King Cruiser Wreck
King Cruiser Wreck Dive Site – Ko Lanta, Thailand. Suitable for Advanced Scuba Divers with 15 dives or more.
The King Cruiser was originally a car ferry in Japan before being used to transport passengers between Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. On May 4th, 1997, the ferry hit dive site Anemone Reef and quickly sank. All the passengers were rescued by nearby dive and fishing boats and there were no casualties.
The steel wreck has now evolved into a fantastic natural reef and is home to a huge variety of marine life, who seek shelter within it. We make trips to the King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point & Anemone Reef about once per week during high season, onboard our comfortable big boat MV Ja Ru Pat.
The wreck is 85 m long by 35 m wide, and has four decks with large walkways and windows. The Wreck lies perfectly upright at 32 metres, with the captain’s cabin at 12 metres. The depth, together with the frequent strong currents, makes the diving here unsuitable for beginners.
Due to the beautifully warm tropical waters, the internal structure of the boat is weakening. During the monsoon storms in 2003, part of the upper deck collapsed into the car deck and the wreck is now considered unsafe to penetrate. You can hear the boat creaking as you dive around it, which gives it a really authentic shipwreck atmosphere!
This artificial reef is completely covered in Scorpionfish (be careful where you put your fingers!) and Lionfish and is home to enormous schools of Travellie, Batfish, Pufferfish and Snappers. There is a huge Turtle that lives inside – you can often spot him as he comes towards the surface to breathe. You can also find Octopus, many types of Moray Eel and all sorts of unexpected visitors who come to see if this haven might house a tasty snack. There have been sightings of Whale Sharks, various Reef Sharks, enormous 2m Groupers and even a Bull Shark!
We keep group sizes small to ensure you get the most out of each fun dive. This also reduces impact on our reefs. Our emphasis is on safety, fun and personal service within a relaxed and stress-free environment. You will find the atmosphere and service on our dive boats, beyond anything you have experienced before!
Our experienced Divemasters know the dive sites extremely well, and will be happy to discuss what you would like to see, and the type of dive or snorkel experience you would like to have. Each dive is personally planned with the divers in each group, to ensure you enjoy each and every dive you make with us.
A full briefing is provided at each site, with helpful tips on what to look for, safety information, and the most interesting places to visit.
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