Sardine Run Packages from 21st June 2018 to 15th July 2018

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Join ALIWAL DIVE CENTRE for an amazing fun filled trip on the Sardine Run. Our staff has over 14 years’ experience on the Sardine Run, so we know our stuff!

This is an annual event that takes place along the ‘Transkei Wild Coast’, coast line. During the months of June & July, cold currents move inshore allowing the sardines to move along the east coast of South Africa basically a range extension, in the cold nutrient rich water.

Apart from the sardine bait balls that one can see, there is also the annual migration of the Humpback whales that are heading north to give birth. There are super pods of Common dolphin, thousands of Cape gannets, Bottle nose dolphin and sharks galore.

This event known by BBC as ‘The greatest shoal on earth’ is an adventure for everyone, whether you are a diver or a non diver. All nature lovers and adrenaline enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy this amazing spectacle of nature.

The greatest shoal on earth’

ALIWAL DIVE CENTRE bases itself in the scenic town of Port St Johns, where the boats launch out of the Umzimvubu river, we have been doing the sardine run on this coast line for over 10 years, therefore our skippers and dive guides have an extensive knowledge and experience of where to find the best ‘action’ for our clients.

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Included in the Package

  • 5 Days of diving/snorkelling/boat based viewing.
    {Duration of time spent out at sea is determined by activity and weather}
  • 6 night’s accommodation
  • Includes dinner, bed and breakfast at the Spotted Grunter resort (www.spottedgrunterresort.co.za), situated on the banks of the mighty Umzimvubu river.
  • Lunch pack and refreshments for boat trip
  • Cylinder and air fill
  • Weights and weight belt
  • Boat fuel included
  • Experienced and qualified team of skipper and dive guide/ boat guide
  • Shared aerial information

Excluded

  • Flights & taxes
  • Passports & visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch & Drinks
  • Equipment hire of: BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Mask & Fins.
    We have a full range available should you require any gear. Kindly notify us up front to secure your equipment needs.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • In all other cases we can arrange transfers to and from Port St Johns, on your behalf, if required. Kindly contact us for details and costs.

A typical day looks as follows

  • A buffet breakfast at 6:30 am, after which you will get into your wetsuits.
  • We will then launch the boat and look for sardine action according to the daily sardine reports and updates that we receive.
  • We will spend the day out at sea looking for and interacting with sardine bait balls and/or other marine life, i.e. whales, dolphins, sharks etc. The action we get will determine how we engage and interact with the animals, i.e. scuba dive on stationary bait balls, snorkel on fast moving bait balls, whales and dolphins and boat based viewing in low visibility. So there is always something to see.
  • The length of a sea day is determined by the action that we get and weather/sea conditions.

Things to bring

  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Warm waterproof jacket for the boat
  • Sea sick tablets
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2017 RATES APPLY FOR BOOKINGS CONFIRMED BEFORE 30 NOVEMBER 2017
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ZAR 22,100
PER PERSON

Price based on a per person sharing rate.

A single supplement rate of ZAR 24,100 will apply.

Non- diver / non-boat rider ZAR 8263 (sharing)

Arrival and departure days will be non-sea days.

  • Provisionally Booked
  • Trip A
  • Arrive
    21st June
  • Sea Days
    22 - 26 June
  • Depart
    27th June
  • BOOKED
  • Space Available
  • Trip B
  • Arrive
    27th June
  • Sea Days
    28 - 2 July
  • Depart
    3rd July
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  • Space Available
  • Trip C
  • Arrive
    3rd July
  • Sea Days
    4 - 8 July
  • Depart
    9th July
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  • Space Available
  • Trip D
  • Arrive
    9th July
  • Sea Days
    10 - 14 Jul
  • Depart
    15th July
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Shorter Package

We also offer a shorter 4 NIGHT 3 DAY package

Please note that this has to be taken within the dates of the 6 Night 5 Days package

SARDINE RUN COMBO PACKAGES

8 Night Combo

Includes:

2 Nights accommodation at the Aliwal Dive Centre B&B
2 Dives on the Aliwal Shoal
All transfers
Plus 6 night, 5 day Sardine Run Ocean Safari


6 Night Combo

Includes:

2 Nights accommodation at the Aliwal Dive Centre B&B
2 Dives on the Aliwal Shoal
All transfers
Plus 4 night, 3 day Sardine Run Ocean Safari

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Booking Conditions

A 50% deposit payable to Aliwal Dive Centre upon booking. This deposit is payable per person and is non-refundable as well as non-transferable. The outstanding balance is to be settled 60 days prior to the start of the trip in order to secure your booking. Any additional expenses are to be settled prior to guests’ departure. No refunds/credits will be given for cancellations beyond our control. NOTE: No refund/credits for cancellations with less than 30 days notice. No refund/credits for days cancelled due to unsafe weather and sea conditions.