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:
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.
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.
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.