Formally a Japanese car ferry, the King Cruiser was converted to transport passengers between Phi Phi and Phuket. She sank with over 100 travellers onboard in 1997 after striking Anemone Reef whilst on her way to the port Phuket. All passengers survived the disaster.
The top of the wreck is now at about 20 metres with the bottom at approximately at 32 metres. She is an 85 metres long and 35 metres wide wreck that sits basically upright and is in very poor condition these days and and is considered unsafe to penetrate. The waters around the wreck have strong currents and the visibility can be poor which makes it a dive site only for the experienced.
A positive is that at times the visibility can be hampered by the sheer numbers of fish on the wreck and it has amazed scuba divers with the sheer numbers. Vast schools of snappers, barracuda, fusiliers, rabbitfish and goatfish have become a bigger attraction than the wreck itself and when the visibility is good makes for a stunning dive.
Extreme caution should be taken when diving the King Cruiser, the currents can be strong and diving difficult. There are many protruding objects and sharp metal objects to crash into. The site is also covered with Black Diadema Sea Urchins and as every diver knows they should be avoided as well. Given it’s depth NDL’s are often pushed so keep an eye on your dive computer when diving here.
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Aussie Divers Phuket
We are an adventure tour operator and instruction school. We offer scuba diving lessons and tours for all skill levels. We hold the high-ranking PADI 5 Star IDC Centre with the most professional and highly qualified PADI Instructors. We have several PADI Certificates of Excellence awards and a PADI Certificate of Professionalism.