The annual great Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon which usually occurs during the months of June and July, 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. Once they've laid their eggs, they return to the Cape, closely followed by thousands of dolphins, birds, fish of prey, whales and sharks. The ocean awakes and the thrill is simply indescribable.
Adventures is offering Sardine Run Packages along the Wild Coast. We
set up our base at Coffee Bay where we accommodate our divers in the
lovely Ocean View Hotel. It is the best Coffee Bay has to offer and
we believe, divers must be comfortable after a hard day's 'work' We
offer standard packages of 6 nights and 5 activity days at sea.
After Breakfast at 7am we make our way across the most picturesque coastline to the Hole in the Wall from where we launch our boat. We offer sandwiches and water on the boat and often find that we are on the hunt for hours and hours. The excitement often makes us forget about the food. We return to base no later than 16h00 and while our staff is preparing the boat and equipment for the next day, our divers travel back to the hotel where we all meet again for dinner.
Due to huge
logistics involved in moving the base to this remote village, the
packages don't come cheap. Divers will have to decide upfront if
such a once in a life experience is worth its price or not.
In the olden days it
was said that as soon as the Aloes bloom on the South Coast, the
Sardines will start running.
When the Sardine Run starts, it starts just north of Port Elizabeth and moves up the coast pretty quickly. Many operators book up all accommodation along the Wild Coast and sell packages to experience the Sardine Run. As nobody can foresee the exact time of the run, the risk lies with the diving public. They have to book their package which is very expensive due to the remoteness of the area. If there are no sardine activities during the booked time, there is no refund. If and when the Sardine Run happens, it will definitely come past Margate and Shelly Beach and usually go as far as Hibberdene with a few pockets reaching Durban.
Our customers do not have to take any risk at all. Our prices stay the same all year round and if there are no sardines, we keep on diving Protea Banks as usual. If however, the sardines run, we do exactly the same as everybody else and are in the midst of the activity. Only then do our Sardine Run rates apply and our customers still have the choice on a day to day basis if they want to participate in the Sardine Run or rather dive the Sandtigers on the Caves of Protea North.
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