King Cruiser sank on the 4th of May 1997 after a collision with Anemone Reef, a well chartered pinnacle. All passengers escaped on life rafts and picked up by nearby diving and fishing vessels.
The ship is a rebuilt, 85 meter long catamaran type, car ferry that was carrying passengers between Phuket and Phi Phi Islands and now stands completely upright at 32 meters of depth. During the years, she has rusted away and collapsed into a fantastic artificial reef, filled with gorgonians, soft coral and large schools of fish.
Access to the wreck is from a mooring line secured at the stern at around 18 meters. Due to the current, sometimes low visibility and the deep average depth, to really enjoy this dive you should be a comfortable advanced diver.
- Right below the mooring at the stern you can find several toilets, still intact. This calls for some very interesting underwater photo shoots.
- Following the stern towards the starboards side you will find a huge propeller, half buried in the sand. This is also one entrance to swim the whole length of the ship under the hull.
- In the bow of the ship you can still find paint on the inside of one of the hulls.
- Due to the depth, Nitrox is a great way to extend the bottom times. For double cylinder tec40 or sidemount divers, there are great rewards for having a deeper profile as you can stay away from the crowd and have time investigating these parts.
- The wreck has such an abundance of schooling fish, which in turn are hunted by larger predators. Here you have a great chance spotting huge trevallies as well as leopard sharks on the bottom and other passing pelagics.
To think about
- Currents can be very strong so the mooring line should be used during both descents and ascents. As King Cruiser has many visitors, the line gets crowded at times so here we make sure to be considerate.
- There are still many swim troughs along the wreck that calls for some caution, as the rusty edges of the wreck are extremely sharp.
- Keep a close eye on the computer and gas supply as the average depth is usually deeper than 18 meters.
depth: 18 – 32 meters
current: moderate – strong
visibility: 10 – 25 meters
You can dive King Cruiser from our dive centers in Phuket, Koh Lanta & Krabi