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SARDINE RUN AND WILD COAST SHARK SAFARI

"The greatest shoal on earth!"

 

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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.

   

2017 Dates:

 June 11th - 21st 3 SPOTS AVAILABLE

2017 Price:

 $4395 per person double occ.

Trip Leader:

 Andy Murch
   

2018 Price:

 June 20th - 30th 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE.

2018 Price:

 $4495 per person double occ

Trip Leader:

 Andy Murch

 

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 dives whenever logistics permit.
Professional Dive Guide.
Weights and tanks.
All meals & hot and cold drinks on the boat.
 

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, 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

The Sardine Run is an adventure second to none but if you want even more adventure than just chasing sharks, whales and dolphins each day, explore the Wild Coast's pristine inshore reefs for even more sharks.

Species that we may see on the wild coast include: Natal, puffadder and dark shysharks, leopard and pyjama catsharks, spotted Gully Sharks and raggertooth sharks.

Offshore pelagic shark species that we may attract include: bronze whaler sharks, dusky sharks and oceanic blacktip sharks.

 

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

 

7 or 10 Nights accommodation in Port St Johns.

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

Afternoon shark 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 BUT FLEXIBLE ITINERARY!

Weather permitting, eah day we will head out on our sturdy RIB and hunt for birds diving on baitballs. Even if we do not locate baitballs everyday, we will likely still encounter transiting whales and dolphins to free dive with.

On most afternoons we will head to the reef and look for catsharks or chum offshore for pelagic species. Our daily movements will be based on the latest reports from our spotter plane, from fishermen and from the other Sardine Run boats that we communicate with.

This is our rough itinerary:

 

Day 1: Pick up at Durban Airport and transfer to the lodge.

 

Day 2-7 or 2-10: Launch from PSJ and spend the morning looking for baitballs. Reef dive looking for catsharks in the afternoon.

 

Day 11: Transfer to Durban Airport.

 

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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 National 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.com 

 

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

 

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