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Dive Boat in SHELLY BEACH diving PROTEA BANKS

RIB
2012
27 ft
12 Guests

About This Boat

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

Situated about 8km off Shelly Beach, on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast, PROTEA BANKS is a unique reef system, with an amazing topography. The presence of a great diversity of game fish attracts a wide variety of top predators seen in only a few places in the world!

PROTEA BANKS offers an exceptionally exciting SHARK dive. Divers have the opportunity to experience aSHARK dive that is completely unique. There are only a few places in the word that you can see such a wide variety of SHARK species and it is certainly not uncommon to see up to 5 different species ofSHARKS on a single dive on PROTEA BANKS!!!

The BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARK  and OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARK are encountered throughout the year on PROTEA BANKS. In the warmer months HAMMERHEAD SHARKS are often seen overhead and we are not just talking one or two, we are talking hundreds ... yes, hundreds!! They make their appearance from September to January, with November and December being the months with the most regular sightings of HUGE schools of Scalloped HAMMERHEAD SHARKS. From January to June, one also has the added privilege of seeing the elusive TIGER SHARK. During colder months hundreds of Ragged-TOOTH SHARKS congregate on PROTEA BANKS to mate. Dusky and Copper sharks also make an appearance on PROTEA BANKS.

Beside SHARKS, PROTEA BANKS also boasts a vast number of game fish such as Tuna, Barracuda, Kingfish, Tropical Amberjack, Bonito, Prodigal Son to name but a few. Friendly Potato Bass are often encountered and sometimes we are privileged to see Brindle Bass. A variety of Rays are also seen - GIANT SANDSHARKS, Round Ribbontail Rays, Eagle Rays and the occasional Manta Ray.

From June to November thousands of HUMPBACK WHALES migrate from the Southern Pole to the warmer waters of KwaZulu Natal, giving us an amazing show during our boat trips to and fromPROTEA BANKS ... and yes ... we have had incredible underwater encounters with these magnificent WHALES!!! Dolphins are also a regular sighting throughout the year.

And with pristine reef, the PROTEA BANKS reef is alive with a wide variety of reef fish. These 'smallies' are unfortunately often overlooked, as once the SHARKS are spotted the reef is immediately forgotten ...

And then of course, with PROTEA BANKS just about anything can happen!!!! We have had rare sightings of Marlin, Sunfish, Whale shark, Blue shark, Spinner shark and the odd Great White shark. So if you are looking for an adventure and a dive site where just about anything can happen, PROTEA BANKS is the place to be.

On PROTEA BANKS we offer two completely different SHARK dives:

1. The first one is a BAITED SHARK DIVE. As we only go to 10m, this dive is suitable for an Open Water qualification and above. You need to be comfortable with the idea of SHARKS and have decent buoyancy (as this dive is done in mid water, with no reef as a reference). The BAITED SHARK DIVE is great for photography as the SHARKS come in very close.

2. The second is a reef SHARK dive. Our reefs lie between 30 to 40m. For this dive an Advanced certification is required or you can do it as an Adventures in Deep Dive with one of our Instructors. The current on PROTEA BANKS can be mild to very strong, on this drift dive. PROTEA BANKS it is also a multilevel dive, our average dive time is about 45 to 60 minutes. On this dive SHARKS are seen completely in their natural habitat with their natural behaviour. Sightings and be fleeting or you can get up close and personal with the SHARKS - it is nature so expect the unexpected ...

"I have personally been diving PROTEA BANKS for 17 years, and still get excited each and every time I go on a dive ... and very 'jealous' when I am not on the dive!" Kym Pollard, Owner of Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Charter.

Details

  • Type: RIB
  • Capacity: 12 People
  • Year: 2012
  • Rental Minimum: 1 hour
  • Length: 27 ft
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

Specs

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Wheel steering
  • Trailerable
  • Outboard Engine
  • Single Engine
  • Fuel type: Diesel

Meet Kym

Kym

Member Since Oct 2015

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