Minke Whale Trip July 2018 – ALMOST FULL !!

The much awaited Minke Whale dive trip is now open for bookings!

This trip has become an annual event and is very popular, so get in quick!!

This years Minke Whale trip will run in a similar fashion to last year.

The trip is again organised with our valued sponsor Deep Sea Divers Den and will be on their liveaboard, OceanQuest. All information about the trip can be found on the DSDD website, here:
(DO NOT BOOK via this web page – booking details below)
This is an ideal trip to take the all family members
Friday 6th July to Tuesday morning 11th July 2018.
  • Departs Friday 6th July @ 7:30 am,
  • Arrive back Tuesday 11th July @ 8.30am.
  • 4 days & 4 nights
  • Up to 16 dives / Minke Whale hang outs
We again have been offered a really good deal with heavily discounted prices! Members have been emailed the prices. If you have not received the email [i.e. because you just joined the club] or have any questions, please email  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net

Final payment (direct to Deep Sea Divers Den) is now due on booking.

At the time of this update there is ONLY ONE DOUBLE ROOM remaining, so call NOW to secure that if you are interested !!

As usual, you make your reservation directly with the operator Deep Sea Divers Den, 
Tel (07) 4046 7333.  You must be a current financial member of the club and advise of your Membership Number when booking AND show your Membership Card when boarding.

March Club Dive – Sunday 11th

Continuing our regular Club Dives for 2018 with March lined up to be a beauty!

As we have been offering two dives departing Cairns and one from Port Douglas across a 3 month cycle.  Feed back from members indicates this is appreciated for many reasons including ease of access for Northern members and a variety for all.

So to maintain that program, we have organised with our valued sponsor Deep Sea Divers Den (DSDD) to use their services of AquaQuest, the newest boat in their fleet.  Those of you who attended the 2017 Christmas Dive event on AquaQuest will remember how good that was, everything from the comfort of a new vessel through to the excellent service the crew offered.  They even offer Nitrox if you want it and club members do not need to be guided – you can do your own thing in buddy pairs.

Please place Sunday 11th March in your diary and call DSDD Reservations office direct to book either/both of these dives on   >>>  Phone:  07 4047 9100   <<< 
Be sure to mention you are from the Nautilus club to obtain the current discount from them which has been emailed to Financial Club Members only.

Please also do NOT email, phone or SMS any of the other club members who work for DSDD – they cannot help you as you need to call the Booking Office ONLY !  Your place is secured with full payment.

Arrive at Port Douglas Marina, DSDD Booking Desk in the arcade building by 08:00 as the boat departs 08:30 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you when checking in to identify yourself as a financial club member as you board.

12 places are on hold so get in quick (more available if boat not full). These seats will be released 48 hours prior if not booked.

Note:  Please email divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net if you book  so that we can keep track of who is going as this helps both DSDD and ourselves in the club. If you have any further questions or comments for the club then please email Dive Coordinator and I will attend as soon as possible.

Enjoy bubble-blowers!


Club Dives and how they work

Club Dives: How they work

This is a general explanation on how the Nautilus Club dives work, especially meant for new members.

We have a dive calendar to help you plan your dives with the club. See http://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/.

We will also advise (email) the members separately about upcoming dives up to a few weeks in advance. We ask the dive operator to reserve a number of spots for our members, often around 12 pax.  We get a sizable discount for our members.

To go on a club dive, you have to call the dive operator and book your spot. You pay the dive operator directly.  Be sure to bring your Nautilus membership card to the dive (and of course your Cert card).  As a rule, the club does not handle any money for the club dives.  Spots are kept available for the club up to a cut-off date, 5 to 7 days before the dive date (this will depend on the operator). From that date on, the operator will fill the spots with non-Nautilus members.  So if you call late, it is not guaranteed that you can go. It is also possible that the spots we have reserved for Nautilus are already full.

Club Dives
club dives are on the second Sunday of the month. At the moment (2017) we go once a quarter (every 3 months) with Calypso out of Port Douglas and twice a quarter (the remaining 2 months) with Tusa 6 out of Cairns.  We also endeavour to dive the Yongala at least once a year. We also dive with Deep Sea Divers Den, Ocean Quest, Rum Runner, Reel Crazy, and other operators as opportunities arise.

As club members, we get sizeable discounts on the standard prices that are only ever disclosed on emails to current financial members. This is to preserve the integrity of the operator’s pricing and an added benefit of membership to the club.  Tell them that you are a club member when booking and show your membership card on the day of diving.

Overseas Dive Trips
We organise approximately 2-3 overseas dive trips per year.  Past destinations include: PNG [Walindi, Tufi, Lissenung Island, Liveaboard MV Chertan], Palau, Truk Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, Vanuatu and others.  As a club, we often manage to get great group deals and these trips are hugely popular.

We are now also exploring special dives within Australia that offer great deals to members and extend your diving experience beyond the Great Barrier Reef and surrounds. 

All members are informed via emails about the new and upcoming plans and dive opportunities.  Please contact the  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for Cairns based dives and the overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net for trips overseas.  

Some useful information

Phone 07 4047 9120.
Up to three dives on Tusa 6.
Be at the A finger of the Cairns Marina at 7:30 (shgarp), for an 8:00 departure. Tusa allows unguided diving. If you want Nitrox, tell them when you book. 

Free Call 1800 005 966 or 07 4099 6999
Cut off date 5 days before the dive (don’t despair when late, call anyway).
Out of Port Douglas, Agincourt and Opal Reef.
Boarding at the Port Douglas Marina (allow at least 75 minutes for the drive from Cairns) at 8:20am (sharp), departure 8:45am, return 4:15pm.

We dive as a rule with Yongala Dive, out of Ayr (Alva Beach). 
Call Janelle at 07 4783 1519.
In general, we will dive on a Saturday and Sunday and stay 2 nights from Friday to Sunday.  Accommodation is basic (backpacker dorm style). Some members prefer to spend the night in luxury in Ayr.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  Website:  http://www.yongaladive.com.au/.

It is a good idea to carpool.  Interesting conversations and less expense on fuel!

Other Dive Opportunities
We are constantly looking for viable dive opportunities for the club.  Suggestions are always welcomed and are discussed at the monthly committee meetings.  If you have any ideas, please email:  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for consideration.  The club is for the members and the committee always values your input as it may lead to some exciting experiences for all.