Sardine Run

WHY BOOK YOUR SARDINE RUN EXPERIENCE WITH US?

Meet your hosts, Vernon & Cindy Malyon.

We at Spotted Grunter Resort are a family run business, providing you with a homely stay, home cooked meals and a family atmosphere. Your comfort at our resort and enjoyment of the Sardine Run are vitally important to us. Welcome to our home! Here are a few reasons you should book your experience of the Sardine Run with us at the Spotted Grunter Resort in Port st Johns:

  • We are ideally situated in the heart of the Wild Coast, perfectly situated to provide you with the best opportunities of sardine action.
  • We have our own private slipway into the Umzimvubu River and Jetty, ensuring you embark and disembark with ease and comfort.
  • We are locally based in Port st Johns and have local knowledge of the sea, its conditions and where the action is.
  • Our skippers are local with safety being their number one priority, and have a network with other operators, sharing information on where the action is to be found.
  • We offer you the complete package, we collect you and return you to the airport, you stay with us and dive with us.
  • You choose the dates that you want to dive and we will fit you in, availability dependent.
  • We are at the mercy of Mother Nature, so, on bad weather or sea condition days we provide alternate activities to keep you entertained. Hiking or road tripping to view places of interest, for example, Magwa Falls, The Gap, Mermaid Pools, Umgazana and local viewing sites.

The Sardine Run is an annual phenomenon dubbed the Greatest Shoal on Earth by the BBC. Large shoals of these little silver fish, more commonly known as the Natal Sardine, move eastwards, up the Wild Coast on the East Coast of South Africa. These fish take advantage of the cooler water on the Continental Shelf that occurs seasonally as a narrow band between the coast and the warm southward flowing Agulhas Current. The favourable cooler conditions are only temporary and many predators in the form of dolphins, sharks, game fish, whales and birds gorge themselves on this abundant supply of food.

The sardines form bait balls just below the surface in an attempt to protect themselves from these predators, offering the ideal way to view this remarkable occurrence up close. Whether you are a seasoned scuba diver, snorkeler or and adrenalin junkie viewing from the boat, Port st Johns is ideally situated to offer you the best chance of viewing this spectacular annual event.

Launches take place every day from the Spotted Grunter Resort in Port st Johns, weather and conditions dependent. Accommodation, dinner, bed and breakfast as well as a packed lunch is included in the packages as listed below. Should we not be able to launce due to foul weather or conditions, alternative trips are on offer to visit some of the most beautiful spots on the Wild Coast by road, for example, Magwa Falls, Waterfall Bluff, Mermaid Pools and more. Transit to and from Durban can be arranged at a reasonable rate.

We are up early each day to have breakfast at 6.30 am and thereafter be ready to launch with all our kit. We will head out to see to look for activity and interact with bait balls and marine life. The way we interact will be determined by what we encounter. Scuba dive on stationary bait balls or snorkel on moving bait balls. Interacting with whales, predators and birds from the boat in poor visibility conditions. The time we spend out at sea depends on the action and conditions. Make sure you bring protection from the sun as well as warm clothing.

RATES & PACKAGES

We are locally based in Port st Johns. You stay with us at Spotted Grunter Resort, therefore we can tailor your Sardine Run trip to suit you.

Sharing Rates

Option 1

R 18,000
00
Sharing
  • 3 Ocean Days
  • 4 Nights

Option 2

R 24,000
00
Sharing
  • 4 Ocean Days
  • 5 Nights

Option 3

R 29,800
00
Sharing
  • 5 Ocean Days
  • 6 Nights

Option 4

R 35,750
00
Sharing
  • 6 Ocean Days
  • 7 Nights

Option 5

R 41,000
00
Sharing
  • 7 Ocean Days
  • 8 Nights

Option 6

R 46,500
00
Sharing
  • 8 Ocean Days
  • 9 Nights

Single Rates

Option 1

R 19,200
00
Single
  • 3 Ocean Days
  • 4 Nights

Option 2

R 25,600
00
Single
  • 4 Ocean Days
  • 5 Nights

Option 3

R 31,800
00
Single
  • 5 Ocean Days
  • 6 Nights

Option 4

R 38,150
00
Single
  • 6 Ocean Days
  • 7 Nights

Option 5

R 43,800
00
Single
  • 7 Ocean Days
  • 8 Nights

Option 6

R 49,700
00
Single
  • 8 Ocean Days
  • 9 Nights

Accommodation is Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with a lunch pack for sea days. Our rooms can be viewed here. Transit from Durban International or Umtata airport can be arranged upon request.

A non-diving partner will pay R1500 per night sharing for accommodation. Arrangements can be made for your partner to join you on the boat for viewing/snorkeling. This will depend on space availability.

Package includes:

  • Sea viewing/diving trips (weather and conditions dependent, at the discretion of the skipper).
  • Dinner, Bed & Breakfast accommodation as well as a packed lunch pack.
  • Cylinder and air fill.
  • Weight Belt.
  • Skipper, dive master/guide, fuel.

Excluded:

  • Flights and taxes
  • Passports and visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Additional food and drink
  • Equipment hire
  • Gratuities
  • Transfers (can be arranged)
  • Personal items

Contact us to book your Sardine Run experience with us.