Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

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

2 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong

Viz: 15m

Sea Temp: 23 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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: 25+m
Sea Temp: 24 degree 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!!!!!!

22 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degree 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.

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

22 April 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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 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

DIVE 1- 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.

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