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Dive Review of Yongala Divers in

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Cavanaugh, TX, US
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Report Number 5560
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean & Austrailasia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
71   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
The boat used for the dive was a Zodiac type boat and there was no camera
or video storage (wet or dry) except a basket which was slid under the
seats. The dive shop had a single rinse tank for wet suits and a single
tank for regulators/BCDS but no dedicated tank for photography gear. A
fresh water hose was available to rinse video housing with.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Yongala Divers run a dive operation about 1-1.5 hours south of Townsville.
The dive is on the S.S. Yongala wreck. The dive shop is very friendly and
accommodating. Nitrox is available and is blended using partial pressures.

The drill is to load out all your gear on a Zodiac boat on a trailer which
is later pulled by tractor to the beach for a launch by tractor. When
everyone is transported to the beach by vehicle you load out on the boat
and then run +/- 30 minutes to the wreck. The dive is a 2 tank dive with
max depth first (can't go past bottom at +/- 90') and the second dive is
across the top of the wreck @ +/- 60'. The dive site is protected in a
green zone and the marine life is testimony t that fact. I have never seen
so many fish schooling in one location in all my diving experience. We saw
many sea snakes, turtles, giant groupers, cobia and typical reef fish. The
coral growth on the wreck was impressive as well. There is "NO"
penetration allowed on the wreck. The first day we dove there were +/- 12
divers (crowded on the Zodiac), the second day we only had 5-6 divers (just
right for a Zodiac).

Upon return to the Yongala dive shop the dive shop provided a BBQ feed that
was good and welcomed. This dive is a definite must do dive if you are in
the vicinity of Townsville.
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