From May to November, the caves of the Northern Pinnacles of PROTEA BANKS, become home to 100's of RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS, that have come to the KwaZulu Natal coast to mate.
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    There are few places in the word that you can dive with BULL SHARKS all year round - one of them is PROTEA BANKS!

    Known in South Africa as the ZAMBEZI SHARK, this is the resident shark of PROTEA BANKS.

    A memorable encounter ...

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    Do you want to travel the world as a dive professional?
    Do you want to have fun during your gap year?
    Do you want to enjoy what our ocean has to offer?

    Then PADI 'ZERO TO HERO' is for you ... BECOME A PADI DIVEMASTER ...

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  • 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ...

    100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ...

    From September to January PROTEA BANKS hosts one of the biggest shows on Earth - the migration of thousands, yes you read correctly, thousands of Hammerhead sharks.
    This magnificent migration is mind blowing and will keep you coming back for more!!!! Read More
  • Are looking for an UNFORGETTABLE adventure?

    Are looking for an UNFORGETTABLE adventure?

    From about January to June, we are privileged to encounter the magnificent TIGER shark on PROTEA BANKS.
    If you want to see a TIGER shark up close and get great photo's, then the BAITED SHARK DIVE is for you.
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Sharks & Marine Life

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that Humpback Whales sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpback Whales migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator. Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a Humpback Whale to reach full adulthood. 

Every year hundreds of Humpback Whales migrate from the South Pole to the warm waters of KwaZulu Natal. Between May and November, if you are just chilling on the beach, you cannot help but see these magnificent creatures frolicking off our coastline.

Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose Dolphins are the most well-known and common members of the family of ocean dolphins, Delphinidae. They are seen throughout the year in our waters. If you are just chilling on the beach, you can often see them frolicking in the surf.

Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari)

The Spotted Eagle Ray is from the eagle ray family, Myliobatidae. It can be found globally in tropical regions, at depths down to about 80 meters. The rays are most commonly seen alone, but occasionally swim in groups.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is an oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world. It is a marine reptile, belonging to the family Cheloniidae.

Potato Bass (Epinephelus tukula)

The Potato Cod/Bass has been fished out of most locations, however, it can still be found in mostly tropical waters. The fish is found mainly in the Pacific and Indian oceans. They prefer to stay in reef areas; however, as juveniles, the fish abide in reef tide pools.

Round Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura melanospilos)

The Round Ribbontail Ray or Giant Reef Ray is a species of stingray in the family Dasyatidae, found throughout the near shore waters of the tropical Indo-Pacific, as well as off islands in the eastern Pacific. It is a bottom-dwelling inhabitant of lagoons, estuaries, and reefs, generally at a depth of 20–60 m.

Diving with 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... need I say more?

The Hammerhead shark is unmistakable because of its shape, which is the very reason for its popular name, although it is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between the different species. The Greater Hammerhead shark and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks are mostly encountered on PROTEA BANKS.

The GIANT SANDSHARK is part of the RAY family ...

The Giant Sandshark is part of the family of Rays. This Sandshark is known for its elongated body with a flattened head and trunk, with small ray like 'wings'. Their shape is due to the fact that they are bottom dwelling fish usually living on the sand.


The Ragged-tooth shark, Carcharias taurus, has a sharp, pointy head with a bulky body. The colour is grey with reddish-brown spots on their backs and they can reach a length of about 3m.

Our Dive Centre


With PADI courses from beginner to professional, a daily dive charter to PROTEA BANKS and a full retail store, you are assured of a great experience in SHELLY BEACH.

PADI Courses


PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter offers a wide variety of PADI courses from beginner to professional.

Start scuba diving today ... it will change your life ...

Protea Banks

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Are you looking for the ultimate adrenaline experience?  

Do you love being in the water surrounded by SHARKS?

Our Sharks


 We offer an exceptionally exciting SHARK DIVE on PROTEA BANKS: Tiger sharks, Bull (Zambezi) sharks, Oceanic Blacktip sharks, Ragged-tooth sharks, shoaling Hammerhead sharks ... and more.


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    15 October 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

    Current: medium - Strong
    Viz: 10m
    Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius top, 18 degrees Celsius bottom

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    PROTEA BANKS … the other side …

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