MALDIVES TRIP SEPT 2020 – BOOKED OUT!! Join the waitlist

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

Dates:

  • 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 call Simon on 0423 603 753 or email simon@diversiondivetravel.com.au or club contact Jim on 0427794993, email overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

OVERSEAS TRIP – Manado & Lembeh (N. Sulawesi, Indonesia) November 2019 LIMITED SPOTS LEFT, BOOK NOW!

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE!! BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!!

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:
https://thalassamanado.com/
Inclusions:

  • 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 overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

Sticky: See what we’ve got planned for you.. in the Calendar

So you might be wondering what we’ve got planned for our members in the coming months & years?  Well 2019 is jam packed and we are already working on 2020 & /2021 local (FNQ/NQ), national (Australia wide) and exotic overseas trips.  If you have any suggestions, comments or are interested in becoming involved more in the club, please contact us via  president@nautilus-scuba.net

Also, while you are here, check out our events calendar with all the dates https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/list/

We have so much on, including:

  • Club dives every month,
  • Club Member & Committee meetings every month,
  • Overseas trips,
  • Social Events,
  • Underwater photo comp in June  each year,
  • Extra local and national ‘Special Dive’ events,
  • and more!!

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

ACCOMMODATION:

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

FLIGHTS:

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

OUTBOUND

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

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

INBOUND:      

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: overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

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

http://www.walindifebrina.com/Walindi-Resort

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