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Thailand :: Pattaya : Pak I Wreck

The Pak I is also known as the Vertical Wreck and is one of the better known wreck dives in the area. The 25 year old tanker first sank rapidly in 1996 in a heavy storm around 50km off the coast of Koh Chang. She sank in an almost vertical position with the stern on the seabed almost 60 metres below and the bow just 5m from the surface. Local dive operators rushed to the scene to check out would become a truly unique dive. Over the following six years word spread and divers came from across the globe to dive on the vertical wreck. In February 2001 the vessel re-floated and began to drift, its bows breaking the surface by 6 metres. The Thai navy had to act quickly to get the drifting wreck out of shipping lanes and re-sink her somewhere safer. After several attempts they finally managed to detonate charges and sink the vessel off the coast or Rayong. It is now a technical dive site in 42 metres of water with variable visibility, currents and thermoclines.

 

Depth: 25 - 42m

Viz: 5 - 10m

Currents: Can be strong

Getting there : Boat 120 mins

Best months: Dec - Mar

Pak 1

 

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