The Beautiful Protea Banks
Protea Banks is situated 7.5km out to sea from Shelly Beach. The reef lies at a depth of between 27 and 40 meters. It is about 6km long and 800m wide.
Essentially a fossilised sandbank which comes up from 60m. Generations of local fisherman have made a living at Protea, whilst Scuba Divers have come face to face with Sharks and Game Fish since the early 1990’s.
Protea Banks is one of the richest Tuna grounds in the world which explains why it is so strongly frequented by Zambezi ( = Bull ) Sharks. Almost all year round they patrol the reef in search of food.
Scalloped Hammerheads swim up and down the reef in schools that at times are often hundereds strong, sometimes thousands of animals just keep coming.
What a sight when you see their silhouettes against the rays of the sun !!! Although generally shy the Great Hammerhead also makes an appearance from time to time.
Behind a massive school of Barracudas you could see five or six Blacktip Sharks darting in and out of your vision. These beautiful marked and steam lined animals always seem to be playing hide and seek with the divers and they behave just like underwater puppies.
Diving with Divetek to Protea Banks
Protea Banks is one of our new diving adventures. Divetek will be going down twice a year.
We will run these trips over the weekend from a Thursday to Sunday.
Divetek does all the bookings and arrangements. We will be staying in a self catering chalet just 100m from the dive sites.
We supply all the basic condiments and clients are only asked to bring along their meals.
Transport can also be arranged should you not wish to drive down by yourself.
- Participants must be qualified Advanced Divers!!
- Minimum Age: 16
- Maximum Age: No limit provided the participant is healthy with no prior medical conditions.
- Prior Medical Conditions must be discussed with the Divemaster allocated with this trip
- Special mention should be made of the following Medical Conditions:
– Heart Disorders
– Lung Disorders
– Severe Claustrophobia
– Recent Chest Colds
– Recent Sinus Infections, Treatments and/or Surgeries