Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

GOOD TO BE BACK IN THE WATER AGAIN.

5 May 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Boxy fish, loads of Trigger fish, Rubberlips, Bankies and plenty of reef fish. On Sandshark Gully we had 10+ Guitar sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark pretending to be a Guitar shark. Mid water we saw a shoal of Barracuda and an Oceanic Blacktip shark in the middle, we also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in a distance.  

MORE OCEANIC BLACKTIP ACTION!!!!

30 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 20 - 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: A nice chilled dive today. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS TODAY!!!

28 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 20 - 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish. Also 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

GUITAR AND OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS

27 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N-S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 23 - 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish and 1 Guitar shark. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

TIGER, RAGGED-TOOTH, BLACKTIPS, RAYS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

22 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef where the Ragged-tooth shark was waiting for us. In the cave we searched for lots and lots of shark teeth. We then had the opportunity to go through the swim through where saw some Puffer fish and Tassels. When we got out we saw a Tiger shark cruising over us. Mid water we had 1 quick sighting of an Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Second dive we did the second cave where we had 1 Eel, 3 Nudibranches, 1 Ragged-tooth shark. On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 3 Potato Bass and a bunch of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Tiger shark.

FUN TIMES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

21 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the way down to the reef we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. On the reef we had loads of reef fish, shoaling Bigeye Kingfish and some Tropicals.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: So we got to The Arch where we just some fun and took some photo's. On the reef we saw a few reef fish and some Kingfish.

TIGER, RAGGED-TOOTH, BLACKTIPS, RAYS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

20 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 5 Round Ribbontail Rays cruising around on the reef, shoaling Great Barracuda and Bigeye Kingfish, 2 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 TIGER shark and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Potato Bass. In the cave we had 1 Ragged-tooth shark. On the reef we had 4 Potato Bass, lots of reef fish and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. We then had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks with us for the rest of the dive.

ZAM'S BACK AND PLENTY OF BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS.

17 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: So another awesome day in the water, as we dropped in and turned around we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. We also had so many fish popping in and out.

INSANE BLACKTIP ACTION, A MANTA RAY AND MORE

16 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks herding up the divers.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we saw plenty of small reef fish from small Goldies to Rubberlips and Breams, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and 1 MANTA RAY circled us for at least 5 minutes. WHOPPPPEEEEE!!!!!!  Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

THE SHARKS WHERE FINALLY BACK ON IT TODAY.

15 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Got down and had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. We sat for 2 minutes with the one then we just had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and plenty of fish popping in for there piece of the pie.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the cave where we had 4 Ragged-tooth sharks, we took a few pics and off we went. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 1 Poensie, 1 Malabar Rockcod, shoaling Dusky Rubberlips, shoaling Protea Bream and a few loose BIG Tropicals. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

MUNCHING RAYS AND SNEAKY BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

14 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 3 - 5m on top, 10m on bottom
Sea Temp: 18 - 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks keeping us entertained by trying to eat Sam 
 
DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down we had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. On the reef we had a fleet of Rays following us, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, shoaling Bankies, Tropicals and plenty of reef fish around. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.
 
DIVE 3 - Baited Shark Dive: On the dive we sat with a Potato Bass and a few Protea bream eating up all the bait and then 10 Minutes later we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in for about 20 Minutes then just left us hanging.
 
DIVE 4 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the chilly reef we got to see 4 Potato Bass and then the exciting part came, we had the pleasure of seeing 4 Round Ribbontail Rays popping in and out between the divers. Protea was really pretty with all the reef fish. We saw lots of Job fish and Kingfish. Also had some interesting Plankton and jelly fish.
  

FULL ON FISH FESTIVAL ON PROTEA BANKS

13 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 3 - 5m at top, 15m at bottom
Sea Temp: 20 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, with full on action.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had shoaling fish everywhere from Green Jobfish, Kingfish, Tropicals, Amberjacks and plenty of reef fish. Also plenty of Round Ribbontail Rays. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

ACTION PACKED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS.

11 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: reverse
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we dropped in we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks ready for action. The Blacktips just stuck with us the for the whole dive.

Baby dolphins learning how to jump, seen from boat.

YIPPEEEEE ☺WHAT A NICE DAY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

6 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight N - S
Viz: 8m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsuis

Northern Pinnacle: In the first cave we had 6 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, shoaling Dusky Rubberlips and Bankies. Plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

EPIC ADVENTURE DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

5 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: So we got down on the reef, we saw caves and structures I've never seen before ... thanks Peter. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 1 Yellow Belly Rockcod and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Sea was flat!

WHAT A CHILLED DIVE TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS.

4 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsuis

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Giant Guitar shark, 2 Potato Bass and plenty of schooling fish. Mid water we had 6 Hammerhead sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Turtle seen from boat.

Sea was flat, what a day to be on Protea Banks.

TIGER, BULL, OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS AND MORE!!!!!

1 April 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m to 30m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius at the bottom, 24 degrees Celsius midwater

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: We got to the reef where we had 3 Potato Bass circling us, just had an amazing dive on the reef with all the reef fish. We also had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark just chilling above us. Mid water we saw 8 Guitar sharks on the sand, had 1 Zambezi (Bull) coming in close. We then we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Baited shark Dive: One massive TIGER shark at the bottom with a Potato Bass chilling around. Lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. A couple of Remora and a stunning Jellyfish.

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle: Strong drift over the reef seeing some Potato Bass, a Malabar and a Wahoo. Mid water was a bit more active with some Zambezi (Bull) sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. So many gamefish, shoaling Bonita and more ...

Sea was flat, what a day to be on Protea Banks.

RAGGIES, BULL, OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS AND MORE!!!!!

31 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 10m to 30m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius at the bottom, 24 degrees Celsius midwater

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the first cave where we had 8 - 10 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark, 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Potato Bass.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: At first I thought I was in Potato Bass City with all the Potato Bass milling around. Then we had a close encounter with a Zambezi (Bull) shark. The rest of the dive we had Zambezi (Bull) and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Also a shall shoal of Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Turtles popping in to say Hey !!! Plenty of reef fish around and 1 friendly Potato Bass. Mid water we saw 1 Giant Guitar shark on the sand, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 4 - Northern Pinnacle: DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Some Potato Bass milling around on the bottom. From mid water we had Zambezi (Bull) and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Also a big shoal of Bonita circling us. The rest of the dive we had some more interesting Plankton.

TIGER SHARK, DOLPHINS AND MORE ... PROTEA BANKS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!

30 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 8 to 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got down to the reef we had 1 Pod of Dolphins, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, 1 Poensie , lots of reef fish and gamefish. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Baited shark Dive: Awesome dive 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: Chilled dive. 1 Potato Bass and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Kingfish Gully was alive with reef and gamefish. The rest of the dive was pretty chilled with some interesting Plankton

DIVE 4 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we managed to see a BIG Zambezi (Bull) shark. Soon after a MASSIVE TIGER SHARK came cruising by ... woooohooo!!! After that I was so happy I did not notice much until a pod of Dolphins came by ... woooohooo again. Also a big shoal of Bonita and the rest of the dive we had some more interesting Plankton.

WHOOP WHOOP, what a day!!!

3 ACTION PACKED DIVES TODAY!!!

29 March 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 8 to 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: We had a chilled, relaxing cruise past Kingfish Gully, seeing 2 Potato Bass, lots of Kingfish, Tropicals and more. Lots of reef fish. Mid water at least 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark seen as we got in. OH and 1 Manta Ray!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: What an awesome dive!!! As we got in we had a Potato Bass and Brindle Bass join us. And then gamefish all over and we managed to get into a shoal of Kingfish ... Epic. Lots of Kob, Bonita and Tuna also seen. Mid water we had Bull (Zambezi) and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Really, really chilled dive. :)

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: Chilled dive. Some Potato Bass on the way and lots and lots of gamefish. Midwater we had some Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping and in and out and we saw a Great Hammerhead shark.

Dolphins seen from the boat.

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