They say the sardine run is one of the most spectacular shows on earth. Imagine experiencing it from a fish's perspective! That's what you can do around June every year when the sardine run occurs along the east coast of South Africa. Take the plunge and view it underwater at Cathedral Rock.

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Nearby Waterfall Bluff is one of only seven waterfalls in the world that drop directly into the ocean.

For the underwater photographer and adventurous diver, you will find the Wild Coast, when conditions are favourable, offers some of the most diverse and exhilarating diving available in South Africa.

This is where the warm Mozambique current mingles with the more temperate Agulhas current, offering a marine habitat to both warm and cold water species of marine fauna and flora.

Fish diversity – as well as the smaller reef creatures such as nudibranches and marine tropicals – are abundant, reef topography is stunning and sharks, including Zambezi’s (Bull sharks), bronze whalers (copper sharks), tigers and ragged tooth, are encountered on most dives. This coastline is also home to some of the most romantic stories of lost treasures aboard some of the oldest wrecks in the country, dating as far back as 1552.

The annual sardine run, however, is the highlight and is a must for any avid underwater photographers. It is a truly amazing phenomenon and can be experienced in its full glory at Cathedral Rock. Though the diving is very temperamental on this stretch of coast, and not for the timid, there are a number of window periods during the year allowing divers to take advantage of the amazing diving, research and photographic opportunities that this special place has to offer.

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Who to contact

Offshore Africa Dive Charters, Port St JohnsTel: +27 (0)84 951 1325

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