SS Yongala Wreck
In 1911 a 110 meter long steamer was sunk near a place called Townsville, off the coast of Australia. The ship was sent to a watery grave by a massive cyclone that hit the area. Unfortunately at the time no one was aware of where the ship had gone and it only became apparent in 1958 when it was discovered. The ship has become a natural reef and is home to an impressive array of marine life; barracudas, giant Turtles and sea snakes are common and many visitors get to see the bull shark or tiger shark.
Nature photographers flock to this dive site which is part of the Sipadan Islands, just off the coast of Malaysia. Here it is possible to see some of the largest shoals of barracuda in the world and catch glimpses of the Hammerhead shark. The reef is also home to a variety of pelagic fish and various reef sharks.
The North Horn is on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; one of the most famous natural sites in the world. This is the place to see sharks! It is common to see Grey Reef Sharks, Silvertip sharks and even some Hammerheads. It is often possible to witness these sharks in a feeding frenzy and it can really make you appreciate their power and grace.
Thailand has many beautiful beaches and coast line which can be explored. Richelieu Rock sits off the coast of Thailand, near the Surin islands. The main draw of this site is the Giant Whale Shark, the shark is harmless to man but an impressive sight.
USS Liberty Wreck
In 1942 a 130 meter long US armed cargo ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo. The damage was not sufficient to sink her and she was towed to nearby Bali and beached. The 1963 eruption of Mount Agung causes enough tremors to make the ship slide back into the water. She now rests on a sand slope with a depth ranging from 25 feet to 100 feet. It has become one of the most popular dive sites in Bali and, although an easy dive, offers the chance to see an impressive variety of fish.
This site is another attraction of the Great Barrier Reef. Unlike the North Horn it is an easy dive and divers can enjoy the sight of Whitetip Reef Sharks swimming with Napoleon fishes. It is also possible to feed the friendly Potato Groupers.
In Western Australia it is possible to dive underneath an old Navy pier where you will be rewarded with the sight of Nurse Sharks, Wobbegong Sharks and a huge variety of small creatures – each one more bizarre looking than the other.
This is another site in Bali and not a particularly impressive spot. However, it is one of only a few places where you are able to see the Mola Mola Oceanic Sunfish; an achievement in itself.
There is a huge underwater rock located here and it has become one of the best dive sites in Bali. The rock swarms with so many fish that it is easy to lose track of any other human. You should be able to see Giant Trevallies, Dogtooth Tuna and Barracudas alongside the Whitetip Reef Sharks.
Western Cape, Cape Town
In South Africa it is possible to go shark cage diving and get as close as humanly possible to these magnificent creatures. Preferably without being eaten. The most experience shark cage diving crew in South Africa are based in Kleinbaai Harbour, on the Western Cape, in close proximity to the Cape Town villas. They have a 100% safety record. You are able to see sharks breaching from the safety of a boat or you can get close to these fearsome predators in a cage under the water; something that is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
Site updated on 5. December 2019