Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||King Cruiser Wreck
||1 km southeast of Anemone Reef
||Average 20m / Maximum 32m
The 85m ‘King Cruiser’ passenger ferry sank on the 4th May 1997 after straying several kilometers off course and hitting Anemone reef. The impact also tore a large hole in the vessel’s hull.
||King Cruiser has now become an effective artificial reef and provides a good site for deep diving and wreck exploration. The wreck is home to large schools of snappers and has an abundance of Lionfish and well camouflaged Scorpionfish.
|Depths range from 14-30m and there can be strong currents depending on tidal movements. The sunken vessel attracts a high diversity of marine life; invertebrates have taken up residence and juvenile reef fish hover around the now barnacle-encrusted frame.
Daylight penetrates the majority of the wreck, though there are some areas that can only be explored with an artificial light source. Beware that quite a few areas have collapsed ceilings - these should not be entered at all.
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.
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