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The Sardine Run Expedition

Where the jungle meets the ocean’s edge: An astounding diving paradise that will leave you exhilarated, enchanted, and speechless!  During the last weeks of April and the first weeks of May, a beautiful, natural event occurs off of the coast of Chocó: Millions of sardines migrate north along this Pacific Coast, attracting an array of predators to enjoy the feast.  Predators include Yellow Fin Tuna, distinct shark species such as Tiger and Grey Reef, spearfish, dolphins, rays, as well as an abundance of diving seabirds.  This natural phenomenon happens once a year and if you are lucky enough to see it, there are not many experiences that beat it—especially when combined with the stories and experience of knowledgeable, local guides and hosts.

When you are not on a boat or in the water searching for the sardines, you can be walking through the jungle to secret waterfalls, surfing the Pacific breaks, enjoying a relaxing day at the beach, bird-watching, or simply swinging in a hammock at the remote eco-lodge as you watch the endless, breath-taking ocean vista.  The combination of diverse ecological activities, opportunities to engage with local culture of the Emberá people, time to relax, and to nourish your body with delicious local food, will make your stay so pleasant that you will most-assuredly never want to leave!


Experience Needed

  • Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent/higher)
  • Snorkelling experience


Ideal For

  • People who are:
    • Passionate about the ocean;
    • Craving a remote ecotourism experience at its finest; with hospitality second to none, and days of rejuvenation that will keep you daydreaming for months on end;
    • Adrenaline seekers;
    • Relaxation seekers;
    • Photographers.



  • Day 1:
    • Meeting and pickup in Medellín airport (José María Córdova International Airport)
    • Welcome evening and Expedition preparation
    • Night in Medellín
  • Day 2:
    • Departure from Medellín–Nuquí (a small charter plane from Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport)
    • Boat ride from Nuquí to Punta Brava
    • Day to acclimatize
  • Day 3:
    • Breakfast
    • Sardine search!
    • Lunch
    • Free afternoon or guided hikes in the jungle
    • Supper
  • Day 4:
    • Breakfast
    • Sardine search!
    • Lunch
    • Free afternoon or guided hikes in the jungle
    • Supper
  • Day 5:
    • Breakfast
    • Sardine search!
    • Lunch
    • Free afternoon or guided hikes in the jungle
    • Supper
  • Day 6:
    • Breakfast
    • Sardine search!
    • Lunch
    • Free afternoon or guided hikes in the jungle
    • Supper
  • Day 7:
    • Return to Nuquí
    • Flight to Medellín
    • Farewell meet up and closing evening
    • Night in Medellín
  • Day 8:
    • Transportation to the airport (José María Córdova International Airport)



  • Transport to and from airport in Medellín
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Medellín (the night before the Expedition and the last night prior to departure)
  • Flights from Medellín–Nuquí–Medellín (small charter plane)
  • Transportation from Nuquí–Hotel Punta Brava–Nuquí
  • National Park entrance fee/tax
  • 5 Nights accommodation at Hotel Punta Brava
  • Certified CUE Instructor and Guide with extensive knowledge and experience
  • All dive gear (i.e., fins, mask and snorkel, BCD, regulator, weights, tank)
  • Transportation to the dive sites
  • ~4 Dives + lots of snorkelling!
  • All meals as indicated above, plus two snacks per day
  • Water and/or non-alcoholic beverages during Expedition
  • CUE expedition t-shirt


Not Included

  • Transport/flights to and from Medellín upon initial arrival and final departure
  • Extra baggage weight on flights (max allowance: 10kg checked and 5kg carry on)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Wetsuit and booties (Note: Water temperature ~23 °C)
  • Personal dive computer and compass
  • Tips for local guides, operators, and eco-lodge staff (recommended)
  • Optional items or experiences beyond what is included in this Expedition package (e.g., professional underwater digital dive photos–Inquire with CUE for more information!)
  • What’s not specified


Recommendations/Optional Items

******PACK LIGHT******

  • Fins with boots
  • Water shoes
  • Dive computer and compass
  • Underwater camera/GoPro (housing and accessories)
  • Hat
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Sunscreen (look for reef-friendly options and bring A LOT!!)
  • After sun cream
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses (polarized is a recommended option)
  • Bug spray
  • Small day pack
  • Dry bag (if you are bringing valuables)
  • Quick dry towel


Expedition Dates

  • 2016 Dates
    • April 22–28
    • May 1–7
    • May 10–16
  • 2017  Dates
    • April 21–28
    • May 1–8
    • May 10–17


Not Available

Tour Informations

Tour type: Specific Date
Maximum People: 10

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Adult discount

# Title Number Discount
1Group Discount55%
2Group Discount1012%
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