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SS Yongala Dive Site located off the coast of Queensland in Australia is one of a kind. The dive off the SS Yongala Ship Wreck is arguably the best wreck dive in the world. The Yongala dive site is a regular feature in the dive magazines and articles when the discussion is about the best dive sites. SS Yongala beckons divers from around the globe to experience the exhilarating adventure of diving off one of the most intact shipwrecks in the world. The hundred-year long history of the ship, the element of mystery attached to its tragic sinking and the larger-than-life marine fauna of the Great Barrier Reef & the Yongala add to the magnetism of SS Yongala Dive Site, an underwater sensation.
Experience the Dive Adventure that is incomparable and one that dive enthusiasts dream of at the SS Yongala Dive Site
Certified divers will have once in a lifetime opportunity to dive off the famous Yongala shipwreck by opting the dive tours that can be booked online www.yongaladive.com.au. One-day and two-day tours with night stays are available for divers to choose from. There are a few private operators who organize dive tours to SS Yongala Dive Site. For example, Liveaboard diving tours (www.liveaboard.com) offer you night stays on the boat to experience the night dives and the spectacular view of the exotic marine life that comes alive in the night
The Great Barrier Reef, where the shipwreck is located is one of the world heritage sites. Submerged at a depth of 28 meters, the 109m long ship is home to one of the most beautiful underwater sea life. The wreck is coated with all types of glittering coral, trees and sponges in their myriad hues offering a mesmerizing view to the beholder. The Yongala fauna is uniquely sprinkled with a wide variety of exotic and rare wildlife that attracts the divers to the site again and again. There are a countless number of species of Fish, small and big who have made the Yongala site their home. The cylindrical shaped Barracudas, the giant Queensland Gropers, one of the biggest bony fishes, the Giant Trevally and the giant Maori Wrasse all co-exist in one of the most diverse sea marine fauna in the world. Watch in fascination the giant Green sea turtles, colorful in their brown and green hues are one of the biggest sea turtles in the world weighing more than 300 kilos. The Hawksbill sea turtles with their tapered heads and clawed flippers offer a unique sight. The massive headed loggerhead sea turtles swim around lazily along with the other turtle species. The Bull Sharks, the Humpback Whales, the Guitar Sharks look imposing as they swim around the wreck majestically. Not to be missed are the rare underwater species of banded sea snakes, weaving their way through the blue-green waters of the ocean. The giant spotted Eagle Rays and the Marble Rays add to the diverse and mysterious ocean life around the Yongala wreck.
If you love to experience the adventure of underwater diving but have never dived in your life, opt for a Beginner course, the 'PADI Open Water Dive Course'. The course is a 3 - day program and you will learn the basics of scuba diving, including how to use the diving equipment. You will be able to dive in confined waters and explore your ability to dive into the ocean. Complete an advanced course(once you have an open water certificate or equivalent) that allows you to test your skills in 5 adventure dives. With the 'PADI Adventure and Nitrox course', you will be able to dive deep and for a longer duration. 'PADI Master Course' allows your passion for diving to go one step further, making you a master diver who can teach diving to others. There are specialty courses like the 'underwater photography course' or the 'enriched air nitrox course' that allow you to learn these specialty skills.Become a rescue diver with 'PADI Rescue Diver Course' and learn about the prevention and managing problems underwater and ensuring the safety of other divers who could face problems underwater. You can also join the e-learning programs to complete the beginner, adventure, nitrox and refresher courses.
How to Get Tickets?
Diving trips at the Yongala Dive Site are booked online depending on the tour operators you have chosen or bookings can be made at the office of the operators.
How To Get Around?
The operator will arrange for you to get to the launch site at the beach in a vehicle from the starting point and a boat ride will take you to the dive site.
What Should I Wear?
For diving, you will need specific diving gear and dive equipment.
Best Time to Visit
Diving is permissible all year-round, although the temperatures and the sea life will differ in winters and summers. June-August is winter, water temperatures are cooler, although the days are generally warm and clear with strong winds. You can get a sight of humpback whales in this season. September – December will be the spring and summer season. The water temperature is warmer with light winds. Jan to March is rainy, wet and you may encounter cyclones. It is still great to dive in this season and you can get to watch the hoard of baitfish in these times.
The official currency of Austraila is the Australian Dollar (AUD).
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
The closest town to the SS Yongala is Townsville. You can reach Townsville by car or bus. However, the most convenient option is to fly as Townsville has an airport and well connected to all the major cities of Australia.
If you want to dive at the SS Yongala Dive Site, you need to have a dive certification. The minimum requirement is an Open Water Certification and 6 logged dives. A diver should be at least 14 years of age. Divers who have not dived in the previous six months with less than 20 dives are required to take a refresher course to dive at the Yongala Dive Site. Medical certificates are required for all dives and dive courses.