South Africa's Sardine Run
Ocean Adventurer 2 - Liveaboard Option

Tour Details, Schedules and Pricing

Sardine Run - photo courtesy of SEAL


Land-based and Liveaboard Options - This page details the Ocean Adventurer 2 liveaboard option for experiencing the Sardine Run. Follow this link to consider the Sardine Run Land-based Option.

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.

Ocean Adventurer 2 - The Ocean Adventurer 2 is an 82 foot twin-hull catamaran capable of comfortably sleeping and accommodating 8 dive guests + crew. OA2 is powered by 2 x 267 Hp John Deere diesels easily cruising at 15 knots with a top speed of 21 knots incredible range, fuel economy and speed exactly what is required for the ultimate Sardine Run diving platform. For extra diving mobility on the ocean OA2 also has 2 x 5.5m diving tenders onboard. This combination of diving platforms, power and efficiency has never been available on the Sardine Run before now. The Sardine Run range of operation onboard Ocean Adventurer 2 is upward of 400 nautical miles and spans the entire coastline south of East London and north of Port Edward to Durban, and beyond if required the entire area over which Sardine Run action has traditionally happened.

Ocean Adventurer 2 Accommodations - Onboard accommodation is provided through four cabins of either double or single bed configuration. OA2 has two heads including WC, shower, sink, and a steady supply of pressurized hot water. There are three cabins with either 2 x single beds or 1 x double-bed; and one cabin with 2 x single beds in bunk-bed layout. There is ample deck space, a charging station for electronic equipment, and a large LCD display unit for watching footage of the days diving and events, photographic slideshows, movies etc.

Liveaboard Cruise Duration - Eight (8) nights lodging onboard the Ocean Adventurer 2 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.

2014 Liveaboard Pricing - $ 5995 USD per person, based on twin share. Single Supplement surcharge of $500 on accommodations.

Expedition Dates for 2014 (contact Island Dreams for availability

Ocean Adventurer 2 Cruise Includes
Expedition Excludes
Basic Itinerary

* Transfers and International Flights - Guests will be greeted on arrival at East London Airport (ELS) by members of their SEAL team on Day 1, before being transferred to Ocean Adventurer 2 for welcoming evening BBQ, briefing and prep for the following days diving. Guests are requested to attempt an early arrival to facilitate a no-rush settling in and orientation. Guests arriving from long-haul origination points should consider arrival the day before if possible, in order to give 24 hours to acclimatize to the time zone change etc. In this case transfer pickup will be arranged with the guest at their hotel on Day 1 of their trip. Please enquire with SEAL for recommended accommodation providers for overnighting in your location of choice. Guests are also requested not to schedule departure flights ex Durban (KSIA) earlier than 15h00 on Day 9 of the trip.

Weather & Conditions - June/ July are winter months on the Wild Coast and wet weather is possible (though not always the case)

Dive Conditions - Conditions will vary from glass-like seas to flying through giant rollers in pumping winds - very exciting and sometimes strenuous. Safety is always the priority when on the water and the SEAL skipper will navigate accordingly. Visibility varies from 2 - 20m/ 6 ft - 60ft. As a safety precaution, we generally don't enter the water in less than 15ft of visibility.

Client Requirements

Minimum Equipment Required - Wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, regulator. We strongly recommend divers bring their own gear rather than hiring on location. Having gear that you are familiar and comfortable with is important for this type of adventure diving. SEAL staff will be on hand to carry equipment in transit, re-fill tanks etc. Rinse facilities are provided post diving.

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.

Medical Requirements

Insurance - Travel insurance is recommended for all guests and must be organized in their country of origin. SEAL includes full DAN coverage for all guests on the Sardine Run.

Power Supply - Voltage in South Africa is 230 - 240 V, 50 Hz. Guests may require a voltage converter depending on their country of origin.

Sardine Run - photo courtesy of SEAL


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:

For more information about SEAL, and the Sardine Run in South Africa:

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