Épave du King Cruiser

Ancien ferry coulé

Le 4 mai 1997, le MV King Cruiser (un car-ferry de style catamaran) voyageait sur sa route normale transportant environ 560 passagers de Phuket à Koh Phi Phi, comme il le faisait depuis son entrée en service en 1989. Pour des raisons inconnues, le capitaine a dévié de sa trajectoire et est entré en collision avec l'Anemone Reef, provoquant la rupture de l'une de ses coques jumelles. Le ferry a lentement commencé à couler et s'est finalement immobilisé sur le lit de mer à moins d'un mile du récif qu'il avait initialement heurté. Avant de couler, tous les passagers ont été évacués en toute sécurité et seuls quelques blessés ont été signalés.

Wreckage perfect inhabitat

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. ko haa map diving 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.



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