Special Club Dive – Lady Elliot Trip, May 2021 (Domestic Travel)

As international travel is not a realistic option currently due to the ongoing Covid19 Pandemic, the club are looking to other Domestic Travel options – things that are more than a day’s drive from Cairns (ie not local).  Keep a watch out on here for other trips planned.

The first of these is a trip to Lady Elliot Island.  A well known Australian travel destination with some excellent diving.  As we tend to do with these kind of trips, we engaged the assistance of Dive-Planit who put together this trip that is running May 25th to 31st inclusive.
Details are below:

Special Club Dive – Ribbon Reef Expedition June 2021 – Rum Runner

Our valued sponsor Rum Runner has scheduled another special offer for club members only.    A return to the Ribbon Reefs on a June Expedition on a Live-aboard adventure.
Bookings essential for this popular destination.

Get away mid-week aboard S.V. Rum Runner, a 66-foot Mono Hull Sailboat with a maximum of 14 divers plus crew.
The Great Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs offer incredible dive sites and many divers have this in their top 10 list!  Have you dived ‘The Ribbons’ yet?

It is for 4 nights / 3 days, and allows for open deck / unlimited dive times at two or three of the best Ribbon Reef sites we know, including possible night dives.  Likely itinerary will include Ribbons #10, 5 and 3.

There are many dive sites to explore and this time or year depends on weather and wind.  You can be sure Richard and the crew will find the very best locations on the days to give you excellent dive opportunities.
This does mean one or two dive site per day with open deck policy ……… you
let us know when you would like to dive and a ETA of when you will be
back ……….. working around the vessels meal times – no minimum bottom
time with us, just go with what your computer is telling you.

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:
Tuesday 29th June to Saturday 3rd July, 2021 ONLY.

Departure/Return Information:
Departs from Marlin Marina, E finger, Cairns at 19:00 Tuesday evening (No Dinner supplied) and returns 08:00 Saturday morning. 
Departure is Fine Weather dependent and Rum Runner will confirm with all bookings as early as possible.
Personal Dive Gear can be loaded onboard anytime from Tuesday afternoon.

Four(4) nights, Three (3) days


  • 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,
  • possible NIGHT DIVE,
  • 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.

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.


FOR NAUTILUS CLUB MEMBERS ONLY (no family or friends) a SPECIAL RATE has been sent to your Email Inbox – NOT FOR PUBLICATION !

Book direct with Rum Runner on Phone  0429 638744  during their office hours ONLY (09.00 to 17.00). 

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 >>

The AMAZING Annual Minke Whale Trip on OceanQuest – July 2021

SOLD OUT – Wait List ONLY !!

This is the epic moment you have all been waiting for!
AND, it all just got better (Updated) !!

Bookings are NOW OPEN for the 2021 Minke Whale trip with Diver’s Den aboard their live-aboard vessel OceanQuest.  For those who have been before, this awesome trip is happening again with all the familiar details of the last few years with some added features and crazy good prices !

For newbies or those who have yet to experience diving with these magnificent and inquisitive creatures, act quickly to secure your place as although we have a special trip organized for members, spots sell out quickly! 
ALL other vessels in Cairns for all current scheduled trips are Booked Out.  This means that these are the ONLY remaining seats for the 2021 Minke Whale Season and YOU as club members get them!


Dates:  The trip is scheduled for 16th – 20th July, 2021

Costs: Divers Den are offering Discounted rates for Current Financial Club Members ONLY.  

These have been sent to all financial member’s email inbox

Unfortunately due to the reduced numbers onboard (Covid limitations), members who require Sole Occupancy will need to pay Full Retail Price.

Additionals (available onboard):

See Divers Den Website for all further details (inc Nitrox):  www.diversden.com.au/minke-whale-expeditions.html


Yes that’s right, Divers Den is offering an exclusive PADI Minke Whale Awareness Specialty

If you are interested in learning more about these fascinating creatures why not include the PADI Minke Whale Awareness Specialty on your trip. Developed by Divers Den team of dive experts, you’ll learn all about dwarf Minke whales, including their biology, how to identify them by their markings, and how they behave. You’ll gain insight into the pressures and threats to their populations worldwide, and what conservation efforts are being made to protect them.  

During this Minke whale specialty you’ll understand the importance of the rules and monitoring activities that govern how we interact with these fascinating creatures. By the end you’ll know how to plan and carry out interactions with Minkes in a way that keeps everybody safe. 

The course includes knowledge development, and two open water training dives. The speciality at members discount and you can add it to your booking at checkout.

But wait, there’s more!!!

On this same trip, Divers Den are offering yet another unique opportunity!!

Fluoro Diving !!

With a special mask filter and torches we open up an amazing underwater world. See coral and other marine life light up around you like neon. Be amazed as their natural bio fluorescent properties are brought to life in pops of yellow, purples, pinks and greens.

Specialty night diving experiences like fluoro diving are an unforgettable part of any overnight dive trip. Fluoro diving on the Great Barrier Reef is only available on board OceanQuest with Divers Den. Add this exclusive activity to your liveaboard experience.
See the colour of the Great Barrier Reef like never before on a night dive with a difference!


Call Divers Den Reception on PH. 07 4046 7333 during current office hours (09:00 to 15:00), state your Nautilus Club current 2020-21 membership number.  Also have your Cert Card handy.


    Check In:  7:30am – 319 Draper Street (Divers Den Office for bus transfer)
    Return:     Tuesdays at 8.30am
    Dives:       Up to 16
    Location:   Cairns’ Outer Reefs, The Ribbon Reefs, The Great Barrier Reef


As usual, you make your reservation directly with Divers Den on Tel (07) 4046 7333.  You must be a current financial member of the club and advise of your Membership Number when booking AND show your Membership and Cert Cards when boarding.

NOTE:  This deal, it’s pricing and details are Commercial In Confidence, meaning no part of this deal may be shared with any individual outside of the club membership inc. on ANY social media (the club facebook page is open to non-financial members so NO details may be listed there).  To do so will place the club in a situation where these and other deals may not be offered to members so please respect the wishes of our sponsor, [the operator]


Sponsor Deals to Financial Members – On Now!

Hey members … there are always great deals on with our Club Sponsors.  From live-aboard weekends to day-boat dives, there is ALWAYS something on!

Special Dive Deals details are emailed to members as Exclusive Offers as they arrive – you need to watch your email inbox for these as they are often Last Minute or Sell Out fast so never make it to this website.  Taking up just ONE of these offers could save you more than the cost of club membership !!  #TrueStory.

Our Day-Boat sponsors also offer Club Discounts for ANY DAY of the week they run, not just Club Days.  Some do give a greater discount on Club Days as an incentive to come along, and why not – you will be diving with friends on great vessels sharing stories and the adventure.   If you cannot make those days though, you STILL GET Club Discounts with are ALWAYS better than locals rates and a lot better than RRP.

Still uncertain or need forward information to plan your diary? 
Want to get super-organised and support out local dive operators who support us?
Just can’t get enough dive time logged?
Well head to our Event Calendar for ‘diary date information’ to help you along.

So who are our sponsors?   >>>   SEE HERE

Financial Members will soon be able to access a special Members Only area of the Website and see a current list of all Sponsor Discounts.  Until then, details have returned to your Monthly Club Dive email so head there and look for the link towards the end of the message. 

The committee work hard to obtain Member Discounts and Benefits from our valued sponsors so be sure to take up the offers and enjoy – it’s what makes it all possible – your participation!

Sticky: Special Dive Events – What They Are

The club organises periodic specialized dive trips for members catering for:
• differing levels of dive experience;
• variety of diving interests;
• venture beyond local GBR waters;

These trips vary in pricing & complexity and include Australian destinations, some outside of Queensland.
Trips are planned in a way to avoid or minimize financial loss to the club (cut off dates, opening offers to non-members, wait lists, etc) so it is important to read ALL the details as the trips are released.

Some upcoming trips in the planning (Tentative, not assured) may include:
*  Frankland Islands;
*  Local Live-aboard trips;
*  Fitzroy Island (shore diving);
*  Shark Diving (South Australia);
*  Yongala (wreck);
*  and many more.

So keep a watch on the Website (this page), Newsletter, financial Member Emails and of course by attending the Monthly Member Meetings (details HERE ) !!