Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

Yay the Zambezi (BULL) Sharks are back again on Protea Banks today …

26 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 25m milky
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got into the water it was busy with Oceanic Blacktip sharks introducing themselves ...  up to 7 new smiley faces. As we started settling into the dive, we looked below us and we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks just circling below ... and then another 2 joined them. They really must have been inquisitive bolting in and out between the diver showing off their strong physique . It was so amazing to see them up so close again … awesome experience yet again.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into the water and it was that blue, blue water ... so pretty. We then got introduced to our very own tour guide of Protea Banks ... it was an Oceanic Blacktip shark –  it took us for our very own tour on Southern’ s. Got down to the reef we had 2 Potato Bass. Then passing us by was shoaling Bigeye Kingfish. Passing over Sand Shark Gully we had 2 Guitar Sharks and one HUGE Zambezi (Bull) shark underneath us. Still by our side was the Oceanic Blacktip shark. Sadly this was our dive coming to an end and so we had to say our good-bye on the safety stop.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacles: As we got onto the reef we had 2 Potato Bass and so many more shoaling Bigeye Kingfish. We were just cruising over Sandshark Gully and 4 Guitar Sharks caught our attention. Once the Guitar Sharks caught our attention someone got jealous ... a Zambezi (Bull) shark also wants some attention and we had a small Oceanic Blacktip shark saying hello as well.

REALLY CHILLED DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!

24 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m milky
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: We had a chilled, relaxing cruise past Kingfish Gully, seeing a Potato Bass, lots of Kingfish and lots of reef fish. Also a HUGE shoal of Bonito following us. On Sandshark Gully ... well of course we saw lots of Sandsharks and a big Bull (Zambezi) shark. Mid water was super chilled with a Remora following us and an Oceanic Blacktip shark cruising by.

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME DIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

23 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 40m!!!!!!!!!!
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: What a dive!!!!!! As we were chilling around the drum we got to see a GIANT MANTA RAY come past. Wow, wow, wow, wow what a sight. Magnificent!!!!!!! The baited shark dive was EPIC as well, with continuous action from 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Lots of Tuna, Bonito and Rainbow Runners. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE DIVE!!!!!!!!

TIGER ANGEL FISH ON DEEP SALMON

22 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DEEP SALMON: What a pretty dive. Lots of soft coral and plenty of reef fish. Also saw several Tiger Angel fish.

FANTASTIC TO HAVE BULL SHARKS BACK!!!!

21 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Fantastic dive with 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

OCEANIC BLACKTIP AND BULL SHARK ACTION.

20 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: Great action with 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

CHILLED RELAXING DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS.

17 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass. We got to the second cave where we had no Ragged-tooth sharks but 1 Big Yellow Belly Rockcod. The reef was full of fish from Bankies to Rubberlips to Rockcod and Tropicals. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a shoal of Hammerhead sharks, 1 shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had several Greater Hammerhead sharks swimming past the divers giving them a great show. On the safety stop, keeping the divers on their toes, was 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

FULL ACTION PACKED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS.

15 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: The divers were waiting patiently when we got surprised by 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks that were really curious and coming close to the divers. More started to join us on the dive … at the end of the dive we had up to 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks entertaining the divers and letting the divers take amazing pictures.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down we saw 1 Brindle Bass and the 1 Potato Bass. As we were going along the reef, Round Ribbontail rays were popping in and out between the divers. As we started to make our way up we saw shoal of Barrucuda. Then came the good part, we got to see shoaling Hammerhead sharks ... whoop, whoop ... what was also quite amazing, was 3 Hammerhead sharks showed up again. We then had a cheeky Oceanic Blacktip whilst we were doing our safety stop.

FUN DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

14 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 - 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish, a big shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and 1 Potato Bass. On the sand we had 1 Guitar shark and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

HAMMERHEADS, ZAM'S, BLACKTIPS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

13 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 - 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the dive we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark cruising with us for awhile, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popped in to say Hi and kept us busy till the end of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the way down we had some Greater Hammerhead sharks passing us. On the reef we had 4 Dolphins, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, shoaling Bigeye Kingfish and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. A really good dive.

MARLIN, ZAMBEZI AND BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

12 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20m near surface, from mid water only about 10m
Sea Temp: 22 - 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish, a big shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and 1 Potato Bass. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. At the safety stop we had 1 Big Blue Marlin and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

DOLPHINS AND HAMMERHEADS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

11 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: As we got down we had we had 1 big Pod of Dolphins swimming by. Plenty of reef fish around, 2 Potato Bass and shoaling Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had 2 Hammerhead sharks and a lots of blue water.

HAMMERHEADS, ZAM'S, BLACKTIPS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

8 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On the reef we had 1 Eagle Ray, 1 Potato Bass and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Shoal of Really close up Hammerhead sharks ... EPIC!! and also 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Started with 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark cruising at the bottom. We then had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Then we had just 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks coming in close for some selfies.

WHOOP!! WHOOP!! WE HAD SOME ZAM'S, BLACKTIPS, DUSKY'S AND MORE.

6 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: Got in with 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. We ended up with 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, 2 Dusky sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Down at the bottom we had 1 Eagle Ray and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray.

NICE AND RELAXED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

5 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and Tuna. On the reef we had 1 big Tomato Rockcod, skipjack Tuna, Rubberlips and more. On the safety stop we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DUSKY, BLACKTIPS AND TUNA ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

4 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Started with 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, then we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Dusky shark and then we had 2 Dusky sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 1 really big Round Ribbontail Ray that came in really close and a smaller one. Some reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Lots of interesting Plankton.

HAMMERHEADS, DUSKY, BLACKTIP AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

3 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: As we got in we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbotail Rays, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray stuck with the group for awhile, 1 Dusky shark, 1 Potato Bass and shoaling Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had 3 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Dusky shark.

HAMMERHEADS, ZAMBEZI, BLACKTIP AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

24 February 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Massive Eagle Ray, very nice sightings of Shoaling of Hammerhead sharks, lots of reef fish and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. Mid water we 1 Big Hammerhead shark circling us, 1 Shoal of Hammerhead sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Hammerhead sharks seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, DUSKYS AND BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

21 February 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m, dark
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Eagle Ray, 1 Shoal of Hammerhead sharks, 1 Potato Bass, shoaling Bigeye Kingfish and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Hammerhead shark, 2 Dusky sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, lots of reef fish, shoaling Bigeye Kingfish and a few Cuta's. Mid water we had 2 Dusky sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Hammerhead sharks seen from the boat.

WHAT AN EPIC DAY ON ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

20 February 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Shoal of Hammerhead sharks, 1 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Dusky shark and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Took us a while to get the sharks in but we finally ended up with 3 Dusky sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Dolphins and a Turtle seen from the boat.

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