Yongala Dive Expedition: Seven Nights, Countless Adventures

Dive into the Depths: Explore Australia's Underwater Treasure, the Yongala Shipwreck

Australia is a paradise for adventure seekers, especially for diving enthusiasts. One of the most iconic dive sites in the country, and the world, is the SS Yongala shipwreck, a well-preserved underwater wonder located off the coast of Queensland. To truly appreciate this remarkable dive destination, joining a liveaboard expedition with Spirit of Freedom is an experience you’ll never forget.

The SS Yongala: A Historical Underwater Treasure

The SS Yongala, a steamship built in 1903, met its fate in a cyclone in 1911, scattering its wreckage along the Queensland coast. Today, the SS Yongala wreck, often referred to as “Australia’s Titanic,” is a renowned dive site, recognized as one of the best in the world. The wreck is home to an incredible array of marine life, including giant trevally, sea snakes, barracudas, turtles, manta rays, and sharks. The SS Yongala is also a haven for corals and sponges, creating a vibrant underwater ecosystem.

Spirit of Freedom: Your Ultimate Dive Adventure Companion

Spirit of Freedom, a renowned liveaboard dive operator, offers an exceptional 7-night liveaboard dive trip that explores the SS Yongala among other great dive sites. Equipped with spacious cabins, comfortable dining areas, and a dedicated dive deck, the Spirit of Freedom ensures a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all guests. With their expertise and top-notch services, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure.  

  • 7-night accommodation on the Spirit of Freedom liveaboard vessel 
  • Three meals per day, including snacks and beverages 
  • All diving equipment, including tanks, weights, and belts 
  • Visit the SS Yongala wreck and other renowned dive sites 
  • Onboard Master Reef Guide/marine biologist to share insights into the underwater world 
  • Complimentary transfers to and from Cairns CBD accommodation 

A Week-Long Adventure Itinerary

Your 7-night liveaboard dive trip with Spirit of Freedom will be filled with thrilling underwater explorations. Here’s a sample itinerary of the expedition: 

Departure from Cairns. Begin your journey from Cairns and set sail south through the Great Barrier Reef. There is no diving on the first day – but we will have plenty of fun during the journey! 

SS Yongala Dive. Arrive at the SS Yongala and embark on awe-inspiring dives, witnessing the hauntingly beautiful shipwreck and its marine inhabitants.

Dive Excursions. Dive at multiple sites along the Great Barrier Reef, exploring vibrant coral formations and diverse marine life. 

Return to Cairns. Enjoy your final dives along the Great Barrier Reef, followed by overnight travel to Cairns marking the end of an unforgettable adventure. 

Preparing for your Yongala Adventure

The Yongala Adventure Exploration is suitable for experienced divers only. Before embarking on this exhilarating journey, it's essential to make the necessary preparations: 

  • Dive Certification: Ensure you are an Advance Open Water certified diver and have plenty of recorded dives and experience, as the SS Yongala's depth and potentially strong currents require experience.

  • Appropriate Gear: Double-check your dive gear and bring any personal equipment you prefer. Or else, you can rent all the dive gear in a set from Spirit of Freedom.

  • Travel Insurance: We highly recommend investing in a comprehensive dive travel insurance policy from DAN or Dive Assure to cover any unforeseen circumstances

  • Follow Preservation Guidelines: Respect the SS Yongala's protected status by following all guidelines set forth by your trip leader and the Australian Government to preserve the site. 
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Unforgettable Memories Await

Embrace the adventure of a lifetime with the Yongala Adventure Exploration aboard the Spirit of Freedom. Discover the wonders of the SS Yongala wreck, immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life of the Coral Sea, and experience the unparalleled comfort and luxury of the MV Spirit of Freedom liveaboard vessel. 

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