Following a dramatic chase across treacherous seas, the Australian Navy pounced on the vessels Volga and Lena near Heard Island, about 2,200 nautical miles southwest of Perth.
Today the Lena lies in 18 meters of water only 3 nautical miles from the coast at Bunbury Western Australia where it was scuttled in December 2003. In contrast to its former life as a long line fishing boat, the Lena today is home to a plethora of marine life. Today the ship is well covered and the first hard corals are also visible. There are abundant communities of bait fish and small skippy swirling around the hull.
Lying in just 18M of water, the entire ship is accessible to divers with an open water certification, in contrast to most other prepared wrecks like the HMAS Swan off Dunsborough (18 – 30 meters) and the HMAS Perth in Albany (18 – 34M).
With wide open internal spaces and carefully planned entry and exit holes the Lena is a safe comfortable dive but with some special features to attract more experienced divers. Unlike other wrecks the Lena engine room is open to divers with both the main engine and generators left in place. The propeller has also been left in place and is a very popular photo site for divers with the myriad of fish making their home in and around the stern.
The Lena provides a unique diving experience for all levels of diver experience.
Cost - $170
Charter departing Bunbury Marina
Light Lunch & Snacks
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