The Greatest Shoal on Earth!
I can only describe it as the best natural event I have ever witnessed, and I have witnessed some pretty amazing things underwater. It happens when a band of cold water gets pushed up the coast by changing weather patterns. This band funnels massive shoals of sardines up the East coast of South Africa towards hungry predators waiting.
The action normally starts around Port Elizabeth and East London before reaching the Wild Coast and then onto the east coast. The area between East London and Port St Johns is located on the hot spot of this migration route and this area has brought the best action over past years.
Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Cape Gannets, Brides whales, Humpback whales, Dusky sharks, Copper sharks, Bull sharks, Black tip sharks, Ragged tooth sharks, Cape fur seals, even Sailfish can be seen in this area at this time. Our main goal is to find bait balls, but it does not go off every day.
On slow bait ball days, we will dive with dolphins, Humpback whales and sharks. This makes it the ultimate Ocean Safari. The run is unpredictable, weather is unpredictable – but the payoff is very rewarding!
Join Shark Explorers as we search for some unforgettable experiences.
6:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.
Wake up for an early breakfast at the lodge.
Transfer to the boat.
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
We’ll spend the day at sea searching for action (on non-sea days there will be land based activities planned).
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Head back to the lodge.
There will be dinner and a fire to end each exciting day.
|Trip Dates||20 – 30 June 2019
30 June – 10 July 2019
|10 – 20 July 2019
20 – 30 July 2019
|Arrival/Departure Location||Port of St Johns, South Africa|
|Included||9 days at sea (weather permitting)
10 nights accommodation
Meals – dinners, boat lunch, continental breakfast
Return transfers from Durban airport (noon pickup/drop off)
|Daily transfers to launch site and scenic drives
Shared aerial information
Cylinders, fills and weight belt
Experienced dive guides and skipper
Dive insurance/travel insurance
|Dive gear (can be rented if needed)
|Rates||ZAR 53.636 per person sharing (plus an additional ZAR 3.300 for a single supplement)|
|ZAR 37.5650 for private charter. Min 5 divers and Max 8+1 guide|
|ZAR 331.650 for a VIP charter. Max 4 divers OR|
|ZAR 82.912,50 per person for VIP charter for 4 divers|
Accommodation: The Creek lodge, that has Satellite TV and ensuite bathrooms.
Meals: Continental breakfast, packed lunch on the boat and dinners.
Equipment: Portable air compressor, 10lt dive tanks (DIN/INT), weight belts with 2-7 pound weights, spare: regulators, BCD’s, fins, masks for rent on site.
Boat: There are two boats in operation for this trip. Explorer 1 – 9 meter semi-rigid dive boat, 2 140hp 4-stroke Suzuki motors, GPS, fish finder, licensed by SAMSA for up to 40 miles offshore. Each carries 12 people.
About Shark Explorers
Shark Explorers offers uniquely customised shark diving, viewing and filming expeditions. They will help you plan and execute your ultimate shark diving experience or shoot, by making sure you are in the right place at the right time with the best chance of successfully encountering your shark of choice.
We at Shark Explorers believe that we can make a difference by showing people a positive experience with sharks. We don’t believe in misrepresenting them as potential killers for an adrenaline experience to sell tours. We do believe that sharks should be respected as the critically important predators they are.
Why TOV loves Shark Explorers
They are specialised in the following:
- Great White Sharks
- Blue & Mako Sharks
- Sevengill Sharks and Seals
- Seal Snorkeling
- The Sardine Run
- Global Expeditions
In collaboration with their friends and partners they also offer you Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Bull Sharks, Black tip Sharks, Bronze Whaler Sharks and Dusky Sharks. They will show you these misunderstood creatures like you have never experienced before.
Shark Explorers sets the standards and guidelines for responsible shark diving and interactions high. They provide a holistic experience which includes breaking down sensationalist, adrenaline-hyped advertising, treating sharks with respect, reducing the impact we have on them and their environment, educating divers about their behaviour and the threats they face.
Most importantly they want to show you the sheer beauty of these fascinating sharks and give you an experience you won’t forget.
Shark Explorers is active in several research, awareness and conservation projects involving sharks and rays around the world. Whether it’s sponsoring boats and equipment, assisting with fieldwork, or donating images and video, we’re passionate about contributing towards the conservation of sharks and the oceans.