Amazing! The Yongala Dive crew are highly organised and very professional. We landed in Townsville, picked up a car and drove to Alva Beach (near Ayr) to the Dive Shop and accommodation. A relaxing drive about an hour and a half from Townsville airport (we saw an abundance of wildlife including a turtle on the road down). We arrived and were checked in with ease and were told that our equipment would be sorted in the morning. We were shown upstairs to the dorm style accommodation. Ok, its no Ritz, but given where we were it was adequate and it was only for one night. I was there with my girlfriend and a mate of ours and so we headed back into the town of Ayr for some dinner (seriously slim pickings in this true Aussie country town).
The following morning we were up bright and early and our equipment was sorted in order with the rest of the divers, it was all clockwork and we set off in an old land cruiser and the boat went off ahead. The dive site is in the middle of nowhere in the Great Barrier Reef. As its Open Water, it was rough, but we had all be warned in advance. It is also illegal to moor here so that adds to the difficulties. Be warned, I dive quite a bit and never get sea sick, but there is a first time for everything!!! Once in the water, sickness gone straight away. So, the current here are so strong so holding onto the guide rope is a must. But really it all added to the experience!
Once down about 10 metres the visability became much clearer. Seeing the wreck is a fantastic sight and even better were the rays and the massive Groupers and the even bigger sea turtles!!!
Some things to note. I would have preferred if the company had a bigger boat - it was full the day we were out and it was cramped and awkward. Also, our guide never brought us to see the champagne bottle. Cant remember his name but had red hair and was a big guy. It was a huge disappointment and also, they grouped us with people who were not as advanced as us and they went through their air so quickly so the guide went back up with them and left us there. When you're at a wreck site for the first time with strong currents and low viz, having a guide is really appreciated so that you get the most out of it - shame.
Overall though, such a fantastic experience and we had tried a year before to do it and it was cancelled the morning of the dive so it was great to finally do it!
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