Sardine Run Packages from 9th June 2024 to 22nd June 2024

Member of Sardine Run Professional Association

Join ALIWAL DIVE CENTRE for an amazing fun filled trip on the Sardine Run. Our staff has over 20 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 adrenalin enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy this amazing spectacle of nature.

ALIWAL DIVE CENTRE bases itself at Wave Crest Hotel and Spa along the Southern Transkei, Wild Coast and have been doing the sardine run on this coast line for over 20 years, therefore our skippers and dive guides have an extensive knowledge and experience of where to find the best “action” for our clients.

The greatest shoal on earth’

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 nights accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast
  • 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


  • Flights & taxes
  • Passports & visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch at the resort
  • 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 (10% of your trip price is recommended for your skipper and dive guide)
  • Transfers can be arranged on request 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, ie whales , dolphins , sharks etc. The action we get will determine how we engage and interact with the animals, ie 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

All prices exclude equipment hire.

View our Terms & Conditions by clicking here.


The Full Experience

6 NIGHT 5 DAY package

(Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)
Price is based on a per person sharing rate.
Arrival and departure days will be non-sea days.

  • Space Available
  • Trip A
  • Arrive
    9th June
  • Sea Days
    10th - 14th June
  • Depart
    15th June
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  • Space Available
  • Trip B
  • Arrive
    16th June
  • Sea Days
    17th - 21st June
  • Depart
    22nd June
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Sardine Run Aliwal Add-On


2 Nights accommodation at the Aliwal Dive Centre
Bed & Breakfast
2 Reef Dives on the Aliwal Shoal
Air, cylinder and weights/belts


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. No refund/credits for cancellations with less than 30 days notice. No refund/credits for days cancelled due to unsafe weather and sea conditions.