Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

LOOK LIKE THE HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ARE STARTING TO SETTLE BACK ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!

20 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: Managed to get to the second cave but no Ragged-tooth action. Current sucked me out the cave and we saw a Potato Bass, a Bridle Bass and a Malabar Rockcod as well as lots of reef fish. Made it 'La la la land', it was stunning. Just as we started making out way up, we saw a Greater Hammerhead shark, an Oceanic Blacktip shark and an Eagle Ray. On the way up we had a couple of Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: What a great dive ... and great to see the Hammerheads are on their way back to Protea Banks. We had regular sighting of Hammerhead sharks from the beginning of the dive to the end. We also had an Oceanic Blacktip shark. On the reef we had a great variety of reef fish.

So many Whales seen breaching from the boat and we could hear them underwater for the whole dive.

LOADS OF FUN ON THE DIVE TODAY.

17 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: Started the dive with a TIGER shark chewing on the drum. We then had 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark join in the action.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

ZAM'S AND BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

16 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Normal
Viz: 15m Milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of Reef fish and 1 Zambezi (bull) shark. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi (bull) shark and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales seen breaching from boat.

WHALES, HAMMERHEADS, BLACKTIPS AND ZAM'S.

11 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish, 1 Black Musselcracker, 1 Parrot fish, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we got to 'The Arch' where we had shoaling Bigeye Kingfish, 2 big Golden Kingfish and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 shoals of about 5 Hammerhead sharks, 1 Ragged-tooth shark, 1 greater Hammerhead shark and 2 Humpback Whales.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

NOTHING BETTER THAN STARTING MONDAY WITH A EARLY MORNING DIVE.

9 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 12m milky
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started off with 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. The sharks then smelled the Tuna we had in the drum, so we ended up with 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Greater Hammerhead shark.

Lots of Whales seen breaching from the boat. Two right next to the boat.

DIVED WITH FIVE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SHARKS TODAY.

8 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m milky
Sea Temp: 22 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we were hoping for a Whale but instead we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a shoal of Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: So Jaco saw a Tiger shark from the boat and just screamed GO!! GO!! ... so luckily as we are we dropped in with this 4,5m TIGER shark and it just circled us for 5 minutes then left and came back with a few friends. Throughout the whole dive we had 4 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

WE ARE GETTING BETTER BY SPOTTING WHALES

7 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Normal
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 22-23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 6 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, Reef fish. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and only 2 Humpback Whales.

Whales seen breaching from boat.

CLYSTAL CLEAN WATER AND WARM AND FULL OF SHARKIES

6 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 22 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the dive we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Dusky shark. We also had Whales singing throughout the dive.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Dolphins.

FANTASTIC DIVES TODAY!!!

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOADS OF FUN DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

5 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, loads reef fish, a few divers and loads of water. The reef was really pretty today. Mid water we had 1 big Dusky shark and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOADS OF ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

4 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Zambezi ( Bull) shark, Potato Bass and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had beautiful fish action. We also had 1 Potato Bass and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks chasing a small shoal of Rainbow Runners.
 
DIVE 3 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got in it was a bit of a wait ... but then 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks decided to come and keep us company. It was nice just having 2 of them around cause we spent quite a bit of time with them BUT then their brothers and sisters got jealous and wanted so attention to so another 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks joined for some action. Just below us towards the end of the dive we saw a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. It was an action packed dive on Protea today.
 
DIVE 4 - Baited Shark Dive: We had such an epic baited dive in the morning that we decided to do another one. As we got in there were 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks waiting to say HI:) Whilst we were being entertained some more came ... so we had a total amount of 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks on our second baited shark dive. Whales were heard through most of the dive.
 
Whales seen breaching from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, BLACKTIPS AND ZAM'S ON PROTEA BANKS.

3 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS.

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the dive we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark throughout the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef and BOOM!! a shoal of Hammerhead sharks. While we drifted we had Hammerhead sharks all around, 1 Potato Bass, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks cruising underneath us.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOADS OF FUN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

1 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we went down we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. The dive then turned into a full on action packed dive with 16 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 TIGER shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks and 1 baby Raggie. On the reef we had loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. AND THEN on the safety stop we had 1 HUMPBACK WHALE!!!

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle: What a stunning dive with 4 species of shark on the dive. The dive started with a massive Bull (Zambezi) shark coming in for a look. Then on the way to the caves a TIGER SHARK cruised on by. After being distracted by the TIGER SHARK we made it to the second cave where we had a few Ragged-tooth sharks just chilling in the cave, including a baby one. We also had lots of reef fish and a Potato Bass  and Musselcracker on the reef. As were were making our way to mid water we spotted a 'new cave' with some more Ragged-tooth sharks just chilling. Mid water was full of action with Bull (Zambezi) and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Whales constantly heard underwater.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

NICE AND RELAXED DIVING TODAY.

30 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we drifted over the cave where we saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark. We then had another Ragged-tooth shark just cruising in the current and loads of reef fish. Mid water after a long time of just floating in the blue we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOADS OF ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY, INCLUDING A WHALE ON SCUBA!!!!!

29 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 1 Zambezi (bull) shark and some reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 6+ Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark, and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and plenty of reef fish. We heard Whales at the end of the dive.

DIVE 3 - Baited Shark Dive: As we went down we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks come in to say hi then I whispered in their ears to bring some of their friend so we can have a look ... all of a sudden boom we had 12+ Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Whilst they had our attention a Whale decided to sneak in underneath us. Fleetingly in the distance there was a Tiger shark didn't stay around very long ... was a bit shy but could at least get to see it. What an epic dive. 

DIVE 4 - Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the cave where we had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 1 Ragged-tooth shark, Yellowbelly Rockcod and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Eagle Rays, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and Tuna.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

EPIC DIVES TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS

27 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: It started slow with only 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and on the end of the dive we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 10+ Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 1 Yellowbelly Rockocod and plenty of reef fish.

Whales seen from the boat.

HEY THE HAMMERHEADS ARE STILL HANGING AROUND.

26 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, 5 Ragged-tooth sharks and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 50+ Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 10+ Ragged-tooth sharks, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, reef fish and 1 Potato Bass. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

Whales seen from the boat.

WATER IS CLEANING UP AND THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD.

25 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef played around with a Potato Bass. We saw lots of different reef fish. We had nothing in the cave but saw 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks just chilling on the sand. Mid water we had some Barracuda, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

Whales seen from the boat.

WHAT A COLD DAY ON PROTEA BANKS

24 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 19 - 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 3 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had loads of reef fish, Tropicals and Bream above the cold water. Also some scattered Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks.

Whales seen from the boat.

RAGGIES, BLACKTIP AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS.

23 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 20 - 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had loads of reef fish. Also some scattered Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Ragged-tooth shark.

Whales seen from the boat.

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE WATER ON PROTEA BANKS.

22 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 - 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks and on the reef we had loads of reef fish. Mid water we had nothing (cry face).

Whales seen from the boat.

Login Form