Scuba diving in Sea Chart Wreck

Access
From Boat
Diver level
Experienced
Depth
Average: 78.72 ft
Maximum: 124.64 ft
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft
The Sea Chart 1 is one of the newer wrecks in Thailand. It was a cargo ship, 84m/275.5ft long and 12m/39ft wide, built in 1970 in Emden, Germany and after switching hands several times, was finally purchased by the Sea Chartering Company in Bangkok, in 2008, who renamed her MV Sea Chart 1. It sank in August of 2009, when it was transporting a load of 1200 Burmese Iron wood and Teak logs from Burma to Vietnam. The cause of accident was unexpected rough weather. All the crew survived. Now the ship lies on its starboard side on bare sand, a few km off the coast of Thailand, close to Thap Lamu/Khao Lak. There are opportunities for some simple penetration into the wheel house and cargo hold. There is not much coral growth, but there is a lot of various sea life such as lion fish, puffer fish, bat fish, octopus, ghost pipefish, frogfish, sea urchins, shoals of snapper, fussilier, trevally, tuna, barracuda, rainbow runners and some other species.

When to go

The average air temperature ranges from 24C/75F to 34C/93F. The wettest month is September. The sea temperature stays within a pleasant range of 28-30C/82-85F all year round. The average water visibility is around 20m/66ft.

What to see

Wreck and various sea life such as lion fish, puffer fish, bat fish, octopus, ghost pipefish, frogfish, sea urchins, shoals of snapper, fussilier, trevally, tuna, barracuda, rainbow runners and some other species.

Reachable from

Thap Lamu, Khao Lak

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