“PE” is also known as the ‘friendly city’ and you’re certain of a warm welcome on this stretch of South Africa’s coastline. PE is firmly on the marine wildlife map for two reasons – just offshore is the equivalent of a whale freeway, used by migrating humpback whales during the southern hemisphere winter months. In April and May, this area is the epicentre of the annual Sardine Run – a remarkable natural phenom that sees immense shoals of sardines gather to feed in the nutrient-rich waters. Packed together like, well, sardines, they attract the attention of every imaginable predator, including sharks, schools of dolphins and hungry whales, while seabirds dive in from above to snatch a snack. Experienced local dive operators can get you close to the action for unbelievable experiences.