Weekend on North Stradbroke Island – MANTA FEST !!
Weekend on North Stradbroke Island – MANTA FEST !!

THE TRIP
North Stradbroke Island is a pristine, secluded island paradise – a hidden treasure only one hour from central Brisbane.  Diving off Stradbroke Island can only be described as exhilarating! The dive sites you will explore are only a 10- 15 minute boat ride from shore and Manta Bommie has been rated in the top 10 dive sites in Australia.

Straddie’s reefs are teeming with various marine life like Manta Rays and Leopard Sharks during Summer (Oct- Apr), endangered Grey Nurse Sharks and Humpback Whales during Winter (May- Sept), plus Bull and Eagle Rays, guitar and Wobbegong Sharks, Turtles, Dolphins, Octopus, Pelagics, hard and soft corals, Nudibranchs plus hundreds of tropical fish species.

We will be right in the middle of Manta Season then with an average of 6 manta rays sighted per dive!

There is a choice of 12 varying dive sites to choose from and we can plan your trip based around your experience level which include the most popular sites of Manta Bommie, Flat Rock and Shag Rock.

Manta at Manta Bommie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVE INFORMATION
Suitable for Open Water Divers (certified to 18 metres)

Depth ranges from 6 – 28 metres

Diving by yourself? We will buddy you up with another diver with similar experience

TRIP DATES

Friday, 24 – Sunday, 25 February 2017

PRICE

$650 per person

The following are recommended upgrades for this trip
Advanced Open Water Course @ $250 per person
PADI Deep Diver speciality Course @ $195 per person
PADI Enriched Air speciality Course @ $255 per person for manual learning or $395 for on-line learning (both prices include 2 Nitrox fills)
Peak Performance Buoyancy @ $195 per person

WHAT’S INCLUDED
2 night’s accommodation at Manta Lodge
8 dives
Return Ferry transfers to North Stradbroke Island
Land transfers on Stradbroke Island
Tanks and weights
Transport to and from Woolloongabba if required
WHAT’S EXCLUDED
All Dive Gear (excluding tanks & weights)
Travel Insurance
Personal spending money
All Meals are at leisure

GEAR HIRE
PDS is able to provide you with a wetsuit, BCD, regulator, computer, tanks and weights for the day and please communicate your requirements on the booking form. If you do not have your own mask, snorkel, fins and boots these items are available for hire through the operator. Underwater camera and torches are also available if arranged in advance and are subject to availability.

 

The quintessential diver and manta pic. This famous photo was taken by Manta's very own David Biddulph.

The quintessential diver and manta pic. This famous photo was taken by Manta’s very own David Biddulph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY
The timings for this weekend of diving will be dependant on the number of dives you do over the weekend. If you choose to do the full weekend of diving; I have noted the timings below. A more detailed itinerary will be sent to the divers closer to the date.

You have the option of meeting the group either at the ferry terminal in Cleveland or in Woolloongabba where John will drive you to Cleveland in our van.

Departing Woolloongabba

We will meet at 4pm sharp at Adreno, 54 Deshon Street, Woolloongabba. You are able to park your car here for the weekend, either off street parking or at the rear of Adreno.

Departing Cleveland

We will be catching the Big Red Cat car and passenger ferry which will depart Toondah Harbour (1 Emmett Drv, Cleveland) at 5pm sharp . Please meet John at the ferry by 4:45 pm.

We will aim to catch the 5:55 pm ferry from Dunwich (North Stradbroke Island) and should be back at Cleveland by 6:30pm on Sunday. If you are travelling back to Adreno with John, we should have you back there around 7:30pm. There maybe a possibility that we could catch an earlier ferry back to the mainland, however this will all be dependant on the running of the day.

 

Manta Bommie

Another great photo from the Manta Whisperer – David “Biddy” Biddulph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIALITIES SUITABLE FOR THIS TRIP
Advanced Open Water
Nitrox
Digital Underwater Photographer
Underwater Photographer
Underwater Videographer
Search and Recovery
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Dry Suit Diver
Underwater Naturalist

HOW TO BOOK
Download the booking form attached to the page. Complete the required fields, scan and email to [email protected].

 

 

 

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