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Key info

  • 07:00 departure
  • 5 days (approx.)
  • Incl. 10 dives
  • Dive site(s) determined on the dive day
  • English, German, Other
  • Max. 10 divers / guide
  • Meet at given location
  • Instant confirmation
  • Free Cancellation - 30days notice
  • Show mobile or printed voucher



The Sardine Run is an amazing phenomena that takes place along the South African Coast once a year during winter. The Ocean comes alive with all predators on the hunt with thousand of Gannets, Sharks, Dolphins, Whales, Sailfish and other Game Fish.

  • Discover the excitement of joining the hunt with hundreds of predators
  • Enjoy the amazing scenery of the South African Eastern Cape
  • Watch the amazing sight of hundreds and often thousands of birds diving into the ocean feeding on the Sardines
  • Join the pilot for a day in the Micro light and experience it all from above. It will leave you breathless
  • To be part of this amazing spectacle of nature is indeed a privilege

Dive center

African Dive Adventures

PADI 5 Star Dive Center

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. 

PADI 5 Star Center Wi-Fi (FREE) Dive shop 1 PADI Instructors Max. 8.0 divers / guide Nitrox (for a fee)

Address:13541 Km from your location
Shop 1 and 2 Clover Bay Marine Drive Shelly Beach, Shop 2 Clover Bay, Shelly Beach, KZN, 4255, South Africa

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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Mar 29, 2021

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Your temperature will be measured and hands Sanitised on a daily basis. You need to wear a mask in the Dive Centre. Gear can be sanitised on premises.

Package description

Inclusive of

  • Weights/Weight Belt/Tank(s)
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Surface interval refreshments

Not inclusive of

  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Scuba equipment rental (full set)  ( USD 26 )
  • Dive computer
  • Nitrox
  • Flights
  • Transfers


  • Minimum age: 12+
  • Min. certification: None
  • The Sardine Run is for divers as well as for snorkelers. The diving is shallow so you only need to be an Open Water Diver if you want to dive. If you want to join as a snorkeler you need to have at least basic knowledge of how to snorkel.

What to expect

Depending on where you are coming from you will fly to either East London or Mhtatha in the Eastern Cape. Transport to the hotel will be arranged.

Once you have arrived at the lovely Ocean View Hotel our staff in the dive centre will make sure you do the necessary paperwork, kit up and get briefed on the program for the next few days.

You will spend five nights in the hotel on a full board basis. Lunch will be served on the boat. The four action filled days on the boat will be very exciting. Our experienced staff will try their very best to make sure that you have the time of your life. Our air support will offer you the benefit of ensuring that we can offer you best chance of finding some great Sardine Run Action. We cannot promise you that you will see Bait Balls everyday but we can assure you that you will have a great adventure that you will not forget. Bait Balls, Mega Pods of Dolphins (2000 or more strong), loads of Sharks, Gannets, Sailfish and other Game fish is all the action that you can see. 

If you would like to extend on the five nights, four day package you need to do so when doing your original booking.

This is an experience that will leave you filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

Other Information


  • You will receive a confirmation email and voucher instantly after booking
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email

How to get there

On the road to the hotel there are several markers. Once at the hotel we have our PADI Flags to lead them to the dive centre.

Cancellation policy

  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the activity
Dive Package Sardine Run 2021

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