Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

HAMMERHEADS EVERYWHERE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY ... NO JOKES !!

30 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m decreasing throughout the day
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Slow start but after a few minutes we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks staying with us for the entire dive. We also had Rainbow Runners and lots of interesting Jellyfishes.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 3 Eagle Rays!! Can't remember much of the actual reef as we had shoal after shoal of Hammerhead sharks passing over, under, everywhere!!!. At least 4 shoals on the reef alone!!!! Mid Water we had another two sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks and on our safety stop we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark staying around for a few minutes. We also had a Guitar shark, Oceanic Blacktip shark and a Potato Bass. Mid water we had another 4 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks!!!! AMAZING!!!!!

DIVE 4 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. As we were making our way along the reef it was just Hammerheads everywhere, underneath us and next to us even above us - as we were enjoying the Hammerhead sharks, a TIGER shark was in the centre of the shoal. Mid water we had a Greater Hammerhead shark and more shoals of Hammerhead sharks, I didn't know where to point they were everywhere. We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. It was an EPIC dive.

 Dolphins seen from the boat!!!!

CLEAN, WARM AND INSANELY GREAT DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY !!!

29 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 30m+ (top to bottom!!)
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Sharks were a bit fussy today and took quite some time, with a lot of work to get them BUT ... OOOHH MY GOODNESS!!!! Shoaling Hammerhead sharks!!!!! AND 1000's of them!!!! One shoal was passing for 10 minutes non stop!!! Little shoals here and there throughout the dive. INSANE!!!!!! And of course we had 'Smiley' with two other Oceanic Blacktip sharks staying with us for the rest of the dive!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down to the reef it was full of fish and Mr. Potato Bass. As we were making our way mid water we saw a HUGE Zambezi (Bull) shark that spent some time with us. It was so nice to have blue water again!!

Flying Fish seen from the boat!!!!

BIG WAVES, FLAT SEA, SUN SHINE AND SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

27 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m bottom, 8m top (Plankton)
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef it was full of colourful fish and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. As we started making our way up a Hammerhead shark came in and left again BUT it came in again just to have another look. Mid water we had another Hammerhead shark that just came in very quickly.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Baited for quite a while and took some work but after a few minutes we had full blown out of this world dive. We had 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. We also had at least 4 Dusky sharks circling around keeping their distance.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark and a Oceanic Blacktip shark. Lots of reef fishes and MASSIVE schools of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had a shoal of at least 50 - 100 Hammerhead sharks.

Rainbow Runners and Flying Fish seen from the boat!!!!

HARD WORK BUT SO WORTH IT!!!

26 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m bottom, 8m top (Plankton)
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down to the reef we saw a Potato Bass. As we drifted over Sand Shark Gully we had shoaling Hammerhead sharks. Mid water we had 1 very curious Hammerhead shark popping in and out every now and then, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. It was a very relaxing dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Pod of 10 Dolphins!!!!! WOOOHOO!!!! We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. Some of the divers saw a Tiger shark in the distance!!! Mid water we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark popping in and out and we had at least 2 shoals of Hammerhead sharks. Great dive!!!

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of reef and gamefish around. Mid water we had 4 Hammerhead sharks swim right up to us!! Then dashed off super fast!!!! Super relaxed dive.

Dolphins seen from the boat!!!!

WARM AND RELAXED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

21 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 15m bottom, 12m top (Plankton)
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius (top) ,21 degrees Celsius (bottom)

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 friendly Potato Bass with lots of reef fish and gamefish. Mid water we saw 1 Round Ribbontail Ray at the bottom and we had 1 Mobula Ray.

100's AND 100's AND 100's OF HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

19 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 8m bottom, 15 - 20m top (Plankton)
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius (top), 21 degrees Celsius (bottom)

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down to the reef we had 1 Ragged-tooth shark and 1 Dusky shark. As we drifted we had 4 shoals of 100's and 100's of Hammerhead sharks, 1 Potato Bass, another Ragged-tooth shark, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. Mid water we had 3 shoals of Hammerhead sharks, 5 Dusky sharks stalking the Hammerhead sharks and 2 Mobula Rays. AND A CRAB ... LOL.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we started going down we had a shoal of Hammerhead sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and more Hammerhead sharks. Mid water we had 2 Dusky sharks and 100's and 100's of Hammerhead sharks passing by us.

What an EPIC DAY!!!

WOW TWO VERY DIFFERENT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

18 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: 12m bottom, 20m top
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius (top) ,18 degrees Celsius (bottom)

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: We had to work super hard today to get the sharks attention but when we did ... there were shoaling Hammerhead at the bottom of us and then above us. We also had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. After all the hard work it turned out to be an awesome dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 4 Round Ribbontail Rays chilling around. We also has a very friendly Potato Bass staying with us for our entire bottom time. Lots of gamefish and reef fishes around. Mid water was quiet so we started to enjoy looking at all the interesting Plankton and jellyfish. Next moment we had a Mobula Ray circle around us like twice then it disappeared into the distance.

ICE COLD WATER ON PROTEA BANKS.

17 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10m bottom - 5m top
Sea Temp: 17- 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, lots of reef fish and gamefish seen. As we started going up we had 1 Ragged-tooth shark popping in. Mid water we had a wide range of Plankton.

Blue Marlin and 1 Pod of Dolphins seen from boat.

BULL, BLACKTIP, RAYS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS.

14 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 8m bottom - 15m top
Sea Temp: 22 - 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 8 Round Ribbontail Rays (2 of the Round Ribbontail Rays were massive). We couldn't see much at the bottom but we had some reef fish and 1 Potato Bass swimming around. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 frisky Oceanic Blacktip shark.

WE FORGOT TO DO OUR SHARK DANCE LAST NIGHT.

13 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 12m bottom, 8m top
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we dropped in we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark swimming around for 20 seconds and then just gone. We then decided to go up again and suddenly we had this 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Hammerhead shark, they stayed for a bit longer.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of gamefish, reef fish and 1 Malabar. In the second cave we had 4 Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 2 Hammerhead sharks and lots of Plankton.

RAGGIES ARE JUST ENJOYING THE WARM WATER.

11 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight reverse
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the first cave where we had 6 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 30+ Ragged-tooth sharks, lots of reef fish, gamefish and 1 Potato Bass. Mid water we only had 1 Dusky shark.

RAINING TIGERS AND HAMMERHEADS TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS.

10 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15 - 20m (Plankton on second dive)
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got down we saw 1 TIGER shark so we went after it and the TIGER decided to turn around and WOW ... that is one way to feel small. We also had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and on the fishy side we had 2 Cape Yellowtail, 1 Yellowbelly Rockcod, Bream and many more reef fish. Mid water we had Peter chasing around Hammerhead sharks. The TIGER came passed again and at the end we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got down to the reef we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks being chased by a pod of Dolphin. Also 40+ 'shoaling' Ragged-tooth sharks. In the cave we had some more Ragged-tooth sharks - while everyone picked up shark teeth we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks passing over. As we drifted we had more Ragged-tooth sharks ... the Dolphins came passed again and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, 3 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, 1 single Hammerhead shark and 1 TIGER shark.

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.

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