Sea Esta – 3 Day 3 Night Liveaboard Dive Trip

from $810 AUD

About Sea Esta - Diving Flinders Reef and the SS Yongala Dive

If your travels see you resting in Townsville, Far North Queensland then you have the opportunity to experience liveaboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef.  The one Townsville liveaboard dive trip “Sea Esta” available departs this coastal city just once a month.  The boat takes a maximum of 18 divers and the trip often sells out well in advance. It’s a 3 Night/3 Day trip and to secure your berth, it is vital to enquire and book early.

Sea Esta a 3 Star accommodation Liveaboard dive boat with 5 Star diving. Dive and snorkel over 3 days on some of the best sites out from Townsville on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy up to 10 Dives which includes on the last day 2 dives on the SS Yongala Shipwreck.  See the stunning array of wild life waking up to an explosion of colour and activity. Dive and snorkel into the evening as daylight softly moves to dusk. Be a part of the reef settling down for the night as the last rays of sunlight bath the ocean.

Diving Details

Diving SS Yongala is mind blowing and life changing.  This amazing site often crops up in lists of the world’s best dive sites and is certainly up there in Australia’s top five dive sites.   What is it? The SS Yongala is Australia’s largest and most intact, historic shipwreck.  The 109m Yongala sank in a cyclone on 23 March 1911; she lies in water 18-28m deep, about 48 nautical miles south-east of Townsville.  As well as being an amazing wreck dive, the SS Yongala is home to an abundant array of marine life.  It has to be seen to be believed.

Some of the critters you may encounter at the SS Yongala include, but certainly is not limited to are giant bull rays and Queensland groupers, a multitude of sea snakes, various sea sharks, wrasse, trout, turtles and so much more.

The Yongala can be a ‘difficult’ dive site which is prone to experiencing mild to strong ocean currents.  This combined with her depth, make this a dive suitable for confident divers and not just experienced divers with Advanced certification or higher.  Divers holding an Open Water Certification must complete the PADI Deep Adventure dive with one of the dive instructors. (Additional charges apply) The Townsville liveaboard dive trip includes two morning dives at the SS Yongala.

Features of the Vessel

  • Accommodation for 18 passengers in double, twin & quad-share berths
  • Older vessel but with Air-conditioned Cabins
  • Large Fully Equipped Dive Deck
  • BBQ/Entertainment Deck

What to bring

  • Your diving certification and log book
  • A small bag with towel, swimwear, toiletries, sunscreen and hat

What not to bring:

  • Large bags or back pack
  • Bed linen, sleeping bags and pillows
  • Fishing equipment
  • Glass bottles

 


Inclusions

  • 10 Dives including 2 night dives and 2 dives on the Yongala Wreck
  • All bed linen
  • 3 night’s accommodation in air conditioned cabins
  • All Meals

Options Extra’s

  • Scuba hire $95
  • Dive Torch $25
  • Guided dive $10 (per dive)
  • Adventure Dive $25 (per dive)
  • Nitrox Fills: $30 for one or $50 for 2 tanks (certification required)
  • Nitrox course: $230
  • Advanced Course: $250
  • Camera Hire (including 32GB SD Card to keep): $65 per day

Extra's

  • Full Dive Gear
  • Dive Guide ($15 per dive)
  • Digital Camera Hire
  • Souvenirs
  • Nitrox Available
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Enriched Air "Nitrox" Course
  • No transfers are available - Customers must make there own way to the Marlin Marina

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Between meals 3 dives on various Reefs as selected for the conditions of the day during the day and 1 night dive (night dive is optional for passengers)

Day 2: Between meals 3 dives (different reefs to day 1) and 1 night dive

Day 3: Wake up at the SS Yongala Wreck for 2 early morning dives on the wreck. Depart site for Townsville after dives are completed

Returns: Approximately 5pm.

Trip Schedule:

Check for the next departure date by calling us in store on: (+61 499 464 007)

Departure:

Liveaboard departs from the Tomlins St Public Wharf, South Towsville. Boarding time: 7.30pm (departs 10.30pm)

Please note that passengers may check luggage in at the Adrenalin Dive store at 3.30pm if required. If not please meet at the departure point at 7.30pm.

Important: Only cheese and crackers will be served on the first night so please have a meal prior to boarding.

Returns:

Last day of trip return to port at approximately 5:00pm


FAQ

PLEASE READ OUR CANCELLATION POLICY ADVICE FOR DIVING AND SNORKELING Snorkeling and Scuba Diving can be strenuous activity. Some medications and medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease may prevent or limit your participation. If you are unsure, please contact us for more information or consult a diving physician. It is recommended that you do not fly for 24 hours after diving. MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE RECOMMENDED All passengers are strongly advised to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers: (i) Trip cancellation or rescheduling (ii) Lost / damaged personal belongings or equipment, due to any reason, and (iii) Evacuation and medical cover including Scuba diving. Note: In a medical emergency, any evacuation, vessel relocation or medical expenses, are the final responsibility of that passenger. Divers Alert Network (DAN) www.diversalertnetwork.org and Dive Assure www.diveassure.com offer comprehensive insurance packages specially for scuba divers. TRIP CONFIRMATION Day trip passengers will receive confirmation of departure from Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive by 4pm the afternoon prior to your scheduled trip. A trip is only confirmed when the forecasted weather conditions are safe enough to travel and minimum passenger numbers have been met. If you do not receive confirmation via text or email by 4:30pm please check your junk mail or call our office on (07)47240600 CANCELLATION / RESCHEDULING BY CUSTOMER Cancellation Fee: Day trips: 20% with 14 days’ – 48 hours’ notice 100% with less than 48 hours’ notice Liveaboard / Dive courses: 20% with 30 – 8 days’ notice 100% with less than 8 days’ notice Reschedule fee: Day trips: 20% with less than 14 days’ notice Liveaboards: 20% with less than 30 days’ notice TEMPORARY CANCELLATION POLICY DURING CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC: Boarder closure due to Pandemic Option One: If the boarder closes due to Covid-19 restrictions and you cancel your booking within 24 hours of the announcement we offer a full refund. Option Two: If the boarder closes due to Covid-19 restrictions and you chose to keep your booking in anticipation of boarders reopening our normal cancellation policy applies. COVID-19 Exposure If you have been in contact with the virus at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled trip or have symptoms of the virus before the trip we are waiving our cancellation fees and you will be able to join another trip when feeling better again and are virus free. In regards of diving after contracting the virus please contact the office for advice. Most likely we will be asking you to get a dive medical to show that you are fit and healthy to dive again pending on the severity of your COVID-19 infection. REFUND POLICY Should a trip be cancelled or rescheduled by Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive, a full refund is available. All trips and courses are conditional on weather conditions and a minimum of 12 participants. All refund must be authorised by the management of Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive. Processing times can vary per bank and (international) transfer fees may apply for which we are not held responsible. Please see terms and conditions of your bank and the chosen payment method for more information. We endeavour to adhere to the scheduled itinerary but reserve the right to alter the proposed itinerary or cancel the trip. Trip itineraries are subject to change at the sole discretion of the management or master of the vessel. If a trip is delayed, or cut short due to weather, mechanical breakdown, or medical emergency, fees will not be refunded. We will not be held financially responsible for weather conditions or illness as a result. Trip fees will not be refunded should you be unable to board in time for the scheduled departure or be unable to complete all dives. Illness or seasickness is not a reason for a refund.

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