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Yongala Dive

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56 Narrah Street | Alva Beach, Ayr, Queensland QLD 4807, Australia
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Best divisite and operator in my life!

I stayed one night and did 2 dives with Yongala Dive on the SS Yongala. I’ve been diving in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Henrik S
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Great diving experience

I joined 4 divings 2 nights in here. The staffs (Nigeliver, Dan, and Laura) were friendly... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2018
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Yongala Dive operates the fastest dive trip to the wreck of the world famous S.S Yongala - rated as one of the top 10 dives in the world !! A dive adventure with a difference, including a 4WD trip to the remote Alva Beach, a fast 30 minute express ride to the historic shipwreck (sunk over 100 years ago)and artificial reef. Rated by the BBC as one of the bests marine wildlife dives on the planet - you will experience marine life as never seen before - everything is giant - gropers, marble rays, trevally, barracuda with huge schools of mangrove jacks and batfish and the list goes on. Dive Courses are available during your trip and we even have a Dive Lodge on site where you can relax with your new dive buddies over a meal and a beer (byo alcohol). Join us us now for the experience of a lifetime !!!
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56 Narrah Street | Alva Beach, Ayr, Queensland QLD 4807, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I stayed one night and did 2 dives with Yongala Dive on the SS Yongala. I’ve been diving in Thailand, Bali and the GBR before but this was by far the best so far. The guys at Yongala is awesome. Great service and super friendly!...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

I joined 4 divings 2 nights in here. The staffs (Nigeliver, Dan, and Laura) were friendly, professional, good at their jobs! Beach was nice, and local Aussies were lovely and friendly. This trip had been unforgettable experience about 6 meters eagle ray swam nearly me.

1  Thank candytong281
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YongalaDive, General Manager at Yongala Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thanks so much for your kind words, you were a pleasure to have at the dive shop! We thoroughly enjoyed your company. So glad your experience was a great one and your saw the best side of us Aussies ;) Warmest Regards, Yongala Dive Crew.

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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

What do you do when the weather is rubbish? Go dive SS Yongala! The people at Yongala Dive were friendly, cheerful and helpful. The equipment was fine and the dive was amazing. Visibility wasn’t great due to the weather but being a wreck dive the...More

Thank Tora T
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YongalaDive, General Manager at Yongala Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad you came with us to experience this dive! Unfortunately we can't control the weather but we take pride trying to make all of our divers' day-trips an unique experience and the Marine Life is always in abundance. Hope to dive with...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited mid February 2018 staying for two nights and having the opportunity to dive 4 times with option to go 6 times in the two days. Diving: We dived in summer where visibility can be hit and miss, but please don't...More

1  Thank Thomas B
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YongalaDive, General Manager at Yongala Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey guys, This is a perfect overview of the day from the divers perspective and we are so proud that you have given us such a high rating. We try our best to keep everyone happy and it is our aim to make sure everybody...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

sorry for my friends divers. I heard it is a wonderful diving experience. I booked a 2 days/4 dives with Yongala dive center but did not dive at all. First day was cancelled due to weather witch is OK. Second day was a real mess....More

3  Thank stremblay2018
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YongalaDive, General Manager at Yongala Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Guys, We apologise for the experience on the day in question, we had repairs done and obviously we had some unexpected issues arise from that but at no time were we in danger of anything other than getting wet. I understand the frustration from...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Yongala Dive give you access to an amazing wreck which is over 100 years old. There was an astonishing variety of marine life to see and each of my five dives had something new to see. The accommodation is fairly basic dorm style, bunk beds...More

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YongalaDive, General Manager at Yongala Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Liz, We enjoyed having you here as well and Congratulations on your AOW Certification!! Well Done :) Everyday on the SS Yongala is a dream day. Warmest Regards, Yongala Dive Crew.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

If you require glass flat water with zero current you might have a hard time with this one, just as a fair warning, it's an absolutely amazing dive and well worth going though. The Yongala itself is like an oasis in the desert, underwater; being...More

Thank entmarch
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YongalaDive, General Manager at Yongala Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I love your description... "The Yongala itself is like an oasis in the desert underwater" Brilliant! Thanks so much for your great recommendation, your review does mean a lot to each and every one of us that make the day happen. Warmest Regards, Yongala Dive...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

The Yongala has been on our list of places to dive for a long time and we could finally get some time off to do it. Unfortunately we were unlucky with huge full moon tides, which caused a ripping current and probably contributed to poor...More

Thank N T
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YongalaDive, General Manager at Yongala Dive, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you guys enjoyed your day even though the conditions were not perfect, also the recommendations you have given are fantastic! Thanks for leaving your wonderful comments and we appreciate your time to leave feedback. Warmest Regards, Yongala Dive Team.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

One of the world's best dive sites. The 100 year old wreck is huge - while there's little detail left of the wreck itself, the marine life is so extensive it leaves you feeling like you are in your own David Attenborough movie. Seriously good....More

1  Thank Edward I
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

I had forgot how special this place is. Do yourself a favor make time to dive here you will never forgive yourself if you don't. Awesome experience just do it!

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John M
28 November 2017|
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Response from Cosmo R | Reviewed this property |
You can cover the wreck in two dives, but to fully appreciate the amazing abundance of life I would highly recommend doing the 2 day 4 dives package.
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Response from Albin K | Reviewed this property |
I recommend you book directly with yongala dive. They are very professional, and quickly reply to every email. I would fly to Townsville from Cairns, then drive to Ayr. A lot of people say this is the best dive site in all... More
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Janelle S
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Hi Janelle, Thanks for taking interest in diving the Yongala wreck with us. Although your dive training level is Open water we can still take you on the dive trip. As the depth at the Yongala is greater than 18m, we conduct... More
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