Each year during May, June and July, vast shoals of sardines leave their cold-water home in South Africa’s temperate seas and travel north into the sub-tropical seas of South Africa’s Wild Coast. The shoals offer a bountiful feast to a host of predators including seabirds, game fish, marine mammals and sharks. It is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. This is the Sardine Run.
Experience marine wildlife watching at its most spectacular! It is an opportunity to be part of something that many of the world’s top marine biologists, wildlife photographers and filmmakers consider the most intense wildlife event in the world. You can view from the boat, snorkel on the ocean surface or do the Run with scuba gear.
We offer standard packages of 5 nights and 4 sea days. We offer tailor-made, longer packages or combinations of Sardine Run and Protea Banks for individuals and groups.
Coffee Bay is a small community located along the Wild Coast of South Africa, known for its breath-taking views and beaches. Here you can also find some of the best surf this country has to offer and the freshest seafood. Walking through the streets of Coffee Bay you will experience a rich Xhosa culture, plenty of livestock, and of course the local residents that came for a holiday and found themselves never leaving. Perhaps that’s what the magic of this place is all about, it engulfs you and although you may leave here, it will never leave you.
The area around Coffee Bay is rich in natural resources with fertile lands, beautiful indigenous flora and fauna, diverse wildlife, rolling hills dotted with rondavels (small African huts), and plenty of smiling faces and excited waves. The surrounding area is peppered with rugged cliffs and scenic views that make hiking a favourite. From local Xhosa’s to international travellers, excellent fishing and breath-taking views, Coffee Bay is a unique destination and remarkable in its own way.
Nestled virtually on the beach in a small magnificent bay between great towering cliffs and the sparkling Indian Ocean, the Ocean View Hotel is a treasured Wild Coast coastal-country hotel. The hotel is a hundred footsteps away from the shoreline, which makes it the perfect spot for sea lovers. The journey to the Ocean View Hotel in Coffee Bay is a treat on its own while driving through the Traditional African countryside. You will be stunned by the beauty and wildness of the terrain around you. A long winding road through open veldt, valleys and mountains with breath taking views on either side of you. The rooms are magnificent, comfortable and cosy.
The Ocean View Hotel is a home away from home, and the food is delicious. The facilities include a bar, deck and a pool for those who can’t get enough. The beach is 50 meters from reception. But the best is the heated equipment room! Why you may ask is this so important? It means you’ll have a dry wetsuit in the morning.
Price on request
- 4 day Sardine Run expeditions (minimum)
- 5 night’s accommodation
- 5 x day – breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Airport transfers. These can be arranged upon request
- Dive gear
- A 50% non-refundable deposit via wire transfers upon booking, with balance due 120 days before the start of the expedition.
- Less than 120 days before start date: 100% of the fee.
- No show: 100% of the fee.
- No credits will be given for cancellations beyond our control.
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If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then FREE cancellation applies up to 14 days before trip date.