King Cruiser Wreck Site
“Experienced dive wreck!”
Deep with impressionant species.
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.
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.
Hin Deang & Hin Muang
Max depth 65m - Visibility up to 45m
Open Oct. 15th to May 15th
WHAT PEOPLE SAYS
- Holly Cooper
If you dive here, definitely ask for Eak to be your instructor! He was so friendly and fun to spend the day with. He made our experience really great 🙂... read more
18 May 2023
- Margaret Totten
Totally recommend Blue Planet Divers Koh Lanta. It’s good for divers of any experience- I got my open water here and it was great. For the pool day, they drove... read more
27 April 2023
- Stefano Molinari
We did two full days on the boat, honest price, which includes breakfast, snacks and lunch, equipment rental and 2/3 dives. Very nice and comfortable boats. Prepared and attentive guides, special... read more
13 December 2022
- Tdog Ambrose
Good company to dive with, easy communication before the dive day. Enjoyed two days diving with these guys. The catamaran is a great dive boat . Koh Lanta is a... read more
3 December 2022
- Kevin EECKMAN
Almost everything has been said by the previous reviewers. Good atmosphere, nice instructors, well organized, the dive boat is well maintained and the food is good (breakfast and lunch are... read more
29 July 2023