Sardine Run

African Dive Adventures in Durban by African Dive Adventures


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More about Sardine Run

The ocean awakes and the thrill is simply indescribable when the annual Great Sardine Run takes off. A natural phenomenon when massive schools of sardines migrate from the colder waters around the Cape to the warmer waters of Kwa-Zulu Natal to give birth to their offspring. On their return to the Cape they are closely followed by thousands of dolphins, birds, fish of prey, whales and sharks. The Sardine run occurs during the months of June and July.

The oldest known record of the run is a mention in the Natal Mercury newspaper of 4 August 1853. More recently, the run has been the subject of natural history documentaries (e.g. the BBC’s Nature's Great Events) and printed popular media.



8 hours


We dive weather permitting and whenever we have four or more divers.


Ocean View Hotel in Coffee Bay.


Unless the wind grounds us we launch everyday.. Our Skippers decide what is best for each particular day. Safety ALWAYS comes first .

What to Wear:

Warm comfortable clothing. A good boat jacket is worth gold on the cold early mornings. 5mm plus Wetsuit is recommended.

Things to bring:

You need to bring your C Card and logbook.

Guests or Spectators:

You do not need to be a diver to join us for the Sardine Run as the Sardine Run can be experienced on Scuba as well as snorkelling. If we are blown out and cannot go to sea, alternative activities will be arranged at our cost. The cost of the Sardine Run is R32,000. This is a 5 night four day package. If you would like to add a day it is R5500 extra per day. The Run normally takes place from 20.June to 20 July each year.

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Certification Required:

You need to a certified Open Water diver, that has dived within the last year.
Inclusions & Exclusions


5 nights at the Ocean View Hotel in Coffee Bay on half board basis and 4 full days on our boat. Sandwiches, fruit, cookies, chocolate, fruit juice, crisps and water is available on the boat the whole day. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate is also served on the boat in the morning. Air support by microlight plane several times a day.


Transport. Airport pickups can be arranged for your cost. Flights Drinks and extras consumed in the Hotel.


Scenic Durban has renowned surfing spots, cycling trails, boat trips and extraordinary sightseeing.

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African Dive Adventures has been diving on Protea Banks, a world renowned shark-diving reef of the East Coast of South Africa (Kwazulu Natal) since 1994.

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