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SCUBA IQ
DIVE EXPEDITIONS


RIBBON REEFS - MINKE WHALES - CORAL SPAWNING

Join one of our incredible liveaboard expeditions, diving on pristine reefs or experiencing amazing animal encounters

  

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5 days/4 nights

12-16/04/2022

SOLD OUT

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4.5 days/5 nights

23-28/06/2022

From $3295

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Coral Spawning

5 days/4 nights

9-13/11/2022

From $3360

Scuba IQ Dive Expeditions - 20 years in the making

Since making our successful start with Scuba IQ, back in early 2017, we've gone on to become one of the most highly sought-after diving operators on the Great Barrier Reef. The story actually goes back much further - to the early 2000s to be exact. This was when one of the founders of Scuba IQ, Martin Connolly, spent a season working in Vava'u, Tonga; diving on its magnificent coral reefs. The real highlight of this region, however, is the annual humpback whale migration which allows visitors the opportunity to swim with these gentle leviathans. It was there and then that Martin realised that these were the kinds of experiences that he wanted to share with others, and since that time, has been carefully planning for what we are now proud to bring to you as 'Scuba IQ Dive Expeditions'

Now, we are excited to team up with the fantastic MV Argo, to deliver adventure and experiences to some of the most spectacular sites on the Ribbon Reefs, Coral Sea, and beyond.  All of our trips are fully guided, with small groups and low guest numbers, so you can be sure of a personalised trip, and feeling like you are diving with friends.

  

RIBBON REEFS

THERE'S NOT A LOT THAT HASN'T ALREADY BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS MAJESTIC CHAIN OF REEFS, BUT LET'S SAY THAT THIS IS DIVING THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET! 

ALONG THIS 110 KILOMETRE CHAIN OF REEFS, WE FIND A HUGE RANGE OF DIVE SITES FEATURING STUNNING CORAL GARDENS; TOWERING PINNACLES, AND SOME OF THE MOST PRISTINE CORAL TO BE FOUND. ENJOY LEGENDARY DIVES AT LOCATIONS SUCH AS 'STEVE'S BOMMIE', 

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THE COD HOLE

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ONE OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF'S ORIGINAL, AND MOST FAMOUS CELEBRITIES...THE MAN-SIZED POTATO GROUPER AT THE COD HOLE.

 

MORE LABRADOR THAN FISH, THESE GENTLE GIANTS WILL OFTEN JOIN US FOR AN ENTIRE DIVE, AND CAN SEEMINGLY AT TIMES APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A BUCKET-LIST DIVE - THIS IS IT!

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SWIM WITH MINKES

SWIMMING WITH MINKE WHALES IS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE EXPERIENCES TO BE HAD, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

 

NO ONE EVER FORGETS THE FEELING THEY GET WHEN ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES GLIDES EFFORTLESSLY TOWARDS THEM, BEFORE PAUSING WITHIN ARM'S REACH TO TAKE A CLOSR LOOK AT THEIR HUMAN OBSERVER.

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DIVE IN STYLE
MV ARGO

When we started the process of choosing a boat for our expeditions, we already had a good idea that we weren't going to have to look any further than the amazing MV ARGO. We were familiar with the vessel from her time spent in Cairns and Port Douglas, and also its history when it came to multi-day or liveaboard-style dive expeditions. This includes a huge number of research trips that have been completed to the most remote parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Along with this, we already had a close connection with some of the crew, making for an even better fit.

The boat itself is large, comfortable, and easy on the eye with its beautiful interior, spacious cabins, and relaxing lounge. Apart from being capable of handling lengthy dive trips, one of the best things about Argo, is that despite its size, it has a low passenger capacity of only 14 divers/snorkelers. This means that our expeditions are more personalised, as we can tailor the experience for the lucky few to be traveling on one of our trips.

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LENGTH

27m/90ft

Cabins

2 x triple (double bed + bunk)

1 x twin (2 single bunks)

2 x quad (double bed + 2 bunks)

Speed

14 knots max

8-10 knots cruising

Diving

25 tanks

Bauer compressors

Range

3000nM

Water

3200L 

200L/h water maker