Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

100's of beautiful 'jellies' during the entire dive ...

28 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in mid water. Huge crayfish under the pinnacles. Lots of Red Fang Trigger fish and Penciled Surgeons. 100's of beautiful 'jellies' during the entire dive. Wonderful dive!!

Puffer fish ... I LOVE THEM!

23 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m, milky with Plankton
Sea Temp: 18 to 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. Also what looked like a Thresher shark. 1 Potato Bass and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 2 Pufferfish. Lots of reef fish and some gamefish. REALLY PRETTY DIVE!!!!

Sharks, Rays and Bass ...

22 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15 - 20m, milky with Plankton
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Spinner shark. Also 1 Potato Bass, 1 Brindle Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and an Eagle Ray. Lots of reef fish and some gamefish including Tropical Amberjack. REALLY NICE DIVE!!!!

Lovely dive, teeming with fish life!!

20 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 20 to 25 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: We saw 2 Round Ribbontail Rays that were well camouflaged. 1 BIG Potato Bass. 1 small shoal of Kingfish. Loads of reef fish and gamefish. Lovely dive, teeming with fish life!!

3 Greater Hammerhead sharks ...

16 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: The reef was bustling with small fish in and around the pinnacles. We saw 3 Greater Hammerhead sharks, that came in nice and close. Plenty of small groups of game fish and lots of 'jellies' at the 5m mark.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 small Bull (Zambezi) shark. A couple of small shoals of Tuna. Lots of reef fish.

Dropped into beautiful water with pinnacles and overhangs - plenty of reef fish around!!!

9 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 24 to 26 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles (THE ARCH): Dropped into beautiful water with pinnacles and overhangs - plenty of reef fish around!!! Got to THE ARCH as well where there were so may reef fish and a big shoal of Batfish. Also saw 6 schools of Hammerhead sharks and 3 Greater Hammerhead sharks along the way!!! WOW! 1 HUGE Guitar shark and spotted 4 Round Ribbontail Rays. Lots of beautiful 'jellies' on the 5m mark. Lovely diving today!!!

Round Ribbontail Rays ...

7 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5 - 7m, viz improved on the second dive
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Saw 3 Round Ribbontail Rays, one that stayed with us for awhile. Lots of reef fish on the bottom. Saw a shoal of Tuna.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. A small shoal of Tuna. Lots and lots of reef fish.

Divers in the middle of Hammerhead and Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

6 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25m, less on the second dive
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into crystal clear water and loads of reef fish around the pinnacles. Also saw 2 Potato Bass playing with each other a distance away. In midwater we were blessed with a huge school (100's!!!) of Hammerhead sharks with 2 Oceanic Blacktips leading, that swam straight towards us and then around us!!! What a sight! Had interesting 'jellies' on our safety stop. INCREDIBLE DIVE!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Saw lots of reef fish, despite the drop in viz. 1 Brindle Bass. Lots of beautiful 'jellies' on the 5m mark.

A MASSIVE TIGER SHARK ...

5 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a (MASSIVE 4m+) Tiger shark, who stuck with us all the way down to the ocean floor, incredible!! 1 Potato Bass. 1 Moray Eel. Wonderful dive!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Lots and lots of reef fish. Some interesting looking 'jellies' during our safety stop.

Not the best conditions, but so happy to have had some shark action!!!

3 January 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 18 to 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks mid water. Lots of reef fish. Viz not good from 15m up, but we still had beautiful 'jellies' on the 5m safety stop.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into 3-5m viz until we hit 25m, where it cleared up to 8-10m viz. Still managed to spot 4 Greater Hammerhead sharks then a Bull (Zambezi) shark with 2 Remora's tagging alongside it. Mid water we drifted over a school of about 25+ Hammerhead sharks before going up to our safety stop due to bad viz. Not the best conditions, but so happy to have had some shark action!!!

Speechless!!!

31 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25 - 30m
Sea Temp: 23 to 26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on beautiful pinnacles and overhangs with reef fish EVERYWHERE!!! To a point where we were completely surrounded! Had 1 very friendly Potato Bass in the beginning and carried on the see 4 others, as well as a Brindle Bass who was VERY friendly! Balls of shoaling game fish throughout the dive with Giant Hammerhead sharks swimming alongside - WOW! 1 school of over 100 Hammerhead sharks and then lovely 'jellies' to keep us entertained on the 5m stop. BEST DIVING CONDITIONS!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a school of 25+ Dolphins at 5m!!! GREAT START! Got to pinnacles where the fish were still EVERYWHERE! Had 1 Brindle Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. Sighted 8+ different schools of Hammerhead sharks - WOOOOOOW!!!!! With beautiful 'jellies' on our safety stop. Speechless!!!

Super friendly and playful school of Dolphins with a baby ...

30 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 19 to 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Saw loads of reef fish as well as huge Big Eye Kingfish. Also 1 Round Ribbontail Ray hiding under a ledge. Mid water, we saw 5 different schools of Hammerhead sharks and then a friendly Remora on the safety stop. Great dive!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a Giant Hammerhead shark with a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks nearby - what a great start! Loads of reef fish around the pinnacles as well a shoaling game fish. Drifted over some awesome pinnacles and overhangs.! Mid water we had one more school of Hammerhead sharks (100+), as well as a TIGER shark. On our safety stop, plenty of cool 'jellies' to look at. Then right at the end we were blessed with a super friendly and playful school of Dolphins with a baby. WOW! What a wonderful day of diving!!!

Fantastic diving all round!! SHARKS, SHARKS & SHARKS!

29 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 25 - 30m
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Had Dolphins on the surface before the dive. Dropped into crystal clear water and plenty of reef and game fish! Kingfish and Tuna to name a few. Mid water we had our first group of Hammerhead sharks come through (100+) and after that, we had groups of 50-100+ Hammerhead sharks throughout the rest of the dive!!! 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark popped in at about 15m and also spotted 3 Eagle Rays. We had a Remora come and visit on the safety stop. What a breathtaking dive!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Current not as strong on this one. Plenty of Tuna and lots of reef fish around the pinnacles. Spotted a Round Ribbontail Ray and had 3 schools of Hammerhead sharks throughout the dive. Also had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark during our bottom time. Fantastic diving all round!!

Hammerhead sharks and Prodigal sons ...

27 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 20 - 25m
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Reef bustling with fish!! Sea goldies, Moorish Idols, Tuna, Surgeons, Pufferfish to name a few. But the cream of the crop was having 100's and 100's of Hammerhead sharks in at least 5-6 groups throughout the dive! What an amazing day to be under the water!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into clear blue water - lovely!! Strong current, but the reef still full of fish! Drifted past a big Round Ribbontail Ray and also spotted about 5 Prodigal Sons! WOW! Mid water, we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark come and see what was happening - and we ended our dive with beautiful 'jellies' on our 5m safety stop. What a great dive!!!

Dropped in on a large school of Dolphins!!! Absolutely amazing ...

26 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a large school of Dolphins!!! Absolutely amazing ... they stayed with us for about 5 minutes in mid water, very curious and playful. At the bottom the viz was amazing - reef bustling with fish. Mid water we had a nice variety of 'jellies'. 

Great diving all round!!!

24 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 18 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - AREA 51: Loads of pinnacles and overhangs!!! Saw plenty of reef fish. Had 1 BIG Round Ribbontail Ray and an Eel.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Lots of reef fish and game fish. There were a wonderful array of 'jellies' from 5-20m. Great diving all round!!!

2 schools of 50+ Hammerhead sharks!!!

23 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 15m
Sea Temp: 19 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Reef was bustling with fish with a couple of Chocolate Dips and Moorish Idols as well. Mid water spotted 2 schools of 50+ Hammerhead sharks!!! Great dive!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Loads of reef fish. Beautiful 'jellies' in mid water.

Humpback Dolphins on the boat ride out, wow, very rare!!

21 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 15m
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

AREA 51: Humpback Dolphins on the boat ride out, wow, very rare!! Had 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Dusky shark in mid water. Lots of strange 'jellies' to look at during the safety stop.

Reef bustling with fish today!

19 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Reef bustling with fish today! 2 Scalloped Hammerhead sharks.1 Oceanic Blacktip shark that popped in mid water. Great dive.

20+ Hammerhead sharks chasing fish.

18 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - AREA 51: Beautiful pinnacles and overhangs to explore! Loads of crayfish and reef fish to see. Shoaling Fusiliers. In mid water we had a school of 20+ Hammerhead sharks chasing fish. Wonderful dive!!!

DIVE 2 -  Northern Pinnacles: A couple of beautiful Starfish, along with reef fish. Also had 2 tiny little fish follow us for the duration of the dive from mid water. Interesting 'jellies' to see at the 5m mark.

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