Alva Beach Diving Experience
Please note these dive trips are only suitable for experienced divers with a minimum of advanced certification. The current can be strong. There are no restrictions on dive times, but a one hour surface interval is required. Small numbers, big dive experience.
This unassuming piece of coastline would be relatively un-noteworthy, if it weren’t for the presence of the Yongala. Instead, this dot on the map has been added to the bucket list of hundreds of divers from around the world. Such is the majesty and beauty of the SS Yongala, that David Attenborough added it to his list when covering the Great Barrier Reef. This dive site has to be seen to be believed.
The easiest access to the SS Yongala is with a short, 30-minute boat ride from the coastal township of Alva Beach, a small community in North Queensland. Alva Beach is a 15 minute drive from Ayr (a slightly larger centre), which is about a 1 hour drive south from Townsville, which is the closest regional centre with domestic airport (for fly in / fly out divers).
Other than the wreck itself this dive site is known for its concentration and quantity of mega fauna! We’re talking massive Queensland Gropers, Bull Sharks, Rays and so much more.
The Yongala Wreck Dive – The Facts at a Glance
Our boarders are opening up so I’m sure like me you are getting excited about your next Australian dive experience. However Australia wide not all day tours, liveaboard trips and dive course programs have commenced their normal full running operation. Dive in Australia now offers live availability on a number of our trips however to avoid disappointment we request until we have been advised by all operators we represent to please contact us first before planning to book any future travel.