Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

WHAT A CRAZY DAY TO BE IN THE WATER

16 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 15m, dark
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Wow ... sharks were soooooooooo full of it today!!!!! We had 14 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of Ragged-tooth sharks around the reef. As we got to the second cave we had some more Ragged-tooth sharks. We also had 1 Tiger shark and a ton of Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Mid water we had Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

EPIC SHARK ACTION TODAY.

11 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 8 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Dusky shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a few Ragged-tooth sharks. As we got to the second cave we had nothing there except a Potato Bass. Further on the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, scattered Ragged-tooth sharks, plenty of reef fish and 1 Eel.

OUR TOOTHY FRIENDS WERE BACK ON IT TODAY.

10 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Started with 8 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and one Zambezi (Bull) shark. We then got 2 Dusky sharks and another Big Zambezi (Bull).

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of reef fish, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On Sandshark Gully we had 2 Eagle Rays, 3 Round Ribbontail Rays and 10+ Guitar sharks.

RAGGED-TOOTH, HAMMERHEAD, BLACKTIP, GUITAR AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

9 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m,milky
Sea Temp:  22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: So today we started with 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and a few minutes later we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Eagle Ray.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we started with 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, 1 Potato Bass and 1 Eagle Ray ... and then we had some more epic sightings today, we saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark, 1 Massive Natal Wrasse, 2 Eagle Rays and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On Sandshark Gully we saw 10+ Guitar sharks, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 2 Eagle Rays and 1 Hammerhead shark.

SHARKS FOR DAYS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

7 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal N - S
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: First 5 minutes we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, then one by one the number of sharks picked up to a full on 12 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Zambezi Bull sharks. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we started with 2 Eagle Rays and 1 Potato Bass. A while later we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks passing by and plenty of reef fish in between. On Sandshark Gully we had a bunch of Guitar sharks and then the fleet of Remora's, keeping us busy, till mid water where we had 1 Baby Hammerhead shark swimming by and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

FLAT SEA, CLEAR SKY AND SOME SHARKS.

6 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal  N - S
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had shoaling Bigeye Kingfish, Dusky Rubberlips, Reef fish and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On Sandshark Gully we had 10+ Guitar sharks and 2 Eagle Rays. Mid water we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we loads of reef fish and shoaling Bigeye Kingfish. On the sand we had loads of Guitar sharks and shoaling Barracuda. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

GOOD TO BE BACK IN THE WATER AGAIN.

5 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Boxy fish, loads of Trigger fish, Rubberlips, Bankies and plenty of reef fish. On Sandshark Gully we had 10+ Guitar sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark pretending to be a Guitar shark. Mid water we saw a shoal of Barracuda and an Oceanic Blacktip shark in the middle, we also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in a distance.  

MORE OCEANIC BLACKTIP ACTION!!!!

30 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 20 - 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: A nice chilled dive today. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS TODAY!!!

28 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 20 - 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish. Also 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

GUITAR AND OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS

27 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 23 - 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish and 1 Guitar shark. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

TIGER, RAGGED-TOOTH, BLACKTIPS, RAYS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

22 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef where the Ragged-tooth shark was waiting for us. In the cave we searched for lots and lots of shark teeth. We then had the opportunity to go through the swim through where saw some Puffer fish and Tassels. When we got out we saw a Tiger shark cruising over us. Mid water we had 1 quick sighting of an Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Second dive we did the second cave where we had 1 Eel, 3 Nudibranches, 1 Ragged-tooth shark. On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 3 Potato Bass and a bunch of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Tiger shark.

FUN TIMES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

21 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the way down to the reef we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. On the reef we had loads of reef fish, shoaling Bigeye Kingfish and some Tropicals.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: So we got to The Arch where we just some fun and took some photo's. On the reef we saw a few reef fish and some Kingfish.

TIGER, RAGGED-TOOTH, BLACKTIPS, RAYS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

20 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 5 Round Ribbontail Rays cruising around on the reef, shoaling Great Barracuda and Bigeye Kingfish, 2 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 TIGER shark and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Potato Bass. In the cave we had 1 Ragged-tooth shark. On the reef we had 4 Potato Bass, lots of reef fish and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. We then had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks with us for the rest of the dive.

ZAM'S BACK AND PLENTY OF BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS.

17 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: So another awesome day in the water, as we dropped in and turned around we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. We also had so many fish popping in and out.

INSANE BLACKTIP ACTION, A MANTA RAY AND MORE

16 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks herding up the divers.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we saw plenty of small reef fish from small Goldies to Rubberlips and Breams, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and 1 MANTA RAY circled us for at least 5 minutes. WHOPPPPEEEEE!!!!!!  Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

THE SHARKS WHERE FINALLY BACK ON IT TODAY.

15 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Got down and had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. We sat for 2 minutes with the one then we just had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and plenty of fish popping in for there piece of the pie.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the cave where we had 4 Ragged-tooth sharks, we took a few pics and off we went. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 1 Poensie, 1 Malabar Rockcod, shoaling Dusky Rubberlips, shoaling Protea Bream and a few loose BIG Tropicals. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

MUNCHING RAYS AND SNEAKY BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

14 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 3 - 5m on top, 10m on bottom
Sea Temp: 18 - 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks keeping us entertained by trying to eat Sam 
 
DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down we had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. On the reef we had a fleet of Rays following us, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, shoaling Bankies, Tropicals and plenty of reef fish around. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.
 
DIVE 3 - Baited Shark Dive: On the dive we sat with a Potato Bass and a few Protea bream eating up all the bait and then 10 Minutes later we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in for about 20 Minutes then just left us hanging.
 
DIVE 4 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the chilly reef we got to see 4 Potato Bass and then the exciting part came, we had the pleasure of seeing 4 Round Ribbontail Rays popping in and out between the divers. Protea was really pretty with all the reef fish. We saw lots of Job fish and Kingfish. Also had some interesting Plankton and jelly fish.
  

FULL ON FISH FESTIVAL ON PROTEA BANKS

13 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 3 - 5m at top, 15m at bottom
Sea Temp: 20 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, with full on action.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had shoaling fish everywhere from Green Jobfish, Kingfish, Tropicals, Amberjacks and plenty of reef fish. Also plenty of Round Ribbontail Rays. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

ACTION PACKED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS.

11 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: As we dropped in we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks ready for action. The Blacktips just stuck with us the for the whole dive.

Baby dolphins learning how to jump, seen from boat.

YIPPEEEEE ☺WHAT A NICE DAY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

6 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 8m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsuis

Northern Pinnacle: In the first cave we had 6 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, shoaling Dusky Rubberlips and Bankies. Plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

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