King Cruiser is a 85m steel Hulled Catamaran style passenger ferry that collided on May 4th in 1997 at 10:15am, while making its daily trip from Phuket to Phi Phi Islands.
Exactly why such an easily avoidable navigational error was made is still unknown, especially considering the flat calm seas and perfect weather conditions, all questions why a vessel this sizes while off course can collide with a well mapped local Dive site and boating land marked hazard called Anemone Reef. Pinnacle..
In any case the results were dramatic and immediate the impact ripped a hole into the bottom of the port side hull and the vessel instantly started taking on larges volumes of water. The captain fearing the worst then issued a distress call, local vessels, small boats and the Royal Thai Marine police were quick to arrive at the crash site and offer assistance, all 539 passengers and the 22 crew members were rescued. After Drifting a little more than 1km from anemone reef the ship finally slipped below the surface and settled upright on the sandy bottom at 32m deep.
While a disastrous event from a navigational point the wreck became a great wreck dive in a matter of weeks for the Phuket diving community. King CruIser is now one of our Best wreck dives in Phuket for Advanced Certified Divers. “This Ship Wreck” has got to be one of Thailand’s most Famous Wreck Dives.
On most dives at the king cruiser you are likely to encounter soft sponges, large schools of Barracuda, the odd green turtle,large quantities of Lionfish and Scorpionfish and this dive is where you really need to watch your buoyancy and avoid any contact with the wreck as its easy to displace some of the soft coral colonies thats formed with careless fin kicks
Watch the video to get some ideas of the marine Life you may encounter at King Cruiser Wreck with Phuket Dive Tours.
King Cruiser Wreck is a deep water dive site, Suitable for Advanced Certified Scuba Divers and its not available to Beginners or the in experienced diver. Scuba diving Student completing Advanced certification have an option to dive this Site as part of a wreck, or I Deep adventure Dive or as part of the Nitrox course fully supervised by a scuba instructor at all times.
King Cruiser Wreck Diving Day Trip (Hi Season Nov – June)
All divers must have full comprehensive diving insurance cover.
This Day trip includes 1 dive at King Cruiser this dive is for the experienced diver as it can be on some days demanding with medium to strong currents and on some days visibility can vary from 5 to 25 m. The First dive of the day is normally King Cruiser Wreck 2nd dive of the day 1s Shark Point and the 3rd at Koh Dock Mai
Refresher dive with instructor.
- If you have not dived in the last (6 to 12 Months) or have had a longer period of inactivity then you take a refresher as identified by safe diving Practices
KING CRUISER TRIP ITINERARY
- 07:00 am – 8:00am – Pick up from hotels with a transfer to Chalong Pier.
- 08:45 am – Depart King Cruiser for Advanced certified , breakfast and fresh fruit served.
- 10:30 am – Arrive at King Cruiser, to start the first dive.
- 11:30 am – Lunch is served as part of the Diving surface interval.
- 12:30 – Second dive Location Anemone Reef or Shark Point
- 2:45 pm – Third dive Location Koh Dock Mai or Shark Point
- 5:00 pm – 6:00pm – Arrive back at the Pier for transfers back to your hotel.
All transfers are by air conditioned Minivan or private taxis, breakfast, lunch, drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, tanks, weights, weight belt and dive master guide are all included in the Day Trip price. Please note that for some remote areas in Phuket transfer fee will be added..
Nitrox Diving is available on this day trip, all tanks need to be pre ordered prior to the departure date.
Diving Transfers to Chalong Marina
Our Office is located at Kata Beach, we have Daily Free Local Departures/transfers from all Hotels in the following resorts :travelling time to Chalong marina is around 15 minutes from Kata Beach.
7:00 Kamala Beach + 300 THB
7.30 Patong free shared transfers
7:45 Kata Beach – Karon Beach – Rawai Beach – Nai Harn – Chalong Bay (Transfers to boat 15 Mins )
Extra Charge Private car Transfer fee from: 7:00 am Ban Tao & Surin Beach – Mai Khao Beach – Airport Area 1,800 THB return.
The tour itineraries can be change depend on the local weather condition any changes will be made by the tour leader and boat captain on your trip based on matters of safety.
Buy King Cruiser Dive Trip Now online – 100% refund back into your account within 12 hours if the trip is cancelled due to Bad weather – we don’t take any money when mother nature stops the scuba diving