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Our First Expedition: Sardine Run 2018 South Africa

Nomadic Scuba is designed for adventure, excitement, the opportunity to explore our blue world at its very best & of course, to have lots of fun! More importantly though, I understand that when you book a vacation the last thing you need to be doing is faffing around or finding small indifference’s between what you expect and what you receive. Not on this trip, this will be the trip that lays the foundations on the future of Nomadic Scuba & I would personally like to invite you to come with me on what promises to be a trip of a lifetime.

There are many locations on earth that we will be venturing to over the coming years and it has been difficult deciding which location would be best suited to be used for our initial adventure, but here we have it……

The South African Sardine Run, the largest shoal migration on Earth.

Shark Sun

Dusky Sharks, Bronze Whaler Sharks, Oceanic Black Tips, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins, Bryde’s & Humpback Whales, Sea Birds such as Cape Gannetts & Albatros……oh and a shed load of Sardines!

Here’s a sneaky peek video to wet your appetite…..

In arranging this expedition I have consulted several good friends within the dive industry and in particular the founders of Shark Guardian who (without delay) recommended Crystal Divers based in Scottburgh, South Africa. Having discussed the schedule, locations, accommodation, transfers & security with the owner Pieter I can only describe the whole adventure as sensational!

So, the schedule and more importantly the cost, here is the breakdown……..

5 Reef dives and 1 baited shark dive over the 1st 3 days

6 Days on the Sardine Run based out of Port St.Johns

1.5 Days Game Drive at the beautiful Tala Private Game Reserve


Days 2,3 & 4 5 Dives, 1 Baited. Aliwal Shoal

Prior to heading out to Port St.Johns we have a couple of days diving in Aliwal Shoal for 3 very good reasons – 1. Refreshing any in-water rusty areas, 2. World class diving with over 1200 species of aquatic life, 3. Getting comfortable in the water with Sharks.

Pieter’s team are highly experienced shark divers that will provide us with all the necessary skills required to dive safely in the largest congregation of predators on earth.


Day 5Transfer to Port St.Johns by bus

The transfer is by bus and the route takes approximately 6 hours


Days 6,7,8,9,10 & 11Full Day Unlimited Sardine Run Diving

The main element of the expedition will be conducted by ribs. Many of the operators covering the Sardine Run launch from the beach and have to judge/ time or even cancel days due to the waves breaking on shore. Crystal Divers operate directly from the accommodation which is set in the estuary and therefore do not have the launch issue. We aim to be out on the boat for a full day, but if the majority decide its enough for one day then we can simply head on home for a hot shower and a beer at the bar.

On many of the outings we will be seeking out the Sardine balls and with the ridiculous amount of experience the skipper and boat team have we will find ourselves jumping overboard to snorkel on many occasions. We carry sufficient tanks so that when slower bait balls are located we gear up and get in there. Bear in mind that a lot of the action does occur near the surface so I would estimate 70% snorkel, 30% Dive.


Days 12,13Tala Private Game Reserve & airport Transfers

How could we visit SA without having the opportunity for seeing more spectacular animals. We transfer to Tala, have a Game Drive day & then rest in luxury for the final evening of the expedition with a mornings Game Drive conducted prior to transfers to King Shaka International Airport after lunch.


Whats Included?

All of the diving, 12 nights accommodation, airport and St.Johns transfers, Breakfast, lunch & dinner (packed lunches on the boats), Cylinders & fills, experienced boat skipper & crew, dive weights & belts, dive permits, Crystal Dive welcome pack (including hoody, boat coat, flask, cap).


Unique Additional Inclusions From Me To You

  1. Shark Guardian hoody & T-shirt (I’ll request sizes before the trip)
  2. A copy of the expedition movie produced and edited by me
  3. Unique expedition t-shirts
  4. An opportunity for budding photographers to learn/ improve the “Night Sky” shots
  5. Free advice/ skills workshop on video editing
  6. 4th July celebrations
  7. Lifetime Platinum VIP Status with Nomadic Scuba to be used for discounts on future bookings
  8. Me, your personal guide to deal with any issues before, during or after the trip (not that I envisage any issues at all).


Whats not included?

Dive gear rental, passport visas, international flights, beverages, additional land excursions/activities, gratuities, personal insurance (I will send a link for awesome coverage), tips, items of a personal nature.

Dates – 24th June – 6th July 2018

Price – 4500 USD

20% Deposit secures your place, don’t miss out on what promises to be an exceptionally good adventure. Latest payment of deposit – 31st December 2017

Here’s a link to the Dropbox file with a few underwater pictures and the Blue Marlin accommodation…

If you have any questions or would like to say “hell yeah, count me in!” then please let me know soonest. Following deposit I will confirm your personal requirements with regards to accommodation preferences, dive equipment (if needed), dietary requirements etc.

For further questions or queries please get in touch via:


2 thoughts on “Our First Expedition: Sardine Run 2018 South Africa

  1. Is this last year?

    1. Hi Carly, This was July 2018. We are heading back out there in July 2019 with a wicked package deal that is amazingly under US$3000. If you would like to know more, please feel free to join our mailing list and if that’s not quick enough you can also find us through social media and obviously comment here. 8 days chasing fish, sharks and whales sound good to you?

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