Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

DOLPHINS ABOVE AND BELOW WATER ON PROTEA BANKS!

14 June 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very strong ('The Protea Express')
Viz: 10m (lots of Plankton)
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius at the bottom, much warmer on the surface

Northern Pinnacles: As we launched there was a pod of Dolphins. On the way to the dive sight I saw a Whale breach right out the water on the horizon - pretty cool.

The current was very strong, we went flying past the first cave. I only managed to see 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. We also saw two Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Hammerhead shark on the dive. There was also a Potato Bass at the bottom. Also saw a few Bonito. The rest of the reef fish we saw very quickly.

At 5m we had Dolphins come through. A nice surprise.

On the way back we saw a few Whales and then one breached right next to the boat ... WOW!!

With the sun shining and flat seas, well worth a day out!!

4 SPECIES OF SHARK ON PROTEA BANKS ... EPIC DIVE!!!

13 June 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m (a bit milky)
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: As we dropped in the viz was great, a good start to an EPIC dive. We managed to get to the second cave which had about 10 Ragged-tooth sharks inside. The current was pulling and we saw a Potato Bass and some reef fish. As we got into mid water the non stop 40 minute action started with a mixture of Zambezi (Bull) sharks, Hammerhead sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping and and out the dive ... WOW, stunning dive and great to Hammerheads for a change.

Just before we got into the water two Humpback Whales popped up right next to the boat.

With flat sea, great viz and warm water ... WOW, WOW, WOW ... WHAT A DAY TO DIVE!!!

EISH ...

9 June 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius and 19 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacles: With the viz not being great, I am sure there was probably alot around. All we managed to see are 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. Kingfish. Some reef fish. Lots and lots of Plankton in very green water ... lol. The sea was flat and a stunning day ... so well worth going to sea.

WHOOP, WHOOP ... TIGER SHARK ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

8 June 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10 to 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius at the bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: A least 4 Zambezi (Bull) sharks on the way up, in and out of the dive. 1 BIG Potato Bass. Shoaling Bonito. Lots of reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 TIGER SHARK that zoomed past us. At least 4 Zambezi (Bull) sharks following us up. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish.

GETTING CHILLY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

25 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 17 degrees Celsius on bottom, top 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the Reef we had about 5 Raggies and 2 Huge Potato Bass. The Reef was full up again with Kingfish, Kob, Rainbow Runners and Fusiliers. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi(Bull) Sharks and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, Remora following us as usual and some Dolphins from the boat before the dive and we saw 2 Humpback Whales from the boat.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the caves we had about 15+ Raggies, lots of reef fish and 3 Potato Bass. Mid Water we had a Zambezi, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and some Bonito, Rainbow Runners and the usual suspects ... Remoras.

GREAT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

24 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5 - 8m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: It was action packed from beginning to end!!! As we dropped we has a Tiger Shark!!! After that we had lots and lots of Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. After a while 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks came up close. And some very Cheeky Remoras. AWESOME DIVE!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: When we dropped and got to the reef the viz cleared up, crystal clean!!! Which allowed us to see SO much. There was about 20+ Ragged Tooth Sharks and as soon as we looked up, TIGER SHARK!!!! After that we had 2 Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. Lots and lots of pretty reef fish. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark in and out through the rest of the dive. Also some Dolphins seen from the boat!!!!!

TOP TO BOTTOM VIZ ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

23 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: top to bottom
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - NORTHERN PINNACLES: The cave had about 20+ Raggies, lots of reef fish, 2 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray cruising next to the Raggie. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Dusky shark.

DIVE 2  - SOUTHERN PINNACLES: Beautiful fish everywhere, Kingfish, False Fusiliers, Pipe fish, Rainbow runners and so much more. On our way to multi level we had 3 Eagle Rays and an Oceanic Blacktip shark following them. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. Loads of Jelly fish and Plankton and a greater Hammerhead shark.

REALLY REALLY REALLY AMAZING DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

22 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong, 'Protea Express'
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius 

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Current calmed down a little bit today but still very strong ... so we dropped and on our way down, DOLPHINS!!!! A school of about 20!!! Magical!!! So when we eventually got to the reef there was a MASSIVE Tiger Shark coming really close. There was some beautiful reef fish and mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks And a Dusky Shark!!! Also some rainbow runners, Remora and Kingfish... GREAT WAY TO START THE DAY!!!!

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Saw a Tiger Shark from the surface while getting ready to get in but as we got in it swam away ... still had an epic dive with about 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Dusky Sharks who stayed with us through the whole dive!! 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks coming up from the bottom to have a look regularly ... also some Tuna almost as big as the sharks stealing some of the bait.

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacles: The cave was full with about 30+ Ragged Tooth Sharks just Chilling around. One Potato Bass and big shoals of Kingfish on the reef, very pretty ... mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Dusky Shark popping in and out ... Such a great day of diving!!!!

STRONG CURRENT AND VISIBILITY CLEARING UP ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

21 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong, 'Protea Express'
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Current was very strong, so cleaning up the water nicely. While I was looking at a Potato Bass, apparently Michelle was looking at a Zambezi (Bull) shark at the bottom. We also has another 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks very briefly at the bottom. In mid water we has another 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks - one kinda fancied Suresh. Also on the dive a couple of Potato Bass. 1 Eagle Ray and 1 Electric Ray. A few cheeky Remora. The reef was very pretty, we got to La La Land ... but we saw everything very quickly due to the strong current.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: As we dropped we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. Mid water we had another Zambezi (Bull) shark and an Ocaenic Blacktip shark. 5 Round Ribbontail Rays. Big shoal of Kob, Kingfish and Rainbow Runners. Lots of reef fish. A HUGE Jelly fish.

A 'NAKED' MICHELLE ON PROTEA BANKS AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

20 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Just missed the first cave. Saw about 10 Ragged-tooth sharks on the reef. Also had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays on the bottom and a Potato Bass. We got to the second cave but no sharks in it. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark pop in twice. Also had 1 Nudibranch and lots of shoaling game and reef fish. ANDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD of course 1 NAKED MICHELLE DOING HER 100th NAKED DIVE!!! Well done girl, you were a trooper!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Oh my golly gosh ... where to start?? We got to the the first cave, it was overflowing with Ragged-tooth sharks, must have seen 50+ in total. Also a Round Ribbontail Ray in the cave. As we headed to the second dive I had A MAGICAL MOMENT. On the reef were scattered Ragged-tooth sharks, above them were 4 Round Ribbontail Rays and above them were 6 Potato Bass, all of this surrounded by fish ... INCREDIBLE!!!!!. The dive did not stop there, as were multi leveled up we had Zambezi (Bull) sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks follow us up, they were in and out of the dive continuously ... WOW! Also at least 8 Remora's around us the whole time ... and yes I got 'bitten' again ... I feel so violated. As we were surfacing a Dusky shark 'chased' us to the surface. Lots of gamefish and reef fish. WHAT A DIVE!!!!!!!!!

LIKE A BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS, JUST WITH RAGGIES AS WELL!!!!

19 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse pulling inshore
Viz: 8 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 1 Potato Bass. Lots and lots of Plankton so viz was not that great. Lots of reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Where do I start?? The viz had improved a lot. As we dropped we had 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and an Oceanic Blacktip shark. Got down between the two caves and followed a line of Ragged-tooth sharks to the first cave. On the way I saw a TIGER SHARK in the distance. The first cave was overflowing with Ragged-tooth sharks, 40 to 50 of them. Collected same teeth on the side and as we looked up A TIGER SHARK, whoop, whoop!!! Also a Potato Bass and some Kingfish darting around. On the way up it was just like a baited shark dive with at least 4 Zambezi (Bull) and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. WHAT AN ACTION PACKED DIVE!!! WHOOP, WHOOP!!!

OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS, SUPER CLOSE!

16 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius, colder at the bottom

DIVE 1 – Northern Pinnacle: Well the 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks kept it interesting, coming in super close time and time again ... EPIC. On the bottom we had 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and 3 Potato Bass, one very cheeky. Reef was full of reef fish. Also some Kingfish and Tuna.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Totally different dive. 1 Potato Bass. A few reef fish. Beautiful Jellyfish and some interesting Plankton.

CAVE OVERFLOWING WITH RAGGED TOOTH SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

14 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: The cave was overflowing with Ragged-tooth sharks - 30+. 2 Zambezi (Bull) and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 MASSIVE Round Ribbontail Ray. 4 Potato Bass. Lots of Tuna, Kingfish and False Fusiliers.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Not as many Ragged-tooth sharks on the second dive but there must have at least been 20+. Also 2 Zambezi (Bull) and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. 4 Potato Bass. Lots of Tuna, Kingfish and Rainbow Runners.

Sea got very rough but stunning under the water!

A TIGER SHARK SUPER CLOSE ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

13 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As least 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks in the cave. In mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of Tuna, Bonito, Kingfish and reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: The first cave was overflowing with Ragged-tooth sharks - 30+. Mid water 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. On the safety stop we had a TIGER SHARK come in super close ... whoop,whoop. 3 Potato Bass. Kingfish, Rainbow Runners, Needle fish and lots more.

Two really good dives!!!

LOTS AND LOTS OF RAGGED TOOTH SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

12 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As soon as we got in the water there was a huge shoal of Rainbow Runners. Lots of reef fish and 2 Potato Bass on the bottom. In mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in and out. Lots of Remora's.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: The first cave was packed with Ragged-tooth sharks - 30+. Also one Zambezi (Bull) shark hanging around the cave. In mid water we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of Kingfish, Kob, False Fusiliers and Rainbow Runners. Lots of Remora's.

Great day out at sea!!!

2 TIGER SHARKS AND MORE ...

10 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius, colder at the bottom

Northern Pinnacle: About 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks. When we looked up there was a Tiger shark. Mid water we had another Tiger shark, 2 Zambezi (Bull) and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 2 Potato Bass. Kingfish and a huge shoal of Rainbow Runners.

YIP, ANOTHER TIGER ...

9 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius, 18 degrees Celsius at the bottom

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: One the way down we had a Tiger shark and an Oceanic Blacktip shark. The cave was filled with 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Also two Potato Bass. Some Tuna and Kingfish, as well as lots of reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Only saw one Ragged-tooth shark on the bottom. We had 3 Zambezi (Bull) and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. 3 Potato Bass. Also had some Rainbow Runners and some Remora's.

RAGGED TOOTH SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS, AND MORE!!

8 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: The first cave had at least 15 Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. One big Potato Bass and a variety of reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Only about 10 Ragged-tooth sharks in the cave. Again mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, popping in and out. 1 Potato Bass. Some Tuna and Bonito on the dive. Lots of Plankton.

Rough seas but not too shabby underneath.

Zam's From Beginning to End!!!!!

7 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: When we dropped we had a Zambezi shark following us for a little bit. There were lots of reef fish and massive Potato Bass. When we got mid water we had another 3 Zambezi and an Oceanic Blacktip shark shooting in and out. Remora, Kingfish,Tuna, Bonito and a Pipe-fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: So many reef fish, some Potato Bass from the first dive coming really close. Had to multi level before we got to the caves but could see some Raggies chilling around. Mid water an Oceanic Blacktip shark flew in and out and 2 Zambezi came up really close. Loads of Remora's.

AND MORE TIGER SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS ...

5 May 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: The first cave was filled with 20+ Ragged tooth sharks. 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark still hanging out around the cave and when we looked up a TIGER SHARK. As we started the multi level we had 2 more TIGER SHARKS, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Dusky shark popping in and out the dive. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray.1 BRINDLE BASS. Also 8+ Potato Bass. Lots of Kingfish, Rainbow Runners, Tuna and Bonito. Lots of Remora's. AN INCREDIBLE DIVE!!!!

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