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BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS!

26 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, 2 Dusky sharks and 8 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. GOOD ACTION!!

DOLPHINS, RAGGIES AND MORE … THE INCREDIBLE DIVING OF PROTEA BANKS CONTINUES …

25 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: As we dropped we had 1 Ragged-tooth shark and an Oceanic Blacktip shark. When we got to the first cave, there was another Ragged-tooth shark. As we looked up we saw a TIGER shark. For the rest of the dive we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out of the dive. 1 Eagle Ray. At least 3 Potato Bass. The reef was alive with reef fish. And just if you think it could not get better, we had DOLPHINS COME THROUGH ON THE SAFETY STOP … WHOOP, WHOOP!!!!! WHAT A DIVE!

THE NON STOP ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS CONTINUES ...

24 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 20m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 24 - 26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we dropped we had a Potato Bass, Eagle Ray and loads of Kingfish. The Pinnacle was alive with beautiful reef fish. After that we saw 3 Guitar sharks and another Eagle Ray. The rest of the dive we were entertained by 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and Zambezi sharks.

Between the dives we got in the water to cool down and we saw a Tiger shark and 2 Zambezi sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As soon as we dropped, there was a beautiful TIGER SHARK right next to us. When we got to the caves we were surprised to find 2 Ragged tooth sharks hiding in there, spent a few minutes with them and carried on to the second cave where only a little pipe fish showed its face and as we looked up there was another TIGER SHARK!!! We Swam with it for a little bit until it disappeared and then Oceanic Blacktip and Zambezi sharks hang around for a bit and on our safety stop AND THEN A MASSIVE TIGER SHARK passed by!!!! Epic Dive!!!

2 TIGER SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS ... AND MORE ... THE EPIC DIVING CONTINUES!

22 April 2015 | PROTEA BANK

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: 3 Zambezi (Bull) and Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 5 Guitar sharks. 1 Eagle Ray. 1 Potato Bass. Shoaling Bigeye Kingfish. Lots of reef fish. A GREAT DIVE!

Dolphins seen during the surface interval.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Another action packed dive. 2 TIGER SHARKS. 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. Zambezi (Bull), Dusky and Oceanic Blacktip sharks in and out the entire dive … so much action. 1 round Ribbontail Ray. At least 4 Potato Bass. 1 Cape Knifejaw. Shoaling Rainbow Runners. Remora’s. WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING DIVE … especially when you get to swim side by side, to a Tiger shark!

5 TIGER SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS ... AND MORE ... WHOOP, WHOOP!!! EPIC DIVING!!

21 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Non stop action with Zambezi (Bull), Oceanic Blacktip and Dusky sharks. More than 10 Guitar sharks around. 5 Eagle Rays. 2 Potato Bass. Shoaling Rainbow Runners and Elongated Surgeon fish. Lots other gamefish and reef fish. Stunning dive!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: 5 TIGER SHARKS. Zambezi (Bull), Dusky and Oceanic Blacktip sharks in and out the entire dive - it felt like a baited ...lol. 1 PRODIGAL SON. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 2 Eagle Rays. 1 BRINDLE BASS. 3 Potato Bass. Shoaling Bonito, Rainbow Runners, Bigeye Kingfish and so much more. Lots of Remora. A great variety of reef fish. Interesting Plankton but barely time to look as the shark activity was insane. WHAT AN INSANE DIVE!!!!

EXCELLENT BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

18 April 2015| PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m, milky
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: NON STOP ACTION ... AND MORE!! 1 TIGER SHARK. At least 5 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 4 Potato Bass. So many gamefish coming on to the drum, including: Bonito, Kingfish and shoaling Rainbow Runners to name a few. WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! WHAT A DIVE!!

NON STOP SHARK ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

12 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m, lots of Plankton
Sea Temp: 22 to 24 degrees Celcius

Southern Pinnacle: Although the viz had dropped, PROTEA BANKS, did not disappoint with non stop shark action from beginning to end. Zambezi (Bull), Oceanic Blacktip and Dusky sharks were around the entire time, and at times very curios. We also had an Eagle Ray. The water was a bit colder so the reef was alive with reef fish and gamefish. A lot of interesting Plankton. Well worth a dive!!

SO MANY SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS ... SO LITTLE TIME!!!

11 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 30m till 15m, then viz reduced to about 10m
Sea Temp: 30m till 15m, then viz reduced to about 10m

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: 1 TIGER SHARK. So many Zambezi (Bull), Dusky and Oceanic Blacktip sharks from the beginning to the end of the dive. 5+ Guitar sharks. Lots of shoaling Kingfish, Bonito and Rainbow Runners. Such an amazing dive!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle (THE ARCH): 1 HAMMERHEAD shark. Again Bull (Zambezi), Dusky and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in from all sides ... AND GETTING SO CLOSE ... EPIC!!! 15+ Guitar sharks. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray.1 Potato Bass. Shoaling Bonito and Tuna. The most stunning Jelly fish. Lots of Plankton ... OH MY GOLLY GOSH ... WHAT A DIVE!!!

AND STILL 5 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS ... WHOOP, WHOOP!!!

10 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m (viz milky)
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Shoaling Hammerhead sharks behind shoaling Barracuda ... EPIC. So many Zambezi (Bull), Dusky and Oceanic Blacktip sharks did not know in which direction to look ... WOW, WOW, WOW!! 30+ guitar sharks. 3 Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Eagle Ray. Lots of shoaling Kingfish, Barracuda and Kob. So many Remora's. Some cool Jellyfish. What and EPIC DIVE!!!

Dolphins seen from the boat.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle - THE ARCH: 2 TIGER SHARKS ... WHOOOOHOOOO!!! 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. Again Bull (Zambezi), Dusky and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in from all sides ... WOW!!! 10+ Guitar sharks. 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and 2 Eagle Rays. 1 Potato Bass. Shoaling Barracuda, Kingfish, Bonito and Kob. What a special dive ...so much flippin action!!

I LOVE MY JOB ...

AND BETTER AND BETTER, 5 SPECIES SHARKS, RAYS AND DOLPHINS ON PROTEA BANKS ... AND A HUMPBACK WHALE

9 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 35m+
Sea Temp: 24 - 26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: 1 TIGER shark ... so close ... I thought he would eat Bryan ... lol. 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. Zambezi (Bull), Oceanic Blacktip sharks and Dusky sharks all over ... INCREDIBLE. More than 20 Guitar sharks. 4 DOLPHINS seen overhead. 6 Eagle Rays. 4 Round Ribbontail Rays. Shoaling gamefish. Kingfish on Kingfish Gully. A huge Pufferfish. An EEL ... Lol. Some stunning jellyfish today. Remora's all over. ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL DIVING!!!

We did a double tank. Between dives we snorkeled, the viz was so good we could see the reef below ... and just for some added spice some DOLPHINS came to swim with us.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle (THE ARCH): At least 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and at least 1 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 3 Dusky sharks. More than 20 Guitar sharks. 3 Eagle Rays. At least 4 Round Ribbontail Rays. 1 Potato Bass. Rainbow Runners and Bonito. Another cute Pufferfish. Lots of Remora's and some Jellyfish.

On the way back we saw a 'teenager' HUMPBACK WHALE ... so early in the season it was amazing!!!

With flat seas and top to bottom viz, PROTEA BANKS is the place to be!!

MORE INSANE DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS ... IT JUST GETS BETTER!!!

8 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 30m+
Sea Temp: 24 - 26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: 3 sets of shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks. At least 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and at least 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Lots of Dusky sharks. More than 10 Guitar sharks. 3 Eagle Rays. 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. 1 Potato Bass. So many shoaling gamefish. Lots of Kingfish on Kingfish Gully. EPIC DIVES ... WHOOP! WHOOP!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle (THE ARCH): 1 set of shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks at least 15+. At least 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and at least 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Lots of shoaling Dusky sharks. More than 10 Guitar sharks. 3 Eagle Rays. At least 4 Round Ribbontail Rays. 1 HUGE Musselcracker. Shoaling Barracuda, Kob and Kingfish and more ...! On the safety stop 6 Remora terrorizing us ...lol. A MIND BLOWING DIVE!!!

If you are not diving PROTEA BANKS AT THE MOMENT ... SHAME ON YOU!!!

INSANE DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS ... MORE TIGERS, ZAMS, BLACKTIPS, HAMMERHEADS, DUSKY SHARKS AND MORE ... WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! 5 SPECIES OF SHARK TODAY!!!

5 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: almost top to bottom, a bit milky on second dive
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius near the surface, a bit colder at the bottom

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: 1 TIGER SHARK. At least 5 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, at least 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and about 3 Dusky sharks. Also Tuna and Bonito flying in. Lots of Remora's. ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING BAITED DIVES EVER, SO ACTION PACKED!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 TIGER shark. More than 8 Hammerhead sharks.At least 5 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Shaoling Dusky sharks. More than 10 Guitar sharks. 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. 1 Eagle Ray. A shoal of Barracuda. Lots of Kingfish. Seriously ... we did not know in what direction to look in, as at any one time there were several species of sharks around. Lots of Remora's. A flippin INSANE DIVE!!!!.

MORE TIGERS, ZAMS, BLACKTIPS, HAMMERHEADS AND MORE ... PROTEA BANKS IS EPIC AT THE MOMENT!!

4 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: almost top to bottom
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius near the surface, a bit colder at the bottom

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Greater Hammerhead shark, 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Guitar sharks and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. A very excited Remora. Gamefish and reef fish. An absolutely stunning dive. Dolphins seen from the boat.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 TIGER shark, 5 Zambezi (Bull) sharks,1 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Guitar sharks. 2 cheeky Remora. Shoaling gamefish and some reef fish. EPIC DIVE!!!

TIGER, ZAMS, BLACKTIPS, HAMMERHEADS AND MORE ... AWESOME DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

3 April 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: almost top to bottom
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius near the surface, a bit colder at the bottom

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: 1 TIGER shark briefly at the beginning. A few Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.1 very active Remora. A few Tuna. Dolphins heard throughout the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 5 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 GREATER HAMMERHEAD SHARKS that came in very close ... whoop, whoop!! 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 1 Remora. Shoaling gamefish and some reef fish. Dolphins seen jumping from the boat ... REALLY, REALLY, REALLY good dive!!!

TIGER, ZAMS, BLACKTIPS AND MORE ... AWESOME DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

30 March 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: almost top to bottom
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius near the surface and 22 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacles: Excellent diving today!!!! With the strong current the viz was fantastic, just a bit grey mid water. At least 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 TIGER shark ... it still counts even if it was only seen briefly ... lol. At least 5 Guitar sharks on Sand Shark Gully. Several Round Ribbontail Rays also seen.
Several big shoals of gamefish.

Also a MARLIN seen from the boat.

GREAT MORNING DIVE!!

WE DIVED PROTEA BANKS ...

29 March 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 5 - 10m (so much Plankton in the water)
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius near the surface and 22 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacles: Eish ... what a disappointment after Saturday. We dived, we saw an Eagle Ray, some reef fish very fast due to current ... and a HUGE array of Plankton. On the up side we saw Dolphins from the boat just before we got in ...

ZAMS AND BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS ... AND TOP TO BOTTOM VIZ ...

28 March 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: almost top to bottom
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius near the surface and 23 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacles: A really good dive at the viz was fantastic. The dive was action packed with at least 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out of the dive. Also a Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. So so so many gamefish, including Bigeye Kingfish, Bonito and Kob and more ...

AND THEN THERE WAS PLANKTON!

24 March 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 5 - 8m (water clean bit no viz due to so much Plankton the water)
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: So after the mind blowing few days on Protea Banks, I must admit that today was a bit of a damp squib. The current was strong and the water was full of Plankton which really reduced the visibility. 1 big Zambezi (Bull) shark seen by only me at the bottom. In mid water there was a very brief encounter with another shark. Also a big shoal of Bonito. Some reef fish as well, but current to strong to take much notice.

On the up side the sea was soooooooooooo flat toady!

MORE EXCELLENT DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS!!

21 March 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: top to bottom (a bit milky)
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: So so many sharks on Protea Banks today. Shoaling Dusky sharks. Hammerhead sharks. So many encounters with Zambezi (Bull) sharks. A couple of Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Also 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. An Eagle Ray. 1 small Potato Bass. Lots gamefish - Kingfish, Tuna and Bonito and more. REALLY STUNNING DIVE!!!

GREAT WHITE SHARK ON PROTEA BANKS ...

20 March 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: top to bottom (a bit milky)
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: BEST DIVE EVER! A GREAT WHITE!!! WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW! 10 shoaling Hammerhead sharks. Lots of Zambezi (Bull) and Oceanic Blacktip shark action. A few Round Ribbontail Rays. Lots of gamefish. A SUPER INCREDIBLE DIVE ... that I will dream about for a very long time.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. A couple of Oceanic Blacktip sharks. At least 5 Guitar sharks. Lots of gamefish.

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