Club Dive – June 2019

NOTE:  Change of operator for this month as the planned Tusa dive has been moved.  Their boat T6 is unavailable due to scheduled refit.

As such, we are privileged to have again organised this month’s club dive with:
Divers Den aboard their newer vessel, AquaQuest out of Port Douglas.
10 places are reserved and booking is easy over the phone.
Divers Den allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.

Date: Sunday 9th June
Check In: 08:00 at desk in Marina Terminal Building
Departs: 08:30 sharp !

[Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email or call] plus $6.50 Reef Levy.

Full hire gear available – discuss you needs at the time of booking as additional cost may apply.
Nitrox is also available.
Ask about these options when you call to book if required.

Book direct with Divers Den, Ph. 07 4046 7333. You MUST be a current financial member and quote your membership card number when booking to obtain the Special members only rates. Membership Card must also be shown when checking in on the day.
Your place is secured with full payment.

On the day:
Arrive at 08:00 to check in at the marina (desk near spiral stairs in the marina mall building) as the boat departs 08:30 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat AS YOU WILL NEED THEM, both are critical.

Note: Please reply to this email if you book so that I can keep track of who is going as this helps both Divers Den and ourselves in the club.

Any other questions please call either Divers Den on Ph. 07 4046 7333, or
send an email to (allow 48 hours reply time) or ask at an upcoming club meeting.

Enjoy bubble-blowers,

Darren Ramsey,
Nautilus Club Dive Coordinator.


May 2019 Newsletter

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Photo Comp Awards Night @ Tanks Art Centre June 26

This year we are off the TANKS for our annual Photo Comp Awards Night! Open to the public and winners will be exhibited for 1 week!! Nibbles provided. See you there!!

NEW OVERSEAS TRIP – Manado & Lembeh (N. Sulawesi, Indonesia) November 2019

Diversion Dive Travel has put together exclusively for our club a fabulous combination trip of 5 nights in Manado + 5 nights in Lembeh in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Manado is among the highlights of diving in Indonesia.  When you’re scuba diving in Bunaken National Marine Park, you’ll witness some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, with outstanding fish variety and world-class steep walls that descend down to as deep as 1600m.  The clear, warm waters contain astonishingly high numbers of species, whether corals, sponges or fish.   There is also an opportunity to dive further north in Bangka Archiapelago (beautiful coral meadows, variety of marine life) and south in Popooh (muck diving).

Thalassa 5 Star Padi Resort Manado

Lembeh probably requires no introduction at all, being regarded as the top muck dive site in the world with a huge variety of weird and wonderful marine creatures such as the flamboyant cuttlefish, wonderpus and mimic octopus, to name a few.   It is a must for keen photographers, but also for anyone simply interested in seeing rare critters.

The trip dates are  Thurs 14 – Tues 26 November 2019:  10 nights/18 boat dives + unlimited shore dive package, flying with Virgin/Singapore Airlines/Silk Air.  As this will require overnights on both legs of the journey, the whole trip will be 12 nights/13 days departing Cairns. 

We have reserved 5 nights each in Manado and Lembeh with a maximum capacity for 18 pax:

Thalassa Manado Resort   
9 x Seaview Hilltop Rooms (twin/double)

Thalassa Lembeh Resort
8 x Seaview Bungalows with private terrace (5 x doubles + 3 x twins)
3 x Split bungalows  (single rooms)

All with air-conditioning and private bathroom. Single supplements apply for sole occupancy with the exception of the single Split bungalows.

For more info on the resorts, have a look at their website:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Full board meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • 18 boat dives
  • Unlimited house reef dives
  • All airport and resort transfers
  • Free wifi

 Additional extras:

  • Return flights from Cairns to Manado (see below)
  • National marine park fees
  • Nitrox and gear hire
  • Drinks
  • Other land-based excursions

To book please check your emails from Overseas Trip Co-ordinator, Akiko for more information regarding Flights and Deposit/Payment. Approximate price above for financial members only!  If you have any further questions please see contact details below

Simon Mallender International Travel Consultant
Diveplanit Travel incorporating Diversion Dive Travel Free phone Aus: 1800 607 913   direct:+61 7 4039 0200  mobile: 0423 603 753

 Akiko Murakami Overseas Trip Coordinator, Nautilus Scuba Club – Cairns

The AMAZING Annual Minke Whale Trip – July 2019 – Book Now!

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 previous years.

The trip is again organised with our valued sponsor Divers Den and will be on their live-aboard, OceanQuest.  All information about the trip can be found on their website, here: 
(( DO NOT BOOK via this web page – booking details below ))
This is an ideal trip to take the all family members as a snorkeling only option is available.
Friday 6th July to Tuesday morning 11th July 2018.
  • Departs Friday 5th July @ 7:30 am,
  • Arrive back Tuesday 9th 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 will be emailed the prices as they are Commercial in confidence. If you have not received the email by early November [i.e. because you just joined the club] or have any questions, please email

Final payment (direct to Divers Den) is due 45 days before departure.

Call NOW to secure your place on this annual club diving adventure !!

As with previous years, you make your reservation directly with the operator Divers Den
Tel (07) 4046 7333.  You MUST be a current financial member of the club at the time of booking and advise of your Membership Number.  You will need to show your Membership Card and dive certifications when boarding.

April 2019 Newsletter

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2019 Photo Comp Categories

This year, we’ve changed things up a bit, please see categories below

Digital SLR: which includes mirror-less cameras with interchangeable lenses

Compact Cameras: are defi­ned as mirror-less cameras with a ­fixed non interchangeable lens.

Open/Macro: This category can be entered by DSLR and Compact cameras.

Entrants can only submit 3 images each. Any image that shows a smaller angle of view than the human eye (35mm focal length). As a guideline, macro subjects are generally 6 inches across or smaller. Images that have been excessively cropped to create a macro shot will be discarded.

Open/Portrait: This category can be entered by DSLR and Compact cameras.

Entrants can only submit 3 images each. A portrait shot usually focuses on 1 subject. It could be a full body shot, or for example just focus on just the face/head, or perhaps one subject against a backdrop of many but the main subject should occupy at least 60% of the frame

Open/Wide Angle: This category can be entered by DSLR and Compact cameras.

Entrants can only submit 3 images each. Any image that shows a wider angle of view than the human eye (35mm focal length), close-focus wide angle photos are permitted but split images are not accepted for this category and should be entered in the relevant Portfolio Category. .

Open/Behaviour: This category can be entered by DSLR and Compact cameras.

Entrants can only submit 3 images each. Any image that shows natural behaviour of an underwater animal, * behaviour that is deemed to be manufactured by human intervention will not acceptable. (i.e. shark feeds, puffed puffer­fish).

Life on the reef, Great Barrier Reef only: This category can be entered by DSLR and Compact cameras.

Entrants can only submit 3 images each. Images in this category can only be from an area that includes the SS Yongala and waters that include reefs from Townsville to Lizard Island which also includes the Coral Sea Reefs, Flinders, Holmes, Flora, Bouganville and Osprey.

Compact Camera Portfolio: This category can only be entered by owners of a compact camera. Entrants should submit 5 (fi­ve) images that demonstrate a range of skills, i.e. macro, portrait and wide angle, over and under images. Images in this category may not be entered in any other category.

DSLR Camera Portfolio: This category can only be entered by owners of a DSLR/Mirroless camera. Entrants should submit 5 (­five) images that demonstrate a range of skills, i.e. macro, portrait and wide angle, over and under images. Images in this category may not be entered in any other category.

Photo Competition Entry Form

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Walindi, PNG Trip – September 2019 – CLOSED Standby Only

Photo by Terry Cummins

Photo by Colin Tonazzi

Walindi Plantation Resort, one of our fabulous sponsors, is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Kimbe Bay is a huge marine protected area with an extremely bio-diverse ecosystem, home to prolific and diverse marine life and pristine reefs.   A range of shark species are regularly sighted, including hammerheads and silvertips, with some resident pod of dolphins, schools of barracuda, tuna and jacks, and the occasional sighting of a whale if you are lucky!

Dates of travel will be Sun 15th – Sun 22nd September 2019: 7 nights, 15 boat dives (+shore dives), flying with Air Niugini. 

Photo by Terry Cummins

Spots are available for Max 16 pax (14+2 FOC discount;  4 spots left), September is a popular season for diving in Walindi, so we recommend you sign up sooner than later!

Included in the price:  

  • 7 nights accommodation @ Walindi Resort (see room options below)
  • 15 Boat Dives (includes tanks, weights and guides)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Airport transfers to and from the Resort

Excludes:   Dive gear hire, Night dives (subject to availability), Environment & Safety fee (AUD 10 per

                    diver per day), Other optional Activities & Tours at the resort, Bar spending, Personal

                     spending, Flights, Dive & Travel insurances (compulsory for Club trip participation)

Photo by Colin Tonazzi


2 x Bungalows (Premium rooms) – 4 pax – TAKEN

  • Free-standing ‘bure’ style accommodation, all with en suite bathroom, ceiling fans (no air-conditioning), tea & coffee making facilities, a small fridge, closet, working desk and a private veranda.
  • These are all located along the beachfront and have water views.
  • The Bungalows have one Queen size bed and one Single bed

1 x Bungalows (Premium room) – 1 pax – TAKEN

4 x TWIN Plantation House Rooms (Standard rooms) – 8 pax – 4 SPOTS AVAILABLE

  • Slightly smaller, but still with all the same features as the Bungalows.
  • Built in a block of 4 rooms so they all share a veranda and located a bit further back from the beach with garden views.

1 x DOUBLE Plantation House Room (Standard room) – 2 pax – TAKEN

1 x SINGLE Plantation House Room (Standard room) – 1 pax – TAKEN

Photo by Colin Tonazzi

Photo by Colin Tonazzi


All flights are with Air Niugini and the full cost of the return air fare is approx. AUD 800-900 (subject to change).


Sun 15/09/19           PX 093     Dep   CNS 11:45     Arr POM 13:10

                                     PX 244      Dep   POM 15:05   Arr HKN   16:10


Sun 22/09/19            PX 241    Dep   HKN 07:00     Arr POM 08:05      

                                      PX 090     Dep POM 09:30     Arr CNS 10:55


If you’d like to sign up or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Akiko, Overseas Trip Coordinator via email:

For more info on Walindi Resort and diving in Walindi, please visit:

Photo by Colin Tonazzi

Tubbataha Reefs Philippines – April/May 2020 – SOLD OUT – Join the wait list

ALREADY SOLD OUT – Let us know if you’d like to be on the wait list

We have chartered the whole boat: All Star MV Stella Maris liveaboard (21 pax), diving the spectacular marine nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in the middle of the Sulu Sea.   

Since Tubbataha was discovered in the late 1970s, it has become recognised as one of the most remarkable coral reefs on the planet and is ranked among the top ten dive sites in the world.  Because of its isolated location, Tubbataha can only be visited on a liveaboard boat.  Divers can experience the reefs’ dramatic underwater terrain, great biodiversity and regularly encounter large marine life such as sharks (hammerheads, whalesharks, grey reefs & white tips, and at times even tiger sharks!), dolphins, turtles and various rays, including mantas.

Dates of travel will be WED 29 APRIL – THURS 7 MAY 2020 (8 nights in total:   overnight in Manila on 29 April 2020, 6 night liveaboard, 19 dives from Thurs 30 April – Wed 6 May 2020,  overnight flight from Manila to Cairns on 6 May 2020).

This trip has been specially designed by Diversion Dive Travel/DivePlanit for the Nautilus Scuba Club.   For details re: the trip, please read the brochure below developed by Diversion Dive Travel.

Contact for more info and how to join the wait list.