Category Archives: South Africa

Supermoon & Rough seas warnings on the coastline for next week

As reported by NASA (credit : Live Science, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), skywatchers will be able to view the “supermoon” this Monday Nov. 14th. The Moon is expected to be 14% larger in size and 30% brighter. Start watching from Sunday onwards to see how the Moon changes into a “Supermoon”.

However, in South Africa, the moon is not expected to be as spectacular. It is suggested to look at it on the horizon, because of the well-known optical illusion of looking bigger when rising on the horizon, says astronomer Mark Bailey, emeritus director of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland. Supermoons are actually quite common and there is on average one every 14 months. (credit  AFP, TimesLIVE, TMGDigital, 10 November, 2016).

With supermoons, comes the warning of rough seas, strong rip currents and higher tides combined with spring tides on the coastline.20161113_164118


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 🙂 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!