Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

BACK ON PROTEA BANKS FOR SOME SUPER REWARDING DIVING.

15 August 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: weak
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

5 whole months. That's how long it has been, 5 months dry ... today we broke the surface tension and finally did some awesome dives!! Double tank both on the Northern Caves.
First dive we were greeted by one of our regular big Potato Bass, with a very slow current we worked our way towards the caves, seeing only 2 Ragged-tooth sharks on our first dive. After seeing 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in mid water we got to our safety stop and kept looking around for the Whales we could hear. Divemaster Kyle popped up with the group and noticed the WHALES just 50m inshore of the group, after a few tumble rolls the WHALES pulled in for a quick look coming right under the group and sped off on their course northwards.
Second dive we did the caves again, this time with a good number of about 10 Ragged-tooth sharks in the 1st cave, we spent majority of bottom time with the Ragged-tooth sharks and did a nice easy ascent with 2 Oceanic Blacktips coming in close and 2 Hammerheads keeping their distance from us. All in all a very good first day back in the water.

THE NORTHERN CAVES, ALWAYS GOOD!

22 August 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: With a nice and steady descent to the bottom and being greeted by 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, we made it into the caves but sadly no Ragged-tooth sharks waiting for us. Many reef fish about, giving many options of small things to look at on the reef. As we began to multi-level up to the surface we saw another 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and heard many Whale tunes.

SOUTHERN FUN

23 August 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: Reef was fishy today. Saw 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark on our drop to the reef and that was our only shark. But we had a Potato Bass that come and followed us for a good 10 minutes. Many species of fish seen, including black Musslecracker, Kingfish and many small goldies ... just awesome to enjoy a great day at sea.

RAGGIES AND HAMMERS ON OUR DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! WHAT A PLEASURE!!!!!

29 August 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Brindle Bass and 2 Ragged-tooth sharks between some ridges. As we stared to multi-level we had 100's and 100's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks buzzing in and out.

RAGGIES ON SOUTH

6 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m, murky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had a few Ragged-tooth sharks hanging around on the reef. On the top of the reef we had a massive school of Longfin Amberjack and many other fish around. During our multi-level to the surface we had a small school of Hammerhead sharks come past and one lonely Oceanic Blacktip shark coming in to have a look at us. Both Dolphins and Whales seen from the boat during our ride to Protea and back.

CRAZY ACTION ON OUR BAITED ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

24 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water we had a TIGER SHARK chilling around the drum. After about 5 minutes, we had 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks come up from the bottom getting really close to some of us. We also had a total of 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks for our entire bottom time. EXCITING dive from start to finish!!!!

CRAZY MARLIN ENCOUNTER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

22 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m top, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: We had 2 Potato Bass staying with the group while on the bottom. Also 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. As we started to multi level we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 of the Potato Bass coming up slightly still following us. At about 15m, a MARLIN came into view on the sea side of the group ... after sticking around for a good 20 seconds, the Divemaster flashed and created some bubble clouds, the MARLIN came in buzzing the group and stuck around for a good 2 minutes in total ... EPIC.

GREAT BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

21 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Just before the start of the dive we had some Dolphins up on the surface. As we rolled back we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark around and after a few minutes we had a total of 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Circling the bottom we had 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, with one of them coming up close enough to see details. An all round good dive!

GREAT SHARK DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

19 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As the Divemaster dropped in to check for sharks, there was a TIGER shark already in the vicinity. Once divers had entered the water, we all got to see the TIGER as he came straight in towards us. The TIGER popped in and out during the dive ... about 4 times in total, shy guy. We also had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks controlling the deeper waters of the dive. There was also 2 Potato Bass and 1 Yellowbelly Rockcod, trying to get into the action. A total of 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks were on the dive, keeping us busy at all times.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: The drift dive on Southerns started off slow until we got to Kingfish Gully ... Kingfish to the left and 7 Hammerhead sharks on the right. We had a young Potato Bass hiding in the reef. As we began to multi-level we had a decent school of Barracuda. Up in open water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktips come around and check us out.

SUPER CHILLED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! (NOT COLD JUST RELAXED)

15 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a MASSIVE school of Bigeye Kingfish and lots of reef fish all over. We also had an Oceanic Blacktip shark in the distance. Mid water we had a Greater Hammerhead shark pass by and some Remora's playing around.

SSSSHHHARRRKKS, SHARKS, SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

14 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong (10km drift)
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: What an action packed dive. Oceanic Blacktip sharks everywhere who needs another species ...? We had 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks joining us on the dive and two Bull (Zambezi) sharks getting close.

VIZ GETTING BETTER, CURRENT GETTING STRONGER AND SOME AMAZING SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

13 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very strong (5km drift)
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a massive school of Bigeye Kingfish and lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark pass by really close, leaving a Remora behind. Right before our safety stop we had a Hammerhead shark passing by.

OCEANIC BLACKTIP MONDAY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

9 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks arrived after Divemaster was in water for a bit. Divers dropped in and we had some Oceanic Blacktip sharks also pull in, at the end of the dive we had a total of about 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks around coming nice and close not giving the Zambezi (Bull) sharks a chance to be enjoyed.

Viz improving on PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

4 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: After about ten minutes of waiting around an Oceanic Blacktip joined us and stayed with us for the dive. We had a Bull (Zambezi) shark lurking in the distance that came in close only once, midway through our dive. We had some reef fish come up and a few pelagic fish around the drum too.

TIGER SHARKS GETTING SUPER CLOSE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

4 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 5m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water we had a Tiger Shark getting close to the drum. After awhile, we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Tiger sharks darting in and out. Lots of Rainbow Runners and SO SO SO many fishes all over.

GETTING COLDER AND COLDER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

3 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 5 - 10m top, 1 - 5m middle, 5 - 10m ish bottom
Sea Temp: 16 degrees Celsius bottom (BRRRRRRRRR!!!), 22 degrees Celsius middle, 23 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 beautiful Moray Eels sitting together with some Lionfish chilling around them.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the bottom we had 3 Potato Bass staying with us, looking like the one was protecting a youngster. We also had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and we also had a bit of Amberjack working the reef.

CONSIDERING ICE DIVING SPECIALTY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

2 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15m top, 1 - 5m middle, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 17 degrees Celsius bottom, 22 degrees Celsius top

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass keeping us company, with a Musselcracker getting really close. Lots of reef and gamefish all over. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark for a brief moment.

A MULTILAYER DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

1 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 15m top, 1 - 5m middle, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius bottom, 23 degrees Celsius top

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass getting really close with a massive Rockod. Also had some Rainbow Runners and Tropicals all over. Mid water we had some Jellyfish.

INSANE DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! HAMMERS, BLACKTIPS, BULLS AND SOME REMORA'S!!!!

25 February 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m top, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius bottom, 26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Started off with a Tiger shark circling the drum. He then made his way into the distance and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks joined us. After about 10 minutes we had a total of 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks on the drum and a Zambezi (Bull) shark circling beneath. GREAT DIVE!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark, Bigeye Kingfish and lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we had a shoal of about 20 Hammerhead sharks pass by as well as some interesting Jellyfish and Plankton.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had Bigeye Kingfish and Natal Fingerfin and lots of reef fish all over. Also 1 Potato Bass. Mid water we had 1 Hammerhead shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

RAYS, BASS, BLACKTIPS AND BULLS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

22 February 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz:  25m top, 15m bottom
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celcius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had about 3 Potato Bass, a Brindle Bass, a Round Ribbontail Ray and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Lots of reef fish all over with some schools of Kingfish. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks darting in and out.

Butterflies seen from the boat.

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