JULY 25th 2021 Club Dive – P3 (Cairns)

Hello all members,

As previously announced in the last email, this month’s club dive is with: Passions of Paradise aboard their vessel out of Cairns and is to be scheduled on SUNDAY 25TH JULY

Date: SUNDAY 25TH JULY (Not the usual Saturday on P3 at the moment)
Check In: 07:00 to 07:40 only at the Passions counter, Reef Fleet Terminal (Adj marina A Finger)   Departs: 08:00 sharp !

[Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email when it arrives or call and quote your current 2010-21 membership number] plus $20 Reef Tax & Levy.  This includes weights and tanks OR full gear rental at no extra cost.

All inclusive, no additional options available (No Nitrox onboard).

Book direct with Passions Reservations, Ph. 07 4041 1600. 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 07:00 to check in directly at the Passions counter, Reef Fleet Terminal (Adj marina A Finger). Check in closes at 07:40 for a prompt 08:00 departure.  Have your club and cert cards with you AS YOU WILL NEED THEM, both are critical.

You will be back in the about 17:00, weather dependent.

Any other questions please call Passions of Paradise on Ph. 07 4041 1600.

Enjoy bubble-blowers.

Club Dive JULY 2020 – Divers Den (Cairns)

Attention all members.
As previously announced in the last email, this month’s club dive is with: Divers Den aboard their vessel (TBA) out of Cairns and is to be scheduled on SATURDAY JULY 10.

Date: SATURDAY 10th JULY 2021
Check In: 08:00 at the Boat (Finger Identified on the ticket at the Cairns Marlin Marina)
Departs: 08:30 sharp !

Special Financial members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email or call and quote your current 2020-21 membership number.

Hire gear available,
Ask about these options when you call to book if required.

Book direct with Divers Den Reservations ON THE PHONE ONLY,
Ph. 07 4046 7333 between 09:00AM to 3.00PM  WEEKDAYS.
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 at the Boat (Finger Identified on the ticket at the Cairns Marlin Marina)
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat AS YOU WILL NEED THEM and both are critical.

Any other questions please call Divers Den on Ph. 07 4046 7333.

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





2021 Underwater Photo Competition Awards Night

The awards night for the 2021 Underwater Photo Competition is on Wednesday the 16th of June at 7:00 PM at the Tanks Arts Centre.

There are some fantastic entries this year and while I was taking a look around on the weekend other gallery visitors could be heard wowing at the images Nautili have produced!

The awards night will be a fantastic evening and we encourage all members to come if you can to see what other members have produced and show your support support!

Even if you have not entered the competition you might still come away with one of our lucky door prizes!

There will be a bar but unfortunately we could not provide nibbles this year as it was not practical under the council’s COVID requirements at the tanks.

I’d also like to remind entrants that unlike previous years where entrants could collect their photos at the end of the night, this year the photos need to remain up until the end of the exhibition on Sunday the 20th June, after that we will take them down make make sure we get them to you at a club meeting or otherwise.

CLUB DIVE June – Calypso

Hello all members.

Note:  Club dive operator rotations have changed to align with upcoming schedule for increased Club Dives – details about that soon so stay tuned !
We are privileged to have organised this month’s club dive with: Calypso Reef Cruises 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).

Date: Saturday 12th June
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 !

Calypso are offering Fixed Price Discounted rates for Current Financial Club Members ONLY.   Please note there has been a slight price increase since last Club Dive with Calypso.
These have been sent to all financial member’s email inbox
* Includes up to 3 dives

Check with the reservations staff to confirm the rates at the time of booking.  This is a specially negotiated rate and staff will need the PROMO CODE (in email) 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.

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

The special Nautilus Members Only Booking process is in the email sent to your email Inbox!

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.

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).

Enjoy bubble-blowers!

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]


Sticky: Up-coming Club Dives – Advanced Notice

We all love diving and like to know what’s coming up, right?
Well if you are a Financial Member then you will have already noticed that the next TWO Club Dives beyond the current are listed at the bottom of your Monthly Club Dive email – you know, the one that is sent out each and every month.  This helps you plan ahead.
Also, you can find out the scheduled Club Dives (and other events) in the Calendar on this Website.  Just navigate HERE to visit the Events Calendar and copy the dates into your diary.

Now, if for some reason none of the above seem to work for you, here are the next TWO upcoming Monthly Club Dives for your planning.
Note:  there may not be all details for these yet – that will come out in the email as things can and do change.  As great as our Sponsor Operators are (and the ARE), they reserve the right to alter thinks if needed (like weather, capacity management and the dreaded Covid19 situation, etc). 
Just keep a watch out on your email inbox and until then mark the following in your calendar …

Date: Sunday 27th June 2021
Dive Operator:  Passions of Paradise
Dive Location:  Cairns

Date: Saturday 10th July 2021
Operator: Divers Den
Location: Cairns

Bookings open immediately after you receive your Members Email announcing the dive, usually a day or two after the current monthly Members Meeting.  Bookings are NOT available in advance due to the arrangements operators have with the club.

Note: Dives are planned using best-efforts and are subject to change based on Operators, Weather, Availability, Pandemics and good ol’ Murphy getting into the act!

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!

MALDIVES TRIP SEPT 2020 – BOOKED OUT – Rescheduled to SEPT 2022

Nautilus Scuba Club, Sept 2022 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


  • 10th – 17th September 2022 (liveaboard)

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 2022 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