Category Archives: eastern cape

The sardine run is on !!!!

Every year, the Sardine Run natural phenomenon takes place along the east coast of Africa, with sardines swimming up the Agulhas current from the¬†south waters¬†¬†of Africa up along the east coast to Mozambique passing along PORT ELIZABETH;¬† No need to say that with the sardines, comes all the predators looking for their protein-rich sardine concentrate ūüôā those are the whales (who take this opportunity….nature works wonders, to go up the stream to the warm Mozambique channel to have their calves), the sharks, the dolphins, the gannets (those are incredible birds looking like kamikaze planes hitting the sea surface and swimming deep to catch the sardine…) incredible sights!

Nelson Mandela Bay offers all this “sardine run” procession a haven, a place to rest during storms and high swells, so get to book your outing, for the day, or for the week OUT THERE and DO NOT MISS this opportunity! Contact Rainer at expert-tours¬†or Louis at Prodive

Sardine Run

Opening of the season with lots of fun and activities

Today, 16th December, tradition obliges, will see the official opening of the season in Nelson Mandela Bay with a fireworks and laser show tonight a the Pier of Hobie Beach, Summerstrand.

Weather forecasts report a hot, sunny, beautiful weekend and crowds of holiday makers should flock the beach this weekend! Go go Nelson Mandela Bay Port Elizabeth!!!!

Do not miss also the Seafood Festival held at the Noordhoek Fish Club on the 17th and 18th December!

Diversnight at Hobie Beach – 3 Nov

The 7th Annual Diversnight took place tonight at 20:11, at Hobie Beach with Prodive, attempting to reach a new world record of night scuba divers. Diversnight took place in numerous parts of the world, as part of a tradition started in Norway in 2005; About 3000 scuba night divers are expected to take part in this reasonnably new diving event.

The weather in PE could not have been better, with a light breeze, flat sea and a reasonnably good vis!

Gale force winds in the bay are common in Sept/Oct

The months of September and October in the Bay¬†are usually windy with some gale force wind storms bringing into the Bay high seas and spectacular sights.¬† On Sept 1, 2008, gale force winds combined with high tides and the solstice caused¬†swells of between seven to¬†12 metres¬†into the bay….causing damages to the shore and infrastructures.¬†

Almost a year later, on Oct 27, 2009, winds as high as 150km/hour hit the bay in the night, causing major damages to the Yacht Club marina and along the shore.

World Rhino day

The 22nd is “world rhino day”, and the WWF¬†is¬†calling for an end to rhino poaching, which as you all know (!) threatens the survival of the rhino.¬† South Africa which has most of the species in the world, has recently¬†increased¬†its protection policy with¬†more severe prosecuting¬†and sentencing.¬†Nevertheless, numbers reported in the Press are indicating 287 rhinos decimated for the use of their horns,¬†16 or more of which were the¬†endangered black rhino.

“This action must be met with a corresponding commitment by countries in Asia where consumer demand for rhino horn is inciting poachers” (source:

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