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4 ways to explore Tangalooma Wrecks

The Tangalooma Wrecks are located on Moreton Island’s west side and are made up of 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk to create a safe anchorage spot for recreational boat owners and a unique wreck dive and snorkel site.

They sit protruding from the water and down to a depth of 12 metres, making them a prime site for snorkelling and diving.

The Wrecks provide shelter in the shallow water for an amazing array of marine life, including wobbegong sharks, trevally, kingfish, yellowtail and lots of tropical fish. Additionally, there is plenty of coral that has formed around the wrecks which are rich in colours and life. Each wreck tells a different story, with the hulls of each waiting to be explored from the surface and deeper with a dive.  

Diving the wrecks

Tangalooma wrecks diving. Image: Kate Webster

Wreck dives can be exciting as you explore the mystery of rusting bones of old ship hulls. The good thing about Tangalooma Wrecks is the proximity to shore and shallow depths, allowing for incredible visibility nearly all the time. The safe haven the wrecks create also means you can expect to see a variety of sea creatures. Splashes of darting colour liven up the shallow, sun-flecked water as colourful tropical fish and other inhabitants of the wrecks go about their day. They appear accustomed to human presence and do not shy away from snorkelers or divers.

With a depth of 12 metres at the deepest, these wrecks are well suited for amateur divers, while experienced divers can enjoy the various swim-throughs and exploring deeper under the hulls. The wrecks offer every diving environment in the one dive, including reef, wreck, drift and naturalist. The dive is best completed in a drift so that in a 40-minute dive you see all the wrecks along the wall. Want to try diving or learn to dive? Tangalooma Tangatours offer an introductory discover dive or learn to dive course. Or if you are a bit rusty and it has been a while since you dived, there are refresher dive courses available.

Snorkelling the wrecks

Corals and fish life around the wrecks. Image: Kate Webster

While the wrecks are close to the beach and within swimming distance to snorkel, it is important to remember that a strong current sweeps between the wrecks and the beach when the tide is running, so don’t try and swim against it. The Tangalooma wrecks are an unpatrolled beach meaning there are no lifesavers on duty and snorkellers need to be aware of the large number of inexperienced boats and jet skis passing through between the wrecks and the beachfront. Tangalooma Tangatours offers guided snorkelling tours with equipment hire, offering a safer snorkelling experience with a professional who can even point out highlights on the wrecks.

Seascooter around the wrecks

Explore the wrecks with a seascooter. Image: Tangalooma

Strong swimmers need not worry if snorkelling isn’t your thing. Jump on a Sea Scooter tour to zoom around the wrecks and see the depths you may not have been able to by regular snorkelling. This experience is a perfect way to have a unique journey through an underwater world.

Helicopter tour of the wrecks

View the Tangalooma Wrecks from the air. Image – bigdogcampers

Last of all, if you don’t even want to get wet, then you can admire the wrecks from the shore as they are easily visible above the surface, or take it to the next level and jump in a helicopter for a scenic flight over the wrecks. The aerial view is just spectacular.

For more visit tangalooma.com/moreton-island/tangalooma-wrecks

Disclosure: The writer explored Tangalooma Wrecks with assistance from Tangalooma Island Resort


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