Take the fastest trip to the historic S.S. Yongala wreck, voted as one of the Top 10 Dives in the World. Yongala Dive will take you to wreck in 30 minutes. The artifacts, marine life and variety of corals that cover the wreck are spectacular. It’s a dive experience you will remember for the rest of your life!
Ayr is situated in Northern Queensland between Brisbane and Cairns, with Airlie Beach just 2 hours south and Townsville 1 hour to the north.
The minimum requirement for this dive is Open Water certification with 6 logged dives and deep dive training. Open Water divers must complete Deep Orientation dive (underwater skills) with a PADI Dive Instructor during the 1st dive at the wreck (extra cost applies). This may be counted towards the PADI Advanced course at extra costs (text book required) The more experienced divers can choose to dive with a buddy or take a guided tour at no extra cost.
Novice divers (those with less than 20 dives) should ensure they have refreshed their skills within the last six months and will be provided with a dive guide (if adventure or advanced certified) or maybe required to take a Deep Orientation dive (extra cost applies).
Minimum age – 16 years of age.
Yongala Express is a purpose built 10m rigid inflatable boat, powered by new twin 200 hp Yamaha four stroke outboards it is perfect for wave riding, ensuring a fast, fun and safe trip.
From Alva Beach it will transport you on an exhilarating 30 minute ride to the wreck, with speeds of around 25 knots. It’s overhead canopy and side curtains protect you from the sun, spray and wind – there is even a marine toilet on board. With only 12 passengers and up to four crew we ensure small groups.
Pickups and accommodation
Daily at 10.50 and 3:40pm at Ayr Bus Stop daily when advised. Accommodation $40 per night dorm style bunks or there are a selection of cabins, and camping facilities available.
Check in at Yongala Dive shop – 36 Braby Street, Alva Beach, at 07:30 (30mins earlier on 2 trip scheduled days): shop opening hours are 07:30 – 5pm daily.
To confirm departure details and weather conditions please call the crew (we will advise contact details upon booking) between 3.30 – 5pm on the day prior to your trip. Times may vary due to tides/sea conditions.
A full refund will be provided if a trip is canceled due to unsuitable weather conditions if you are unable to reschedule your trip. No refunds will be provided for cancellations by passengers within 48 hours of departure (see additional info below), unless we are able to fill your space (at management discretion).
Between September and January any cancellation within 7 days is non refundable unless the seat on the boat can be filled by another.
The above schedule is a guide only and times may change depending on weather and tides. It is important to call the Dive Shop between 3.30 – 5pm the day prior to your trip to confirm departure details