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The Phuket wrecks


King Cruiser Wreck


between Phuket and Koh Phi-Phi

Shipwreck GPS Locations N07.47.830, E09.83.889

Depth 32meters ; Suitable for air, nitrox, technical diving


the king cruiser settling in the water after the order to "abandon ship" was given. no one was injured during the evacuation.the king cruiser settling in the water after the order to "abandon ship" was given. no one was injured during the evacuation. 


Underwater picture (above) courtesy of Deep-Blue Divers


Details of sinking


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. As seen by the picture above, no one got hurt during the sinking apart from the insurers.




length:- 85m, Vessel type:- Steel car and passenger ferry, Displacement 2,250 tons. A big one!


two pictures of the king cruiser. first picture saling in happier times. second picture shows the vessel just about to slip under the surface.


king cruiser front view.


Wrecks details


king cruiser wreck details - depths and orientaion on the bottom. picture circa 2000 courtesy of idiwa thailand dive travel guide


This recent wreck lies upright on the sandy bottom and comes up to within 10m of the surface. It lies about 1.5hr offshore from Phuket and about 2hours from Krabi by the normal 'slow boat' trips, and is a popular destination for divers from both places. Though the  wreck was almost completely intact after being release from the salvers, it is of low cost construction and deteriorating quickly. Barracudas and Whale-Sharks are often seen patrolling the wreck, with the usual large grouper and lionfish lurking in the darker more 'technical' penetration areas. The Big open passage ways, car deck, and bridge area are relatively safe penetration for all but the most muppety divers, but strong currents and rough seas due to it's exposed location, generally make this site more suitable for experienced recreational divers. Tech divers will find this a simple wreck to explore, and most techies I know have introduced their teenage children to the engine room...

Latest Information Sep 2003 (Courtesy of  Reef watch )

The main-deck level above the car deck has now partially collapsed, making penetration through this area more risky


king cruiser underwater shot. the bridge



Wreck Speciality course



  • Must be at least Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver
  • and have minimum 15 years

Price 380.- € The full course

The price included

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During the sessions, you can take notes, ask questions and interrupt the course if you do not understand.

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You will receive a manual to study at home safely and review techniques.

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The remaining starting your course

Any deposit is lost 30 days before the course date.



Special wreck certification speciality





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