This review is long overdue.
Scuba IQ is the BEST scuba dive centre. The owner and founder Martin Connelly is an absolute gem of a person. He started this dive centre along with his wife after years and years of experience all over the world.
He’s always smiling and makes you feel right at home.
One of their USPs is that they have 1 instructor per booking (upto a maximum of 4 people) so it’s more than likely that you get a private session!
I was on a trip to Australia with my family and decided to go with scuba iq for my first ever scuba experience. My family went back home to India from Launceston, Tasmania while I took a special couple days and a detour to Port Douglas, Queensland JUST for this experience and it was ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!!! I would 100% do it all over again.
They have tied up with one of the bigger companies in Port Douglas to take their customers to the dive site and back and that company provides the equipment, refreshments and everything required. There might be a concern of the equipment being mixed up with the others but that isn’t the case! Also during my dive day, the big company had a lot of people so not all of them could go to all 3 dive sites but I could. There’s a seat and equipment and everything else required reserved for customers of scuba iq.
They are very professional but at the same time friendly and make you feel at home. I did the Discover scuba diving course with them and my instructor for the day Chad was also amazing. Martin was busy that day but he still made it a point to be there and pick me up and drop me off personally at my hotel. He even agreed to take a detour since I needed a couple things.
Getting to the dive experience itself, we went to 3 different dive sites. Chad instructed everything to me well beforehand and made sure that I remembered the signs and the basics. During the first dive, he made sure that I was comfortable, equalising well and all in all having fun. We had a rope which we utilised to descend. Once I was okay with the depth and everything and comfortable, we started our “actual” dive and it was beautiful!!! It’s something that can only be experienced to realise the true beauty of the flora, fauna and the ocean. It’s a surreal experience! I didn’t realise how time flew and it was time to go back to the boat.
The first dive is mainly for you to get acclimatised and the subsequent dives is when you truly enjoy.
The next 2 dives were much smoother and even better! I was lucky enough to spot a shark, giant clams in addition to numerous beautiful corals, fish, and many other sea flora and fauna I don’t recall the name of.
I enjoyed my time so much that I decided to get my scuba Open water certification!
I contacted Martin again a few months after my dive for his suggestion on a dive centre near me for my certification and he was kind enough to do that and give me his recommendations!
I went ahead with one of his recommendations and it was a great experience and worth it!
Martin is truly a gem and Scuba IQ is THE dive centre to go for.