King Cruiser Wreck

Wreck, wreck-ship - Thailand

  • Access: From Boat
  • Depth: 14m (max 32m)
  • Visibility: 10m (max 20m)
  • Diver level: Advanced

The King Cruiser sank on the 4th of May 1997 apparently miles off course after striking the popular Phuket dive site Anemone reef on it’s way to Koh Phi-Phi from Phuket. So far was the vessel off course, and so in need of a decent wreck diving site was Phuket, that local diver joked that […]

The King Cruiser sank on the 4th of May 1997 apparently miles off course after striking the popular Phuket dive site Anemone reef on it’s way to Koh Phi-Phi from Phuket. So far was the vessel off course, and so in need of a decent wreck diving site was Phuket, that local diver joked that the captain took a massive bribe to slam the vessel into the reef.

This 85m/279ft long and 35m/115ft wide wreck sits in an upright position on a sandy bottom. There are numerous large openings to look in for the chance to find groupers hiding in the darkness. A penetration is not allowed due to the fast deterioration of the ship. The wreck is still in very good shape but penetration is not safe anymore. Marine Life is great around the King Cruiser with many yellowtail barracudas but coral didn’t grow so much for the moment. There are also numerous scorpionfishes so be careful when you want to hold on. The currents can sometimes be strong and the visibility is not always good.

The site is reachable from Koh Yao Yai, Krabi, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi Don

Diving is possible all year- around. The high-season is between November and March when there no rains and the Andaman Sea is calm. The average air temperature varies from 25C/77F to 33C/91F. The water temperature ranges from 27C/81F to 30C/85F.

An abundant marine life. The wreck is an 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. Two winches placed on either side of the ship at about 18-20m/59-65ft are home to various shrimps hiding within the mechanisms.