Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

SO MUCH HAPPENING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! SHARKS, RAYS AND MANY SMALL THINGS UNDER WATER WITH WHALES, DOLPHINS AND SOME FISH ABOVE THE SURFACE!!!!!! LOL!!

21 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling around us. On the reef we had a Ragged Tooth Shark, 2 sets of about 30+ shoaling Hammerhead Sharks and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark popping in and out. Mid water we had 2 single Hammerhead Sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a few MASSIVE shoals of Hammerhead Sharks, one or two Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling around, 3 Round Ribbontail Rays and a Potato Bass. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks with lots of interesting Plankton and Jellyfish

Whales, Dolphins and Flying Fish seen from the boat!!!!!

SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS AND CURIOUS OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

20 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m+ (water clean but overcast so grey down there)
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Really chilled dive with two sets shoaling Hammerhead sharks on the reef - Hammerheads keeping deep, but lots and lots. As we came up we had very curious Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Lots of interesting Plankton to keep us entertained.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Reef was stunning and with shoaling Hammerhead sharks which I managed to get under - AWESOME. Also two Musselcracker and a Rockcod seen on the reef. On the way up we had Oceanic Blacktip sharks showing interest. Also lots of Plankton.

Two really chilled dives, some sun would have completely brought the reef alive.

Breaching Humpback Whales and flying fish seen from the boat.

HAMMERS GETTING SUPER CLOSE TO DIVERS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

19 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle (THE ARCH): As soon as we got to the reef we had 3 Hammerhead Sharks with one getting SUPER close to some of the divers!!!!! We also had 2 sets of Shoaling Hammerhead Sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. We also had a beautiful Octopus, some Kingfish and lots of reef fish!!!!! Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and with a few Hammerhead Sharks popping in and out!!!

Humpback Whale seen from the boat!!!!!!

TOP TO BOTTOM VIZ ... WITH HAMMERHEAD SHARKS AND OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS, NON STOP ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!

16 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: top to bottom
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle (THE ARCH): With viz and far as the eye could see, the perfect current and a 65 minute dive, who could ask for more ...

AND of course SHARKS! SHARKS! ... AND MORE SHARKS!!! ... from the minute we got in the water, to when we surfaced there was non stop action. Oceanic Blacktip sharks, shoaling Hammerhead sharks and then more Oceanic Blacktip sharks them more shoaling Hammerhead sharks ... and this continued the whole dive ... 100's and 100's of Hammerheads sharks today ... and and let us not forget the Copper shark.

Humpback Whales seen from the boats and heard continuously on the dive.

What an amazing day to be on Protea Banks!!!

4 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON OUR BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

14 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started off with 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks on the drum with more and more joining in. In total we had between 15 to 20 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and a Copper Shark circling in the distance. We also had 4 Hammerhead Sharks pass by a few times and a Potato Bass darting up from the reef!!!!!!

Humpback Whale and Dolphins seen from the boat!!!!!!!!!

100's AND 1000's OF SHOALING HAMMERS WITH A LIL' EXTRA HAPPENING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

12 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius top, 18 degree Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a shoal of 20 Hammerhead Sharks, a Greater Hammerhead Shark, about 15 Ragged Tooth Sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Copper Sharks. We also had a huge school of Bigeye Kingfish, 2 Potato Bass with lots of Bonita and Tuna around. Mid water we had 2 sets of 100,s and 1000's Shoaling Hammerhead Sharks with a Greater Hammerhead Shark showing its face once or twice!!!!!!! We also had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Copper Sharks popping in and out.

Humpback Whale and Dolphins seen from the boat!!!!!!!!

BESTEST GREATEST MOST AMAZING DIVE EVER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

11 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius top, 18 degree Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle:  On our way down to the reef we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark and a few Copper Sharks in the distance. On the reef we had about 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and Copper Sharks circling above us. SO 10 minutes into the dive we had 2 Humpback Whales on the reef playing around showing off their massiveness!!!! As we turned around we had another 4 at the surface!!!! Then turned around again and the 2 that were playing with us came back a second time!!!!! then a third time!!!!! AND A FOURTH TIME!!!! with another family of 6 passing by!!!! They just kept on coming back circling around!!!!!! BEST DIVE EVER!!!!!!!! oh and we had a few Copper Sharks and Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. LOL!!!!!!!

CRAZY Humpback Whale sighting of them breaching from the boat!!!!!!!!!

PROTEA BANKS GAVE US ANOTHER ACTION PACKED DAY!!!!!!!!

10 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Started off slow with a Oceanic Blacktip Shark and a few Copper Sharks circling in the distance. Then about 10 minutes into the dive we had a shoal of about 10 Hammerhead Sharks pass by, another 10 minutes later we had another shoal of Hammerhead Sharks!!!! For the rest of the dive we had a total of 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 5 Copper Sharks on the drum with another 5 or so Copper Sharks staying in the distance.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. On the reef we had a shoal of about 50 Hammerhead Sharks, a few Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling above us, 3 Ragged Tooth Sharks and 5 Copper Sharks. We also had 3 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish. As we started to multi-level we had 50 shoaling Hammerhead Sharks, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and a few Copper Sharks. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks, another massive shoal of Hammerhead Sharks and at least 10 Copper Sharks popping in and out.

CRAZY Humpback Whale sighting of them breaching from the boat!!!!!!!!!

HHHHUUUUMMPBAAACK WWWHHHHAAALLLLLLEEEEE ON SCUBA!!!!!! AND WAY WAY WAY MORE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

9 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: OOOHH MY GOODNESS!!!! WHERE DO I START?!!! On the reef we had SO SO SO MUCH HAPPENING!!!!! At least 50 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over the reef getting SUPER SUPER close to the divers with 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and about 4 Copper Sharks circling in the distance. We also had a Greater Hammerhead Shark and a few Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling above us!!!! On the reef we had about 6 Eagle Rays, a Round Ribbontail, 2 Potato Bass with so many Gamefish all over!!!!!! Right before we started to multi level we had another 3 Eagle Rays, a MASSIVE GREATER HAMMERHEAD and a big school of Barracuda being stalked by a smaller Hammerhead Shark!!! Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, a few Copper Sharks in the distance and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. Close to the end of the dive we had 3 HUMPBACK WHALES come up from the deep and passed by SUPER CLOSE!!!! LIKE NOSE TO NOSE CLOSE ENCOUNTER!!!!!!!!!!!! INCREDIBLE SIGHTING!!!!!!!! 

Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat!!!!!!!!

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!! 100's OF SHOALING HAMMERS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

7 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25-30m!!!!!!!!!!
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! So as we got to the reef we had a shoal of about 50 Hammerhead Sharks with 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks, 4 Eagle Rays and Barracuda all swimming in between each other. EVERY WHERE YOU LOOKED THERE WAS SOMETHING HAPPENING!!!!! Drifting over Sand shark gully we had a MASSIVE shoal of Hammerhead Sharks pass underneath us with a few of them staying around. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Copper Shark popping in and out with 2 Shoals of Hammerhead Sharks. SUPER CRAZY FREAKEN AMAZING DIVE!!!!!!!!! 

Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat!!!!!!!!!

GREAT ACTION ON THE BOAT AND UNDERWATER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

6 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25-30m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Dropped the drum into the water and had sharks coming in straight away. We had a total of 15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks darting in and out staying around for our entire bottom time!!!!!!!! We also had a Copper Shark circling in the distance. GREAT ACTION FROM BEGINNING TO END!!!!!!!!!

Humpback Whales seen breaching and a Marlin seen from the boat!!!!!!!!!

HAMMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND SOME MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

2 September 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had huge shoals of Bigeye Kingfish, 2 single Hammerhead Sharks in the distance and lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we had 2 sets of about 30 shoaling Hammerhead Sharks pass by super close!!!!!! We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out!!!! AMAZING TO BE IN THE WATER!!!!!!  
Humpback Whales seen from the boat. 

BEAUTIFUL REEF DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

28 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had lots of reef fish including some Trigger fish, Natal Knifejaw, Tiger angel fish, Puffer fish and a Mussel Cracker. Mid water we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark staying around for the rest of our dive time getting really close.

As we got onto the boat we had 2 Humpback Whales playing around the boat for a few minutes!!!!!!!!

BLACKTIPS, HAMMERS AND ZAMS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

22 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: Sea Temp: 23 degree Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started off with 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks on the drum with more joining in as the dive went on. We had a total of 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks darting in and out. We also had about 10 Shoaling Hammerhead Sharks pass by and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling around the bottom near the end of our dive.

Also heard Whales singing underwater super loud!!!!!!!!

COPPER SHARKS AND MUCH MORE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

16 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we got into the water we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. More joined in after a little bit and in total we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 5 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 3 Copper Sharks!!!!! Crazy action with sharks darting in and out!!!!! 

Some amazing sightings of Humpback Whales from the boat!!!!!

GREAT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

13 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium 
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius top, 19 degree Celsius bottom.

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had  3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. On the reef we had 2 Ragged tooth Sharks, a Potato Bass and lots of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. We also had a shoal of about 20 Hammerhead Sharks pass by. 

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Mussel Crackers, 2 Potato Bass, a Ragged Tooth Shark and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. 

Some amazing sightings of Humpback Whales from the boat!!!!!

HAMMERHEADS AND BLACKTIPS TAKING OVER THE REEF ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

12 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius top, 19 degree Celsius bottom.

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: We had sharks as soon as we dropped the drum into the water. We had non-stop action with 10 Oceanic Blacktip Shark with a Zambezi (Bull) Shark darting in once or twice!!!! 

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling around us. On the reef we had a Eagle Ray, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and SO MUCH reef fishes all over!!!!!!! Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Shark and a Shoal of 100's of Hammerhead Sharks pass by SUPER CLOSE!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! 

Some amazing sightings of Humpback Whales from the boat!!!!!

1000's and 1000's OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

10 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degree Celsius top, 19 degree Celsius bottom

Northern Pinnacles: As soon as we dropped into the water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark circling around us the entire way down to the reef!!!!! On the reef we had a Ragged Tooth Shark, a Potato Bass with 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks still circling above us.. In the second cave we had 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks just chilling around. Mid water we had at least 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out and inbetween we had shoals of 1000's of Hammerhead Sharks passing by super close!!!! We had at least 5 shoals with a few single Hammerhead Sharks darting in and out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some amazing sightings of Humpback Whales seen from the boat!!!!!

GREAT VIZ, HAMMERS, RAGGIES AND SO MUCH MORE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

8 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 25-30m
Sea Temp: 21 degree Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, a Eagle Ray, 3 Ragged Tooth Sharks and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out. We also had about 10 Single Hammerhead Sharks darting in and out like Oceanic Blacktips would!!!!!! Such a nice and relaxed dive!!!!!!

AGAIN AMAZING HAMMERHEAD SIGHTINGS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

7 August 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 21 degree Celsius 

Northern Pinnacles:  On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, A Oceanic Blacktip Shark and a Ragged Tooth Shark. In the second cave we had 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks chilling around. Mid water was crazy with 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks darting in and out. Right before our safety stop we had about 10 Hammerhead Sharks pass by with a few smaller ones breaking away to get a closer look at the divers with a Zambezi (Bull) Sharks following behind!!!!!!!! 

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