Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

ACTION PACKED BAITED ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!!!!

19 April 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started of with a Oceanic Blacktip Shark and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark circling the drum. After about 10 minutes another 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks joined in... They stayed around for our entire bottom time getting super close to the divers. We also had some cheecky Remoras and lots of Rainbow Runners and Bonito around.

DOLPHINS, SHARKS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANK!!!!!!!

18 APRIL 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 - 10m on the bottom, 20m midwater
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: As we hit the water we had about 15 Dolphins with a Bull (Zambezi) shark swimming in between, The visibility was great but as we got closer to the reef the visibility reduced. On the reef we managed to see another Bull (Zambezi) shark, an Oceanic Blacktip shark, an Eagle Ray and a Potato Bass. Some also saw a Tiger shark and a Guitar shark. Midwater we had another Bull (Zambezi) shark pop in. We also saw a stunning Jellyfish and a Remora kept us busy.

TIGER SHARK HAVING FUN WITH THE DIVERS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

14 April 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius top, 24 degrees Celsius bottom
Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had some Rainbow Runners fly past. Didn't stay around the caves as the reef's topography was just too beautiful to miss out on so we just went with the current. Over the second cave we spotted a Tiger Shark in the distance. then after about 5 minutes we spotted him again, and again after another 5 minutes!!! With the water being so murky, made it quite the surprise every time he showed up. We also had a Eagle Ray and an a Oceanic Blacktip Shark before we started multi- leveling.


Southern Pinnacles: The reef was booming with fish all over!!! massive schools of Kingfish and Batfish with some beautiful smaller fishes everywhere. We had a Round Ribbon-tail Ray chilling in the sand and as we started ascending we had some Barracuda pass by.

SHARK, THEN SHARKS, THEN MORE SHARKS AND EVEN MORE SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

09 April 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive : Had quite the action packed dive starting with one Oceanic Blacktip Shark circling us. Then another joined in, and after 3 minutes another joined, then another and another... after a while we had at least 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks darting in and out of sight. We also had a Tiger Shark join us in the middle of the dive, he swam in all chilled and looking like he's in charge, did a full circle around us and carried on into the distance.

WATER SO NICE AND WARM AND BLUE AND BLACKTIPS RUNNING THE SHOW ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

04 April 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10-15m blue Top, 5m greenish bottom
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling us. On the reef we had a Potato Bass dash in and out, lots of reef fish all over the reef and some beautiful pufferfish around. Mid water we had about another 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks with one darting in and out getting quite close to some of the divers. We also had massive schools of Rainbow Runners pass by and a Hammerhead Sharks in the distance spotted by some of the divers.

CLEAN GREEN AND MURKY ...... TIGER SHARK WATER!!!!!!!

31 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: We had an amazing dive with a massive Tiger Shark circling the drum and staying around for at least 15 minutes!!! We also had a Zambezi (Bull) Sharks show it's face for a brief minute. Then we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark enjoying the rest of the dive darting between divers enjoying a entire bait drum to himself. As we did our safety stop another Oceanic Blacktip Shark decided to join for the last bit of our dive.

NO CURRENT AND FISH GALORE ... EVEN NUDIBRANCHS.

27 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild reverse
Viz: 15m near surface and 10m at the bottom
Sea Temp: 24 degrees top, 21 degrees Celsius bottom

Northern Pinnacle: Stunning reef dive with just so so many reef fish. Managed to get into the first cave and collect lots of shark teeth. Also managed to spot a Nudibranch. Current was mild and we had Potato Bass staying with us for most of the dive. Stunning chilled dive just appreciating all we saw. A crazy Remora mid water with lots of Rainbow Runner.

QUALITY BEATS QUANTITY ANY DAY ON PROTEA BANKS !!!

23 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 20m milky but blue ( almost purple )
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius
Baited Shark Dive: Ooohh my goodness!!! What an amazing, warm, and relaxed day we had ... flat seas, sunny skies and great friends. First thing we saw when we got in the water was a Tiger Shark!! Circled around the entire group and went on its way ... we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks staying around for our entire bottom... about 20 minutes into the dive, the Tiger Shark came back to circle us one more time and disappeared into the distance.

IT'S A SHARK PARTY ON PROTEA BANKS !!!

22 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m milky but blue
Sea Temp: 26 degrees top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: Today we had a stunning dive!! Lots and lots of activity over the pinnacles with 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks in and out throughout the dive, 1 Oceanic Blacktip Shark and a Duskey Shark in the distance. We also had 3 Guitar Sharks ( Rays ), 3 Potato Bass and a Massive schools of Kingfish.

5 SPECIES OF SHARKS AND SOME RAYS PROTEA BANKS TODAY !!!

20 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 30m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees top, 22 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had about 5 Eagle rays and a Potato Bass. We also had 2 Greater Hammerhead Sharks, at least 4 Guitar Sharks, Shoaling Dusky Sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, and a Bull Sharks... Lots of gamefish all over. Mid water we had another Oceanic Blacktip shark and another Greater Hammerhead passed by.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the caves we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling us. we had about 3 Potato Bass staying around, 2 Eagle rays and we had a Tiger Shark as we passed the second cave. Mid water we had another Tiger shark come up to us, had a look and made his way into the distance. We also had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark, a Greater Hammerhead and some Barracuda on our safety stop.

FRIENDLY POTATO BASS AND LOTS OF RAYS ALL OVER PROTEA BANKS!!!

14 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees top, 20 degrees Celsius bottom
DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 3 Potato Bass taking quite a bit of interest in us. We also had a Spotted Eagle Ray and 2 Guitar Sharks. Mid water we spotted a Zambezi (bull) Shark in the distance.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Over the first cave we had a Potato Bass just chilling around. Carried on with the ref and we had another 2 Spotted Eagle Rays and some massive gamefish all over. We also had a Potato Bass follow us around for our entire bottom time. A Brindle Bass also popped in to say hi.

BAITED SHARK DIVE IN PERFECT VISIBILITY!

11 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 30m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees mid water

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Today we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks staying with us for the entire dive. A Potato Bass was circling on the bottom. Lots of Rainbow runners and Remora darting through.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: An extension of the first baited dive ... action-packed with 4 Oceanic Blacktips sharks and 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks.

THE WATER IS JUST GETTING WARMER AND MORE BLUE BY THE DAY!!!

6 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 30m Blue Blue Blue
Sea Temp: 26 degrees mid water

Southern Pinnacles: We had a beautiful and relaxed dive with lots of reef fish all over. We also had an Eagle Ray glide past us and we spotted 2 Greater Hammerhead Sharks throughout the dive. All and all a great dive with comfortable conditions.

THE BAITED SHARK DIVES JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER

5 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 30m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Today we had a Baby Tiger Shark come up to the drum!! We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling the drum with a single Hammerhead Shark that passed by.
DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: An extension of the first baited dive ... action-packed with 4 Oceanic Blacktips sharks and 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks.
 

THE ULTIMATE BAITED SHARK DIVE

4 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 27 degrees Celsius, 24 degrees midwater

Baited Shark Dive: WOW what an incredible dive. An action packed dive with at 5 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Later on we had 100's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks.
 

BULL SHARK BAITED DIVE

3 March 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: WOW ... what a dive ... dropped into the water and already had 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks waiting for us. Later on 2 Oceanic Blacktips sharks joined us. Then more Bull (Zambezi) sharks totaling 5 ... what so nice watching them on come onto the drum.

ACTION PACKED BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS

28 February 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m, but more milky on second dive
Sea Temp:  26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: An action packed dive with at least 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Shoaling Hammerhead sharks seen in the distance.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: With a strong current we drifted quickly over the reef. Even though there were lots of reef fish and Kingfish, we really did not have mush time to take notice. Two sets of shoaling Hammerheads sharks were seen as well as an Oceanic Blactip shark.

THE PROTEA EXPRESS TODAY

27 February 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: 'The Protea Express'
Viz:  clean, clean, clean
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: With a strong current and perfect viz we got to enjoy the reef. A Potato Bass stayed with us for most of our bottom time. A sneaky Bull (Zambezi) popped up over the reef to say Hi. Midwater we were entertained by some Remora and just before we surfaced an Oceanic Blacktip shark popped into check out the divers.

STRONG CURRENTS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY

20 February 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: Clean near surface but only 5 - 8m at bottom
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius at the surface and 23 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacle: With a strong current and reduced viz not so easy to see too much. 2 Round Ribbontail Rays were spotted on the bottom as well as some reef fish. Just off Sandshark Gully a Bull (Zambezi) shark was spotted ever so briefly.One of those dives where it was just nice to be in the water.

STRONG CURRENTS AND ELUSIVE SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY

19 February 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m but milky
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: With a strong current we made our way to LaLaLand. On the way we had two friendly Potato Bass. On the way up we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark and a Zambezi (Bull) shark pop in briefly.

Some Rainbow Runners were swirling around us and a Remora kept us company for most of our time mid water. Great to be back in the water.

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