Another adventure opportunity for Aroona Charters is the possibility of finding shipwrecks on the Great Barrier Reef.
There are hundreds of shipwrecks that have never been found on the Great Barrier Reef, and our guests can join in the search. Aroona will be revisiting the Far Northern GBR in October, November and December, where we will be joining forces with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. This trip involves conducting coral surveys, but also focusing on undiscovered history that could lie beneath the surface. When adventure-driven guests spend lots of time in the water exploring remote areas there is always a chance of finding something new.
On a recent trip our experienced crew and returning guests discovered what looked to be stones scattered across the reef and ocean floor. We documented our findings and sent what information we could to the Department of Heritage and Environment. We were excited to learn that the stones were part of a shipwreck from the mid 1800s, a significant find – most likely a vessel of around 300 tonnes. With further research, we discovered it could be possibly 1 of 4 wrecks. On a previous expedition, we discovered another wreck and a mine, which the Navy quickly attended to and secured.
The Far Northern Great Barrier Reef is a remote and rarely visited wilderness, The majority of the reef in the area is outstanding, with amazing reef life, and great coral cover. If you would like to get involved in Citizen Science and the Great Reef Census, get in touch with us… We would love you to join us on one of these remarkable expeditions.