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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    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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    Do you want to travel the world as a dive professional?
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    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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Welcome to Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter

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About Us

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Kym Pollard - PADI Staff Instructor, Surf Launch Skipper & Owner

‘Two thirds of the earth is covered with water and anyone who does not dive has been short changed by life and has seen only part of what our planet has to offer.’ – taken from Len Jones’s Guide to Spearfishing.

Being a coastal girl, I have been fortunate enough to have had the ocean as my playground. My dad was an avid diver, fisherman and surfer. For as long as I can remember, I was spending my weekends and school holidays on the beach or on my dad’s fishing boat ‘Polly’. After school I started studying but could not see myself in an office job ...

The travel bug bit, I traveled extensively and worked in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. In Egypt I did my Open Water Course in the Red Sea - it was love at first dive and I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. Funny enough, I also saw a small reef shark, which started my interest and passion for SHARKS. On my return to South Africa I continued with my diving. In 2000 I did my Instructors and got involved with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER.

PROTEA BANKS is my ‘home’. I have been diving on PROTEA BANKS for more than 20 years and still get excited each and every time I get to dive it. It is a ‘wild’ dive site in the fact that each and every day is totally different and I have had MIND BLOWING experiences, diving with a wide variety of shark species, including: TIGER SHARKS, BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS, RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKSOCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS and the odd Great White ... to name just a few. With the incredible shark diving on PROTEA BANKS it is very hard to pick a favourite dive ...  BUT if I had to, it is diving with hundreds to thousands of shoaling HAMMERHEAD SHARKS on PROTEA BANKS … I cannot even try and explain the feeling …

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is a ‘small family business’ where our motto is: ‘Arrive as a diver, leave as a friend’. 

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is not a business to me, it is my passion!


Jaco Esterhuyse - PADI Divemaster & Surf Launch Skipper

In January 2010, I completed my PADI Open Water Course and immediately fell in love with diving and the ocean. I decided to make a career out of it and in June that same year I applied for a job at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER, which I got. Over the past 7 years I have worked my way up in the dive centre, getting to know all the aspects and running’s of AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. During this period I also obtained my PADI Divemaster and Skippers license. I am currently the main Skipper at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I still love diving and being Skipper for AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER and I look forward to each and every day out at sea on PROTEA BANKS.

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Mighael van Staden – PADI Divemaster & Surf Launch Skipper

I am Miggie. I started scuba diving with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER when I was just 12 years old. Over the years I worked my way up to PADI Divemaster, through AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I am passionate about diving and love all marine life. I will never give up diving at PROTEA BANKS! What a privilege to dive with SHARKS and all the adventures that go with it.


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Michelle Boshoff - PADI Divemaster 

In 2013, I moved to the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. Like most young people ... I didn’t really know what to do or what I field I should start a career in. Kym was a star to offer me a job working at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER ... helping out here and there ... then I was hooked!!! The excitement when divers came back telling me insane stories of their dives on PROTEA BANKS and what they had seen. I had to be part of this!!! Within a year I worked my way to being a PADI Divemaster and have been loving the job ever since. I had an opportunity which I couldn’t pass up so I left for about a year. However, I missed the SHARKS and salty water so much that I just had to come back. Kym was so amazing to welcome me back and I am so grateful to be part of this kickass team. Come join us for a dive on PROTEA BANKS, it is not just the dives that are insane, AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER has a team that you will never forget!

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Samantha Strecker - PADI Divemaster 

As soon as I did my PADI Discover Scuba Diver (DSD), in Mozambique, I WAS HOOKED!!!! I just loved the feeling of being able to breath underwater and enjoy seeing all the beautiful living things under the water. I gave up my whole life in Johannesburg and moved to the coast so that I could start doing my PADI Divemaster Internship, with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I am so very happy that I have made this choice because the people are so friendly and also very welcoming. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am now a Divemaster on PROTEA BANKS.

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Donovan Perrins – PADI DMT (Divemaster In Training)

My love and respect for the ocean, with all its wonders, started in 2013. I signed up for my PADI Open Water Course with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. Upon completing the course, I knew that I had found my dream job. While still employed at my previous job, I went on to complete my PADI Advanced Open Water Course and PADI Rescue Diver Course. I have since started my PADI Divemaster Internship with AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER and couldn’t be happier with my new career choice!

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Zinicha Stevens- Shop Assistant

Hi, I am Moggie. I started working at AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER at the beginning of the year. I did my PADI DSD (Discover Scuba Diver) course as soon as I started here and it was amazing ... next step DIVING!!! But for now I will assist Kym and learn more. I am proud to say I love being part of the AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER FAMILY!!!!

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Dru de Bruyn – Divemaster in training ... long term

My mommy owns and runs AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. I have grown up in the dive centre ... and have a passion for SHARKS. I am busy with my PADI Junior Open Water Course  and my first dive in the sea was on a  BAITED SHARK DIVE ... it was so amazing and the SHARKS came in so so so close. I can’t wait to finish my course and continue diving.

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Ty de Bruyn - Divemaster in training ... long, long term

My mommy is a PADI Staff Instructor and owns AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER. She is my inspiration, so of course I want to do what she does ... breathe underwater. It was so awesome when at age 8, I snorkelled my first BAITED SHARK DIVE. I just wanted to be under the water and much closer to the SHARKS. I am not scared of SHARKS ... for as long as I remember I have heard all the divers talk about the different SHARKS on PROTEA BANKS ... I LOVE SHARKS!!!! I am busy with my PADI Junior Open Water Course.

page dive shopAQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER offers a wide range of scuba diving, snorkelling and spearfishing equipment at very competitive prices. Our professional and friendly staff, always available to assist you with your queries and equipment needs.

Due to the wide variety of equipment, on the market today, it is impossible to keep a full range of equipment on hand. Pop in to our dive centre and we are happy to advise you according to your specific needs and then order in the equipment for you, should we not have it in store.

We also have a range of Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter clothing, with some fun and funky designs. These can also be ordered online from us. Please have a look at our online store on the homepage.

For your convenience we have an online store where you can shop for Scubapro, Sealife and Subgear products in the comfort of your own home. Easy to use, convenient and quick ... check out using Aqua Planet as your dealer ... and you will have your new equipment in a flash: www.thescubaprostore.co.za

Our Main Brands

  • Scubapro
  • Sealife
  • Subgear
  • Aqualung
  • Tusa
  • Mares
  • Suunto
  • Rob Allen

... to name a few of the brands ...

Launching daily for PROTEA BANKS, with our 8m dive duck 'Calypso', you are assured of a great diving experience in SHELLY BEACH.

Safety is our number one priority and we boast a 100% safety record!

Kitting up in our dive centre is easy and our rental equipment is in excellent condition - it includes a SMB in the BCD. Hot showers are available after the dive and a debriefing is done over a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to experience the wonders of PROTEA BANKS, be assured of professional and friendly service, as well as a memorable diving experience, you should look no further than AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER.

Our Instructors, who are passionate about diving, offer PADI SCUBA diving courses from beginner to professional and a full range of specialty courses - including the SHARKLIFE shark specialty courses. With courses starting daily, designed around your schedule, you are assured of individual attention. AND Pool training is very comfortable in a HEATED POOL. Our Instructors love what they do and you will feel their energy while they teach you to SCUBA dive, in a fun and safe manner. 


AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is the premier PADI 5 star dive centre in SHELLY BEACH!!!

Situated on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast of South Africa, we operate a comprehensive dive centre - with a few extras!

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER is situated in SHELLY BEACH, on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast of South Africa. Our comprehensive PADI 5 star dive centre offers PADI scuba diving courses, a dive charter to PROTEA BANKS, tours and packages, as well as a well stocked dive shop - with a few extras. Whether you are interested in snorkeling, new to diving or an experienced diver, AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER has a dive experience to suit your needs. 

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER was established in 1997. With an unblemished safety record, this is definitely the main reason to look no further when selecting a dive charter in Shelly Beach!!! Throw in our professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff; who will endeavor to make you feel at home. Our well equipped dive centre, that has a fun and relaxed vibe. Your only worry here is that the passion of the staff is contagious!

2017promoIf that is not enough, don't forget our main treasure in Shelly Beach, PROTEA BANKS!!!! PROTEA BANKS is a world renowned, mind blowing SHARK dive. The wide variety of SHARK species that can be seen on this dive site makes it a completely unique dive site, not to be missed!!! ... and PROTEA BANKS will have you coming back for more ...

 So why would you look any further than AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER - where you may arrive as a diver, but will leave as a friend?


Our Dive Centre


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


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


Baited Dives


Are you looking for the ultimate adrenaline experience?  

Do you love being in the water surrounded by SHARKS?

Our Sharks


 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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    21 January 2019 | Protea Banks

    Current: medium
    Viz: 20m
    Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

    Dive 1- Southern Pinnacle: Got in

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