Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

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!!!

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!!!

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