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Dive Review of SEAL Expeditions/Mbotyi River Lodge in
Africa/East Cape, South Africa

SEAL Expeditions/Mbotyi River Lodge: "Sardine Run 2017", Jul, 2017,

by John Yavorsky, NJ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9775 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Best for experienced divers with strong swimming ability and able to climb into "rubber ducks" (RIBs) without ladder. Can be very cold in July (winter in SA, 49F at dawn) and rubber ducks can be very wet and cold with splashing waves, rain and wind in open boat all day. They had foul weather gear for over wet suits but didn't always have big enough sizes; best to take your own coat. Also sun can be brutal for 6+ hours in open boat: bring hats, gloves, lotion, towels, dry bag. Best sardine run in 10 years. In week got on SCUBA twice, 52 min. and 10 minutes for fantastic videos of sardine bait balls with dolphins, sharks and birds diving into the bait balls. It's very tough diving but can be fantastic. Note that Rubber Ducks launch from beach into surf, which is an adventure in itself.
Websites SEAL Expeditions   Mbotyi River Lodge

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 25 liveaboards and dozens of land-based world wide.
Closest Airport Durban Getting There fly to durban, SEAL will arrange van transport to Mbotyi

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 66-70°F / 19-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 5-30 Ft/ 2-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions mostly snorkeled bait balls
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Best to pack very light and use small camera and available light as you are swimming with moving bait balls.
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