SCUBA diving the SS Yongala shipwreck


In this episode, I go SCUBA diving on the SS Yongala shipwreck. Hello everyone, my name is Just Mike and welcome to Sensatious Hiatus, where I highlight my travels, and share information with you on how I made those adventures happen. The SS Yongala was a 107 meters steel
passenger and freight steamer that sank in 1911 off the eastern coast of
Australia near Townsville. Sadly, all 122 passengers and crew died
when the ship sank during a cyclone. The shipwreck sits at a depth of 30 meters and is located 22 kilometers east of Cape Bowling Green. The wreck also lies within the central section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and has become an established artificial reef providing a structurally complex habitat for a diverse range of marine life. I booked my dives with Yongala Dive Experience
as they offered the fastest ride out to the wreck. Soon after we arrived, we got in the
water and were on our way to one of the best wreck diving sites in all of Australia. There was a fair amount of current on
this dive and the visibility on this day was a little lower than average. At this point in the dive, I saw an
octopus swim inside a hole, and I was trying to record a video clip of it, but
then when I turned around, there was an Olive Sea Snake in between me and one of the other divers. It might be hard to see right here, but
that is a moray eel poking its head out of the side of the ship. The SS Yongala was one of the coolest
dives I have ever done. I definitely recommend it, and I really enjoyed
editing the footage. It was almost like I got to do the dives all over again. I shot everything in this video with a GoPro Hero 4 silver and when you’re
diving at that depth, you really need some lights to get the most out of your
camera, but I just, I didn’t have the budget for that. Maybe that’s something
that I can deliver in a future video, but anyways after this dive, I ended up
taking a bus back to Cairns and I flew down to Melbourne where I would plan to
go to Grampians National Park. I also want to note that I do have two other scuba diving videos up on my channel, so feel free to check those out if you haven’t already, and thank you guys so much for watching. Feel free to leave me a comment down below and I hope to see you in the next one.

2 thoughts on “SCUBA diving the SS Yongala shipwreck”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *