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About Scuba IQ
The team at Scuba IQ, with years of experience, are proud to offer the highest quality scuba diving trips and PADI courses on the Great Barrier Reef. From beginner to expert; scheduled day-trip or private charter including overnight liveaboard excursions, Scuba IQ will tailor your visit to the reef; giving you an unforgettable experience. We use only the very best equipment and combined with our skill and knowledge of the reef, you can be sure that you are in good hands.
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Jenny M wrote a review 14 Jan.
Victoria5 contributions3 helpful votes
Whatever your scuba diving needs are - Scuba IQ is the answer! My husband and I are certified divers but haven't been in the water for almost 20 years so needed a bit of a refresher, and we wanted our son (17) and daughter (16) to get their scuba certification during our 7 day trip to Port Douglas. We had to work around a fairly tight schedule of flights so had a limited time frame to get the course done. The challenge was to find somewhere that we could somehow synchronize all our needs. The answer was Scuba IQ and Martin. As all previous reviews state - nothing seems too much trouble for Martin and Lou to organise to ensure that your diving experience is exactly tailored to your needs. Our kids completed their online PADI course before we arrived, then Martin picked them up from our accommodation for their day of training in the pool. They loved the one on one attention and his patient, friendly teaching and sense of humor. Then on day 2 and 3 we all went out to the reef together. On day 2 Martin had Michael come along so my husband and I had our own instructor whilst the kids finished their training dives with Martin. Michael was patient and reassuring and helped me overcome my nerves as I 'went under' for the first time in 20 years. Only a few minutes later I was floating along happily as though it was only yesterday I had last dived. Michael pointed out so many features around us that I may have otherwise missed, and he took his time allowing us to explore the area rather than just rushing past everything quickly. It was also greatly appreciated that our gear was organised for us before and between dives, so all we had to do was put our BCD on and jump in! On day 3 the kids were now certified, so all 4 of us went with Martin. It was such an awesome experience to be able to dive with your kids. We saw a shark, moray eel, huge schools of fish, jellyfish, and again Martin was fantastic in pointing out things we may have otherwise missed. My daughter and I tried some underwater scuba ballet - very fun! The best part of diving with Martin, Michael and Scuba IQ is the amazingly personal experience you receive. Nothing ruins a dive more than having a big group crowding you underwater and Martin makes sure that doesn't happen. But even above water on the boat, or via email/messages, Martin makes the whole experience like diving with a best mate. His passion for the reef and for scuba is infectious. Thank you again Martin, Michael and Lou and I hope we can make another trip up to Port Douglas soon!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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DrBobQA wrote a review Dec. 2020
Queensland, Australia40 contributions37 helpful votes
I did one on one guided diving with Martin and it was spectacular! Martin was extremely knowledgeable, professional and a really nice person to spend the day with. I have dived all over the world and he is definitely in the very top tier of any guide I've ever had. I whole heartedly recommend Martin, Scuba IQ and Port Douglas in general. Excellent experience!!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Caitlin K wrote a review Dec. 2020
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My boyfriend and I did a one day scuba experience tour with Martin. We were fortunate enough to be the only people that booked with him for that day, so we had martin’s undivided attention for the whole day. We found martin to be extremely knowledgeable with regards to scuba diving, the marine life and the local area of Port Douglas. Martin is a great trainer and once you get in the water, he takes things nice and slow and ensures you’re comfortable and prepared before embarking on the dives. The cruise itself is great, the boat has an air conditioned indoor area as well as a sunny outdoor area. The reefs were spectacular and we were lucky enough to see a hawksbill turtle on one of our dives. Thanks Martin for the incredible experience! You’re a legend :-)
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Scuba I, Owner at Scuba IQ
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Caitlin, We had such a great day out there with you and Jacob, and it's awesome to hear that you enjoyed yourselves during your introductory dive here in Port Douglas. Maybe next time we see you you will be certified divers, keen for some new adventures! All the best Martin
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MarkJTravels wrote a review Nov. 2020
Gold Coast, Australia6 contributions
I was fortunate enough to have one-on-one guided diving with Martin at Opal Reef. This experience was thorough and exceeded expectations. We travelled around 1.5hrs to Opal Reef from Port Douglas on the boat Calypso which was a delight with friendly crew and snacks/meals/hot drinks after each dive. I am still getting comfortable with diving and Martin had a wealth of knowledge to help me learn and understand all the intricacies surrounding diving. He is very calm, friendly and passionate and made sure I knew exactly what I was doing prior to the dive. During the dive he was very easy to understand and helped me identify all the amazing marine life we saw. It was such an enjoyable experience to see the changing topography and vast marine/coral species at the different dive sites. Martin knew exactly what we were going to be encountering at each site and that helped with the dive planning. His passion was infectious and it made the day that much better. This experience with Scuba IQ and Martin is a must-do whilst travelling to Port Douglas. I highly recommend everyone to call-up Scuba IQ and book in a once in a lifetime experience they offer. Plus Martin loves his cricket so you can't find a better bloke.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Scuba I, Owner at Scuba IQ
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Mark, Thanks a lot for leaving your review, and we're happy that you had such a great day, and got so much out of your dive trip! It would be great to see you back here in the future, to visit some new Port Douglas dive sites with you. All the best Martin
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Aquarius0702 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Brisbane, Australia18 contributions6 helpful votes
My partner and I chose Scuba IQ after a bit of research on the best dive companies to dive with for experienced divers. We have about 50 dives under our belt so didn’t want the intro/big group experience but also wanted to be with someone who made us feel comfortable and looked after, whilst showing us what the reef had to offer, and these guys did just that! We here bad news about the reef all the time and it completely exceeded our expectations. There was so much marine life and the day was seamless from start to finish. ScubaIQ picked us up from our hotel, we had a great personal experience including some extra care on the Rocky boat out there (sorry about our sea legs.. or lack of!!) and saw a lovely sized reef shark our third dive to finish off what was already a great experience. Loved every minute and cannot recommend these guys highly enough. Really hope you guys make it through these tough times as we’d LOVE to dive with you again Cheers Mary and elliott
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Scuba I, Owner at Scuba IQ
Responded 10 Nov. 2020
Hi Mary, Thanks for the review, and I was really pleased that despite the bouncy ride out to the reef, once in the water you had such a great time! It's also pleasing to hear that you were pleasantly surprised by the great condition of the dives sites, considering the negative reports you had been hearing. All the best to you both, and I will be in touch soon! Regards Martin
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