Nudibranchs - they're obscure, bizarre, psychedelic, and weird. For photographers, they can be the perfect macro subject - not too fast, full of contrast, and interesting to look at. For the naturalist, there is nothing like a nudibranch - an animal with its lungs exposed, +3,000 different species, and some being transparent, some being solar-powered, and all being hermaphroditic make these animals unique. Divers can often make their dive somewhat of an "Easter egg hunt", as the search for nudibranchs can be engaging, with new varieties continually being discovered. Nudibranchs can be found in most marine environments - in tide pools, estuaries, and even the open water, with +750 species found on the Sunshine Coast. Our nudi dives typically take place on Mooloolaba's local reefs, where there is an abundance of nudibranchs amongst the other marine life.
On your day, we begin with check-in at the Sunreef shop. As it can be early, you're more than welcome to a free coffee from Sunreef. We then arrange any dive equipment that you need to hire, sort out any remaining balances, and if you have your own dive equipment, you can set this up at this time. Once everyone is checked in, gear is ready, and the boat is organised, we're off to our local reefs. We have a nudibranch expert brought in for the day who will be explaining what nudibranchs we may see on the date. The day's weather, diving conditions, and recent nudibranch sightings impact what site we will choose for the day, as we try to give you the best result. Once we anchor the boat, the crew will help get all divers into the water. The dive can go for 50 minutes, or until one of the divers in their buddy team gets to 50 bar, whichever comes first. We then have a 30 minute surface interval before getting back into the water for a second dive. The nudibranch expert will also be diving on the trip, so you are welcome to ask any questions whilst on board the boat. Occasionally, he/she may even gather some nudibranchs to bring to the surface for us to examine and for research purposes. We then explore a new area of the dive site for dive 2. After dive 2, we return to the shop, where there is a post-dive briefing, and a bar-b-que and cold drinks waiting for you. During this time, the nudibranch expert then gives a presentation on the nudi world. Each month is a new presentation with different focuses, with past presentations including monsterous nudibranchs, hard to find nudibranchs, and rare nudibranchs of the Sunshine Coast. If you are diving with your own gear, the dive crew can also wash your gear for you. This will happen during the presentation, and then you can collect your drying, freshly washed gear before departing. Sunreef will also give you a souvenir, such as a t-shirt or a stubbie cooler, as a thank you for choosing us.
Bear in mind that many of our dive sites are +20 meters deep, and whilst we don't require an advanced diver qualification or a nitrox qualification (also known as enriched air, or EANX), both can be handy to have. We offer nitrox tank fill upgrades for free, which can be helpful when diving a bit deeper for longer. This can impact your dive time for dive 2 as our surface interval time is limited. If you are not nitrox certified, we offer nitrox courses for $99, which can be conducted on the day. See our nitrox course page for more details. Our advanced course covers deeper dive principles, along with other diving aspects, which can prove useful on these dives. See our advanced course page for extra information.
Reminder for divers:
Please note if you have not dived in the last 2 years you will be required to complete a Scuba Review before you can participate in any diving activities.
These can be arranged on most days at set times provided we have at least 3 days notice. Please contact us on 07 5444 5656 for more information.
This is also in Open Water and we suggest that you look into Seasickness medication to minimize the chance of it effecting your trip.