Tour Details, Schedules and Pricing
SEAL Expedition Details - The Sardine Run is an adventure scuba diving and sea safari expedition which takes place off the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa, in the June & July. Sardine Run location is predominantly out of Port St Johns, though we work a huge territory of water both north and south of there - dependant on the action. Each expedition is led by a dedicated full-time SEAL Team guide with a mandate to create the best possible experience for all SEAL guests. SEAL has several 32' twin-engine dive boats available - each fitted to accommodate 12 divers. We limit the number to 8 divers, or snorkelers, per boat for everyone's comfort. (Further down this page you will find details of the new Liveaboard option for the Sardine Run).
Land-based Tour Duration - Eight (8) nights lodging with full board, seven (7) days on the water (weather dependent), offering the best possibility of success. This time period will allow for bad weather scenarios and variable degrees of marine activity.
2015 Pricing - $ 4295 USD per person, based on twin share. Single Supplement surcharge of $500 on accommodations.
Expedition Dates for 2016
Accommodations - Accommodation is 3-star luxury hotel/lodge with full amenities and excellent service. At our Mbotyi location we utilize the wonderfully situated Mbotyi River Lodge. 30 km south at our Port St Johns location, we use the services of the Outspan Inn situated at the mouth of the mighty Umzimvubu River. Spectacular vistas over this wild and undeveloped part of Africa, wonderful cuisine and warm South African hospitality make for an incredible atmosphere for our SEAL Teams in this beautiful region.
Land-based Expedition Includes
*Transfers & International Flights
Days 2 - 8
06h45 - Full breakfast (packed breakfast supplied for occasional 06h30 launches)
07h00 - Microlight launches and begins recon
08h00 - SEAL Teams launch
11h00 - Light lunch and refreshments available onboard throughout the day
14h30 - Approximate time back in harbour - dependent on action and weather conditions
16h00 - Afternoon optional activity - horse riding, sundown cocktails, trail-hikes
19h00 - 3 course dinner, next day activity planning and good times - SEAL style
Day 9 - Transfer back to Durban International Airport (arriving 2:00 p.m. earliest) for short internal flight to Johannesburg.
Water Temperature - The Indian Ocean is the warmer of the 2 oceans bordering South Africa. We're diving in the winter season where water temperatures will vary between 59 - 70 F/ 15 - 21 C. A 5mm wetsuit will most often suffice with booties, hoody and gloves recommended. A 7mm semi-dry will be appropriate for divers who get cold easily. In ideal Sardine Run conditions, the water temperature will be in the range 59 - 65 F.
Physical Fitness - The Sardine Run can be physically challenging and a base fitness level is recommended though not essential. The more fit the participant the more enjoyment of the experience. Divers with pre-existing medical conditions must stipulate when signing the expedition waiver documents. A full medical is recommended for divers with pre-existing health conditions.
Power Supply - Voltage in South Africa is 230 - 240 V, 50 Hz. Guests may require a voltage converter depending on their country of origin.
SEAL Safety Promise - The Sardine Run is the most challenging of our suite of SEAL Expeditions. That said, the accident potential is minimal, largely due to our knowledge of the environment and our taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of our guests, both on and off the water. SEAL equipment and communications technologies are state of the art and include:
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