• 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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  • HUMPBACK WHALES ... THE GIANTS OF OUR SEA!

    HUMPBACK WHALES ... THE GIANTS OF OUR SEA!

    Every year from June to November, thousands of HUMPBACK WHALES migrate, from the frozen feeding grounds of the South Pole to the warm waters of the East Coast of KwaZulu Natal and Mozambique, to calve and rear their young. This migration provides an AMAZING show that will BLOW you away. Read More
  • 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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AFRICA AND PROTEA BANKS ... FOR THE MORE ADVENTUROUS DIVER!!!

Welcome to Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Our Dive Centre

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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.

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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

  • WOW!! ROUGH DAY ON TOP AND IN THE WATER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

    23 March 2019  | Replace this Where

    Current: medium - strong
    Viz: 10-15m
    Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 25 degrees Celsius

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  • 500 Sunsets – Dean Swart

    500 Sunsets – Dean Swart

    The team of Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter had the privilege meeting Dean Swart. On his incredible and epic journey, 500 Sunsets, Dean managed to sneak in a couple of dives on Protea Banks.

    500 Sunsets, here is Dean’s story in his own words:

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  • Pierre-Alexandre Van De Walle – VIP diver and ‘in house photographer’

    Pierre-Alexandre Van De Walle – VIP diver and ‘in house photographer’

    VIP diver and ‘in house photographer’ for Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter, when it comes to Protea Banks.

    Pierre … or Peter as he is fondly known around the dive centre … is a seasoned traveler who is very enthusiastic about scuba diving and playing golf … oh yes, and a phenomenal cook with authentic dishes that he pairs perfectly with wine.

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  • Ewa Drucis

    Ewa Drucis

    With 12 years of friendship and counting … and lots of memories created already, we were happy to have this amazingly ‘crazy’ lady Ewa Drucis and her friends from Poland on Protea Banks. We got to spend an amazing SHARK WEEK … with action packed dives and amazing sightseeing, of the breathtaking country we are lucky enough to call home.

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  • The Surprising Strains of Deep Sea Diving

    The Surprising Strains of Deep Sea Diving

    The coastal waters off of South Africa are teeming with wildlife and incredible experiences for divers. The diving industry in the nation has grown recently - due in large part to people who want a first-hand look at the over 130 marine life species in the region. For the adventurous, braving open water, sharks, and strong currents are among just a few of the challenges divers willingly face every time they jump into the ocean. Beyond that, divers need to stay in peak physical condition and have the wherewithal to be on the lookout for potential dangers in order to have a successful dive. All these factors to consider are what make an activity like this tailor-made for rugged South African adventure seekers.

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  • Sustainable Diving Saves More Sea Creatures

    Sustainable Diving Saves More Sea Creatures

    Over 25 million divers are certified around the world with over 1 million new dive certifications issued annually by PADI. A United Nations study has predicted that tourism in the world is expected to grow to over 1.8 billion tourists by 2030, and diving is no exception to the rule.

    In South Africa, marine tourism and specifically diving is a growing industry amongst the nearly 17 million annual tourists. This number is set to grow, considering South Africa has over 3,000 kilometres of pristine oceanfront to spoil tourists. This growth in human activity through is not without its problems. Whales, dolphins, and sea turtles are some of the most harmed by human activity and the goal of divers everywhere should be to help protect these animals through sustainable diving. The rapid 3% annual growth of the diving industry presents an economic opportunity for South Africa but also presents environmental risks to the planet.

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