Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
|| Hardeep (or Suddhadib) Wreck
||Off the south headland of Koh Samaesan
||Average 28m / Maximum 32m
This wreck is believed to be of an Indonesian steamship requisitioned by the Japanese during World War II and sunk by Allied bombing in 1942. The recommended (and often only) way to dive the Hardeep is to descend down a mooring line directly onto the structure; free descents are not advised.
When currents are stronger you might limit exploration to the wreck’s leeward side. The ship’s structures are radiantly coloured by a multitude of soft corals, encrusting sponges, sea whips and white bushes of stinging hydroids. Associated reef inhabitants are also plentiful. As you arrive, moorish idols, fusiliers and snappers often shy away into the darker recesses.
This wreck can be penetrated, although a number of snagged nets restrict some passageways and caution is required. Many of the steel plates, doors and portholes remain in place, and the engine is intact.
Watching out for the Reef: Coral Conservation Guide for Divers
• Avoid touching live corals. You can kill them with your bare hands.
• Keep your gauge and octopus hoses close to yourself and prevent them damaging the reef.
• Secure your weight belt. Dropping of the weights can destroy the reef.
• Refrain from chasing or touching animals, especially manta rays and whale sharks.
•Maintain a comfortable distant and enjoy
Many divers unintentionally destroy corals whilst diving.
Here are a few guidelines on how to avoid doing so.
• Use the correct amount of weight to aid in your buoyancy.
• Control your fins; keep them away from the reefs and avoid kicking sand onto the corals.
• Do not pick up organic objects (dead or alive) from the sea. Likewise, please do not buy shells or other decorative products made from sea animals.
• Do not stand or rest on the stone-like corals. After all, they are living animals.
Click here for the dive Thailand page.