Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

A Humpback Whale passed about 10m above us mid water - WOW!!!

30 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10-12m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a school of Hammerhead sharks being chased by an Oceanic Blacktip shark. Loads of reef fish on the pinnacles. Had another huge school of Hammerhead sharks (100+) !!! A Humpback Whale passed about 10m above us mid water - WOW, WOW, WOW!!! And also a Giant Hammerhead shark popping in and out from 15m+. Shoaling game fish being chased by Oceanic Blacktip sharks on the safety stop. A truly AMAZING dive!!!

Saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark lingering around THE ARCH.

24 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10-15m
Sea Temp: 10-15m

Southern Pinnacles - THE ARCH: Saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark lingering around THE ARCH. Had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks around mid water. Had lots of Redfang Trigger fish and plenty of reef fish around the pinnacles. Wonderful Dive!! 

A WALL of HAMMERHEAD sharks, must have been more than 500 ... EPIC!!!

23 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10-12m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: A WALL of HAMMERHEAD sharks, must have been more than 500 ... EPIC!!! 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Lots of reef fish! INCREDIBLE DIVE!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: More shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks, but not as many as the first dive ... AWESOME! 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. HUGE shoal of Kingfish and Bonito. Lots of reef fish. A FANTASTIC DIVE!!!!! 

Saw SHOALING HAMMERHEAD sharks twice.

22 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 8m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Saw SHOALING HAMMERHEAD sharks twice. 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks that popped in and out. Lots of reef fish. Nice to get back in the water again, but not great viz. 

WOW!!!! So much life to see today!!

4 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: WOW!!!! So much life to see today!! Our dive started with a Southern Right Whale and her new born WHITE baby playing on the backline when we launched, along with a huge school of Dolphins. Reef alive with fish. In mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks pop in for a visit, and then at 5m we had another 3 come to say goodbye. Lovely dive!!!

2 Humpback Whales graced us with their presence by swimming right under us at 15m!!

29 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Double tank.

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Ragged-tooth sharks in the cave and loads of beautiful reef fish! Had 3 very friendly Potato Bass, accompanied by a big Brindle Bass. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks joined us from 10m+ and stayed with us till the end. Great dive!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Southerns was alive with reef fish today. Found a HUGE Moray Eel, along with a massive Cowrie shell. Had an Oceanic Blacktip shark pop in for a short visit and then 2 Humpback Whales graced us with their presence by swimming right under us at 15m!!! What a great dive!!! Definitely one for the log books!!! WOW!!!! So much life to see today!!

4 Potato Bass - one very friendly.

27 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15-20m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Double tank.

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. 4 Potato Bass - one very friendly. Lots of shark teeh in the caves but no Ragged-tooth sharks. Lots of reef fish and a Remora that stayed with us for most of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark in mid water. Dropped in on a Potato Bass. 2 HUGE Round Ribbontail Rays. Lots of reef fish and Trigger fish.

4 species of shark ... whoop, whoop!!!!!

26 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 12-15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 3 Ragged-tooth sharks - found lots of teeth in the caves. 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark when coming down. 1 Hammerhead shark that swam right over us. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark on the safety stop. 3 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. GREAT DIVE!!!!!!!

A 91 minute dive time on Protea Banks ...

24 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Double tank.

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 6 Ragged-tooth sharks in the caves. Bull (Zambezi) sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks swimming in and out of the entire dive. Lots of reef fish. AN AMAZING SHARK FILLED DIVE!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: A 91 minute dive record on Protea Banks with Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter, set by none other than our famous SURESH - you have come a long way!!!!!
Plenty of Bull (Zambezi) sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. 1 Prodigal Son. Loads of reef fish. AN AWESOME DIVE!!!!!

Protea Banks looked like an aquarium!!!!

23 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 30m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Reef alive with reef and game fish. Protea Banks looked like an aquarium!!!! Also has shoaling Redfang Trigger fish and game fish. STUNNING DIVE!!!!! And yes there are sharks on Protea Banks ... Esmari and Chris ... lol.

Could hear Whales throughout the whole dive, loud and clear!

21 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Really nice relaxing dive. Ocean alive with reef and game fish. Saw a school of Moorish Idols, a Clown Triggerfish, a beautiful big Nudibranch and loads of Crayfish. Had 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks stay with us from about 15m ... really nice and friendly as well! Wonderful dive! Could hear Whales throughout the whole dive, loud and clear!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Again, loads of reef and game fish, with Whale sounds throughout the whole dive. Hardly any current, so could really explore the reef. Had the same Oceanic Blacktip sharks pop in and out from 10m up. Great day of diving!

UNBELIEVABLE, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, MIND BLOWING DIVES TODAY ...

19 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: AN UNBELIEVABLE, ONCE IN A LIFETIME DIVE!!!!!! Dive started with 2 Hammerhead sharks. Then we were entertained by a Potato Bass and a 'baby' Marbled Electric Ray. Before we could spend some time with them we saw a TIGER SHARK - AWESOME!!!!! ... and then just when we thought it could not get any better, 2 Humpback Whales dropped down to 20m to say Hi, did a twirl for us underwater and then disappeared - INCREDIBLE SIGHT!!!!! ... and then an Oceanic Blacktip shark appeared ... talk about swimming around in different directions. We finally had time to catch our breaths and then saw another Oceanic Blacktip shark. All went quiet for a while and then just to top an AMAZING dive off, we had more than 100 Hammerhead sharks come past on our safety stop. Suresh, even decided it was a dive worth logging and I am sure spent the rest of the afternoon dusting off his logbook ... which he has not used in ages ... lol!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: The reef was alive with reef fish, felt like an aquarium dive. Oceanic Blacktip sharks, popped in and of of the dive for most of the dive. Unfortunately the viz was not as great as the first dive, but still very good, just a bit milky.

Thanks to all for an INCREDIBLE day of diving!!!!!!

REALLY GOOD DIVE with great viz ...

18 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Double tank.

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. Beautiful dive with great viz and soft corals!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Potato Bass and 1 Marbled Electric Ray. Lots of Trigger fish and reef fish. REALLY GOOD DIVE with great viz again!!!!

Oceanic Blacktip sharks and Potato Bass.

18 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Double tank.

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. Beautiful dive with great viz and soft corals!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Potato Bass and 1 Marbled Electric Ray. Lots of Trigger fish and reef fish. REALLY GOOD DIVE with great viz again!!!!

Relaxing dive ...

11 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10-15m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Very nice relaxed dive today. Huge improvement of viz. Lots of reef fish and a big group of shoaling game fish but too quick to identify. No sharks today, but a good dive overall.

1 Oceanic Blacktip shark seen only by Diks ...

10 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 8-10m
Sea Temp: 18 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Nice to get in the water after being kept out the water due to the hectic cold front that hit South Africa. Lots of reef and game fish on the pinnacle. 2 Potato Bass. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark seen only by Diks ... thanks for sharing girl. Not the most amazing dive ... but great to be in the water again!

An encounter with 5 Humpback Whales on the surface - FRIGGIN AMAZING!!!!!

5 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks that kept on popping in and out of the dive - they stayed around for about 20 minutes. INCREDIBLE!!!! Reef alive with reef and game fish. An encounter with 5 Humpback Whales on the surface - FRIGGIN AMAZING!!!!!

REALLY RELAXED AND FUN DIVE!!!!

4 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m, milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass. Lots and lots of reef and game fish. REALLY RELAXED AND FUN DIVE!!!!

3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks circling us for about 15 minutes ...

29 July 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 10m, milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Double tank.

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. 1 Hammerhead shark. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks on the safety stop. Reef and game fish. GOOD DIVE.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Nice dive conditions with reef and game fish. 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks circling us for about 15 minutes from mid water to the safety stop. EXCELLENT DIVE!!!!

GOOD DIVE AND BETTER THAN A DAY IN THE OFFICE ...

23 July 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: About 8 Ragged-tooth sharks in the first cave. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out of mid water for about 10 minutes. Reef and game fish. GOOD DIVE AND BETTER THAN A DAY IN THE OFFICE ... I wonder who was on this dive ... LOL.

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