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SARDINE RUN AND WILD COAST SHARK SAFARI

"The greatest shoal on earth!"

 

Sardine Run birds diving

shark diving the sardine run

 

 

Expedition:

Bait ball diving with sharks, dolphins and whales. Plus expedition style shark diving on South Africa's 'Wild Coast'.

Location:

 Port St Johns on the Wild Coast of South Africa .

Accommodation:

 Land based lodge

Experience Level:

Intermediate. Open Water certification required. Must have good buoyancy and be comfortable around big animals.

   

2019 Price:

 June 30th  - July 10th FULL

2019 Price:

 $4495 per person double occ

Trip Leader:

 Andy Murch
   

2020 Price:

 June 30th  - July 10th 6 SPOTS AVAILBLE

2020 Price:

 $4495 per person double occ

Trip Leader:

 TBA

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED ON THE SARDINE RUN & WILD COAST SHARK DIVING SAFARI:

10 Nights accommodation in Port St Johns.

All meals while in PSJ.
Airport transfers from Durban.
Daily transfers to launch site.
9 mornings of chasing bait balls attended by dolphins, whales and sharks.

Spotter plane.

Occasional afternoon shark feeds and reefndives whenever logistics permit.
Professional Dive Guide.
Weights and tanks.
All meals & hot and cold drinks.
 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

Flights, alcohol, personal dive gear, crew gratuities. Spotter plane rides (if you want to see the Sardine Run from a different perspective).

 

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN SARDINE RUN

Possibly the most spectacular event you will ever have the chance to witness in the ocean, the world famous Sardine Run is an epic migration of millions of baitfish along the coast of Southern Africa. This yearly spectacle attracts marine mega fauna in their thousands. You may see enormous whales, schools of sharks, super-pods of dolphins and flocks of diving birds, all feasting on the river of fish at the same time. Witness nature in all its glory!

 

PLUS...

 

THE WILD COAST SHARK SAFARI

Weather permitting, when the action is slow we will chum for offshore pelagic shark species. Anything can show up on the Wild Coast but the three species that we regularly attract are bronze whaler sharks, dusky sharks and oceanic blacktip sharks.

 

Dusky shark diving on the Sardine Run in South Africa.

 

If the visibility is suitable inshore, we will also reef dive to see raggedtooth sharks aka sandtiger sharks. There are one or two reefs close to Port Saint John where these ferocious looking sharks sometimes gather in great numbers.

 

Raggedtooth sharks

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED ON THE SARDINE RUN & WILD COAST SHARK DIVING SAFARI:

 

10 Nights accommodation in Port St Johns.

All meals while in PSJ.
Airport transfers from Durban.
Daily transfers to launch site.
9 mornings of chasing bait balls attended by dolphins, whales and sharks.

Afternoon shark feeds or dives whenever logistics permit.
Professional Dive Guide.
Weights and tanks.
All meals & cool drinks on boat.
 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED: flights, alcohol and dive gear.

 

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Join me on the Wild Coast and witness the greatest show on earth!

 

 

AN ACTION PACKED ITINERARY!

 

Day 1: Pick up at noon at Durban Airport and transfer to our lodge in Port Saint Johns.

 

Day 2-10: Weather permitting, each day we will head out on our sturdy RIB and hunt for birds diving on baitballs. Even if we do not immediately locate bait balls, we will likely still encounter transiting whales and dolphins to free dive with.

On some afternoons we will head to the reef and look for raggedtooth sharks or catsharks or chum offshore for pelagic species such as dusky sharks, bronze whalers and smooth hammerheads. Our daily movements will be based on the latest reports from our spotter plane and from local boats that we communicate with.

 

Day 11: Early morning transfer to Durban Airport.

 

wild coast shark diving

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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