Tubbataha Reefs Philippines – Postponed to 1 – 7 April 2022

Updated Travel Dates

We have rescheduled this trip for the 1st to the 7th of April 2022. 

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 overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net for more info and how to join the wait list.

CLUB DIVE January – Calypso

Hello all members.
We are privileged to have organised this month’s club dive with: Calypso Reef Cruises aboard their vessel, Calypso 7 (or 9) out of Port Douglas.  Twelve (12) places are reserved and booking is easy over the phone.
Calypso allows unguided dives for Financial Nautilus Club members only (not guests or family, ie public).
Remember to read through to the end of the entire email for ALL details and current club offers.

Date: SUNDAY 10th January
Check In: 08:15 at the Experience Co Shop in the main Crystal Brook Marina terminal, Port Douglas – then follow the signs to Calypso.
Departs: 08:45 sharp !

Members are invited to bring their own dive equipment (including tanks, weightbelt. Air will be supplied free of charge on board)
as rental equipment maybe limited and must be pre – booked

Please READ the Special Nautilus Club Members Only Booking Process Below!

Calypso are offering Fixed Price Discounted rates for Current Financial Club Members ONLY.  
These have been sent to all financial member’s email inbox
* Includes up to 3 dives

Check with the booking staff to confirm the rates at the time of booking.  This is a specially negotiated rate and Reservations staff will need the PROMO CODE (above) in order to give you the rate!  We do our best to keep details accurate and operators reserve the right to make changes at any time.

Remember to read through to the end of the entire email for ALL details including How To Book

All inclusive, no additionals available.
Nitrox is Not available.

The special Nautilus Members Only Booking process is as follows (no variations please):

  • Members need to Phone (only) Reservations on 07 4099 6999 during regular business hours (not after hours) and tell them you are a member.
  • Reservations will then book you in.  You must quote the PROMO CODE (in email) that is appropriate to your booking (Tanks and Weights only OR Full Gear Hire). 
  • Provide Reservations with your current financial club membership number (or receipt number for club payment if you do not have your membership card yet) and they will take payment. You will need to re-confirm if you are with tanks & weights only or need full gear.
  • Retain any booking reference details provided.

Cancellation policy – full refund with 24hr notice or move to another date.
Any unused seats will be release to the public 3 days prior to travel.  You can still book and obtain your discount during this time but no guarantee of an allotment seat.

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.

REMEMBER to CALL Calypso Reef Cruises DURING OFFICE HOURS (NOT AFTER-HOURS) and book VIA THE PHONE (NOT ONLINE) to get the club discount rate, else you will be charged RRP.

On the day:
Arrive at 08:15 to check in at the Experience Co Shop in the main Crystal Brook Marina terminal, Port Douglas as the boat departs 08:45 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you at Checking and 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 Calypso and ourselves in the club.
All details within this email are Commercial-In-Confidence and must NOT be shared with any non-financial member, on ANY social media outlet, and do not forwarded this email to any other person.  To do so will put future opportunities for discounted club events at risk.

REMEMBER; CALL Calypso DURING OFFICE HOURS (NOT AFTER-HOURS) and book VIA THE PHONE (NOT ONLINE) to get the club discount rate, else you will be charged RRP.

Any other questions please call either Calypso Reef Cruises on Ph. 07 4099 6999 or
send an email to DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net (allow 48 hours reply time) or ask at an upcoming club meeting.
Remember to read through to the end of the entire email for ALL details and current club offers. 

Enjoy bubble-blowers,
Rhett Milbourne
Nautilus Club Dive Coordinator.
email:   DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net

Lake Barrine Morning Tea – Social Event

Now that the holidays are done, why not dive into the New Year by joining us at the first Nautilus Social event of 2021!   As an extra-special treat we will  be joined by our diving brethren from the North Queensland Underwater Explorer’s Club (NQUEC – Townsville’s Nautilus equivalent) for our first ever joint social!

WHEN:                       9am to 12 Noon, Sunday 24th January

WHERE:                     Lake Barrine Tea House.

There will be a free drink of your choice on arrival (coffee, tea or soft drink), after which there will be time to enjoy the lake and surrounds at your leisure. before a morning tea will be served at approx 11am (tea/coffee and scones) in the downstairs area of the Tea House. Any additional food or drink requirements can be purchased from the cafe upstairs.

Costs for the event was included in your financial member’s email sent recently – check your email Inbox.

Due to the joys of Covid, we have had to run things differently this year.  However, fear not as it will still be a great fun event for members, families and friends!

The main difference is a mandated cap on numbers at the Tea House.  The downstairs area we are in is now part of the restaurant so for Covid purposes we will require bookings in advance from attendees and will have the area only between the hours of 9am till midday.   Members can stay longer provided they purchase a meal at the venue as regular customers.  We can also no longer consume our own food at the venue as it is now part of the overall restaurant space.

As an alternative, members wanting to eat their own food could join others by moving just up the hill near the uppermost carpark at noon and use the National Parks picnic area.  Here members, family and friends can consume any packed lunches they may have brought along with them.  Public CovID Social distancing rules apply.  Many members are expected to take up this option to extend the day’s enjoyment.

Follow the details in your financial member’s email sent recently – check your email Inbox. 
Please book by Thursday Jan 21st so we have time to give the Tea House our final numbers before the big day!

NOTE:  The club does not organize specific dive events. Diving on the day is at your own risk and initiative.  You are responsible for all aspects of your own safety.  Always dive within your own training certification & limitations and with a buddy unless you have a solo-diving ticket.

If you wish to dive, you will need to bring your own gear and tanks. The club has NO loan or rental gear, no means of filling tanks and no diving insurance – make sure you have DAN, PADI-Pro or other appropriate Dive Insurance to cover your personal risk.

The grassy area near the picnic table at the lower carpark should be used for setting up tanks and swim gear if you intend to do so – this space is the property of National Parks and free to use.  Tea House areas are now no longer available to divers for safety reasons. Entry to the water is nearby.  Assess this to ensure it is safe for your own use.

BEST BEHAVIOUR!!!   Please remember Lake Barrine is part of Crater Lakes National Park. Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Also Lake Barrine Tea House have gone out of their way to accommodate us despite their restricted numbers on what will likely be their busiest day of the month.  It would be much appreciated if members could return the favour and make things easier for them by parking in the bottom carpark right by the lake on arrival, not bringing or consuming any outside food in the cafe area and not disposing of any rubbish brought from outside into the cafe’s bins.

Let’s all try and do the right thing while supporting our local tourist industries.

A big Thank You in advance…!

Special Club Dive – Coral Sea Expedition Jan 2021 – Rum Runner

Hello all members.

WOW, Rum Runner has done it again!  First off the blocks in 2021, they are offering Nautilus Club Members only another VERY special deal – a 3 night  / 3 day Coral Sea Expedition to SE Bogainville Reef on a Live-aboard adventure.

Get away for a weekend aboard S.V. Rum Runner, a 66-foot Mono Hull Sailboat with a maximum of 14 divers plus crew.

Considered one of the premium Outer Great Barrier Reef diving locations, Bougainville Reef is a small reef in the Northern Coral Sea surrounded by some amazing dive sites. Its only four kilometres in diameter and lays between other reefs in this remote area.

Wall diving is said to be the name of the game at Bougainville Reef, with walls plunging up to one kilometre that offers exciting diving. Decorating these walls are spectacular corals – giant soft corals, red whip corals, wide gorgonian fans and black coral trees.

Cruising these walls are often large pelagic fish like barracuda, trevally, tuna and mackerel, and often following them are grey reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks and silver-tip sharks. Many caves, gutters and ledges are also found at Bougainville Reef, so take a torch to explore these darker recesses.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this part of the Great Barrier
Reef in an ‘all you can eat’. ‘Open Deck’ dive getaway.

This is a strictly limited offer with only 14 seats available but all seats must be sold for the expedition to run!

Rum Runner allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.


Dates Sailing:
Friday 8th to Monday 11th January, 2021

Departure/Return Information:
Departs from Marlin Marina, E finger, Cairns at 13:30 Friday afternoon and returns 06:00 Monday morning
Departure is Fine Weather dependent and Rum Runner will confirm with all bookings as early as possible.

Dates Sailing:
Friday 8th to Monday 11th January, 2021

  • Unlimited dives – This means one dive site per day with open deck policy.  You let crew know when you would like to dive and a ETA of when you will be back, working around the vessels meal times,
  • one NIGHT DIVE in the fabulous Coral Sea,
  • tanks & weights,
  • air fills;
  • all bedding linen,
  • all meals,
  • light refreshments provided after dives inc. coffee, tea, hot chocolate,
  • tap drinking water.
   BYO TORCH and other personal dive equipment.

Note:  When the winds are SE, there is a small protected section of deep drop off wall available to Anchor. ( if northerly wind we will need to go to the the unknown protected sections for diving )
Add-on (optional, additional cost) Extras:
  • Bar purchases – bottled water, Coca-Cola, etc at bar prices,
  • Full gear hire (Price on Booking) inclusions: BCD, regulator with computer, wetsuit, plus any other snorkel gear as required.

Super special deal for financial NAUTILUS CLUB MEMBERS ONLY – see your email for prices and any other cost information.

Book direct with Rum Runner on Phone  0429 638744  during their office hours ONLY. 

You MUST be a current financial member and quote your membership card number when booking to obtain the Special members only rates or you will be charged full retail rate. Membership Card must also be shown when checking in on the day ON THE BOAT. Your place is secured with full payment.

All other details will be given at booking confirmation and you may ask Rum Runner reservations any other questions you may have.

General information about Rum Runner can be found here >>

REMEMBER to CALL Rum Runner DURING THEIR OFFICE HOURS (NOT AFTER-HOURS) on 0429 638744 to book and get the club discount rate else you may be charged RRP.

September/October 2020 Newsletter

Hi Nautili,

Here is the October newsletter. Thanks again to Phil and to members for keeping the content coming. We would really appreciate articles, photos, stories, news or other items for future newsletters. Please send in your contributions to editor@nautilus-scuba.net.


April 2020 Newsletter

Hi Nautili,

Here is the April newsletter. Thanks to Phil for keeping them coming and to members for keeping the content coming. We would really appreciate articles, photos, stories, news or other items for future newsletters. Please send in your contributions to editor@nautilus-scuba.net.


March 2020 Newsletter

Hi Nautili,

Here is our March newsletter. If you you are finding you have a bit of extra time in self isolation we would really appreciate articles, photos, stories, news or other items for the next Newsletter. Please send in your contributions to editor@nautilus-scuba.net.

March 2020 Newsletter


Covid-19 Effects on our Club/Diving

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A message from our President

Dear Nautili,

We had an online emergency committee recently re Covid-19 as we need to apply new Queensland Government new rules.  The critical ones are below:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic

  1. Monthly Club Dives:
    As current restrictions are changing (from June 2020), Club Dives have resumed under specific QLD Govt. state rules!   This alters the number of divers onboard any vessel, catering limitations and dive-time scheduling.  The days and times that Monthly Club Dives can run is dependent on these rules and the ability of our sponsor operators to run.  Patience and understanding is required.
    That said, for many there has never been a better time to go diving.  Dive decks are less busy, dive sites are great and our sponsor operators certainly value the business!  Time to support those who are supporting the club!
    Please look to your email Inbox and this Website for further details and when Club Dive events are on.

  2. All overseas trips have been cancelled or deferred until further notice. Australia’s borders are closed and we don’t know for how long, but expect quite some time. The Overseas Coordinator has been keeping all  members who are affected by this up to date. No new overseas trips will be planned at this stage. 

  3. The 2021 Photo competition will go ahead.

  4. Club-meetings – all physical club-meetings have resumed under our Covid-19 Event Plan and Checklists.  This means that things MUST operate differently.  We are abiding by all state rules and must follow them.  ALL Members who attend must appreciate that these measures are not what the committee would like but there is no choice.
    Attending members MUST follow guidelines at the meeting, maintain Social Distancing AT ALL TIMES and respect the directions of the organizers.
    Please follow the signage and guidance of our Covid19 Trained committee members as they are directing you for your own safety and the safety of others.  Also be aware that rules are constantly changing to what happened last meeting may not be what is needed next.

    Remember to NOT attend if you are feeling unwell, have been advised to self-isolate or have any reason to suspect that you may be at risk.

  5. Newsletter – self-isolation, Social Distancing and writing articles or sending in items, photos, stories, news for the Newsletter go very well together. Please send in your contributions to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

If you have any questions or suggestions, or wish to share information  with members, let us know. 
It is on us as a community to help each other and get each other through these rough times. 

Stay safe and keep each other safe. 

Warm wishes,

Nautilus Scuba Club President
Email: president@nautilus-scuba.net 

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Hi Nautili,
We are looking for a few members to help out on the committee. The club is run by volunteers and we need your help to run the club well.

Can’t commit to the whole year? No worries.
Sometimes we just need a couple extra hands for certain events. Help us plan an event, help us plan a trip (maybe somewhere you want to go) or help out at Club Meetings.  

At the moment we have Committee members doing multiple roles and they would really appreciate a hand. We also have long term committee members who are stepping down. They have put a lot of work in over the years to simplify processes so stepping into their role would be quite easy. 

Available Roles:

Please find the list of role descriptions here

If you can help us please email secretary@nautilus-scuba.net or  president@nautilus-scuba.net for more info!

The committee meets once a month on second Wednesday of each month. 

Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.



MALDIVES TRIP SEPT 2020 – BOOKED OUT – Postponement to SEPT 2021 due to COVID-19

Nautilus Scuba Club, Sept 2020 Trip: MV Emperor Voyager, Maldives

Dedicated Club Charter: 20 places only: 7 Nights, 17 Dives, Full Board, Transfers ex-Male, Free Nitrox

Trip put together by Diversion Dive Travel especially for Nautilus Scuba Club Members

Why Maldives Liveaboard?

  • Maldives are very spread out – so a Liveaboard is the best way to visit the most sites
  • Itinerary: ‘Best of the Maldives’
  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
  • Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles


  • Sat 5 – Sat 12 September 2020 (liveaboard)
  • (Fri 4 – Sun 13 Sept 2020 for the whole trip)

Getting There:

  • Airfares Cairns to Male via Singapore with Singapore Airlines
  • Brief overnight needed on both legs of the journey (can stay at Changi Airport short-stay hotel)

MV Emperor Voyager

  • Emperor Divers is a well respected operator with liveaboards in Maldives & Indonesia
  • The MV Emperor Voyager is a welcoming modern, 30m spacious liveaboard built to a high standard, accommodating 20 guests in 7 twin and 3 double cabins, all ensuite with air-con and a fan.
  • 7 days package on-board includes:
  • 3 meals per day, afternoon snacks
  • Free Nitrox
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
  • 17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day but no diving on the arrival/departure day)
  • Dedicated Dhoni with 3 dive guides
  • Tanks, weights, Nitrox (certification required)
  • Transfers for boarding and disembarking
  • GST 12% & Green Tax
  • 1 BBQ night on a local island
  • (weather & conditions permitting)

As the trip is planned for September 2020 the following needs to be taken into consideration:

  • Pricing is exclusive to Nautilus Club members: discounted based on 3 FOC (effectively 15% off)
  • Per person liveaboard price will be charged in EUR converted to AUD at the exchange rate at the time payments are made.
  • All cabins will be sold on a first come first served basis.
  • Deposit required: AU$ 600 now to secure your place.
  • Final balance three months prior to the trip
  • As per Club policy, deposits are non-refundable – but are transferrable.
  • For further info contact Akiko on overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net