Minke Trip July 1st – 5th

Hi Everyone

With the help of our good friends at Deep Sea Divers Den(DSDD), we have organized a Minke whale trip on Ocean Quest this July to replace the Taka trip which was cancelled.

John Brown at DSDD will be contacting everyone who was going on the Taka trip to ask if they still want to go on the new trip(details below, but very similar in dates and price to the Taka trip).  If this applies to you, and you haven’t heard from him by tomorrow(Thursday 4th Feb), give him a call.

The remaining spots are open to any club members.

To book, or if you have any questions, PLEASE CONTACT JOHN BROWN AT DSDD DIRECTLY on 07 4046 7333 and tell him you are a Nautilus Club member.  Details below.



Nautilus Club Minke Trip
4 DAY 4 NIGHT – Up to 16 Dives

Departing Friday  1st July – Returns Tuesday 5th July

o    Max 36 pax – ONLY Doubles and Twin available
o    Transfer vessel limited to 60 pax (normally 80)
o    Payment due 45 days prior to departure. If trip not filled by this time we would open it to other customers at normal rates.

Day 1 (Friday)
Your journey starts here! Check-in at DSDD shop 319 Draper Street at 08:00 to board transfer vessel ReefQuest. We make our way to the Outer Barrier Reef where we will enjoy two dives on Norman Reef, before transferring to OceanQuest at approximately 14:30 and steaming overnight to the Ribbon Reefs.

Day 2 (Saturday)
Wake up to the sun rising over the Great Barrier Reef. We will enjoy four dives at various sites on the upper Ribbon Reefs, including the world famous Cod Hole. The Cod Hole is home to a family of large Potato Cod. Be surrounded by these intriguing and friendly creatures as you immerse yourself in their underwater habitat for a truly unforgettable experience. Four dives are included in today’s itinerary, including one night dive.

Day 3 (Sunday)
We kick the weekend off with more diving and snorkelling opportunities throughout the Ribbon Reefs. Today you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most untouched areas of the Great Barrier Reef. We will also take part in an exploration dive. Four dives are included in today’s itinerary, including another night dive, when the reef will transform itself into a completely different setting with all new nocturnal marine life just waiting to meet you. This pristine and unique reef system, is an underwater playground teaming with marine life, a real natural wonder for you to explore and enjoy!

Day 4 (Monday)
Explore more of the Great Barrier Reef at various dive sites along the Ribbon Reefs over four incredible dives, including a dive at Steve’s Bommie, one of the most pristine dive sites that the Ribbon Reefs have to offer.. The reef locations that we visit are home to many tropical fish species and offer magnificent viewing of bright mesmerising coral less frequented by any other boats. On completion of our final night dive we will steam south towards Cairns.

Day 5 (Tuesday)
Wake up to your last morning on OceanQuest. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your Cairns city accommodation at approximately 07:30. Please note, itinerary may vary slightly depending on weather conditions. During Minke Whale season, the dive schedule may be altered to enable as much in-water interaction with the whales as possible.

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