Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

NICE CHILLED DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS, WITH LOTS TO SEE!!!

9 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 8 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef and we 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. As we made our way to THE ARCH we has a pod of Dolphins come by. We then had about 5 Ragged-tooth sharks chilling around THE ARCH. We then had a couple of single Hammerhead sharks pop in to say hi and then a HUGE set of shoaling Hammerheads sharks. Lots of Yellowtail, Tuna, Rainbow Runners and 2 Potato Bass, Really relaxed dive.

Whales, Dolphins and Flying fish seen from the boat.

WOW!!! SOUTHERNS WAS THE SPOT TO BE TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!!

8 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10 - 12m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef and we had 6 Ragged-tooth sharks, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and 1 Potato Bass that came in to say Hello. Further on the reef we had more Ragged-tooth sharks, a massive shoal of Bigeye Kingfish, 1 Potato Bass and we had a Pod of Dolphins swimming over us. Mid water we had just Plankton. Safety stop we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef the viz cleared up and the reef was ALIVE!! We must have had at least 20+ Ragged-tooth harks scattered all over. We also had 3 Hammerhead sharks pass right over us and everyone got to see them!! Then we had 3 Potato Bass, a Brindle Bass, MASSIVE Round Ribbontail Ray, Starry Moray Eel, some Bigeye Kingfish and Yellowtails. Mid water we had some interesting Plankton and Jelly Fish.

FINALLY THE HAMMERHEADS CAME OUT TO PLAY

6 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southerns Pinnacle: So we got down to the reef and we saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark then another one and then we saw the shoal of Hammerhead sharks that lead us to the secret spot where all the Hammerhead sharks come to meet ... we had constant sightings of the shoals of Hammerhead sharks. We had also 10+ Ragged-tooth sharks, 4 Round Ribbontail Rays, a huge shoals of Bigeye Kingfish, shoal of big Cape Yellowtails and lots of Tuna. Mid water we had Hammerhead sharks, Oceanic Blacktip sharks, Greater Hammerhead sharks and lots of bait fish. EPIC DIVE!!!!!!!

WHOOP WHOOP WE ATLEAST HAD 1 DUSKY SHARK.

5 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 5 - 8m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: So after 20 minutes of sitting and waiting 1 very happy Dusky shark decided to show up and entertain our divers with some close encounters. Lots of Plankton so Kym decided to do Plankton ID with the divers.

TIGER, HAMMERHEADS, BLACKTIP, DUSKY AND MUCH MORE ON PROTEA BANKS

4 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m, lots of Plankton
Sea Temp: 20 degrees at bottom - 23 degrees Celsius mid water

DIVE 1- Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks chilling, some of the divers saw 1 Tiger shark following the group from behind and while they were checking out the Tiger the other divers saw 1 Hammerhead shark. At the pinnacle we had 1 Eagle Ray, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and just over sand shark gully we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Dusky shark.

DIVE 2- Southern Pinnacle: On the way to the reef we had a huge shoal of Bigeye Kingfish. On the reef we had 10+ Ragged-tooth sharks and as we turned around BOOM!!!! We had a huge shoal of Hammerhead sharks from top to bottom. As we drifted we had another 4 lonely Hammerhead sharks, 3 Round Ribbontail Rays, and 1 Eagle Ray.

4 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS DIVE TODAY!

3 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 8m bottom, 15m mid water
Sea Temp: 20 degrees at bottom - 23 degrees Celsius mid water

Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef it was chilly and decreased viz, but lots of action at the bottom. The dive started with us seeing several Ragged-tooth sharks scattered over the reef. Then two Dusky sharks came in to play. We also had a HUGE Zambezi (Bull) shark pass by. Also entertaining us were 2 Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. Coming up to mid water the water got warmer and cleaner, I was ready for Hammerhead shark spotting and I was not disappointed. Two BIG shoals of Hammerhead sharks and 1 Hammerhead shark just behind a big shoal of Rainbow Runners. Whales could be heard throughout the dive.

A great morning diving.

Flying fish and Dolphins seen from the boat.

WATER WAS SOOOO NICE AND WARM.

29 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we must have had 10 Ragged-tooth sharks for our entire bottom time. We also had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in. Loads of reef fish and game fish around. Kym saw 1 Nudibranch and loads of Plankton. Mid water we had 5 Hammerhead sharks and Smiley, the Oceanic Blacktip shark, was popping in and out.

SO GOOD TO BE IN THE WATER BUT BBBBRRRR!!!!!

27 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS 

Current: mild reverse
Viz: 10m at the bottom and 12m at the top
Sea Temp: 18 degrees at the bottom and 22 degrees Celsius near the top

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we must have had at least 20 to 30 Ragged-tooth sharks for our entire bottom time. We also had a Potato Bass, some Bigeye Kingfish and lost of reef and game fish. Mid water we had a TURTLE swim right up to us and circle around us. Lots of interesting jellyfish and plankton.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

WOW!! ITS GOT EVEN BETTER ON PROTEA TODAY. IF YOU READING AND NOT DIVING SOON YOU MIGHT WANNA CONSIDER BOOKING SOME DIVES SOON!!!

25 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 10m at the bottom and 15m at the top
Sea Temp: 18 degrees at the bottom and 23 degrees Celsius at the top

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks while we hovered over the the first cave. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks came dipping down into the cold water to say HI !! As we drifted along the reef we had some fun and went to the swim through. Mid water we heard some Dolphins but didn't see them.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got into the water and had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks waiting around the drum. As the dive went on we 2 more joined in and we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark circling at about 15m. We also had a MASSIVE Eagle Ray joining in and gracefully making his way into the distance again!!! Actually thought it as a Manta in the beginning due to size. LOL! And we also had a single Hammerhead shark pass by as we were about to get out!!! GREAT DIVE!!!

Humpback Whales, Dolphins and Flying fish seen from the boat.

GETTING BETTER AND BETTER BY THE DAY!! WHOOHHOO!!!!

24 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 10+ Ragged-tooth sharks, 1 Eagle Ray, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark in the distance and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: What a chilled dive!! As we got to the reef we had 3 Ragged-tooth sharks staying around with us for a few minutes. The reef was amazing with lots of reef fish everywhere, with a Potato Bass in the distance. Lots of schools of Bigeye Kingfish and Rainbow Runners. As we started to multilevel we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark make a quick appearance before we got out the water.

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we came down into a bunch of Ragged-tooth sharks. In the first cave we had no sharks but on the reef we had a few around us. We had 1 Huge shoal of Hammerhead sharks swimming over us, after we had the shoal of Hammerhead sharks we had one single swimming Hammerhead shark and it stayed for a few seconds circling us. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 4 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark. As we got to the first cave we had a massive shoal of at least 100 Hammerhead sharks pass right above and around us!!! No sharks in the cave however we had a few around and on the rest of the reef. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in and out.

Some GREAT Humpback Whales and Flying fish seen from the boat.

The sea was a bit rough, but the diving was so worth it!!!!

SHARKS, SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS!!! SO STOKED WE GOT TO SEE A BIT MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!

23 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS 

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 12m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks. Some of the divers saw a Zambezi (Bull) shark, 2 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Hammerhead sharks at first and then another 3 Hammerhead sharks as we went up.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had about 5 to 10 Ragged-tooth sharks chilling around the reef. We also had a very curious Potato Bass and a big school of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had a Hammerhead shark come SUPER close to some of the divers and it made an appearance again later in the dive.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks , 2 Potato Bass, lots of reef fish, Tropicals and 4 big Cape Yellowtails. Mid water we had lots of Protea Bream and 1 Purple Rockcod.

DIVE 4 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark follow us down. On the reef we must have had more than 20 to 30 Ragged-tooth sharks all around the cave. We also had 2 Potato Bass and some Yellowtail following us around. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark stay with us for the rest of our dive.

Now that my friends was an amazing yet relaxing day of diving!!

ROUGH AND TOUGH!! IN THE WATER AND OUT ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!

22 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS 

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark dive: On the dive we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Dusky shark. The Blacktip didn't stay for very long, then we had the Dusky shark doing the baited for us. We also had a Hammerhead shark pass by in the distance.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark circling above us. We also had 2 Potato Bass and some beautiful reef fish. Lots of interesting Jellyfish and Plankton mid water.

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle: We dropped down on 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. We then did a slow drift over the reef where we saw 2 Potato Bass, lots of small reef fish and 2 Ragged-tooth sharks.

DIVE 4 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Ragged-tooth shark chill around on the reef. We also had a very curious Potato Bass following us around. Mid water we had some Yellowtail and the cutest little Jellyfishes.

So all in all I think Protea Banks is just preparing us for a EPIC adventure soon. Can't be so spoiled all the time :) LOL!

JUST ANOTHER FUN DAY IN AFRICA.

21 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: reverse
Viz: 12m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On the reef we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Flying Fish seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, RAGGIES AND WAY MORE ...

20 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 18 degrees Celsius at the bottom, 20 at the top

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the way down we saw 3 Potato Bass sneaking out the cave. In the cave we had no Raggies but the reef was full of Ragged-tooth sharks. As we struggled to swim against the slight reverse current one diver saw a shoal of Hammerhead sharks and then it happened we got superpowers and the current was no challenge anymore. Mid water we had 1 Dusky shark, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Potato Bass.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of Ragged-tooth sharks, the fish life was booming today with Tropicals, Green Jobfish, Poensies, Cape Yellowtail, Rock Salmon and lots more. We didn't have any sharks mid water but while we had our long bottom time in the cold water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks chilling in the warmer mid water.

Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat.

WET IN AND OUT THE WATER TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS.

19 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight reverse
Viz: 15m bottom, 10m top
Sea Temp: 18 - 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks just above us in the warmer water, The fish life was also busy loads of Green Jobfish, Bream, Tropicals and reef fish. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Flying Fish seen from the boat.

Three shades of colours today, 4 dives each very different ... only Protea Banks!!!

16 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m at the bottom and top, 5m mid water (dark )
Sea Temp: 16 degrees Celsius at the bottom, 22 at the top

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got into the water we had such a wake up call with the water temperature Brrr!! ... made our way to the first cave the reef it was alive so many fishes around. We then had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 3 Ragged-tooth sharks hanging out on the reef. In the second cave had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks and Mr. Potato Bass.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: It was a very exciting BAITED dive on Protea Banks today. The viz was less than 5m so when we saw the Oceanic Blacktip sharks they were in your face like "whatssss up or Boe!." We only had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks on our dive, but trust me I think all the divers were pretty happy that there were only 2. (Whales and a Manta Ray seen from the boat).

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle - With the viz being on the down side, it made our dive quite interesting with the element of surprise. We could only see the sharks when there were RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF US!! On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass and 4 Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in and out for the rest of the dive. Lots of Jellyfish and Plankton. (We also had some amazing Whale action from the boat on the way back).

DIVE 4 - Southern Pinnacle: Lots of flying fish from the boat on the way there. The viz got a little better on this dive however super quiet. We had lots of reef fish all over and a Potato Bass in the distance. Mid water was relaxed and we got to have a closer look at all the interesting Jellyfish and Plankton. Good to be in the water and have such a relaxed dive.

Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat.

IT'S SUMMER THE WATER SHOULD BE WARM ... THEY SAID.

15 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight 
Viz: 5m top - 15m bottom
Sea Temp: 16 degrees Celsius at the bottom, 20 at the top

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: In the first cave we had 1 baby Ragged-tooth shark. On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 4 Ragged-tooth sharks, lots of Bream, 4 Potato Bass and reef fish. Mid water we had nothing.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 pod of Dolphins, they stayed with us for at least 2 minutes. On the reef we had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays, 5 Ragged-tooth sharks, 2 Potato Bass, lots of Bream and reef fish. We had the same pod of Dolphins before we went up. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Tuna and 1 Diamond stingray.

FELT LIKE A NIGHT DIVE TODAY ON THE REEF.

11 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 8m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: Once we got down to the reef we had close ups with the fish, loads of reef fish, lots of Bream, huge school of Bigeye Kingfish and big Dusky Rubberlips at the Pinnacle. Mid water we had a small shoal of Hammerhead sharks, 2 single Greater Hammerhead sharks and 3 or 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Was a great dive, the Viz changed the game a bit but the sharks made it worth it.

LAUNCH, WIND, WAVES ... THEN WE GOT IN THE WATER AND CALM, RELAXED AND PEACEFUL.

10 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark follow us down. On the reef we had lots of reef and game fish with 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got in we were met by two Oceanic Blacktip sharks. The reef was alive with reef and game fish. Also a Potato Bass popped in. Mid water we had at least 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! whale action seen from the boat. Flying Fish seen from the boat.

CAUTION!!! YOU MIGHT GET JEALOUS READING THIS!!!!

9 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: SHARKS GALORE!!! Backwards roll off the boat and BOOM!! 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks!!! As the dive went on we had about another 5 Oceanic Blacktips join in and chill with us for the rest of the dive. INSANE!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: What a relaxed chilled dive with enough to see without being too spoilt. On the reef we had a single Hammerhead shark and then a group of about 60 Hammerhead sharks in the distance. On Kingfish Gully we had a big shoal of Kingfish. On Sandshark Gully we must have seen at least 10 Guitar sharks. For the rest of the dive Oceanic Blacktip sharks we constantly popping in and out and on the safety stop we had a Dusky shark circling us. Great dive even though the viz was not fantastic.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: You know you are going to have a great dive when you see a shoal of about 100 - 200 Hammerhead sharks within the first 5 minutes of the dive!! Coming so close that we almost felt like we had to make way for them. LOL! We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. All this action and we weren't even on the reef yet!!! On the reef we had lots of reef fish and massive schools of Bigeye Kingfish. On the Pinnacle we had another 50 shoaling Hammerhead sharks pass by. As we started to multi level we had a Greater Hammerhead swim right up to us then dash off. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks stay with us for the rest of the dive.

Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat.

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