SARDINE RUN

CONQUER THE THE GREATEST SHOAL ON EARTH

Are you ready to discover, dive and experience South Africa’s Sardine Run – the worlds greatest marine event? If the answer is yes, then you have to join me on our next Sardine Run expedition. Here you will open yourself to one of the worlds most challenging but rewarding SCUBA diving expeditions!

The Sardine Run in South Africa is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular marine events. Annually, from May to July, vast shoals of sardines migrate from their temperate-water home off South Africa’s southern coast and travel north-east into the sub-tropical coastal waters of the Wild Coast. Following the shoals is an unparalleled concentration of marine predators including seabirds; sharks; game fish and marine mammals.

When predators meet prey, a feeding event of unmatched proportions begins. Thousands of common dolphins charge after the shoals, separating them into densely packed bait balls and driving them to the surface. Watched by the omnipresent Cape gannets, an aerial assault on the sardines occurs when tens of thousands of gannets begin their spectacular plunge diving displays. Below the birds, the bait balls are easy pickings not only for dolphins, but also for shivers of bronze-whaler, dusky and blacktip sharks. The final player, is the behemoth Bryde’s whale. Its huge mouth can decimate an entire bait ball in a single lunge.

Each year I guide a special expedition for enthusiastic photographers and videographers to capture and film the sardine run expedition. Due to space constraints (with production equipment), I restrict the number of guests to six on the expedition. To learn more about how you can join me, connect with me below

6 Night Expedition

$2700

5 days expeditions
6 Nights accommodation 
3 meals / day
SCUBA kit
Local transport

EXPEDITION SHOWREEL

Expedition details

 

  • Dates:  May & June Annually
  • Location: East London - South Africa
  • Group size: 6
  • Vessel - Blue Wilderness's Marcus Express
  • Temp Water: 17 - 19' C

EXPEDITION PHOTOGRAPHS

Marine life

MARINE LIFE

Seabirds - Sharks - Whales - Dolphins - Marine Mammals - Baitballs. the sardine run has it all

Common dolphins

COMMON DOLPHINS

The brains of the sardine run, working together to shoal the sardines into tight baitballs

Humpback Whales

HUMPBACK WHALES

Moving coastwards on their reproductive migration - 100's of humpbacks are spotted on each sardine run expedition. 

Swimming birds

SWIMMING BIRDS

View the cape gannets actively swimming underwater as they chase down sardines and baitfish

Seals

SEALS

Playful marine mammals make their way to the sardine run to gorge on baitfish

Sharks

SHARKS

Multiple opportunistic species of sharks concentrate at the Sardine Run

Scenery

SCENERY

Witness the spectular rugged beauty of South Africa Wild coast

Safari

SAFARI

Enjoy a 'bad weather' day Safari in Africa

Encounters

ENCOUNTER

Unforgettable in water encounters with the oceans biggest creatures

Document the greatest shoal on earth - South Africa's Sardine Run

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