Scuba diving in King Cruiser Wreck

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From Boat
Diver level
Average: 14 m
Maximum: 32 m
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 20 m

The King Cruiser was a passenger ferry. King Cruiser was transporting around 560 passengers from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, while it collided with the Anemone Reef. The ship sunk on May 4, 1997 without loss of life. This 85m/279ft long and 35m/115ft wide wreck sits in an upright position on a sandy bottom. There are numerous large openings to look in for the chance to find groupers hiding in the darkness. A penetration is not allowed due to the fast deterioration of the ship.

When to go

Diving is possible all year- around. The high-season is between November and March when there no rains and the Andaman Sea is calm. The average air temperature varies from 25C/77F to 33C/91F. The water temperature ranges from 27C/81F to 30C/85F.

What to see

An abundant marine life. The wreck is an attraction to predators such as rainbow runners, trevallies, barracudas, mackerels, and tunas occasionally, and large schools of these fish can be seen hunting all around the wreck. Two winches placed on either side of the ship at about 18-20m/59-65ft are home to various shrimps hiding within the mechanisms.

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