Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

WET IN AND OUT THE WATER TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS.

19 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight reverse
Viz: 15m bottom, 10m top
Sea Temp: 18 - 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks just above us in the warmer water, The fish life was also busy loads of Green Jobfish, Bream, Tropicals and reef fish. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Flying Fish seen from the boat.

Three shades of colours today, 4 dives each very different ... only Protea Banks!!!

16 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m at the bottom and top, 5m mid water (dark )
Sea Temp: 16 degrees Celsius at the bottom, 22 at the top

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got into the water we had such a wake up call with the water temperature Brrr!! ... made our way to the first cave the reef it was alive so many fishes around. We then had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 3 Ragged-tooth sharks hanging out on the reef. In the second cave had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks and Mr. Potato Bass.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: It was a very exciting BAITED dive on Protea Banks today. The viz was less than 5m so when we saw the Oceanic Blacktip sharks they were in your face like "whatssss up or Boe!." We only had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks on our dive, but trust me I think all the divers were pretty happy that there were only 2. (Whales and a Manta Ray seen from the boat).

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle - With the viz being on the down side, it made our dive quite interesting with the element of surprise. We could only see the sharks when there were RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF US!! On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass and 4 Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in and out for the rest of the dive. Lots of Jellyfish and Plankton. (We also had some amazing Whale action from the boat on the way back).

DIVE 4 - Southern Pinnacle: Lots of flying fish from the boat on the way there. The viz got a little better on this dive however super quiet. We had lots of reef fish all over and a Potato Bass in the distance. Mid water was relaxed and we got to have a closer look at all the interesting Jellyfish and Plankton. Good to be in the water and have such a relaxed dive.

Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat.

IT'S SUMMER THE WATER SHOULD BE WARM ... THEY SAID.

15 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight 
Viz: 5m top - 15m bottom
Sea Temp: 16 degrees Celsius at the bottom, 20 at the top

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: In the first cave we had 1 baby Ragged-tooth shark. On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 4 Ragged-tooth sharks, lots of Bream, 4 Potato Bass and reef fish. Mid water we had nothing.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 pod of Dolphins, they stayed with us for at least 2 minutes. On the reef we had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays, 5 Ragged-tooth sharks, 2 Potato Bass, lots of Bream and reef fish. We had the same pod of Dolphins before we went up. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Tuna and 1 Diamond stingray.

FELT LIKE A NIGHT DIVE TODAY ON THE REEF.

11 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: Once we got down to the reef we had close ups with the fish, loads of reef fish, lots of Bream, huge school of Bigeye Kingfish and big Dusky Rubberlips at the Pinnacle. Mid water we had a small shoal of Hammerhead sharks, 2 single Greater Hammerhead sharks and 3 or 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Was a great dive, the Viz changed the game a bit but the sharks made it worth it.

LAUNCH, WIND, WAVES ... THEN WE GOT IN THE WATER AND CALM, RELAXED AND PEACEFUL.

10 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark follow us down. On the reef we had lots of reef and game fish with 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got in we were met by two Oceanic Blacktip sharks. The reef was alive with reef and game fish. Also a Potato Bass popped in. Mid water we had at least 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out for the rest of the dive.

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! whale action seen from the boat. Flying Fish seen from the boat.

CAUTION!!! YOU MIGHT GET JEALOUS READING THIS!!!!

9 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: SHARKS GALORE!!! Backwards roll off the boat and BOOM!! 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks!!! As the dive went on we had about another 5 Oceanic Blacktips join in and chill with us for the rest of the dive. INSANE!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: What a relaxed chilled dive with enough to see without being too spoilt. On the reef we had a single Hammerhead shark and then a group of about 60 Hammerhead sharks in the distance. On Kingfish Gully we had a big shoal of Kingfish. On Sandshark Gully we must have seen at least 10 Guitar sharks. For the rest of the dive Oceanic Blacktip sharks we constantly popping in and out and on the safety stop we had a Dusky shark circling us. Great dive even though the viz was not fantastic.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: You know you are going to have a great dive when you see a shoal of about 100 - 200 Hammerhead sharks within the first 5 minutes of the dive!! Coming so close that we almost felt like we had to make way for them. LOL! We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. All this action and we weren't even on the reef yet!!! On the reef we had lots of reef fish and massive schools of Bigeye Kingfish. On the Pinnacle we had another 50 shoaling Hammerhead sharks pass by. As we started to multi level we had a Greater Hammerhead swim right up to us then dash off. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks stay with us for the rest of the dive.

Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat.

GREAT TO BE IN THE WATER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!! DOLPHINS, HAMMERS, RAYS... KEEP READING AND GET INSPIRED!!!!

8 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slow
Viz: 12m mid water - 15m bottom
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: AMAZEBALLS OF A DIVE!!! Sharks on the left, sharks on the right ... everywhere we looked there were 15+ Oceanic Blacktip sharks ... far away then up close it was amazing. Malabar came in to say Hi as well. Down at the bottom we had a shy Zambezi (Bull) shark popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As soon as we got in the water we had two Dolphins swim right past us. On the bottom we had two Potato Bass, super cute boxfish, a shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and a Round Ribbontail Ray. We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out, a shoal of about 50 Hammerhead Sharks, 2 Guitar Sharks on Sandshark Gully. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks staying with us for the rest of the dive.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Hammerhead Shark with tons of Gamefish around. The reef was alive with reef fish.and we had a Potato Bass showing his face for a brief moment. Mid water we had we had about 3 Oceanic Blacktip shark keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

Whales, Dolphins and a baby Hammerhead seen from the boat.

THE SAYING "AFRICA IS NOT FOR SISSIES" WAS PROVEN TODAY.

5 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 12 m mid water and15m at the bottom
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius.

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of reef fish, big Rubberlips, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Greater Hammerhead sharks and 1 Eagle Ray. Mid water we had 6 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks. Among the shoaling scalloped Hammerhead sharks we had a few Greater Hammerhead sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 

Whales and Flying fish seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, RAGGIES, OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS AND MORE ...

3 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: 12 - 15m
Viz: normal
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: EPIC from beginning to end!!!!!! With at least 20+ Oceanic Blacktips sharks on the drum, 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks underneath and 2 shy Dusky sharks ... the dive was action packed. AND if that was not enough, there were two sets of shoaling Hammerheads sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the bottom we were met by a friendly Potato Bass. We drifted into the second cave where we had no sharks but lots of shark teeth and a HUGE Nudibranch ... lol. As we drifted along we saw 2 Ragged-tooth sharks and a Potato Bass. Mid water we had some Hammerhead sharks pop in and a small shoal of Hammerhead sharks. Nice chilled dive.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: As we were coning down to the reef a big shoal of Hammerhead sharks came by. The reef was stunning with lots of reef and gamefish. Mid water we had another shoal of Hammerhead sharks. AND then the Oceanic Blacktip sharks came out to play and we must have had at least 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out.

Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat.

RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS STILL HANGING AROUND ON PROTEA BANKS

2 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 12m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had plenty of small reef fish and 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. Mid water we had just the company of the plankton around us.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: We dropped straight into the first cave where we had 6 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 1 big school of Barracuda and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 small shoal of Hammerhead sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

SHARKS AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

1 November 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 8m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we went down we could only see 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, the shark went away for a few seconds and came back with a bit over 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. On our safety stop we had 2 Dusky sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef dive we had lots of reef fish and no sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks.

Whales, Dolphins and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

NORTHERN PINNACLE IS BOOMING WITH SHARKS.

28 October 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On our way down we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and as we got to the first cave it was full of Ragged-tooth sharks but we drifted over. Between the two caves we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and at the second cave we had 1 Ragged tooth shark. On the reef we had loads of reef fish and 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. Mid water we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks and 4 or 5 single Hammerhead sharks. We also had a Dusky shark.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

AWESOME DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY

27 October 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Ragged-tooth shark, 1 Potato Bass, loads of reef fish and 1 Eagle Ray. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks with us until the end. We also had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks passing by. With all the Blacktips out the way we also had 5 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 5 Dusky sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish. At the pinnacle we had the same school of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Dusky shark popping in and out.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, BLACKTIPS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

26 October 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down we had 2 Scalloped Hammerhead sharks, just a bit further we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark. At the pinnacle we had a huge school of Bigeye Kingfish, 1 Ragged-tooth shark and a Potato Bass. On Sand shark Gully we had 1 Hammerhead shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Dusky shark.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish. At the pinnacle we had the same school of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

BLACKTIP FRENZY ON THE BAITED DIVE.

24 October 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius.

Baited Shark Dive: The dive started with 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Hammerhead shark. The action started picking up and we ended up with 20 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, a huge shoal of Barracuda passed us and in between the Barracuda there was1 baby Hammerhead shark and 2 bigger Hammerhead sharks.

Whales seen from the boat.

ACTION PACKED BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY..

22 October 2018| PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we entered the water we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Some more Oceanic Blacktip sharks decided to join us as their friends were having so much fun. Down at the bottom we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and we also got to see Mr. Potato Bass. Whilst we were looking around, a shoal of Hammerhead sharks decided to join us as well, for some fun.
 
Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, GUITAR SHARKS, BULL SHARK, AND LOADS MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

19 October 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we started descending we had 2 Baby Scalloped Hammerhead sharks. On the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks every few minutes and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: We started off with a Zambezi( Bull) shark. On the reef we had lots of reef fish, a big shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and 2 shoals of Hammerhead sharks. We also had 1 Ragged-tooth shark. On the sand we had 2 Guitar sharks. Mid water we had shoaling Scalloped Hammerhead sharks. Also Mr. Potato Bass. On the safety stop we had 2 Baby Scalloped Hammerhead sharks.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from  the boat.

Mysteries on Protea Banks today ...

18 October 2018 PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius.

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: It was again another good baited shark dive. As we got in the water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks darting in and out, they kept us entertained for quite some time. At the bottom we had a shy Zambezi (Bull) shark coming to say hi every now and then. Guess we were such good company, more Oceanic Blacktips started to join us - totaling about 12. Epic Dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: We started off with 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. On the reef we had lots of reef fish, a big shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and 3 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the sand we had a huge ass shark with nothing else in sight, when I say nothing ... I mean nothing!! Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 4 Hammerhead sharks. Very unpredictable dive.
Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

ROUGH SEAS BUT ACTION PACKED BAITED SHARK DIVE!!!

17 October 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water the Oceanic Blacktip sharks were already there. There must have been 15 to 20 constantly on the drum. We also had a Zambezi (Bull) shark circling underneath for a bit. There was also a Dusky shark on the outskirts of the drum. Really fun and action packed dive.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

TIGER, HAMMERHEADS, DUSKY, OCEANIC BlLACKTIP SHARKS AND LOADS MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

16 October 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m (milky)
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: We started with an Eagle Ray and then a shoal of Hammerhead sharks and a Potato Bass. We then has a shoal of Barracuda, a TIGER shark, some more shoaling Hammerhead sharks. On the way up we had a Greater Hammerhead shark, more shoaling Hammerhead sharks. We then had at least 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Dusky shark popping in and out until the end of the dive. Really rough seas but really good dive.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

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