• RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS!

    RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS!

    RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS COME TO PROTEA BANKS TO MATE!!!!

    From May to November, the caves of the Northern Pinnacles of PROTEA BANKS, become home to 100's of RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS, that have come to the KwaZulu Natal coast to mate.
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  • BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS!

    BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS!

    There are few places in the word that you can dive with BULL SHARKS all year round - one of them is PROTEA BANKS!

    Known in South Africa as the ZAMBEZI SHARK, this is the resident shark of PROTEA BANKS.

    A memorable encounter ...

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  • PADI 'ZERO TO HERO'!

    PADI 'ZERO TO HERO'!

    Do you want to travel the world as a dive professional?
    Do you want to have fun during your gap year?
    Do you want to enjoy what our ocean has to offer?

    Then PADI 'ZERO TO HERO' is for you ... BECOME A PADI DIVEMASTER ...

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  • 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ...

    100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ...

    From September to January PROTEA BANKS hosts one of the biggest shows on Earth - the migration of thousands, yes you read correctly, thousands of Hammerhead sharks.
    This magnificent migration is mind blowing and will keep you coming back for more!!!! Read More
  • Are looking for an UNFORGETTABLE adventure?

    Are looking for an UNFORGETTABLE adventure?

    From about January to June, we are privileged to encounter the magnificent TIGER shark on PROTEA BANKS.
    If you want to see a TIGER shark up close and get great photo's, then the BAITED SHARK DIVE is for you.
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Welcome to Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter

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Our Courses

Join a world of discovery, fun and adventure with PADI DSD ...

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater. If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.

Join us in the big 'dive tank' in front of our dive centre or in one of the tidal pools or in winter we use a HEATED POOL.

PADI Junior Open Water Course! You gotta do it!

Get your first PADI scuba certification. If you have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The PADI Junior Open Water Course is a FIVE day, fun filled course and is designed to qualify you to dive to a maximum depth of 12m.

PADI Divemasters Wanted! Join the Tribe!

Do you have a deep and abiding passion for diving? If so, you should consider doing what you love for a living: become a PADI Divemaster.

When you Join the Tribe™ by becoming a PADI Divemaster, you align yourself with the largest and most respected dive tribe in the world—that of PADI Professionals. These are PADI Divemasters and Instructors sharing a passion for diving and an active concern for the health of the world’s underwater habitats.

The PADI Open Water Course ... life changing!

Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The PADI Open Water Course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

The PADI Open Water Course is a FOUR day, fun filled course and is designed to qualify you to dive to a maximum depth of 18m.

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With PADI courses from beginner to professional, a daily dive charter to PROTEA BANKS and a full retail store, you are assured of a great experience in SHELLY BEACH.

PADI Courses

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PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter offers a wide variety of PADI courses from beginner to professional.

Start scuba diving today ... it will change your life ...

Protea Banks

Ask the world about SHARK DIVING and they will say SOUTH AFRICA, ask South Africans about SHARK DIVING and they will say
PROTEA BANKS!!!!

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Baited Dives

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Are you looking for the ultimate adrenaline experience?  

Do you love being in the water surrounded by SHARKS?

Our Sharks

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 We offer an exceptionally exciting SHARK DIVE on PROTEA BANKS: Tiger sharks, Bull (Zambezi) sharks, Oceanic Blacktip sharks, Ragged-tooth sharks, shoaling Hammerhead sharks ... and more.

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Latest Dive Log

  • CRAZY ACTION ON OUR BAITED ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

    24 March 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

    Baited Shark Dive: As we got

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  • Raising Awareness of Ocean Pollution in South Africa

    Raising Awareness of Ocean Pollution in South Africa

    The issue of ocean pollution is enormously important for divers. When you are out on a dive, you rely on crystal-clear waters to be able to see the incredible wildlife and plants. If there is a high level of pollution, then the sharks and sea turtles simply will not be able to survive. The oceans of South Africa have been rated the 11th worst for plastic pollution in the world and 80% of this pollution has originated from land-based sources. If the ocean creatures are to thrive, then this picture simply isn’t sustainable. We need to raise awareness and help to combat ocean pollution from a grassroots level.

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  • Whole Grains, Lean Meat, and Lots of Water: The Deep Sea Diving Diet

    Whole Grains, Lean Meat, and Lots of Water: The Deep Sea Diving Diet

    Since deep sea diving entails plunging to depths of 40 meters, a certain diet should be maintained by divers lest they want to experience discomfort during their underwater journey. At such depths, divers need to be energetic, limber, and focused, which can all be achieved with diet. Without the right nutrition, divers can get cramps, the bends, and worse. But don’t let any of this dissuade you from going on a scuba adventure with sublime sea life. Eating a deep diving diet is simple – it starts with carbs and ends with water.

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  • Cleaning Your Scuba Gear The Natural Way

    Cleaning Your Scuba Gear The Natural Way

    If you have a passion for scuba diving and seeing the incredible beauty of South African sharks in their natural habitat, then you have probably invested a fair amount in your diving gear. Your dive equipment is important to keep you safe whilst you are underwater. If it isn’t looked after properly then your gear can become susceptible to mold and mildew and the rubber will crack. Cleaning your scuba diving equipment every time you have finished using it, will prevent this from happening. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals for this - you can clean your gear the natural way, with fresh water and a little eco-friendly shampoo.

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  • Karen Tredger – the first woman to dive Protea Banks

    Karen Tredger – the first woman to dive Protea Banks

    Karen Tredger … Wow!!! Where do you even start with this ’badass’ instructor that can teach us all something, in her 27 years of diving Protea Banks.

    Karen was not just one of the first woman, but also part of the first group of divers brave enough take on these so called ‘ Shark Infested Waters’ of Protea Banks. This is well worth a read …

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  • What is the Skin Squeeze Effect in Diving?

    What is the Skin Squeeze Effect in Diving?

     Swimming in the ocean with sharks is one of the most memorable things someone can do in their life. Skin squeeze during the scuba expedition can be just as memorable and potentially dangerous as well. We’re going to explain briefly what skin squeeze is and how to avoid it on a dive.

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