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Thailand :: Phuket : King Cruiser Wreck

A perfect clear, calm and sunny day with a flat ocean and great visibility, a route that has been travelled hundreds of times before ... May 4th 1997. Nobody knows how the 85 meter passenger ferry strayed off course in perfect conditions and hit anemone reef tearing a gaping hole in her hull ... welcome to Thailand. We do know that she sank in around 2.5 hours and all 600 passengers aboard were rescued. She now lies upright in 32 meters of water and has evolved into a fantastic natural reef. Big open passage ways, car deck and bridge area make for easy exploration, take care though as surfaces have become encrusted with coral and barnacles and are extremely sharp. This said the wreck may have disintegrated further since we last dived it so penetration may not be possible. On the upper levels you'll spot lionfish and big schools of fusiliers and around the hulk you may see barracuda and jacks patrolling.

 

Depth: 10 - 32m

Viz: 5 - 15m

Currents: Can be strong

Getting there : Boat 90 mins

Best months: Dec / March

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