Shelly Beach (Protea Banks)

Although day trips are available to Protea Banks, some divers prefer to spend a day or two in a comfortable B&B in Shelly Beach so that they can relax and enjoy a few more dives and explore the area.

If you do decide to do a day trip, you will be collected from your hotel or guest house in Durban, and transported in comfort to Shelly Beach (about 80 minutes away).

Once you have arrived at the launch site, you will get your gear and kit up, before listening to the divemaster’s briefing just before launching.

Protea Banks is known for its Bull (Zambezi) sharks and schooling hammerheads, although you can see just about any shark here, including Great Whites and Tiger sharks (depending on the weather and season).

One dive package: (Advanced  or higher)

5 am

Pick up from hotel or B&B (Greater DBN area)

5-6.30am

Transfer to dive shop in Shelly Beach                                  

6.30-7am

Get dive gear, have dive briefing, launch

7-9.30am

Enjoy a spectacular dive on Protea Banks

9.30 –10am

Back to shore, de-brief

10am-12noon

Brunch. Back to Durban. Dropped off at your hotel or B&B

Included:

 

  •  Return transport to Protea Banks (approx. 80 minutes each way)
  • Dive gear
  • One dive
  • Brunch

 Not included:

·         Items of a personal nature / Drinks / Personal medical / travel insurance / Gratuities

 

Cost: (weightbelt and cylinder hire only)

·         One person - USD 85

·         Two pax or more USD 65

 

Cost: (full dive gear hire)

·         One person - USD 120

·         Two pax or more USD 100

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Two dive package: (Advanced or higher)

5 am

Pick up from hotel or B&B (Greater DBN area)

5-6.30am

Transfer to dive shop in Shelly Beach

6.30-7am

Get dive gear, have dive briefing, launch

7-9.30am

Enjoy a spectacular dive on Protea Banks

9.30 –10am

Back to shore, de-brief

10-11am

Brunch.

11am -1pm

Second dive

1-1.30pm

1.30-3pm

Back to shore, de-brief, depart.

Back to Durban. Dropped off at your hotel or B&B

 

 

 Included:

·         Return transport to Protea Banks (approx. 80 minutes each way)

·         Dive gear

·         Two dives

·         Brunch

Not included:

·         Items of a personal nature / Drinks / Personal medical / travel insurance / Gratuities

 

Cost: (weightbelt and cylinder hire only)

·         One person - USD 105

·         Two pax or more USD 85

 

Cost: (full dive gear hire)

·         One person - USD 150  

·         Two pax or more USD 130

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New Protea Banks Protected Area  - 2 March 2019 

Durban -

Maritime researchers and students are back from collecting special retrievers that will help them investigate the movements of tagged sharks off the South Coast. They dropped the retrievers - or listening stations - down 80m to 90m in the newly announced Protea Banks marine protected area, which is 7.5km out to sea from Shelly Beach.

Their research is expected to confirm Protea Banks’ canyon heads as an important shark habitat, according to conservation body WildOceans. WildOceans executive director Jean Harris said this study was the first of its kind in South Africa. “The aim is to study the movement of sharks along the KwaZulu-Natal coast,” said Harris. “This part of the project, led by Dr Matt Dicken of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, aims to understand the importance of canyon heads as critical habitat for sharks, especially species such as tiger, ragged-tooth and Zambezi. “We are especially interested in understanding the role submarine canyons play as productive nodes in the seascape and the connectivity with shallower inshore habitats. “

"The receivers we retrieved and replaced are deeper, 80m to 90m down, at canyon heads. Due to the depth of these sites, the receivers have acoustic releases that can be remotely activated from the surface.” The researchers sailed out on Wild-Oceans’ research vessel RV Angra Pequena. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife scientist Tembisa Jordaan, who observed the telemetry retrieval, said divers reported a massive shark aggregation in the area of the ocean.

The data collection follows a Wild-Oceans survey of scalloped hammerhead sharks at Protea Banks in December and January. “As this species has only been tagged in Mozambique, if we picked up any signals for this species on our receivers this would show there is a connection between sites in Mozambique and this big aggregation in southern KZN, and that the sharks are moving between them,” said Harris, adding that it would be exciting if they were recorded on the Protea Banks receivers.

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