Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

ZAM'S, GUITAR SHARKS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

25 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to none
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius top, 21 degrees Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of reef fish and shoaling Bigeye Kingfish, On the sand we had 1 Big Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 smaller Zambezi (Bull) shark. Right at the bottom we had 1 sneaky Guitar shark and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water we had a great verity of Plankton and jellyfish.

REALLY CALM YET ACTION PACKED DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY

24 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: It took a bit of work today but it was all worth it. We had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark. Our entire bottom time was jammed packed with action. We had at lease 4 Round Ribbontail rays, 2 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, 2 Potato Bass and LOTS of reef and gamefish all over. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 6 Round Ribbontail rays, a Potato Bass, Bigeye Kingfish and lots more gamefish. We also had a set of about 15 Hammerhead sharks pass by!!! Mid water we had another 2 Hammerhead sharks swim right up to us and as we did our safety stop we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark circling below us.

AMAZING DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY

23 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to none
Viz: 10 - 15m (blue)
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius top, 21 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: The dive started with 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. After a while the Zambezi (Bull) sharks decided to join us and we ended up with 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we missed the first cave by just a bit, as we drifted we had loads of reef fish and 1 big Potato Bass. At the end of the dive we had a HUGE Bull (Zambezi) shark. 

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a MASSIVE Zambezi (Bull) shark pass by. The reef was busy with beautiful reef fishes and schools of Bigeye Kingfish all over! We also had another 2 Hammerhead sharks seen by some of the divers. Mid water we had lots of interesting jellyfish and Plankton. As we started our safety stop, a Greater Hammerhead shark swam right up to us ( like a meter away ) then turned around and dashed off again!! Now that was insane!

DIVE 4 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 4 Round Ribbontail rays, one of them stayed with us for quite some time. We also had 2 Potato Bass and the reef was breathtaking with reef fishes everywhere!! Mid water we had a Hammerhead shark pass by.

THE ZAM'S ARE BACK IN TOWN ... ESCORTED BY 1000's OF SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS!!!!

21 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Got in the water and it was great already ... cozy warm and beautifully blue water. Got to the reef and had our first set of 1000's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks!!! Then an Oceanic Blacktip shark pops in out of nowhere, then more 1000's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks. Then we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark pass by then ... MORE Hammerhead shark!!!!!! Insane dive with literally non stop action!!! Right before we started to multi - level we had a massive school of Barracuda. For the rest of the dive we had a Zambezi (Bull) sharks circling below us.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got in we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, whilst the Oceanic Blacktip sharks had all our attention we got surprised by 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. By the end of the dive we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 4 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. EPIC dive!!

AWESOME BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

20 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: We got in with 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. The Blacktip stuck around for awhile then left and came back with 2 Buddy's, so we then had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. On the very end of the dive we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

GOOD DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

16 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: A really quiet dive however we did have the luck of spotting a MANTA RAY on the reef!!! The rest of the dive we had some interesting Jellyfish and Plankton.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got in we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark ,we whispered in his ear to bring some more of his friends and he did just that, next thing we had a total of 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. If you think that is amazing we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark that also stayed with us throughout the dive - kept us all on our toes. 

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: Shoh!! What a different dive from the first!!! On the reef we had at least 4 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks!! We also had 3 Guitar sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, an Eagle Ray and a Potato Bass. Mid Water we had another 3 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks and an Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in now and then.

LOADS OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

15 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark, shoaling Hammerhead sharks and loads of reef fish. At the Pinnacle we had shoaling Bigeye Kingfish and then it started ... we had Hammerhead sharks popping in from every side possible. On the sand we saw 10+ Guitar sharks. Mid water we had Zambezi (Bull) sharks and more Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 Eagle Ray. On the reef we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. At the Pinnacle we had shoaling Bigeye Kingfish. On the sand we had 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, 1 Eagle Ray, 10+ Guitar sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and a small shoal of Hammerhead sharks. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, 1 Dusky shark and shoaling Hammerhead sharks.

GREAT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY

14 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down we had 1 huge Eagle ray and shoaling Hammerhead sharks. On the reef we had 6 shoals of Hammerhead sharks, 4 Greater Hammerhead sharks, 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and lots of reef fish. On the sand we saw 10+ Guitar sharks. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 friendly Hammerhead shark.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Started today with 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and ended with an EPIC baited dive. Lots of Tuna were popping in and out grabbing snacks, we also had 5 or 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 4 Zambezi (Bull) sharks.

THRESHER SHARK ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

13 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down on the we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark stayed with the group the entire dive. We had shoaling Hammerhead sharks for days, if we were 2 minutes without sharks it would of been long. On the Pinnacle we had shoaling Hammerhead sharks and 1 Thresher shark, on the sand we had 2 Guitar sharks. Mid water we we had shoaling Hammerhead sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: The dive started slow we had 1 Zambezi (Bull ) shark passing by and then we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark joining us.

LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD TO BE ON THE BAITED SHARK DIVE TODAY.

9 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: We had to work very hard to get the sharks attention BUT when we did we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and lots of Tuna and Jelly Fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Mussel Crackers with some reef and game fish here and there. Mid water we had some interesting plankton and Jellyfish.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: So the reef was pretty quiet today with only Bigeye Kingfish and Rainbow Runners around. Sharks must still have been asleep as we didn't spot one on either of the dive but at least we got to blow some bubbles and with the viz clearing up it was well worth getting in the water.

4 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

8 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10m bottom, 8m mid water
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 -  Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 2 Potato Bass. Going along the reef we had lots of reef fish. 1 Hammerhead shark was very curious. Mid water we saw 1 Dusky shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. On our safety stop we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark just came in and quickly went again.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark pass by in the distance. We also had a set of about 10 Hammerhead sharks pass by, a Potato Bass and an Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had another 6 or so Hammerhead sharks pass by and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

BLUE52 CLEAN WATER !!! HAMMERS, HAMMERS, HAMMERS, TIGER ON PROTEA TODAY.

7 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 40m!!!
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Got in the water and could see the reef all the way from the surface!!!!! From beginning to end we had Hammerhead sharks everywhere!!! 100's and 1000's of them!!! oh and we also had a Potato Bass. LOL!!! As we got to our safety stop we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: INSANE!!!!!!!! With the current being so strong we didn't stay with the caves, however we didn't mind much as there was more ... wait for it... HAMMERHEAD SHARKS!!!! 1000's of them!! As we started to multi level we had Snoopy ( the TIGER shark) pass by underneath us!! Then more Hammerheads and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks making a appearance. So glad we got to dive today!!!!!!

ROUGH AND TOUGH IF YOU DIVED PROTEA TODAY.

5 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m with Plankton
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef and the current was howling. We drifted way past the first cave and ended up drifting over the second cave. We had 2 Potato Bass drifting over the reef with us and were super friendly with the divers. As we got over the reef we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks, we then drifted in the mid water where we had 1 or 2 Hammerhead sharks popping in every few minutes. On our last few minutes of the dive we had 2 shoals of Hammerhead sharks. On the safety stop we had more Hammerhead sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

FRIENDLY RAYS ON PROTEA TODAY.

3 January 2019 | PROTEA  BANKS

Current: none
Viz: bottom 10m - top 5m
Sea Temp: 18 degrees Celsius bottom, 22 degrees Celsius top.

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: In the first cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had lots of gamefish, reef fish and 2 Potato Bass. Mid water we had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays teaming up with us looking for sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the first cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. On the reef we had lots of reef fish, 8+ Round Ribbontail Rays, 3 Potato Bass and lots of gamefish. Mid water we had 3 Potato Bass.

FIRST DIVE OF 2019

2 January 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 5 - 10m. milky
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius bottom, 22 degrees Celsius top

Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 10+ Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, 4 Big Amperjack, 1 Cape Yellowtail, 1 shoal of Tropicals and lots of reef fish.

ONE DIVE SUPER QUIET AND THE NEXT BOOMING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!! GREAT WAY TO END THE YEAR!!

31 December 2018 | PROTEA BANKS 

Current: medium - none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 17 degrees Celsius bottom, 24 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: So the sharks were being fussy and not showing up in the cold cold water. We did have a Round Ribbontail Ray, a Potato Bass and a cute little boxfish. Mid water we had a lot of Plankton and jellyfish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: VERY VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE FIRST!!! As we got to the reef we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark, 6 Potato Bass (yes that number is correct!), a Prodical Sun, massive schools of Bigeye Kingfish and gamefish everywhere!!!! In the cave we had 15 Ragged-tooth sharks relaxing in the chilly water ,staying for our entire bottom time!!!

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!!!!

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