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For many years the Pondoland Wild Coast has shrouded its secrets from the masses and to this day is a little known and forgotten part of South Africa’s East coast. This stretch of coastline is regarded as the most dramatic stretch of coastline on the continent of Africa and truly lives up to its name…the “Wild Coast”. Port St Johns lies exactly in the middle of this amazing stretch of coast.
Offshore Africa is the only locally based operator based in Port St John’s year round. They are official permit holder of the Pondoland M.P.A. (marine protected area) dive operator permit, which allows their boats and divers access to scuba dive during the sardine run and on the reef systems.
For the offshore photographer, divers will find that the WILD COAST, when conditions allow, offers some of the most diverse and exhilarating diving available in South Africa. The fish diversity, as well as the smaller reef creatures such as nudibranchs and marine tropicals, are in abundance, the topography is stunning and sharks incl: Zambezi’s, bronze whalers, tigers and ragged tooth are encountered on most dives.
The annual sardine run is a must for any avid offshore/underwater photographers list of places to go, things to see, and amazing events to capture on film….it is a truly amazing phenomenon and can be experienced in its full glory based from Port St Johns.

Accommodation

  • 1 Port St John’s River Lodge

    Situated on the mighty Umzimvubu River, Port St. John’s River Lodge provides luxury accommodation, personal attention and excellent cuisine.

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More accommodation options available on request.

Dining

Port St John’s River Lodge offers a comprehensive a la carte restaurant and fully licensed bar.

Sardine Run

The annual sardine run ocean safari is running from mid-Jun to end of July and can continue into the month of August, therefore the dates can and will be extended depending on the action at the time.
Offshore Africa is the only operator that is able to offer a “home base knowledge” package for the Sardine Run Ocean safari as They are based in Port St John’s all year round and are ideally located to offer you a superb, fun-filled trip, coupled with highly experienced sardine run specialist teams of skippers and dive guides.
See Packages & Dive Sites for more info.

Equipment Rental

Dive equipment prices based per day.

  • Full set 23$

Facilities

  • Dive Center
  • Equipment Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Lobby/Reception

Services

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport Transfer
  • Land Tours

Activities

River cruises – “Bobalong” 30 seater river barge – perfect for sundowner trips (approximately 2 hours) & specialized itineraries i.e. parties/function etc
2-hour ocean experience trip – take a look at the beautiful Wild Coast from another angle, with the possibility of sighting our resident bottlenose dolphins
Photographic ocean excursions – half day to either Waterfall Bluff OR Brazen Head/Umgazana river estuary system
Annual humpback whale migration – June – November is the annual humpback whale season, for those wishing to see whales
The annual sardine run ocean experience

Getting There

All international flights arrive and depart through three airports in South Africa viz –  Cape TownInternational airport, King Shaka international in Durban and OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg.  From there a domestic flight to Durban, Umtata, Margate or East London is required
Charter flights can be arranged directly to the small Port St Johns airstrip if you would prefer to fly rather than be driven or self-drive.
King Shaka international airport in Durban (K.S.I.A.) is approximately 6 hours drive from Port St John’s. Car rental facilities are available at the airport.
Umtata airport, as a domestic connection via SA Air link (UTT code), is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Port St John’s and is highly recommended due to the proximity and short travel time to Port St John’s.  There are 4 flights in and 4 flights out per day and the aircraft is a smaller one. Flights are operated by S.A.Airlink. (refer to optional add on’s below).  There are also car rental facilities at the airport.
East London airport, as a domestic connection, is approximately 4 hours drive to Port St John’s. There is a car rental facility at the airport.
Margate airport now offers a small domestic airline “CEMAIR”.  Margate is approximately 4 hours drive to Port St John’s.  Car rental facilities are available from this small airport.

Optional Add On's
1. Transfers from Umtata airport, which is only 1.5 hours drive from Port St John’s  (UTT airline code for SA Airlink domestic airline from Johannesburg) ZAR 1190.00 – 7 seater vehicle one way only.  The rate is per vehicle.
2. Transfers from Umtata airport, which is only 1.5 hours drive from Port St John’s (UTT airline code for SA Airlink domestic airline from Johannesburg) ZAR 1450.00 – 15 seater vehicle one way only.  The rate is per vehicle.
ZAR 150.00 one way rate for trailer

2018 Sardine Run Ocean Safari Season 15th June – 25th July.

Customised Packages Available Upon Request

  • 4 Nights 3 Ocean Days Sardine Run Ocean Safari

    price: 1441 USD

    WHERE
    Port St John’s

    WHEN
    15th June – 25th July 2018

    MARINE LIFE
    Common dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins
    Humpback whales
    Dusky sharks
    Ragged tooth sharks
    Copper aka bronze whaler sharks
    Cape gannets
    Albatros
    White Chinned petrels
    A variety of sardine species

    PACKAGES INCLUDE
    4 Night accommodation at  Port St John’s River Lodge based on twin/double share room. 
    3 Ocean days, weather permitting
    Dinner, bed & breakfast
    Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
    Full and exclusive aerial support with our gyrocopter & pilot
    Tanks, weights, weight belt
    Diver permit to dive within marine protected area
    Images of all surf launch days & additional sardine run ocean safari footage

    PACKAGES EXCLUDE
    Drinks/items of a personal nature
    Additional chargeable land-based activities i.e. guided hiking, afternoon gyrocopter flights
    Dive gear rental.  Dive gear must please be pre-booked.
    Transfers – can be arranged ex Umtata airport to Port St John’s.  R 1190.00 per vehicle (one way) 7 seater vehicle.  R 1450.00 per vehicle (one way) 15 seater vehicle.  R 150.00 extra for a trailer. Flights are all ex Johannesburg via SA Airlink, who currently have 4 scheduled flights daily
    Dive/travel insurance
    Airfares/taxes
    Visas

    NOTES
    We can arrange transfers ex Durban King Shaka airport.  Travel time is 6 hours to Port St John’s and must be done during daylight hours.
    We highly recommend flying in ex Johannesburg to Umtata airport as travel time to Port St John’s is only 1.5 hours.
    Port St John’s River Lodge is our preferred 3-star lodge.  We can tailor make packages for 4-star accommodation.

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  • 5 Nights 4 Ocean Days Sardine Run Ocean Safari

    price: 1856 USD

    WHERE
    Port St John’s

    WHEN
    15th June – 25th July 2018

    MARINE LIFE
    Common dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins
    Humpback whales
    Dusky sharks
    Ragged tooth sharks
    Copper aka bronze whaler sharks
    Cape gannets
    Albatros
    White Chinned petrels
    A variety of sardine species

    PACKAGES INCLUDE
    5 Night accommodation at  Port St John’s River Lodge based on twin/double share room. 
    4 Ocean days, weather permitting
    Dinner, bed & breakfast
    Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
    Full and exclusive aerial support with our gyrocopter & pilot
    Tanks, weights, weight belt
    Diver permit to dive within marine protected area
    Images of all surf launch days & additional sardine run ocean safari footage

    PACKAGES EXCLUDE
    Drinks/items of a personal nature
    Additional chargeable land-based activities i.e. guided hiking, afternoon gyrocopter flights
    Dive gear rental.  Dive gear must please be pre-booked.
    Transfers – can be arranged ex Umtata airport to Port St John’s.  R 1190.00 per vehicle (one way) 7 seater vehicle.  R 1450.00 per vehicle (one way) 15 seater vehicle.  R 150.00 extra for a trailer. Flights are all ex Johannesburg via SA Airlink, who currently have 4 scheduled flights daily
    Dive/travel insurance
    Airfares/taxes
    Visas

    NOTES
    We can arrange transfers ex Durban King Shaka airport.  Travel time is 6 hours to Port St John’s and must be done during daylight hours.
    We highly recommend flying in ex Johannesburg to Umtata airport as travel time to Port St John’s is only 1.5 hours.
    Port St John’s River Lodge is our preferred 3-star lodge.  We can tailor make packages for 4-star accommodation.

    Book now
  • 6 Nights 5 Ocean Days Sardine Run Ocean Safari

    price: 2272 USD

    WHERE
    Port St John’s

    WHEN
    15th June – 25th July 2018

    MARINE LIFE
    Common dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins
    Humpback whales
    Dusky sharks
    Ragged tooth sharks
    Copper aka bronze whaler sharks
    Cape gannets
    Albatros
    White Chinned petrels
    A variety of sardine species

    PACKAGES INCLUDE
    6 Night accommodation at  Port St John’s River Lodge based on twin/double share room. 
    5 Ocean days, weather permitting
    Dinner, bed & breakfast
    Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
    Full and exclusive aerial support with our gyrocopter & pilot
    Tanks, weights, weight belt
    Diver permit to dive within marine protected area
    Images of all surf launch days & additional sardine run ocean safari footage

    PACKAGES EXCLUDE
    Drinks/items of a personal nature
    Additional chargeable land-based activities i.e. guided hiking, afternoon gyrocopter flights
    Dive gear rental.  Dive gear must please be pre-booked.
    Transfers – can be arranged ex Umtata airport to Port St John’s.  R 1190.00 per vehicle (one way) 7 seater vehicle.  R 1450.00 per vehicle (one way) 15 seater vehicle.  R 150.00 extra for a trailer. Flights are all ex Johannesburg via SA Airlink, who currently have 4 scheduled flights daily
    Dive/travel insurance
    Airfares/taxes
    Visas

    NOTES
    We can arrange transfers ex Durban King Shaka airport.  Travel time is 6 hours to Port St John’s and must be done during daylight hours.
    We highly recommend flying in ex Johannesburg to Umtata airport as travel time to Port St John’s is only 1.5 hours.
    Port St John’s River Lodge is our preferred 3-star lodge.  We can tailor make packages for 4-star accommodation.

    Book now
  • 7 Nights 6 Ocean Days Sardine Run Ocean Safari

    price: 2687 USD

    WHERE
    Port St John’s

    WHEN
    15th June – 25th July 2018

    MARINE LIFE
    Common dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins
    Humpback whales
    Dusky sharks
    Ragged tooth sharks
    Copper aka bronze whaler sharks
    Cape gannets
    Albatros
    White Chinned petrels
    A variety of sardine species

    PACKAGES INCLUDE
    7 Night accommodation at  Port St John’s River Lodge based on twin/double share room. 
    6 Ocean days, weather permitting
    Dinner, bed & breakfast
    Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
    Full and exclusive aerial support with our gyrocopter & pilot
    Tanks, weights, weight belt
    Diver permit to dive within marine protected area
    Images of all surf launch days & additional sardine run ocean safari footage

    PACKAGES EXCLUDE
    Drinks/items of a personal nature
    Additional chargeable land-based activities i.e. guided hiking, afternoon gyrocopter flights
    Dive gear rental.  Dive gear must please be pre-booked.
    Transfers – can be arranged ex Umtata airport to Port St John’s.  R 1190.00 per vehicle (one way) 7 seater vehicle.  R 1450.00 per vehicle (one way) 15 seater vehicle.  R 150.00 extra for a trailer. Flights are all ex Johannesburg via SA Airlink, who currently have 4 scheduled flights daily
    Dive/travel insurance
    Airfares/taxes
    Visas

    NOTES
    We can arrange transfers ex Durban King Shaka airport.  Travel time is 6 hours to Port St John’s and must be done during daylight hours.
    We highly recommend flying in ex Johannesburg to Umtata airport as travel time to Port St John’s is only 1.5 hours.
    Port St John’s River Lodge is our preferred 3-star lodge.  We can tailor make packages for 4-star accommodation.

    Book now
  • 8 Nights 7 Ocean Days Sardine Run Ocean Safari

    price: 3102 USD

    WHERE
    Port St John’s

    WHEN
    15th June – 25th July 2018

    MARINE LIFE
    Common dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins
    Humpback whales
    Dusky sharks
    Ragged tooth sharks
    Copper aka bronze whaler sharks
    Cape gannets
    Albatros
    White Chinned petrels
    A variety of sardine species

    PACKAGES INCLUDE
    8 Night accommodation at  Port St John’s River Lodge based on twin/double share room. 
    7 Ocean days, weather permitting
    Dinner, bed & breakfast
    Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
    Full and exclusive aerial support with our gyrocopter & pilot
    Tanks, weights, weight belt
    Diver permit to dive within marine protected area
    Images of all surf launch days & additional sardine run ocean safari footage

    PACKAGES EXCLUDE
    Drinks/items of a personal nature
    Additional chargeable land-based activities i.e. guided hiking, afternoon gyrocopter flights
    Dive gear rental.  Dive gear must please be pre-booked.
    Transfers – can be arranged ex Umtata airport to Port St John’s.  R 1190.00 per vehicle (one way) 7 seater vehicle.  R 1450.00 per vehicle (one way) 15 seater vehicle.  R 150.00 extra for a trailer. Flights are all ex Johannesburg via SA Airlink, who currently have 4 scheduled flights daily
    Dive/travel insurance
    Airfares/taxes
    Visas

    NOTES
    We can arrange transfers ex Durban King Shaka airport.  Travel time is 6 hours to Port St John’s and must be done during daylight hours.
    We highly recommend flying in ex Johannesburg to Umtata airport as travel time to Port St John’s is only 1.5 hours.
    Port St John’s River Lodge is our preferred 3-star lodge.  We can tailor make packages for 4-star accommodation.

    Book now
  • 9 Nights 8 Ocean Days Sardine Run Ocean Safari

    price: 3251 USD

    WHERE
    Port St John’s

    WHEN
    15th June – 25th July 2018

    MARINE LIFE
    Common dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins
    Humpback whales
    Dusky sharks
    Ragged tooth sharks
    Copper aka bronze whaler sharks
    Cape gannets
    Albatros
    White Chinned petrels
    A variety of sardine species

    PACKAGES INCLUDE
    9 Night accommodation at  Port St John’s River Lodge based on twin/double share room. 
    8 Ocean days, weather permitting
    Dinner, bed & breakfast
    Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
    Full and exclusive aerial support with our gyrocopter & pilot
    Tanks, weights, weight belt
    Diver permit to dive within marine protected area
    Images of all surf launch days & additional sardine run ocean safari footage

    PACKAGES EXCLUDE
    Drinks/items of a personal nature
    Additional chargeable land-based activities i.e. guided hiking, afternoon gyrocopter flights
    Dive gear rental.  Dive gear must please be pre-booked.
    Transfers – can be arranged ex Umtata airport to Port St John’s.  R 1190.00 per vehicle (one way) 7 seater vehicle.  R 1450.00 per vehicle (one way) 15 seater vehicle.  R 150.00 extra for a trailer. Flights are all ex Johannesburg via SA Airlink, who currently have 4 scheduled flights daily
    Dive/travel insurance
    Airfares/taxes
    Visas

    NOTES
    We can arrange transfers ex Durban King Shaka airport.  Travel time is 6 hours to Port St John’s and must be done during daylight hours.
    We highly recommend flying in ex Johannesburg to Umtata airport as travel time to Port St John’s is only 1.5 hours.
    Port St John’s River Lodge is our preferred 3-star lodge.  We can tailor make packages for 4-star accommodation.

    Book now
  • 10 Nights 9 Ocean Days Sardine Run Ocean Safari

    price: 3633 USD

    WHERE
    Port St John’s

    WHEN
    15th June – 25th July 2018

    MARINE LIFE
    Common dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins
    Humpback whales
    Dusky sharks
    Ragged tooth sharks
    Copper aka bronze whaler sharks
    Cape gannets
    Albatros
    White Chinned petrels
    A variety of sardine species

    PACKAGES INCLUDE
    10 Night accommodation at  Port St John’s River Lodge based on twin/double share room. 
    9 Ocean days, weather permitting
    Dinner, bed & breakfast
    Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
    Full and exclusive aerial support with our gyrocopter & pilot
    Tanks, weights, weight belt
    Diver permit to dive within marine protected area
    Images of all surf launch days & additional sardine run ocean safari footage

    PACKAGES EXCLUDE
    Drinks/items of a personal nature
    Additional chargeable land-based activities i.e. guided hiking, afternoon gyrocopter flights
    Dive gear rental.  Dive gear must please be pre-booked.
    Transfers – can be arranged ex Umtata airport to Port St John’s.  R 1190.00 per vehicle (one way) 7 seater vehicle.  R 1450.00 per vehicle (one way) 15 seater vehicle.  R 150.00 extra for a trailer. Flights are all ex Johannesburg via SA Airlink, who currently have 4 scheduled flights daily
    Dive/travel insurance
    Airfares/taxes
    Visas

    NOTES
    We can arrange transfers ex Durban King Shaka airport.  Travel time is 6 hours to Port St John’s and must be done during daylight hours.
    We highly recommend flying in ex Johannesburg to Umtata airport as travel time to Port St John’s is only 1.5 hours.
    Port St John’s River Lodge is our preferred 3-star lodge.  We can tailor make packages for 4-star accommodation.

    Book now
  • Sardine Run Ocean Safari Info

    The Sardine run is an ocean-related experience. Bearing in mind that the ocean realm is susceptible to weather conditions on a day to day basis and that we are dealing with nature, for those wishing to scuba dive or snorkel with the action, we highly recommend a 6-night package stay
    This allows for bad weather scenarios and variable degrees of marine activity.

    OUR PERSONAL WORDS TO YOU ABOUT THE SARDINE RUN

    The sardine run is one of the hardest products in the dive industry to market and to work with. The main reason being is that every outing is dependent on what nature offers us on that particular day. BUT…it is not just about sardines and baitballs…  It has been and is still rated to be the marine equivalent of the famous Wildebeest migration that takes place on the Masai Mara and Serengeti plains of central Africa and is just as thrilling and spectacular to witness whether above surface or underwater. Just the number of oceanic predators and birdlife make this an enthralling experience and offers phenomenal photographic opportunities both above and below the water.

    Every year the run is different, with good years and bad years.

    Something that few people realize or read about regarding the Sardine run is the fact that aside from sardine ((Sardinops Sagax), there are at least another  5 or 6 species of baitfish doing their own mini or not so mini migrations at the same time. (Anchovies, sugar mackerel, redeye herring, East coast herring, Sauri & a few more) Each of these species attracts predators in all shapes and sizes and is preyed upon at every given opportunity.
    Some of the above species have a tendency to “ball” as a defensive strategy, as sardine does, while others just scatter and create chaos.
    A few things are guaranteed on every outing: – huge pods of dolphin sometimes numbering in their thousands, numerous species of sharks (if visibility allows) are seen individually or in large packs on most “jump-ins”.
    A huge variety of oceanic birdlife including the well-known Cape Gannet, which arrives in their thousands, 5 species of Albatross, Petrels, Cormorants, Terns and of course, through it all, we have the annual Humpback whale migration offering loads of breaching and surface displays due to the topography of the coastline.
    The attraction of it all is the fact that one just never knows what one will come across or experience on any given day.

    The “Baitball” phenomena

    We must admit that the “baitball” phenomenon has been oversold in the industry! One must also remember that most documentaries of the sardine run were made over a period of a few years and the film crews would do as we do today…go out, search, sit, and wait…day after day and finally taking advantage on whatever Mother Nature gives us.
    Unfortunately, a lot of people have an impression of getting on a boat and heading out to sea for a couple of kilometres, kitting up and jumping in immediately with a bait ball…. back by lunchtime…. everyday!  If only…...!!!!!
    There are occasions and sometimes over a few consecutive days where one does get this lucky opportunity and can experience everything one could ever dream of about the sardine run in one day. (Even the “Sardine run” we knew growing up on this coastline played out in the same unpredictable way)
    The general concept is to spend as much time out at sea as possible, which will in turn increase one’s chances of experiencing something special. It can be hard on the body as we sit out in most conditions and the diving can be very fast paced and energy-sapping on some days.
    The other side of it is the fact that operators could travel a couple of hundred kilometres in a day to find action, stay with it and wait for the right opportunity to get in with it. (Visibility can be temperamental if action is too close to shore etc.)
    Being winter period, weather and sea conditions are constantly fluctuating and changing, which in turn the sardine and other baitfish species, as well as the predators, react to.
    Things have also changed over the last 5-6 years and not just with the sardine run as we grew up knowing it. Worldwide the environment is changing and increasing pressure is being placed on nature and her resources. Climate change, habitat destruction, overfishing or over-harvesting of natural resources to an ever-increasing population…all have played a role in the so-called sardine run of today Despite the above, it still has a lot to offer and is still rated to be one of the top ocean experiences to be at the top of an ocean enthusiast bucket list.

    SCUBA DIVING VS SNORKELLING

    A tough one! Basically, we can encounter two types of action, each offering their own dive or photographic opportunities:

    FAST PACED OR POPCORN ACTION

    As mentioned previously, each of the prevalent baitfish species found travelling at the same time as Sardinops Sagax have their own defensive strategy to evade, repel and confuse predators.
    Fast-paced action is action on the move and generally indicates that the predators are feeding on bait such as Sauri and halfbeak, which have a tendency to move fast, scatter and just generally create chaos. Under these circumstances, the only way to take advantage of this is to intercept, jump in, and watch the action pass by, jump back on the boat and do it all over again. It doesn’t often give one enough time to don Scuba and take advantage of it. There are times where this form of action can go on for days and can be very tiring. Nevertheless, each time one jumps in one has the opportunity to see or photograph something special.

    STATIONARY ACTION OR “THE BAITBALL”

    This is what everyone looks for and hopes for. This scenario occurs when the common dolphin starts feeding on baitfish that have a tendency to ball as a strategic defence.
    (These species can include Redeye herring, anchovy, and sugar mackerel.)
    Once the dolphins have captured a ball and brought it to the surface, this then allows enough time to get SCUBA equipment on to dive with the action.
    A stationary baitball can last anything from a few minutes up to a few hours regardless of the baitfish species being fed on. These “balls” can pop up on any day and at any time.
    There are days when nothing at all is really happening…
    These kinds of days are humpback whale days and we try our best to keep clients entertained with whatever nature will offer us on this day. Should things be unusually quiet for some reason, there are a number of reef systems that can be explored on scuba, most offering shark sightings, and particularly ragged tooth shark. We also have a broken up but interesting wreck that ran aground in the 2nd world war, which lies in shallow water. All scuba diving depends on the visibility on that particular day.

    When is the best time to come?

    It is difficult to tell anyone when the best time is to come, but anytime between our anticipated dates will have something to offer. A lot of operators punt the last week of June and the first 2 weeks of July…Whichever way one looks at it, no operator is able to offer any guarantees of good vs. quiet action days. The general consensus is anytime from the 10 June – 20 July. (There are years where it can and has gone on into August)
    The best advice that we can offer you is to experience the sardine run with an open mind. It is still one of the most amazing marine experiences one could ever partake in and offers endless photographic opportunities both topside and underwater. The bait ball is the cherry on top so to speak.
    Out of all the operators offering the run annually over a time period spanning the past 15 years, very few people have walked away empty handed and without lasting memories. We look at it like going to a casino…put hard earned cash on the blackjack table and take a gamble!!!
    One thing you will find is that we at Offshore Africa go the extra mile to make sure our clients get the best possible experiences on any given day.

    One last mention on cameras
    The sardine run ocean experience is not just about what happens underwater, it is also about the amazing events that happen on the surface too…so don’t be shy to bring your surface camera out on the boat with you. Our boats do have dry boxes for your camera or alternatively, you can get yourself a small dry bag to keep it safe and close by.


    MINIMUM DIVE QUALIFICATIONS

    Recreational scuba divers are to have a recommended minimum certification level of advanced diver and be able to sustain the level of fitness required on the sardine run. An Open Water diver qualification linked to sufficient experience in the ocean realm will be accepted upon discussion with us.  It must be understood that the sardine run is a high risk and fast action event, resulting in this trip being rated as “strenuous” and it is often done in limited visibility diving.  It is aimed at the adventure seeker.
    Sharks are often encountered under water and intense and fast-moving action is the order of the day when sardines meet their predators.

    A TYPICAL DAY ON SARDINE RUN OCEAN SAFARI TRIP
    Daily outings last for approximately 6 – 8 hours depending on sea conditions and the amount of activity about. With the action being fast and furious in conjunction with variable sea conditions, long boat rides and the whole day out at sea, outings can prove strenuous, therefore it is recommended that clients be relatively fit.

    Departure time is usually between 07h30 and 08h00 and return time depends on the action on the day.  We are usually the last boats in each day, giving our clients a full day out at sea, capitalizing on whatever Nature has to offer.

    Each morning at around 07h30, our boats will head out from the Umzimvubu River, Port St John’s and after a typical and highly exciting African surf launch, crew will start looking for all types of action, from whales, dolphins and ocean bird action to the little silver sardine type action. Our skippers will be in touch with our “eye in the sky” gyrocopter pilot for an update on sightings.  Sardine activity is usually sighted from large flocks of cape gannet sightings or by the more trusted large pods of common dolphin activity.  Our communication with our pilot and other networks is vast and we are also in communication with Natal Sharks Board members that conduct regular flights further afield. Our local knowledge of “hiding” places also comes into play here and all avenues are explored to find action for you.

    Once the action is located, our experienced crew will determine whether this action is fast moving, necessitating snorkel viewing, or more static, whereby we can go straight onto scuba equipment for those wishing to use scuba gear.  First-hand action will be experienced by snorkellers, divers and boat based passengers, which ensures an exciting day out for everyone where no one is left out of all the excitement that nature brings with her.

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