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Perth Scuba News Issue 213

Perth Scuba Newsletter Issue 213
Perth Scuba News Issue 213: 16th June 2013 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Perth Scuba News! Most of the Perth Scuba Crew have returned from our Mexico Tour (some are still partying in Vegas!) and we share their review and photos from their trip. Plus, check out our exciting Winter Warmer Specials to keep your diving comfy during these cold months. And we continue our review of our Komodo Islands Dive Tour!

What's Coming Up at Perth Scuba
Diving & Partying in Mexico

Brunei Dive Holiday 13th – 21st July 2013

Tawali, Papau New Guinea Dive Holiday 26th July 2013

Kokodo Trail 4th August 2013

Philippines Dive Holiday 23rd May 2013

Manado & Lembeh Strait Dive Holiday 4th April 2014

Shannon Conway Underwater Photography Workshop – Komodo Islands 5th July 2014

Kosrae Micronesia Dive Holiday 29th August 2014

Truk Siren, Micronesia 8th May 2015

Antarctica Dive Tour 7th February 2015

Egypt Dive & Pyramid Tour 16th September 2015 – 2 places left! 23rd September 2015 – 16 places left!

Not sure where you want to dive next?  

Contact us and tell us the kind of diving you want to experience.

We’ve been to loads of awesome diving destinations and we can advise what’s going to be the best holiday for you!

written by Tiffany Jones – Perth Scuba Mexico Tour Guest

We landed late at night with torrential rain and high winds! This did not help the nerves I was already feeling before the trip going into the unknown world of Mexico! But when we woke up the next morning and had a wander around the beautiful (if not soaking wet) resort we were all more than happy with the place we would call home for the next 10 days.

Then we went out for our first dive at one of the Cenotes – incredible! I’m not sure any of us knew what to expect and what was on offer would not have disappointed anyone! This place was stunning! As well as all the other Cenotes we visited – you cannot put into words the wonders of these incredible caverns!

I cannot say enough good things about the staff at Dive Aventuras. The Dive Guides were all so nice and knew how to show you the best in what their everyday dives had to offer. They had a fantastic sense of humour and really made the whole experience that one step better!

Thank you to everyone involved in making this trip special to all – Our Tour Leader Josh and the staff at Dive Adventuras especially :)

Mexico Dive Tour 2013

written by Louise Crawley – Perth Scuba Mexico Tour Guest

The trip from Perth to Cancun was exhausting! 11 of us met at Perth airport at 4:30am on the 1st of June. After a much needed coffee and introductions we were loaded onto our first flight to Sydney.

Once we arrived in Sydney it a small rush to chow down some maccas and catch our connecting flight. We spent the next 16 hours flying over the (insert ocean here) to our next destination, Dallas.

Dallas was crazy! The airport had been shut down prior to our arrival which meant it was bedlam when we did arrive. After standing in queue for 2 hours our group managed to convince an immigration officer to allow us to cut through the line so we wouldn’t miss our flight. Finally, we picked up our luggage, took it to international transfer, raced through this ridiculously sized airport to our gate only minutes prior to boarding.

Our final destination, Cancun, was only a short 2 hour flight away. When we arrived, Mexico had greated us with torrential rain and electrical storms (which barely let up for the following 4-5 days). We arrived at our Resort around 11pm, a little tired, a little cranky, a little wet but overall thankful that we actually made it!

It was only a short sleep before we were all up, enjoying a buffet breakfast, and heading off for our first dives in Mexico! Once at the dive shop we were loaded into a van and taken to the experience cavern diving in the Cenotes!

The cenotes are located deep in the jungle, reached only by offroad tracks. It was definitely an interesting experience kitting up in dive gear surrounded by lush green forest with no water in sight (except what was falling from the sky). A short walk in our dive gear and we arrived at our entry point.The two dives were amazing. Crystal clear waters with amazing rock formations and completely secluded from the crazy weather above.

The days that followed involved a combination of diving a rest days. The rest days involved sleeping, chilling at the pool bar and friendly beach volleyball competition against the yanks.

While in Cancun, three of the Perth Scuba crew completed a cave diving course, loving every second of penetrating deep into the underground system.

Mexico Tour 2013

Unfortunately, a number of our crew suffered from ear/sinus issues causing them to abandon dives or miss them completely. But they kept enthusiastic and eventually managed to complete all their dives, with great pain but great satisfaction.

Everyone experienced tummy issues at some stage during the trip as a result of the change in diet and water. But most of us took it on the chin and did not stop us from diving or socialising.

The food at the resort was lovely. My favourite was the Japanese restaurant, Mikado who’s chefs practiced chinzitzu and put on a great show.

In addition to cenote diving, a few of us headed into the ocean where we enjoyed the company of loggerhead and green turtles, stingrays, parrot fish, crayfish, puffer fish, amazing corals, and other species of colourful fish.

On day 9, our last full day, we all went our separate ways… Four of the boys headed out on a locals fishing boat for sport fishing, two spent the day chilling by the beach, and another two chose to squeeze in one more day of cave diving. I braved the sun, heat and humidity to check out an ancient Maya ruin, chichen itza. The final two of the original 11 left us a few days prior and headed to Dallas for personal reasons.

Overall it was an epic trip! Lots of laughs, a few tears, amazing diving, but most of all, a hell of a lot of fun!

Mexico Dive Tour 2013
Lembeh Strait & Manado Dive Tour 2014


Whilst staying in Bunaken you’ll enjoy Kima Bajo Resort. Nestled amongst undulating coconut groves overlooking the tranquil Wori Bay and just minutes away from North Sulawesi’s Bunaken National Park, Kima Bajo is a small upscale boutique resort which offers romance, luxury and every comfort a traveler could wish for. The resort is conveniently located just 25 minutes from Manado’s international airport. Divers can expect world class dive and snorkel experiences while non divers take part in soft adventures available in the surrounding Minahasa Highlands or relax at the pool with beautiful views of Bunaken Island and Manado Tua and breathtaking sunsets over the Sea of Sulawesi… The dive shop is based at Kima Bajo Resort & Spa. The purpose built boats are built in a traditional design, powered by energy efficient double outboard engines and have comfort features including sundeck, camera rinse tanks and shaded salon. 

From Kimabajo Resort we move on to Lembeh Hills Eco Resort in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Nestled in a secluded bay overlooking the Lembeh Strait, the Lembeh Hills Resort brings the sophisticated luxury of a boutique resort to one of Asia’s most renowned diving venues. Elegant, environmentally responsible architecture, Our skilled, enthusiastic staff, and exquisite attention to detail will guarantee a relaxing and romantic experience for divers and non-divers alike. The 23 spacious villas, which include two deluxe suites, set the standard for luxury in the region. Scuba diving vacations in Sulawesi at its best.

Ingenious use of natural topology brings the panoramic seascape into every corner of each villa.

Manado & Lembeh Strait Tour 2014

Your Manado Tour Includes:

• Return flights departing Perth – Singapore – Manado flying Singapore Airlines/Silk Air • 4 nights staying at Kima Bajo Resort, Bunaken • 4 nights staying at Lembeh Hills Resort, Lembeh Strait • Twin Share Standard Rooms • All meals included • 9 boat dives in Bunaken • I10 boat dives in Lembeh Strait • Includes tanks, weights, air fills and use of dive guide – who will find you the coolest critters • Free 30 minute Spa at Lembeh Hills Resort • Tangkoko National Park Jungle Trek • All return transfers • Exclusive Perth Scuba Tour T-Shirt •

Want to jump onto this exciting dive tour? Be quick as we have only 6 places left on this fantastic dive holiday! To book contact us for a trip information pack, complete and return the included booking form and you’ll be joining us in the critter-tastic Lembeh Strait!

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Upcoming Events Winter Warmer Specials Diving the Komodo Islands

Check out the new Dive Master faces frequenting our Perth Scuba Shore Dives – please give Sarah a warm welcome as you see her firing up the BBQ and leading your dives!

Wednesday Night Dive (FREE) Call 9455 4448 for the location 19 June @ 7:00pm

Sunday Club Dive (FREE) Meet at Perth Scuba, Canning Vale 23 June @ 8:30am

Wednesday Night Dive (FREE) This week it’s with DM Lani – call 9455 4448 for the location 26 June @ 7:00pm

Sunday Club Dive (FREE) Meet at Perth Scuba, Canning Vale 30 June @ 8:30am


Grab a bargain at Perth Scuba with our WINTER WARMER SPECIALS! If you’re feeling the cold, come in and ask our friendly staff the best choice to make your diving more comfortable. Choose to buy in store (we’re open 7 days a week 8:30am – 6:00pm) or online for your convenience!  

IST HOODED VESTS NOW $25 were $79 Buy Now


INTOVA SPORT HD UNDERWATER VIDEO CAMERA NEW $259 Like a GoPro without the price tag! Includes LCD back screen Buy Now

INTOVA SPORT HD CAMERA ELITE KIT NOW $495 were $595 Includes: Intova Sport HD Underwater Video Camera, Base Tray, Flexible Arm Kit, Tovatec Video Light, Torch Adapter AND Padded Camera Case! In Store Now


Early one morning the Perth Scuba Crew was delivered to Rinca Island in search of DRAGONS! The Komodo dragon is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar. The Komodo Dragon is listed as vulnerable and the Komodo National Park was set up mainly to protect them. With only 1008 dragons on Komodo and 1001 on Rinca, you can understand why it needs to be protected. It is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres in rare cases and weighing up to around 70 kilograms. And let me tell you – they look even BIGGER in real life!

The day we arrived at Rinca we were greeted by two monkeys sitting at the end of the jetty. They were very cute and didn’t seem to mind 18 people taking multiple photos of them – even more patient than a nudibranch! We were greeted by our guides, armed with very “scary” looking forked sticks that I’m sure were quite capable of stopping a Komodo Dragon from eating us… Yeah right! We then trekked off to the local village across a mud-flat covered in tiny red and blue crabs – no Komodo’s yet… Click here to read more

Winter Warmer Specials Komodo Dragon at Rinja Island
Upcoming Courses PADI Dive Specialty Courses Dive Warm and Dry this Winter

PADI Open Water Diver Course starts every week! All inclusive only $495pp – Learn to dive in only 3 days!

PADI Advanced Open Water Course next course starts evening 28th June only $395pp – a tasting plate of scuba diving in 1 weekend!

PADI Rescue Diver Course next course starts 13th July only $325pp – be the best buddy you can be!

PADI Dive Master Course next course starts 4th July only $995pp – jump into an exciting career with Western Australia’s only PADI Career Development Centre!


Enriched Air Nitrox Course $149 – evening of 4th or 18th July

Emergency First Response (First Aid) $125 – evening of 11th July 

Peak Performance Buoyancy Course $199 – 22nd & 23rd June

Deep Diver Course $325 – 29th & 30th June

Underwater Navigation $199 – 6th July

Shark AWARE Specialty $149 – evening of 10th July

Wreck Diver Course $325 – 13th & 14th July

Equipment Course $149 – evenings of 23rd & 24th July

Contact us to book your next Specialty Diver Course – gain experience, have fun and learn more about your diving!!!

Why Dive DRY This Winter? Because you stay warm all the way through your winter diving & get to experience Perth waters at their clearest!

Comfort is a desire of all divers and it can mean something different to each diver. Comfort can be the way the suit fits – wetsuits can be uncomfortably snug. It can also be the flexibility/mobility of the fabric – wetsuits can be thick and bulky and inhibit your movement. Comfort can also be the moment when you realise you’re not thinking about your equipment and just focusing on the scenery. Wetsuit’s provide a very small comfort zone and when you continually dive outside of this, enjoyment and motivation gradually decrease and you stop diving – Who wants that?!? A great fitting drysuit constructed from quality materials expands your comfort zone and keeps you enjoying your diving in all kinds of water conditions.

Perth Scuba now carries the awesome DUI TLS 350 Maximum Mobility Drysuits AND Scubapro Everdry 4 Drysuits – come in and have one of our friendly and trained staff show you why it’s so awesome to dive dry in a Drysuit!

PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge Extended DUI Drysuit

To book on any of Perth Scuba’s Courses or Dive Trips email us or call 9455 4448

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