Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

WHAT AN AWESOME DAY AT SEA!!!!!

9 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 to 10m at the bottom, from 20m to the surface - top to bottom viz
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius at the bottom and 24 from mid water up

DIVE 1 - LA LA LAND: 3 Round Ribbontail Rays, 1 very friendly Potato Bass and a Prodigal Son. I saw a Nudibranch and Crayfish lol. Reef alive with fish and stunning reef structure. Well worth a dip in the ocean!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Spent time in the first cave and found Ragged-tooth shark teeth. 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks mid water. Huge shoal of Bonito. Lots of other shoaling fish. Sea really alive!!!!! So many different types of Plankton!

What a day to be at sea (a big smiley face)!

Knarly day of diving on Protea Banks.

7 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 2 Potato Bass and plenty reef fish. We also saw alot of game fish around.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 6 Bull (Zambezi) sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Ragged- tooth shark in the caves. A school of Tuna and Barracuda seen. 3 very friendly Potato Bass and 1 BIG Ribbontail Ray.

Knarly day of diving on Protea Banks.

SUN FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. About 6 Round Ribbontail Rays and one very big Brindle Bass on the Arch. 1 Guitar shark and plenty of pretty reef fish ... also saw some really big Kingfish. Just before the safety stop a SUN FISH was spotted ... EPIC!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 small Tiger shark, 1 Bull (Zambezi) and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark ... 2 very friendly Potato Bass and a few rays ...

EPIC day of diving on Protea Banks!

Rays and sharks ...

19 January 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: weak
Viz: 15m on the bottom ... about 20m in mid water
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Plenty reef fish around on the reef and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 Eagle Ray and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. Lots of schools of fish including Kingfish, Cape Yellowtail and Red Eye sardines. 1 Potato Bass and all our usual pretty reef fish.

A really good day of diving on Protea Banks.

Eagle Rays ...

8 January 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: As we hit the bottom we were greeted by 3 Eagle Rays and then followed by 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. We then saw 2 more Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. Good dive!

Lots of fish.

31 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m on the bottom ... about 5m in mid water
Sea Temp: 18 - 23 degrees Celsius - depth dependent

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Some Cape Yellowtail and Bonito.  Plenty of reef fish

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: A really good dive with all the reef fish on the reef ... so many schools of fish around and swimming together.

A good day on Protea Banks.

Bonito, Kingfish and Cape Yellowtail.

30 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 15m
Sea Temp: 18 - 23 degrees Celsius - depth dependent

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Some reef fish around along the reef. Some shoals of Bonito and Kingfish with small shoal of Cape Yellowtail.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Reef fish along the reef and plenty cool things to see in the small caves and cracks ... some shaols of Cape Yellowtail.

An okay day on Protea Banks.

WOW! What can I say, some days are well worth being in the water ... all I can say is working on such a location is a dream!

27 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 30m++
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Top to bottom viz. Started with 3 Hammerhead sharks close in and then 3 HUGE schools of Hammerhead sharks ... MIND BLOWING!!!!!! ... and at the end Leo the Dusky came in to say Hi. Also 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. A big shoal of Rainbow Runners. Reef alive with fish but too busy looking at sharks to take any notice.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Viz dropped by about 10m but still a worthwhile dive with another big school of Hammerhead sharks. Lots of reef fish. WICKED DIVE

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacles: Viz had become milky but still a worthwhile dive with another school of Hammerhead sharks. Also nice to see a Bull (Zambezi) shark again and a Dusky shark. Also 1 Turtle. Reef alive.

On days like this you gotta love being a diving professional!

LEO ... the Dusky shark.

26 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Guitar sharks, a Potato Bass and plenty Trigger fish and other reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Southerns Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and my favorite Dusky shark who is named Leo. Plenty of Trigger fish and Kingfish seen on the reef.

Good day of diving on Protea Banks.

SOOOO many HAMMERHEAD sharks!!!!

22 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: 6 schools of Hammerhead sharks seen. 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Dusky sharks. Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Guitar shark. 3 Potato Bass. Also a really big shoal of Kingfish.

'Kiff' dive even with the minimal viz.

Sluis doing A NAKED DIVE with plenty of sharks!

21 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: About 7 schools of Hammerhead sharks seen, some nice and close. 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Dusky shark seen. Also 2 Guitar sharks, a Potato Bass and a really big school of Kingfish.

Sluis doing A NAKED DIVE!!

7 SCHOOLS OF HAMMERHEAD SHARKS!

20 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: About 7 schools of Hammerhead sharks seen. 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blackttip shark. 1 Potato Bass and a few Rays ...

A really good dive with good conditions!

Any day in the sea is a good day they say ...

19 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Only one Bull (Zambezi) shark spotted. A a few big Kingfish seen and many reef fish but it was a relatively quiet dive.

Any day in the sea is a good day they say ...

IF YOU WERE NOT IN THE WATER TODAY, YOU HAVE TRULY MISSED OUT ON AN UNBELIEVABLE DAY OF DIVING!!!

18 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium AND SEA FLAAAAAAT
Viz: 30m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 14 schools of Hammerhead sharks, 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and about 40 Dusky sharks all swimming along with the Hammerhead sharks. On the reef we had all the usual pretty reef fish including 2 Potato Bass, 5 Round Ribbontail Rays. We also had plenty red eye sardine and Kingfish. At the end of the dive Kyle got his bottle out and attracted at least 30 Dusky sharks and the dive group had good sightings snorkeling with the Dusky sharks. Great fun and excellent diving.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles ( THE ARCH): So when Suresh comes back from the first dive and tells me it is unbelievable, begs me for a second dive and tells me I better be on it ... I have no choice but to bunk work to satisfy a divers request ... after all at Aqua Planet we are known for our customer service ... hehe. AND boy did the dive live up to expectations. 1000's of Hammerhead sharks seen in the first 20 minutes ... actually in the end did not even know where to look. On safety stop had more than 10 Dusky sharks - felt a bit like a baited dive. Also 1 Round Ribbontail Ray by the arch. 1 Potato Bass. Reef pretty with lots of fish but no time to have a look, just too many sharks. WHOOP, WHOOP ... BOUNCE, BOUNCE ... WHAT A FRIGGIN INCREDIBLE DIVE!

IF YOU WERE NOT IN THE WATER TODAY, YOU HAVE TRULY MISSED OUT ON AN UNBELIEVABLE DAY OF DIVING!!!

A truly superb day of diving ...

17 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 4 schools of Hammerhead sharks. 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and two or three Dusky sharks. On the reef we had all the usual pretty reef fish including 2 Potato Bass, 3 Round Ribbontail Rays and 2 Eagle Rays.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 9 schools of Hammerhead sharks, some nice and close. 4 Bull (Zamberi) sharks, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 2 Dusky sharks. About 4 Round Ribbonta Rays and reef was alive with pretty reef fish.

A truly superb day of diving ...

A really good sunny day filled with knarly dives.

14 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 schools of Hammerhead sharks. 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 3 Dusky sharks. On the reef we had all the usual pretty reef fish including 2 Potato Bass and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 4 schools of Hammerhead sharks, some nice and close. About 3 Potato Bass, a Marble Electric Ray and plenty Tropical Amberjack. Reef alive with pretty reef fish.

A really good sunny day filled with knarly dives.

Really busy dive ... Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

13 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: light
Viz: 10 - 15m, green milky
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 HUGE schools of Hammerheads with Dusky sharks swimming with !!!, 2 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and 1 Huge Greater Hammerhead shark. 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks playing at 5m, with two Dusky sharks, really busy dive ... Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 4 Dusky sharks, 1 Potato Bass and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Lots of pretty fish! Great day ... and it didn't rain!!

Dolphins on scuba ...

9 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10 - 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: Dolphins on scuba right in the beginning on our descent. 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks.  2 Potato Bass and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Also all the pretty reef fish along the reef.
Good diving!

Bull and Dusky sharks.

8 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and about 8 Dusky sharks. 1 Potato Bass and a few Guitar sharks spotted on the sand below.

Loads of interesting Plankton.

6 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 10 - 12m, milky with plankton
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 1 Dusky shark, 1 Brindle Bass and 1 Potato Bass seen by 'Miggie'. Reef fish and loads of interesting Plankton.

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