Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

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 top

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Round Ribbontail rays with lots of reef and gamefish all over including massive schools of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water was pretty quiet with a glimpse of a Oceanic Blacktip shark by one of the divers and lots of pretty Jellyfish to look at. Well at least we got to blow some bubbles :)

WE COULD SEE!!!!! SO GREAT TO TO HAVE BLUE WATER BACK ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

22 March 2019 | Protea Banks 

Current: Replace this
Viz: 10-15 m 
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 25 degrees Celsius top.

 

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: For the first 20 minutes of the dive we had our favorite "Halffin" the Zambezi (Bull) Shark stay with us... He was the only one around for a while but we really didn't mind as he came in super close and just wow'd us with his gracefulness. In total we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Greater Hammerhead shark passing by in the distance. LOTS AND LOTS OF FISH AROUND including Rainbow Runners, Bigeye Kingfish and Cape Yellowtail.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of reef and gamefish all over with massive schools of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water is where the action happened with "Halffin" and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark staying with us right up until we got out the water!!

Dolphins seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS FREEZING THEIR BUTTS OFF ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

20 March 2019 | Protea Banks 

Current: medium - none N-S
Viz: 5m bottom, 10m top (milky)
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 25 degrees Celsius top.

 

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a school of Batfish. On the reef we had lots of reef and gamefish including some Bigeye Kingfish, lots of Redfang Triggers and tropicals. Mid water we had a Oceanic Blactip shark and 2 Greater Hammerhead sharks. On our safety stop we were a super cute little needle fish ;)

Dolphins seen from the boat.

SOME MORE SHARKS AND PLAYFUL DOLPHINS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

18 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium 
Viz: 5m bottom, 10m top (milky)
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 25 degrees Celsius top

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a pod of about 4 Dolphins following us all the way down, being super playful. On the reef we had lots of reef and gamefish all over, with schools of Bigeye Kingfish. Mid water we had a Hammerhead shark pass by and we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out for the rest of our bottom time.

Dolphins seen from the boat.

BLACKTIPS, ZAM AND A CHEEKY REMORA ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

17 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium 
Viz: 5 - 8m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 25 degrees Celsius top

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark pass by. On the reef we had SO SO SO many reef and game fish all over. We also had a massive school of Bigeye Kingfish as we passed over the Pinnacle. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) shark circling below us. We also had a Remora following us around for the last 20 minutes of the dive.

Dolphins seen from the boat.

SO MUCH MORE ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

16 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium 
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 25 degrees Celsius top.

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Round Ribbontail Ray, a Greater Hammerhead shark and a massive school of Bigeye Kingfish. As we started to multi-level we had a few Hammerhead sharks pass by. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks pass by a few times and at least another 5 Hammerhead sharks before the end of our dive.

WELL WE CAN'T HAVE IT ALL, ALL THE TIME ON PROTEA BANKS.

15 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to none
Viz: 5 - 8m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 4 Round Ribbontail Rays dancing around. We also had a massive school Bigeye Kingfish and lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we didn't have much. however we got to spend some time actually looking at some interesting Jellyfish and Plankton.

GREAT DAY TO BE IN THE WATER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

14 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass following us around with at least 10 Round Ribbontail Rays scattered all over the reef. We also had a Mobula Ray and a Hammerhead shark pass by as we started to multi-level. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out and on our safety stop we had another Hammerhead shark come!!

PETER'S DOLPHINS CAME TO VISIT ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

9 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we dropped in we had a pod of Dolphins. On the reef we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark cruising above us. We also had 3 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks till the end.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of Rays, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark,1 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

MIND BLOWING BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

8 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we got in we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 very curious Tiger shark called 'Snoopy'. The Tiger shark didn't stay around for long but the 15 Oceanic Blacktip sharks made up for it.

COLD WATER AND RAYS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY

7 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 18 - 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of Round Ribbontail Rays, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and lots of reef fish.

DOLPHINS, ZAM'S, BLACKTIPS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

6 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the way down to the reef we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On the reef we had 1 Massive Zambezi (Bull) shark and a small Pod of Dolphins. As we drifted we had more Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

LOADS OF ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

5 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight reverse
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: We started the dive with 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. As the dive went on the Blacktips just came in ... more and more. We ended up with 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass, and lots of game fish and reef fish. As we played around with the Potato Bass, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark popped in. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

ANOTHER AWESOME BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

3 March 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we stopped the sharks started popping in. On the dive we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. The sharks looked super happy today, they were just smiling the whole dive through.

From the boat we saw Hammerhead sharks and Dolphins.

NOT MUCH, BUT WE HAD FUN ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

28 February 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15m top, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius top, 23 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, loads of reef fish, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and some game fish.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 6 Round Ribbontail Rays and lots of reef fish. Mid water we finally had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DOUBLE TROUBLE DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

26 February 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius.

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Dive started 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, after a few minutes we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. 

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: This dive started slow with just Rainbow Runners, then the action picked up to 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

GREAT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

25 February 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m top, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 27 degrees Celsius top, 19 degrees Celsius bottom

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of reef fish and schools of Bigeye Kingfish, Green Jobfish and Bream. Mid water we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, lots of Tassel, Rubberlips, Rock Salmon and Bream. Mid water we had 1 Black MARLIN and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

MID WATER BOOMING WITH ACTION TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

24 February 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 15m top, 10m bottom
Sea Temp: 27 degrees Celsius top, 20 degrees Celsius bottom.

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got into the water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks swimming around us. More then joined and by the end of the dive we had a total of 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks keeping us on our toes ... also lots of Rainbow Runners.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a MASSIVE school of Bigeye Kingfish pass by. The reef was pretty quiet with some reef and gamefish all over. Mid water was where we wanted to be with 100's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out.

Surface interval: On our way back to the dropping point we passed the baited shark dive and got to snorkel it for about 10 minutes ... then as we were kitting up we had some action with two Marlins jumping!!!!

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Potato Bass and some Bigeye Kingfish here and there. Mid water we had a shoal of about 10 Hammerhead sharks pass by. We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks staying around for the rest of our dive. On our safety stop we had a Turtle swim around for a few minutes.

Insane day out at sea!!!

LOADS OF FUN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

23 February 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 10 - 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 26 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark, 1 Potato Bass, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, lots of gamefish and reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the way down we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

MARLINS, HAMMERHEADS AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

22 February 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 26 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got in we had a shoal of 6 Greater Hammerhead sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. On the reef we had a huge shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and schools of Barracuda, Green Jobfish and other reef fish and gamefish. At the Pinnacle we had 1 Marlin coming in to the divers and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had 1 Greater Hammerhead shark and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots of reef fish, gamefish and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. At the Pinnacle we saw 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, 1 Greater Hammerhead shark, 1 MARLIN and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

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