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Shipwrecks:
King Cruisend and Kled Gaew

These 2 wrecks are located in PhiPhi area. They are the most popular vessels in the Andaman Sea and often visited accordingly. You will find many different species and some incredible corals living in this perfect sea habitat. These wrecks are perfect to be considered as a protected consecration sites.


King Cruiser

On the 4th May 1997, the MV King Cruiser (a catamaran style car ferry) was travelling on its normal route transporting around 560 passengers from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, as it had been doing since entering service in 1989. For unknown reasons, the captain veered off course and collided with the Anemone Reef, causing one of its twin hulls to rupture. The ferry slowly began to sink and finally came to rest on the sea cot less than one mile from the reef it had originally hit. Before sinking, all the passengers were safely evacuated with only a few injuries having been reported.

The King Cruiser now lays in an upright position at approximately 33 meters deep waters, where it can be accessed via a descent down a buoy line attached to a winch at the stern of the boat. This marks the highest point of the dive at about 16 meters.

 

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As the diver descends, the ship becomes visible beneath him, and upon reaching the winch, the first thing to see are the toilets! Taking a route down the port side of the boat, divers can enjoy a wall type dive where many nudibranchs can be found. There are also numerous large openings to look in for the chance to find groupers hiding in the darkness. Moving around the bow of the boat, a sizable gap makes up the bow loading area, although penetration is not allowed due to the fast deterioration of the ship. Two winches placed on either side of the ship at about 18-20 meters are home to various shrimps hiding within the mechanisms. Ornate ghost pipefish can be seen here as well.

If the diver has excellent air management skills, then he can enjoy in a second wall dive back down the starboard side. Alternatively, if shallowing up is required, then a trip down to the centre of the ship can be undertaken.  At this point, the deterioration has reached such an extent that the top of the ship is nothing but a tangled mess of steel collapsing on itself.  Hundreds of dark recesses have been formed there, providing a home to countless species of morays. Regardless of the fact that the main cargo area is out of bounds, there are still numerous swim-troughs that divers can enjoy, particularly towards the end of the dive where large semi-enclosed expanses are filled with huge schools of snappers. The wreck is a huge 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.


Kled Gaew

HTMS Kled Gaew is an old Thai Navy ship built-in the year 1948 for the Norwegian Royal Navy.   After eight years, it was sold to the Royal Thai Navy, renamed and used as a transport support vessel. A number of large holes were cut in the ship helping it to sink. These holes allow qualified divers to enter and explore the interior of the ship.  It is a colossal wreck, 47 meters long and 382 tons heavy.

HTMS Kled Gaew was sunk on the 19th March 2014 near to the west coast of Phi Phi Ley.  This is close to the infamous Maya Bay and the terrific dive sites of Turtle Rock and Palong Wall with their exciting marine life consisting of turtles, Leopard Sharks and Blacktip sharks amongst many other types of fish. We are sure that this will be an exciting wreck dive and that it will be full of marine life in the near future. The best time for diving this wreck will be the “High season” from November to May, but should still be dive able on most days during the rest of the year.


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