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Sardine Run - Port St. Johns - per person sharing

Port St. Johns

Activity Description

The sardine run of Southern Africa occurs from May through to July. Billions of sardines (Sardinops sagax) spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa. Their numbers of sardine create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. The run, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs annually between May and August when a coastal current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique.

In terms of biomass, researchers estimate the sardine run could rival East Africa’s great wildebeest migration. However, little is known of the phenomenon. It is believed that the water temperature has to drop below 21 °C in order for the migration to take place. The sardine shoals are often more than 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 meters deep. These shoals are clearly visible from spotter planes or from the surface.

Drawn to this mass migration is a diverse array of marine predators. These include the Common dolphin (Delphinus capensis), Cape gannet (Morus capensis), Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus), Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus), Dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) and Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera brydei) amongst others. In addition, Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are continuously encountered on the sardine run. Whilst not attracted to the sardines per se, these leviathans pass through the sardine run on their northern migration from Antarctica to Mozambique’s summer breeding grounds.

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
WhenThe sardine run is between June and July so dates will be depending on the year.
WherePort st Johns
WeatherThis activity is very weather dependent but we will let you know ahead of time if the boat will not go out.
What to WearOn the boat trips, you will wear your diving gear.Warm/waterproof jacket.
Things to BringBring your diving/ snorkelling gear if you have. If you don't, kindly get in contact with us and we will supply these at an extra cost.
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed on the boat and in the accommodation.

Requirements

Minimum Age16 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Rates include:-
6 night dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation in a double/Twin room
5 ocean days (weather permitting)
Sardine run ocean safari footage
Comprehensive packed boat refreshments (lunch)
Wetsuit, mask and fins
weight belt
Diver( Snorkeler )permit
Experienced sardine run skipper & dive guide

Exclusions

Rates exclude:-
Drinks / items of a personal nature
Additional chargeable land based activities i.e. guided hiking etc.
Dive gear rental – must please be pre-arranged
Transfers
Dive / travel insurance
Air fares / taxes
Passports / visas

Notes

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