Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

TWO VERY DIFFERENT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

21 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Well Protea Banks can't be perfect all the time...... On the reef we had 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks and some Bigeye Kingfish. Then on our safety stop we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Got to the second caves and had about 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks chilling around inside. We also had a few scattered all over the reef. We had 2 Potato Bass, a Oceanic Blacktip Shark and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and shoal of Hammerhead Sharks passed by. Great dive!!!!!!

AND ANOTHER MANTA ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

20 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks and about 6 Guitar Sharks. Lots of reef fish all over. As we started to multi-level we had a MANTA RAY pass right by us. We also had 2 sets of 100's of shoaling Hammerhead Sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had a Mussel Cracker, 2 Potato Bass, a Oceanic Blacktip Shark and 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Lots of Jellyfish and Plankton.

RAGGIES AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

9 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: As we got to the reef we had Ragged Tooth Sharks EVERYWHERE!!!! 100's of them scattered all over the reef. As we passed the first cave we had a TIGER SHARK!!!!!!! The second cave was filled up with Ragged Tooth Sharks. We also had a Potato Bass, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Mussel Crackers, a Potato Bass and 2 Eagle Rays. Again Ragged Tooth Sharks as far as the eye could see with a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark.

100's OF RAGGIES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

8 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had Ragged Tooth Sharks all over. We also had a Potato Bass and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. We got to the second caves and it was full with Ragged Tooth Sharks. We must have had at least 20 of them. For the rest of our bottom time we had another 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Mid water we had a Pod of about 15 Dolphins pass by super close to us!!!!!! We also had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 2 Greater Hammerhead Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, easily 100 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over the reef and we also had a TIGER SHARK!!!! Mid water we had a set of about 50 Shoaling Hammerhead Sharks, a Greater Hammerhead Shark, 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks!!!!!

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

7 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water we had sharks coming in from all angles. In total we had 15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out!!! Great action packed dive!!!!!

STARTED AND ENDED OUR DIVE WITH TIGERS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

6 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: So with the local boys getting into the water we had to expect first class diving!!! AND WE DID!!!! As we got to the reef we had a Tiger Shark in the distance!!!!! We also had 3 Dolphins playing around on the reef then bolting to the surface!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!! For the rest of our time on the reef we had 3 Potato Bass, at least 50 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over the reef and we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Mid water it got even better with sharks EVERYWHERE!!!!! We had Hammerhead Sharks popping in and out from big ones to little tiny baby ones!!!!!! SO BLOODY CUTE!!!!! We even had a Greater Hammerhead Shark pass by!!! It almost felt like a Baited Shark Dive with at least 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and a Dusky Shark keeping us busy for the rest of the dive... That's not all, As we were doing our safety stop we had MASSIVE TIGER SHARK pass underneath us!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING DIVE!!!!!!

CAN'T GET MUCH BETTER THEN THIS!!!!! 6 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

4 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, a Round Ribbontail Ray, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and 3 Ragged Tooth Sharks. We also had a TIGER SHARK in the distance!!!!!!!!! Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Dusky Sharks popping in and out. We also had 3 Baby Hammerhead Sharks and a Greater Hammerhead Shark staying around with us for a few minutes. SUPER COOL!!!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, a Mussel Cracker, 2 Eagle Rays and 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. We also had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and 2 Oceanic Blaktip Sharks. Mid water we had a Shoal of Hammerhead Sharks where a few of them broke away to have a closer look at us.AMAZING TO SEE THEM SO CLOSE!!!!! We also had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of our dive!!!!!!

On our way back from the dives we saw a Minke Whale.

THREE VERY DIFFERENT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

3 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: So got out super early and had a beautiful sunrise!!!! In the water we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark hogging the drum. We also had a Hammerhead Shark pass by and some shadows of sharks in the distance.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Started of slow with a Oceanic Blacktip Shark bolting in and out with more and more joining in. In total we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks throughout the dive.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, a Ragged Tooth Shark and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Lots of reef and gamefish all over. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out.

5 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

2 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: In total we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy throughout the dive with 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling around at the bottom. Great Dive!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Tiger Shark seen by some of the divers!!! On the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and a Guitar Shark. We also had a Round Ribbontail Ray, a Potato Bass and a Shoal of Hammerhead Sharks as far as the eye could see. Mid water we had 7 single Hammerhead Sharks all flying in and out in at different times. We also had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

AMAZINGLY CRAZY SHARK ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

1 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started of with a MASSIVE TIGER SHARK going crazy on our drum. After he made his way we had full blown shark action with around 25 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks bolting in and out!!!!!! CRAZY ACTION!!!!!!

SHARKS, SHARKS, MARLIN AND MORE SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

30 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, a Mussel Cracker and again 10 Round Ribbontail Rays around the same spot we got them yesterday. We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Hammerhead Shark passed by. Mid water we had at least 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the way down to the reef we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark getting REALLY close to the divers. On the reef we had INCREDIBLE non stop shark action. We had 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a shoal of about 20 Hammerhead Sharks!!!!!! Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out. As we were about to get out of the water we had a MARLIN!!!!! Great way to end the dive!!!!!!!

Dolphins seen from the boat!!!

RAYS, SHARKS AND SO MUCH MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

29 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had so had 2 Potato Bass, lots of reef fish all over and we had 10 Round Ribbontail Rays shoaling together!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!! We also had a few flashes of shark fins in the distance. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

AMAZING DAY OUT AT SEA ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

25 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the way down to the reef we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark pass by. We had 2 Potato Bass keeping their distance around the caves. In the caves we got to play around for a bit and got one or two sharks teeth then made our way. Drifted over Lala Land and had so many beautiful reef fish all over with another Oceanic Blacktip Shark passing right over us. Mid water we had Rainbow Runners all over with one or two Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

Dolphins seen from the boat!!!

DIVE 2 - Deep Salmon: Great dive with lots of reef fish and Nudibranchs.

GREAT VIBE WITH POLICE, NSRI, AFRICAN DIVE ADVENTURES AND AQUA PLANET

23 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 -  North of the Northern Pinnacle: Today a search was arranged to try and recover equipment. We started further up north than usual. Although the occasion was sad, the vibe was good with almost 40 divers participated and diving together; including Police divers, divers from the National Sea Rescue Institute, African Dive Adventures and Aqua Planet. It was the most divers we have had on Protea Banks in once place at one time. The dive was fantastic, seeing parts of the reef we had not seen before. We also had fantastic viz. Also saw some reef fish and a Potato Bass. As we were coming up we had some Bull (Zambezi) sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Unfortunately the equipment was not found.

DIVE 2 - Deep Salmon: Great dive with lots of reef fish and Nudibranchs.

ROUGH SEAS BUT GREAT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

16 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium, reverse
Viz: 3m bottom, 5m top
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the way down to the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass and another 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Started off slow with only one Oceanic Blacktip Shark and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark but more sharks joined in after a few minutes. In total we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. We also had a TIGER SHARK come in, circle around the group then disappeared.

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

14 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 3m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees 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 degrees 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 degrees 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 degrees 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 degrees 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.

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