Protea Banks, KwaZulu-Natal
Protea Banks, situated 7.5km out to sea from Shelly Beach, is a fossilised sandbank that lies at a depth of between 27 and 40 meters, and is 6km long and 800m wide. The reef is home to a variety of game fish such as barracuda, tuna and kingfish, which attract a wide variety of predators.
Protea Banks is renowned for its "Zambezi" (Bull Shark) populations; other sharks that frequent Protea Banks include ragged-tooth sharks, hammerheads and blacktips. Divers are almost guaranteed to see up to 5 different shark species on one dive!
The annual Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon which usually occurs during June and July, when massive schools of sardines migrate from the colder waters around the Cape to the warmer waters of KwaZulu-Natal. Divers dive to depths of about five to seven metres and to watch as game fish and other predators such as sharks, dolphins, whales and Cape gannets all try their luck at catching the sardines.
Aqua Planet Dive Centre
Tel: +27 82 877 3966
Address: The Emporium (Shop 3), cnr Marine Drive & Kings Road, Shelly Beach, KwaZulu-Natal
To find out more about scuba diving at Protea Banks, visit the Aqua Planet Dive Centre website.