Yongala Dive will show you one of the best dives on the planet, the famous S.S. YONGALA wreck, located in the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park just 12 nautical miles and a fast 30 minute trip from our base at Alva Beach (in Queensland, Australia).
In 1911 it sank without a trace in a tragic cyclonic event, all 122 people died and a legend was born. It would be another 50 years before the coral encrusted structure was found and today it is one of the world’s renowned dive sites and an adventure from start to finish.
The S.S. YONGALA, once an ocean steaming vessel is now an enchanting wreck, an artificial reef and home to an incredible array of marine life (see our photo gallery). Giant gropers, giant rays and schools of giant trevally congregate around the wreck while turtles lazily feed and sea snakes glide harmlessly past divers on their way to the surface. This is a diving experience for those with a sense of adventure, a passion to explore, to learn about the tragic history and to witness marine life matched by few other places on the face of this planet.
Departing daily from the sleepy village of Alva Beach, only 16 kms from Ayr and 90 minutes’ drive south of Townsville, Yongala Dive will take you on a unique adventure which, aside from premier diving with a maximum of 12 people, also includes experienced dive staff, a 4WD transfer to the beach and a beach launch by tractor, getting there is half the adventure !
If you want to extend your adventure, why not stay a little while longer in our relaxing on-site ‘Dive Accommodation’ just a stone’s throw from the beach, or join one of the many PADI Dive Courses to further enhance your dive qualifications.
Watch our marine life video opposite to see why this dive site is one of the top ten scuba dives in the world and is the number one dive in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.
Allow us to show you why this is one of the best dives on the planet…..