King Cruiser Wreck Site

“Experienced dive wreck!”

Deep with impressionant species.

Max depth 32m - Visibility 10/20m
Open All Year
Experienced divers
Last dive within 6 months
At least 30m divers
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King Cruiser Wreck site, Old sunk ferry

On the 4th May 1997, the MS 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. King Cruiser Wreck site, 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.

King Cruiser Wreck site, 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.

King Cruiser mapping

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.

Deep Dive life

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.

Wreck dive in

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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    24 December 2020
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