Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

SUPER CLOSE SHARK ENCOUNTERS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

14 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 3m
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we got into the water we had to huddle up really close because of the viz, this made our shark action great beyond belief with the sharks having to get REALLY close before we could see them. We had at least 15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and we also had a Tiger Shark come in, bumped the drum around for a bit then made his way.

TIGER, MANTA AND SO MUCH MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

13 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius at top, 19 degrees at bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: In the caves we had 3 Ragged Tooth Sharks. We also had 3 Potato Bass and a massive Musselcracker. As we started to multi-level we had a Turtle swimming around below us. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: After a few minutes of baiting we got a MASSIVE TIGER SHARK on our drum. Below him we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark circling around. They stayed around for about 5 minutes or so then disappeared into the distance. After that the action on the drum stopped. So we grabbed a reel and headed down to the reef. We had at least 4 Round Ribbontail Rays, 2 Potato Bass and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. Mid water we had another 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and just as we were about to get out we had a MANTA RAY CIRCLING US FOR A FEW MINUTES!!!!...... CRAZY DIVE!!!!!!

We also saw a Manta Ray very briefly from the boat.

CRAZY TIGER SHARK DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

12 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius at top, 19 degrees at bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Potato Bass staying around with us. On our way to the caves we had a TIGER SHARK!!!!!!!!! In the caves we had 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks just chilling around. We spent most of our bottom time with them but we also had another 3 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: As soon as we got in the water we had a MASSIVE TIGER SHARK cruising around our drum!!!!!!!! AMAZING INTERACTION WITH THE DIVERS AND HE STAYED AROUND FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES giving us an unbelievable show but as the first Oceanic Blacktip Shark came flying in, he then made his way into the distance. In total we had 7 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark right before we got out the water!!!!!!!!!!!

MANTA, MARLIN AND SO MUCH MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

11 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius at top, 20 degrees at bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. On the reef we had 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks chilling around in the caves and we also had 2 Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. Right as we started to multi-level we had a MASSIVE MANTA RAY pass right underneath us!!!!!!!!!!! WWWWHHHHOOOOHHHHOOO!!!!!! Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy. On our safety stop we had MARLIN pass right by us!!!!!! AMAZING WAY TO END THE DIVE!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Started off with only one shark on our drum. After a few minutes we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. Lots of Rainbow Runners.

TIGER SHARK INTERACTION AND LOADS AND LOADS OF GAMEFISH ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

10 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild reverse
Viz: clean at top and bottom, dirty midwater
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius at top, 20 degrees at bottom

Southern Pinnacle: On the way out to Protea Banks we saw a Manta Ray. On the dive it started very slow. On the Southern Cave we had so so so many gamefish: Green Job fish, Tropical Yellowtail and so much more just swirling around us. Mid water a TIGER SHARK sneaked in to say hi ... WOW EPIC. For the rest of the dive the Remora's felt it was their responsibility to entertain us until a cheeky Oceanic Blacktip shark popped in. Also a huge shoal of Bonito came flying past. On the way back we saw a Turtle from the boat. Actually a really really good dive.

AMAZING SHARK INTERACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

9 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: We started our dive of with 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and more joined in. In total we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out. We also had a TIGER SHARK passing in the distance !!!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Potato Bass and 2 Mussel Crackers stay around for our bottom time. We also had so many schools of fish all over and a Round Ribbontail Ray right before we started to multi-level. Mid water we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark.

TIGER AND SO MUCH MORE SHARK ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

8 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10-15m
Sea Temp: 23 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As soon as we got in the water we had a TIGER SHARK on our drum!!!!!!!!!!! He stayed around for a minute or two then as soon as the first Oceanic Blacktip Shark came flying in, he disappeared into the distance. For the rest of the dive we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. On the reef we had a Round Ribbontail Ray and a beautiful Honeycomb Moray Eel. Lots and lots of fish all over. Mid water we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark.

REALLY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

5 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 3-5m
Sea Temp: 23 degree Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As soon as we dropped the drum in the water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks already on the drum. A pod of about 30 Dolphins also came in to check out the drum then made their way in the distance!!!!!! For the rest of the dive we had about 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. With the water being so dirty we had a amazing dive because we could only see the sharks when they got REALLY CLOSE making it quite a exhilarating experience!!!!!!!

Dolphins seen from the boat!!!

PROTEA SHOWING HER COLD SIDE!!!!!! BBBBRRRRRR!!!!

4 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS 

Current: none
Viz: 5m top, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 23 degree Celsius top, 15 degree Celsius bottom!!!!

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 4 Round Ribbontail Rays and a Potato Bass that stayed around with us. Lots of beautiful Reef fish and Nudibranches all over. As we started to multi-level we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: As we got to the reef we had a Potato Bass. Trigger fish, Rainbow Runners and much more all over. Mid water we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark with lots of interesting Jellyfish and Plankton.

Flying fish seen from the boat!!!

RAGGIES ARE HERE FOR NOW !!!!!!!!!! WWWWHHHOOOHHHHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Medium
Viz: 5m top, 10-15m bottom
Sea Temp: 23 degree Celsius top, 16 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1- Northern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Got to the caves and had 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks and 3 Potato Bass chilling inside. We stayed around with them for our entire bottom time then as we started to multi-level we had a Round Ribbontail Ray and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had at least 5 Potato Bass, a beautiful Honeycomb Moray Eel and Devil Firefish. Had the 2 Ragged Tooth Shark and a Potato Bass in the cave again and the rest of our bottom time was spent with them. Right before we started to multi-level we had a Oceanic Blacktip Sharks.

Dolphins seen from the boat.

BRRRRRRRR ... BRRRRRRRR .... BRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 8m top, 15m bottom
Sea Temp: 8m top, 15m bottom

Northern Pinnacles: Came down through really warm water into what can only be described as "freezing water" .... brrrrrrrrrr. Once the body was fully frozen, we started to enjoy the dive. About 4 Ragged-tooth sharks in the caves as well as a Brindle Bass. As we got out the cave there were a few more Ragged-tooth sharks mingling around. Also loads of Potato Bass. Mid water we had a dance of 3 Round Ribbontail Rays for about 10 minutes - it was magical. Also some Oceanic Blacktip sharks in and out, and some circling on the safety stop. Besides the cold, it was an really good dive.

RAYS VERY CURIOUS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!

31 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5-10m top, 15m bottom
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius top, 18 degree Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive:We had Shark action straight away. Started off with 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and more joined in. In total we had about 15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks all on the drum. We also had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays coming up from the bottom for a quick look then back to the reef.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a Round Ribbontail Ray shooting up to check us out then back to the reef. On the reef we had at least 15 Round Ribbontail Rays, 5 Potato Bass and a Brindle Bass. We also had a beautiful Honeycomb Moray Eel and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and another 3 Round Ribbontail Rays come up from the reef.

SHARKS ALL OVER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!

30 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 5m top, 20m bottom
Sea Temp: 24 degree Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: On our our way down to the reef we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks darting in and out. On the reef we had about 4 Potato Bass and at least 7 Round Ribbontail Rays. We also had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out. Mid water we had about 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. We also had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays coming up from the reef and then disappeared again.

TIGER, MANTA AND SO MUCH MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!

29 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks bolting in and out!!!!! We found a Ragged Tooth Shark in the caves that stayed around for a minute or two. We also had about 4 Round Ribbontail Rays, 5 Potato Bass and 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks that circled around us for the rest of our bottom time. As we started to multi-level we had a Tiger Shark pass by!!!!! Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks pass by. We also had at least 6 Round Ribbontail Rays and 5 Potato Bass with lots of reef fish around. As we started to multi-level we had a MANTA RAY swim right up to us then raced to the surface!!!!!! After that we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. AMAZING DAY OF DIVING!!!!!!

GREAT DIVING WITH SOME OLD FRIENDS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

28 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 26 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On our way to the reef we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Got to the first cave and picklup a few teeth. We also had a Ragged Tooth Shark, 5 Potato Bass and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: As soon as we got to the reef we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks pass by. We also had 4 Potato Bass and 5 Round Ribbontail Rays. Right before we stated to multi-level we had a TIGER SHARK in the distance. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambesi (Bull) Sharks giving us great shark action.

NON STOP SHARK ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

26 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 26 degree Celsius top, bottom cooler

Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and 5 Potato Bass with 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling above us. We also had a TIGER SHARK pass by and a massive school of Barracuda. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out making it almost seem like a baited shark dive.

ROUGH SEAS BUT EPIC DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

25 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 20 - 25m
Sea Temp: 26 degree Celsius top, 22 degree Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: As soon as we got into the water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out on our way down to the reef. On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass and a cute little Boxfish ... LOL!! We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Started off slow with a Oceanic Blacktip Shark on the drum. Then (out of nowhere) we had a TIGER SHARK come onto the drum, did his cruise around the divers then made his way into the distance. After that we had sharks joining in one by one. In total we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. EPIC!!!!!!!

Flying fish seen from the boat!!!!

RAGGIE AND LOTS MORE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

23 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10 - 12m
Sea Temp: 26 degree Celsius top, 22 degree Celsius bottomReplace this

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. Lots of beautiful reef fish all over with big schools of Kingfish. As we drift over the cave we saw a Ragged Tooth Shark just chilling inside. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. Lots of interesting Jellyfish and Plankton.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: As soon as we dropped the drum into the water we had sharks coming in from all angles. In total we had 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks all on the drum and in between divers, making it a epicly action packed dive.

Dolphins seen from the boat!

A TIGER SHARK AND DOLPHINS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

21 March 2017| PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 26 degree Celsius top, 22 degree Celsius bottom

Northern Pinnacle: We got to the second cave and picked up teeth. With no current we hung around for a bit enjoying the interaction of 3 Potato Bass. Just before our multi-level a TIGER shark bolted in and out. Mid water there was an Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in and out. And just to end off a pod of about 10 Dolphins came past on the safety stop.

Congrats to Paul Russell on seeing his first TIGER SHARK!!! What a great 3 dives you have had.

WHHHHAAAT!!!!!! ANOTHER MARLIN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 26 degree Celsius top, 22 degree Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: We got to the first cave and played around in it as there was no current pushing us. Also got to pick up a few sharks teeth while we were in there. As we left the cave we had 5 Potato Bass and 4 Round Ribbontail Rays following us. We also had a Turtle that kept on swimming up past the divers to breath then back past the divers to the reef!!!!! Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 4 Potato Bass and 4 Round Ribbontail Rays popping in and out. Lots of Kingfish and Rainbow Runners. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. As we were chilling on our safety stop we had a MARLIN come cruising passed!!!!!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!

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