardine Run up the coast, operating out of Ocean View Hotel. 


Shark sightings and interactions are almost guaranteed on every dive with African Dive Adventures.

We don't often have a dive without some sort of Shark Encounter. Protea Banks is one of the worlds top three Shark Hotspots. When diving the Banks you can have close encounters with, Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads, Blacktips, RaggedTooth Sharks, Giant Guitar Sharks, Blacktips and more. 

African Dive Adventures was established in 1994  and is the real pioneers of Protea Banks. Our dive masters and skippers are very well trained and  experienced . They will charm you with their own brand of hospitality that will make you want to come back for more.

 Due to current and depth you need to be an advanced diver with at least 35 logged dives. Best also if you have dived in the last year. Apart from our reef dives we also offer adrenaline rush  Baited Dives. If you enjoy real close encounters with sharks, then this is the dive for you.  If you are a keen photographer then get ready for some great photo opportunities on this dive.

While diving with us you can stay in the lovely Diver Villa. Great for Groups or individuals. It has 6 rooms  which are all on suite. There are three double rooms and three single, but beds can be added to suit the needs of a group. The Villa has a Swimming Pool  and braai facilities with great sea views.  All self catering  with a Shopping Mall within walking distance. 

We also offer Padi Dive Courses from Open Water to Dive Master level. 

*** Each year during June and July, we offer thrilling pelagic encounters as they follow the Sardine Run up the coast, operating out of the Ocean View Hotel in Coffee Bay. This is an  amazing spectacle not to be missed.....nature at its very best. 

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PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location
  • Warm-Water Showers

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Drinking Water

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • French

Diving gear

  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Filling Station

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit

Resort Amenities


  • Sunset Cruises
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Hiking

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Cycling


  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)

Great for families

  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Resort Description

Ocean View Hotel offers the full Sardine Run safari experience in the African wilderness!

Between great towering cliffs and the sparkling Indian Ocean, you'll find the Ocean View - a treasured Wild Coast country hotel and hosts for the annual Sardine Run Safaris. With only a hundred steps separating it from the shoreline, it's the perfect spot for witnessing the unforgettable frenzied sardine run!

Every day after breakfast, you'll head off in a safari 4x4 to the picturesque launch site on the Mapusi river. This is one of the safest places along the Wild Coast to launch the zodiac- type boats. From 8 am until 2:30 pm, the boats are out at sea in the heart of all the marine animal action.

The process is aided by aircraft, which flies over several times a day reporting to the boats where the best activity can be seen. At some stage, you'll stop for a picnic lunch. You will see sharks, most likely sardine bait balls, diving gannets and an incredible host of marine activity. 

Due to the nature of the Sardine Run, you'll be mostly snorkeling, and will only put your scuba gear on in the event of finding a stationary bait ball. The greatest advantage of this trip, is that you're guaranteed that no other boats will be racing and disturbing the action. On other tours, you can fight with 30 other boats for a place in the sea!




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How to get there


  • The best airport to fly to is Mthatha Airport, which is a two hour drive from the hotel. 
  • Alternatively, you can fly to East London or Durban Airport (3.5 and 8 hours drive away).
  • The dive center will arrange to pick you up from either of these airports (advance notice required, additional cost). 


  • After check out, the dive center will arrange to bring you back to the airport (advance notice required, additional cost).


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