Bird Diving Port St Johns



The ultimate Ocean Experience is waiting to unfold before your very eyes... 

we have now included an African Game Farm experience as part of our package for 2017


The trip consists of 3 days diving on the Aliwal Shoal, prior to leaving for the South Coast to dive the Sardine Run. Like any expedition, a dive trip of this magnitude required some preparation time. In these two days, we will make it our business to ensure you are fully prepared to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. You will arrive at the South Coast ready to dive, and having remedied any of those little diving related set-backs that we all know, can ruin a trip. 

The Aliwal Shoal in itself, is enough to keep any diver happy. With numerous pristine dive sites spread across the 1.5km wide, 5km long shoal. The shoal is also home to over 1200 different species of fish, some of which are endemic to the shoal and found no where else in the world. Also making the Shoal their seasonal home, are a range of apex predators. Oceanic Black Tip, Grey Nurse and Tiger Sharks are three of the main attractions on our baited shark dives. Along with the sharks, you will also encounter dolphins, turtles, stingrays and a variety of smaller wonders of the sea.

You will then be transported to Port St. John's, where you will spend the next 6 days experiencing some of the best diving that the world has to offer. While diving the Sardine Run, we will be following dolphins, whales, seals, penguins, sharks and birds chasing bait balls formed by hundreds of thousands of sardines, red eye and anchovy. This phenomenal congregation of predators occurs annually from May to July.

We offer a boat based adventure for everyone, whether a diver or non-diver. All nature lovers, bird watchers, photography enthusiasts, dolphin and whale enthusiasts, snorkelers and scuba divers will thoroughly enjoy this incredible event of nature, which has been likened to the land based “Wildebeest migration of the Serengeti” and the marine equivalent of this has since been called....

“The Greatest Shoal on Earth”.

The expedition concludes on a Private Game Farm where we get to experience the beautiful African landscape while surrounded by an incredible selection of game. 

​Take a minute to peruse the finer details of our sardine run package and book your spot today. join us for an experience of a lifetime in the most beautiful and scenic place of Port St. John’s, Wild Coast, Transkei, the gateway to magnificent the Sardine Run

"Crystal Diver South Africa aims to provide a specialist service for the discerning dive traveler. We continuously research and improve our package components to ensure the best possible experience for our guests" 

" The largest congregation of predators on the planet" ​

  • Day 1: Arrive Durban Airport – Transfer to Scottburgh and overnight at the Blue Marlin Hotel

  • Day 2: 2 x dives Aliwal Shoal

  • Day 3: 2 x dives Aliwal Shoal

  • Day 4: 2 x dives Aliwal Shoal

  • Day 5: Transfer to Port St. Johns— Overnight Port St. John's

  • (5 Hour bus ride)

  • Day 6: Full day Unlimited Sardine Run Diving

  • Day 7: Full day Unlimited Sardine Run Diving

  • Day 8: Full day Unlimited Sardine Run Diving

  • Day 9: Full day Unlimited Sardine Run Diving

  • Day 10: Full day Unlimited Sardine Run Diving– Overnight Port St. John's

  • Day 11: Full day Unlimited Sardine Run Diving

  • Day 12: Tala Private Game Reserve - Transfer / Game Drive

Day 13: Game Drive / Airport Transfer to King Shaka (Durban) International Airport

Package Costs:

Diver Package – per person sharing: 4450$ USD

Non-Diver Partner – per person sharing: 4250$ USD

What’s included?


  • 5 reef dives and 1 baited shark dive

  • Welcome pack from Crystal Divers SA

  • 12 nights accommodation

  • Transfers to and from airport /accommodation /Port St. John's.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with a lunch pack at sea for 5 dive days

  • 6 Sardine Run dive days at Port St. John's

  • Cylinder and airfills

  • Weight belt and weights

  • Diver permits

  • Highly qualified team of Skipper and in-water guide/ boat guide


What's excluded?


  • Dive Gear {can be hired} - Equipment rental of BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask,& Snorkel. We have a full range available should you require equipment. Kindly notify us in advance to secure your equipment needs

  • Additional land based activities

  • Items of personal nature

  • Beverages

  • Gratuities

  • Taxes / flights

  • Passport / visas

  • Personal Insurance 

Have a WHALE of a TIME with Crystal Divers South Africa - where 'out of this world' adventures, become a fun-filled reality!


Diving Aiwal Shoal and Port St John's - Sardine Run


Crystal Divers South Africa 


+27 73 398 5021


180 Scott St, Scottburgh, 4180, South Africa

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