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Sardine Run 2020 (Ocean View Hotel)

Sardine Run 2020 (Ocean View Hotel)

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

Crystal Divers South Africa

5 star dive center
Offsite (Free pickup) Show address

180, Scottburgh, 4180, South Africa

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% (downpayment)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 365 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Sardine Run 2020 (Ocean View Hotel)

Dive Center


  • PADI Dive Resort nearby Aliwal Shoal
  • Exhilarating shark diving!
  • Micro creatures, drift diving, wrecks
  • Shark Guardian and Divemaster Internships 
  • Tailor made group trip itineraries


Crystal Divers South Africa is a PADI Dive Resort located on-premise at Blue Marlin Hotel.

Since 2013, Crystal Divers have been the gateway to Aliwal Shoal, Scottburgh. Experience the thrill of shark diving on one of the baited shark dives! Or, take your time combing the reef for magical micro marine organisms. 

The team offer a full range of PADI recreational training, including specialties such as Wreck Diver, Night Diver and Multilevel Diver. Divemaster and Shark Guardian internships are available. 

For groups, the team is happy to design tailor made itineraries to make sure you get the best out of your trip!

In June and July each year, Crystal Divers send a team up the coast to Ocean View Hotel, where they spend an amazing few weeks admiring the wildlife drawn in by the sardine run. 





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PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center
  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi 100% Aware

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Dive boat facilities

  • Tea And Coffee
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Seating Area
  • Fresh Water Shower
  • Toilet
  • Camera Rinse Tanks

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship

Languages spoken

  • English

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

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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