Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

1 Oceanic Blacktip shark eating fish.

27 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m and then about 10m viz at the bottom
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark eating fish. 1 Tiger Shark. Reef full of life. Lots of Plankton and 'jellies' from upwelling. 1 Remora followed us for most of the dive. Very nice dive.

A really pretty dive today and with the mild current we got to appreciate what the reef has to offer!!

19 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild to medium
Viz: 25m till 15m and then about 10m viz
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius on surface and about 20 at bottom

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Reef full of live. Lots of Plankton and 'jellies' from upwelling. About 5 Remora's scooting around midwater and then only 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark on the last 5 minutes of the dive. A really pretty dive today and with the mild current we got to appreciate what the reef has to offer!!

DIVE 2 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: 2 Bull (Zambez) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Really good dive!!

Hundreds of HAMMERHEAD sharks overhead ...

17 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius
 
Southern Pinnacles: Hundreds of HAMMERHEAD sharks overhead. 1 TIGER shark on the buoy line!!! 1 Huge Round Ribbontail Ray. Lots of Kingfish. Lots of reef fish. GREAT DIVE!!!

A WALL of HAMMERHEAD sharks.

16 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: A WALL of HAMMERHEAD sharks. WOW!!!! Lots and lots of reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 HAMMERHEAD sharks and 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks - one of which was chasing a Tuna. 1 Guitar shark. Lots of reef fish! AMAZING DIVE!!!!!

BAITED SHARK DIVE: WOW!!!WOW!!!WOW!!! 2 TIGER sharks ...

15 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: WOW!!!WOW!!!WOW!!! 2 TIGER sharks (1 HUGE!) 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Hammerhead shark. Bonito popping in and out! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 WALLS OF HAMMERHEAD sharks! Mind blowing!!!! 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and then 1 lonesome Hammerhead shark. Lots of reef fish. A Remora that stayed with the divers. A few 'jellies' on the safety stop. AWESOME DIVE!!!

And then if that is not enough, we had a pod of over 30 DOLPHINS on the way back.

GREAT VIZ AND GREAT DIVING!

13 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20 - 25m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 2 sets of about 20 shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Reef full of fish. GREAT VIZ AND GREAT DIVING!

ABOUT 30 DOLPHINS ON SCUBA ...

12 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: One of those INCREDIBLE dives again!!!! About 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. ABOUT 30 DOLPHINS ON SCUBA ... yes you read correctly ... I am sure you are jealous by now. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Reef full of reef fish. AWESOME DIVE!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. Lots of incredible 'jellies' and Plankton.

Reef really pretty with lots of reef fish but current very strong so saw everything quickly.

11 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very strong
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. 1 Potato Baas. Reef really pretty with lots of reef fish but current very strong so saw everything quickly. GOOD DIVE! Lots of 'jellies'.

Warm water and pretty dive!!!

10 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m, milky
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Hammerhead shark. Reef stunning and alive with lots of reef fish and game fish. Kingfish, Kob and lots of Fingerfin.  A REALLY PRETTY DIVE!

NEW RECORD SET FOR DIVE OFF OUR BOAT - well done Suresh 101 MINUTE dive time and still came up with plenty of air.

9 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 30m
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Well where do I start? ... 4 sets of shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks and then several single HAMMERHEAD sharks. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 1 Potato Bass. Kingfish. Loads of Butterfly fish and Trigger fish. Shoaling Elongated Surgeon. Lots of Remora's and lots of Plankton. AND THEN ON THE SAFETY STOP 15 DOLPHINS ON SCUBA!!!!!!!!!WHAT AN INCREDIBLE DIVE!!!! STILL ON A HIGH!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: On the way out had a huge pod of DOLPHINS, including and ALBINO DOLPHIN!!!! 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and the more than 20 shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks. 1 Potato Bass. 1 HUGE Natal Wrasse. Lots of Kingfish. Loads of reef fish. Hundreds of small Jellyfish and lots of interesting Plankton.  NEW RECORD SET FOR DIVE OFF OUR BOAT - well done Suresh 101 MINUTE dive time and still came up with plenty of air.  

WHAT A MIND BLOWING DAY!!!!!

1 HUGE Tiger shark, that stayed with us for the entire dive ...

8 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: 1 HUGE Tiger shark, that stayed with us for the entire dive. 2 smaller Tiger sharks popped in and out. 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 Potato Bass. Lots of Tuna, Trigger fish and Remora's on the drum. EXCELLENT DIVE!!!ll

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 sets of more than 20 shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks. 1 Potato Bass. Lots and lots of reef fish!!!!!!

All round fantastic diving on Protea Banks today.

AREA 51 ...

6 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. 1 HUGE Potato Bass. A big shoal of large Barracuda. Lots and lots of reef fish!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - AREA 51: No big stuff but lots and lots of reef fish. GREAT VIZ AND GREAT DIVING TODAY!!!!!

More than 20 Shoaling HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ...

3 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very strong
Viz: 15m, lots of 'jellies' in the water
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: More than 20 Shoaling HAMMERHEAD SHARKS, then one big one all by itself. A big shoal of Barracuda. Lots of Kingfish on the Southern Pinnacle. One lonesome looking Remora. Lots of other reef fish, including Trigger fish and Butterfly fish. Lots of Plankton on the dive! REALLY NICE DIVE TODAY ON THE BANKS!!!

Lots of 'jellies' on the dives - one that looked like a Dolphin - VERY CUTE!!!

2 February 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very strong - the 'Protea Express'
Viz: 15m, lots of 'jellies' in the water
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark on the safety stop, it came in for several visits - very nice!!! Lots of Tuna on the Southern Pinnacle. Saw a Lionfish, something I have not seen on Protea for a while. Lots of other reef and gamefish, but saw everything very quickly due to current.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 Potato Bass. Cape Knifejaw. Tropical Amberjack. Lots of Natal Fingerfin. Shoaling Fusiliers. Lots of reef fish. Very pretty, but again saw all very quickly due to current.

Lots of 'jellies' on the dives - one that looked like a Dolphin - VERY CUTE!!!

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!!!

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