NEW: Volivoli + Beqa Sharks [opt]-Fiji Trip May 2018

NEW:  Volivoli (+ optional Beqa Shark Diving), Fiji – May 2018 – (Max: 12 pax) 4 Spaces Left

Fiji is commonly known as the soft coral capital of the world.  We will be diving Bligh Water, a marine protected area famous for its abundance and diversity of marine life. One of the main attractions are the plentiful populations of beautiful soft and  hard corals.

This is a DEMA special offer of a 7 nights/12 dives package (+unlimited shore dives)  flying with Virgin Australia and staying at the Volivoli Beach Resort (full board) Wed 2nd  to Wed 9th May 2018.

For those of us who are a bit more adventurous, there is an option of adding 4 nights’ stay at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu Wed 9th to Sun 13th May 2018 to experience the world famous shark encounter dives with AquaTrek (2 days x 2 dives).   This is a thrilling opportunity to see 7 different species of sharks in one dive  (white tips, black tips, grey reef, tawny nurse, lemon, silver tips, bull sharks), and if lucky, even a tiger shark!

Members have been sent information about the above packages –

For further info, contact Akiko, Overseas Dive Coordinator on

To book, contact Dirk at Diversion Dive Travel on


SOLOMON ISLANDS Liveaboard -Nov 2017

1 SPACE AVAILABLE @ 25% Discount Due to Last-minute withdrawal!!! 

Our next overseas club dive is a trip to the Solomon Islands with the MV TAKA with SIDE Solomons Diving in November 2017.
For the Cairns locals, the TAKA is a well known live aboard ship that for many years was operated by the Deep Sea Divers Den. It has been sold to the Solomons. And the new owners are willing to give us a VERY GOOD DEAL, with up to 40% discount!!

DATES:    21- 28 November 2017.  
Travelling with Air Niugini
Number of spaces is 24.
As we have chartered the whole boat,
we are able to put in our own requests re the itinerary! 

Members have received an email with details and discounted prices.  Only 1 more space left!  If you have just joined the club or have still questions, please contact our overseas dive coordinator Akiko via

See for more information about possible dive itineraries –   Solomons Diving



2 Club Dives 7 & 15 October 2017

Hello all members.
A reminder for those who attended the club meeting last week and for those who could not attend, there are two club dives offered this month!
The first is a Night Dive, another opportunity offered by Tusa T6.  I have attached a flyer with all the details so check that out, but the basics are it leaves the marina Saturday night (7th Oct) and returns very early Sunday morning and includes a hot meal.  The discounted prices for members are the same as Tusa’s day rates, bearing in mind the Night Dive is a double whereas day dives are a triple.  These are great rates as most often night dives are single dives in other parts of Australia.

Boarding at 5.30pm on A Finger
Depart at 6.00pm
Return at 1.00am (approximately)
Inclusions: 2 x certified dives or snorkel sessions, Torches & glow sticks (incl for snorkel or full gear cert), Wetsuits, Hot buffet dinner, tea, coffee & hot soup

The second is again with Tusa T6.  This is the scheduled day dive but the date moved to allow for the above night dive.  Block out Sunday 15th Octfor the regular dive.  
Arrive at Cairns Marina, Finger A by 07:40 as the boat departs 08:00 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat and identify yourself as a club member as you board.
Tusa allows unguided dives for members and has Nitrox available on request (subject to availability) and check for any additional fee before you request it.
Remember to call Tusa T6 OFFICE direct (not the shop on the Esplanade) 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.
Note:  Please send me an email if you book so that I can keep track of who is going as this helps both Tusa and ourselves in the club.
All members have received an email with the above information inclusive the price of the trips for members.
If you have any further questions or comments for the club then please email me and I will attend as soon as possible.Enjoy bubble-blowers,

Warm regards,

Darren Ramsey
Nautilus Dive Coordinator



September Newsletter 2017

And here is the SEPTEMBER Newsletter 2017 – with great stories and awesome pictures.
Read about the upcoming dives, past dives and interesting facts about sea critters.

Reminder: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Absolute deadline for submitting photos and stories is the Sunday before the clubmeeting.

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS! It is part of being with the club, to share experiences, dives, fun, interests. Your club mates will love it.

Please send your stories and/ or photos before that date to






Sticky: Club Dives and how they work

Club Dives: How they work

This is a general explanation 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

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

To go on a club dive you have to call the dive operator and book your spot. You also have to pay the dive operator directly. Be sure to bring your Nautilus membership card to the dive (and of course your C 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, often a few days before the dive date. 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 as a rule on the second Sunday of the month. At the moment (end 2016) we go in every 3 months once with Calypso out of Port Douglas and twice 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, etc.

As club members we get sizeable discounts on the standard prices. Tell them that you are a club member and show your membership card on the day of diving.

Overseas Dive Trips
We organise approximately 2-3 overseas dive trips per year. Pas destinations were: PNG [Walindi, Tufi, Lissenung Island, Liveaboard Certan etc], Palau, Truk Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Indonesia [Flores,], Phillipines, Vanuatu. As a club we often manage a get great group deals and these trips are hugely popular.

We are now also exploring special dives within Australia, like White Shark Dives, or Lady Elliott Island. 

All members are informed via emails about the new and upcoming plans and dive opportunities. Please contact the for Cairns based dives and the for trips overseas.   See who is who on our committee page

Some useful information

Phone 4047 9120.
Three dives on Tusa 6.
Be at the A finger of the Cairns Marina before 7:40, for an 8:00 departure. Tusa allows unguided diving. If you want Nitrox, tell them when you book. 

Free Call 1800 005 966 or 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, departure 8:45am, return 4:15pm.

We dive as a rule with Yongaladive, out of Ayr (Alva Beach). 
Call Janelle at 47831519.
In general, we will dive on a Saturday and Sunday and stay overnight twice 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, the meals at night not.

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


Call for GBR fish photos for our website fish guide

Dear members,

You may know that the Nautilus Club web site has a section on reef fishes which are common in the Cairns region.

It is located in

We are looking to expand this gallery with additional species and need your help.

I have a few requirements to be met to fit the current gallery technical parameters.

  1. For a fish to be added, 2-3 side view well cropped and clear photos of an individual fish specimen need to be provided. For examples of acceptable photos, please check a few photos from the existing gallery.
  2. Additionally, all photos must have the common and the scientific name included in the file name of the photos provided.

Here is an example of the naming convention for fish photos which I typically use.

” Pearl-scaled Angelfish (Centropyge vrolikii) [Angelfishes – Pomacanthidae]_40848.JPG”

Ideally, I would like to collect and include photos of all known phases of the fish (e.g., adult phase, juvenile phase, if known, and in case of parrotfishes/wrasses, female and male phases if they are known to differ). However, if you do not have photos of all such phases, 2-3 photos of adult specimens are certainly welcome.

If you do have the photos of the fish in the list below and would like to contribute to our fish gallery, please send your photos to I will review all submissions received and if they satisfy the gallery requirements I will add them to the gallery site. If you would like to add a copyright info to your photos, please do so in the way which does not interfere with the main photo subject.

Here is the list of species for which we are looking for photos for the Gallery:

  1. Pearl-scaled Angelfish
  2. Centropyge vrolikii
  3. Vagabond Butterflyfish
  4. Chaetodon vagabundus
  5. Blackback Butterflyfish
  6. Chaetodon melannotus
  7. Lined Butterflyfish
  8. Chaetodon lineolatus
  9. Spotnape Butterflyfish
  10. Chaetodon oxycephalus
  11. Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish
  12. Chaetodon ulietensis
  13. Pennant Bannerfish
  14. Heniochus chrysostomus
  15. Humphead Bannerfish
  16. Heniochus varius
  17. Great Barrier Reef Blenny
  18. Ecsenius stictus
  19. Barrier Reef Anemonefish
  20. Amphiprion akindynos
  21. Pink Anemonefish
  22. Amphiprion perideraion
  23. Red-and-Black Anemonefish
  24. Amphiprion melanopus
  25. Spine-cheek Anemonefish
  26. Premnas biaculeatus
  27. Bicolor Goatfish
  28. Parupeneus barberinoides
  29. Yellowfin Goatfish
  30. Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
  31. Orange-dashed Goby
  32. Valenciennea puellaris
  33. Old Glory
  34. Amblygobius rainfordi
  35. Spotted Shrimp Goby
  36. Amblyeleotris guttata
  37. Honeycomb Leatherjacket
  38. Cantherhines pardalis
  39. Shark Mackerel
  40. Grammatorcynus bicarinatus
  41. Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
  42. Scomberomorus commerson
  43. Bleeker’s Parrotfish
  44. Chlorurus bleekeri
  45. Chameleon Parrotfish
  46. Scarus chameleon
  47. Egghead Parrotfish
  48. Scarus oviceps
  49. Globehead Parrotfish
  50. Scarus globiceps
  51. Greensnout Parrotfish
  52. Scarus spinus
  53. Minifin Parrotfish
  54. Scarus altipinnis
  55. Schlegel’s Parrotfish
  56. Scarus schlegeli
  57. Surf Parrotfish
  58. Scarus rivulatus
  59. Swarthy Parrotfish
  60. Scarus niger
  61. Yellowbarred Parrotfish
  62. Scarus dimidiatus
  63. Yellowfin Parrotfish
  64. Scarus flavipectoralis
  65. Bennett’s Toby
  66. Canthigaster bennetti
  67. Map Puffer
  68. Arothron mappa
  69. Star Puffer
  70. Arothron stellatus
  71. Stars and Stripes Puffer
  72. Arothron hispidus
  73. Coronation Trout
  74. Variola louti
  75. White-lined Rockcod
  76. Anyperodon leucogrammicus
  77. Black-spot Snapper
  78. Lutjanus fulviflamma
  79. Bluestripe Seaperch
  80. Lutjanus kasmira
  81. Five-lined Seaperch
  82. Lutjanus quinquelineatus
  83. Flagtail Triggerfish
  84. Sufflamen chrysopterus
  85. Pinktail Triggerfish
  86. Melichthys vidua
  87. Axilspot Hogfish
  88. Bodianus axillaris
  89. Barred Thicklip
  90. Hemigymnus fasciatus
  91. Bicolor Cleaner Wrasse
  92. Labroides bicolor
  93. Blackeye Thicklip
  94. Hemigymnus melapterus
  95. Tailspot Wrasse
  96. Halichoeres melanurus
  97. Checkerboard Wrasse
  98. Halichoeres hortulanus
  99. Threespot Wrasse
  100. Halichoeres trimaculatus
  101. Twotone Wrasse
  102. Halichoeres prosopeion
  103. Sixbar Wrasse
  104. Thalassoma hardwicke
  105. Tripletail Maori Wrasse
  106. Cheilinus trilobatus
  107. Flagtail Blanquillo
  108. Malacanthus brevirostris
  109. Blue Blanquillo
  110. Malacanthus latovittatus
  111. Blackside Hawkfish
  112. Paracirrhites forsteri

Many thanks!

Alex (The Nautilus Fish Geek)


New Resource : Fishes of Australia Website

This website  is the the ultimate resource for information on the diversity and biology of Australia’s amazing marine and freshwater fishes. Fishesofaustralia website
Great to learn more about fish classification and identification with and interesting blogs about a variety of fish related subjects.

Fishes of Australia is an initiative of the OzFishNet consortium, made up of collection-based Australasian ichthyologists who work together to promote research, data access and other issues of mutual interest. The group comprises leading ichthyologists based in Australian and international museums, CSIRO and several domestic and international universities. In essence OzFishNet is the virtual national fish museum of Australia. The group formalises the traditional, good working relationship and cooperation among Australian fish systematists.

Participating partners:  Museum Victoria , OzFishNet, Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of Sustainability , Australian Museum, CSIRO, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, South Australian Museum, Western Australian Museum, Queensland Museum.

Coral Sea Fish Guide App

Bob Halstead”s Coral Sea Fish Guide App.      10001420_421807094632719_1083153398_n

Bob Halstead created this awesome App with more than 850 marine species featured and over 200 high quality colour photographs.
The app works for both the iPad and iPhone and it allows users to quickly browse different species whether you know what you are looking for, or need a name for the fish you have just seen.
You can also search for species under their ‘Common’, ‘Scientific’ or ‘Group’ name. Once loaded the app does not require an Internet connection so can be used on boats at sea.

Check the App out on FaceBook :  search for ‘Bob Halstead’s Coral Sea Fish Guide”   Click

or download it via the App Store and iTunes.