Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

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

3 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

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

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 degrees Celsius top, 18 degrees 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 degrees 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 degrees 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 degrees 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 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees 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 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

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 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees 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 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees 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!!!!

FANTASTIC SHARK ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: Started off with a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. After about 5 minutes we had a Tiger Shark pop in for a brief second then disappeared into the distance. After that more Oceanic Blacktip Sharks joined in one by one. In total we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks that stayed for the rest of the dive!!!!! SHARKS SHARKS SHARKS!!!!!!

AN EXPERIENCE TO GREAT FOR WORDS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: The reef was beautiful with reef and gamefish all over. Huge schools of Kingfish and Rainbow Runners. We also had 3 Potato Bass and a few Round Ribbonntail Rays scattered around. As we started to multi-level one of the Round Ribbontail Rays followed us up and after a few minutes another one joined and then another and so on.... In total we had 10 Round Ribbontail Rays following us for the rest of our dive time, right up until our safety stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZERAYS!!!!!!!!!!!! CRAZY ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!!!! We also had a Eagle Ray and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out but keeping their distance!!!!!!!!! FANTASTIC DIVE!!!

SUPER RELAXED YET EXCELLENT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the first caves we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Potato Bass following us. As we drifted on we had about 5 Potato Bass, 4 Round Ribbontail Rays, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull ) Shark popping in and out. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots and lots of reef fish all over. We had 4 Round Ribbontail Rays, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Potato bass. Right before we started to multi-level we had a TIGER SHARK in the distance. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark.

AMAZING TIGER SHARK ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had at least 15 Round Ribbontail Rays and 2 Potato Bass. We also had huge schools of Kingfish and a Zambezi Bull Shark popping in and out. Mid water we had a Greater Hammerhead Shark pass by. We also had 2 Zambezi Bull Sharks and just before we got out the water we had another Greater Hammerhead Shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the first cave we had a TIGER SHARK circling above us for a few minutes!!!!!!! After that we had 5 Round Ribbontail Rays, 4 Potato Bass, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi Bull Shark. Lots of gamefish all over. Right before we started to multi-level, the Tiger Shark came in circling us one more time then disappeared into the distance. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi Bull Shark.

SHARKS, SHARKS AND WAIT FOR IT ............ MORE SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As soon as we got in the water we had full blown shark action. We had at least 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi Bull Sharks. Lots of Rainbow Runners and Tuna.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling above us. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi Bull Sharks popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

MARLIN, TIGER AND AMAZINGLY GREAT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Took us a while to get some sharks but after a few minutes it was all worth it. First we had a Tiger Shark coming in, made his round through the group then were on his way again. For the rest of the dive we had at least 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Zambezi Bull Sharks. AMAZING SHARK ACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had MASSIVE shoals of Kingfish. We also had at least 10 Round Ribbontail Rays and 3 Potato Bass. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi Bull Sharks popping in and out. On our safety stop we had a MARLIN cruising by slowly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TIIGGGEEEERRR SSHHHHAARK AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!! WHHHHHOOOOHHHOOOOOO!!!!!!!

13 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius 

Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water we had a Zambezi Bull Shark. After a few minutes we had a TIGER SHARK coming in to check out whats going on and then he was on his way again. For the rest of the dive we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Zambezi Bull Shark. We also had 2 Yellowfin tuna stealing some of the bait.

TIIGGGEEEERRR SSHHHHAARK ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!! WHHHHHOOOOHHHOOOOOO!!!!!!!

11 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a TIGER SHARK!!!!! Lots of Potato Bass, Kingfish and reef fish all over. We also had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. Mid water we had a Greater Hammerhead Shark for a minute or two. Also 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out. Lots of very cheeky Remoras!!!

CRAZY SEAS BUT AMAZING DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

10 March 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very strong
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: With rough seas we were grateful to get in the warm calm water. The viz being top to bottom was a bonus!!!! On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. So so many Bigeye Kingfish all over. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out. We also ha lots of Rainbow Runners.

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