PROTEA BANKS, SOUTH AFRICA
Standing waist deep in the sea, struggling to hold a large, heavy RIB straight into huge, oncoming surf, most divers would - for a fleeting moment - question their sanity. However, if you want to dive off the east coast of South Africa, the only way to get through the two to three-metre surf is to leap into a twin-engined RIB and hang on tight! Getting out to Protea Banks always involves a surf entry, whatever the weather conditions, but this just adds to the excitement of knowing that once through this break zone, you will soon be in the water with wild ragged tooth sand tiger sharks. Protea Banks is a ridge of rock poking up out of the seabed some three miles offshore, and here you can encounter anything from a handful of raggies to massive aggregations of more than 100. Ragged tooth sharks are known as a placid species, but they still look the part with their long pointed teeth, and being surrounded by several totally wild three-metre sharks that have not been fed or attracted by chum is truly awesome.