King Cruiser was a car ferry that sank in 1991 whilst crossing from Phuket to Phi Phi. All of its’ passengers and crew were rescued by local fishing boats during the few hours it took for the boat to sink. It is now one of the most dived wrecks in Phuket and when you come down the mooring line you are overwhelmed with the amount of life that lives on and around her.
The King Cruiser Wreck is suitable for experienced divers, or divers taking their PADI Advanced course. The top of King Cruiser Wreck sits at around 17m, the dive is best started at around 26m. A deep dive and sometimes susceptible to currents, the King Cruiser can be a strenuous dive, so both air consumption and no decompression limits need to be monitored carefully. Although the old car ferry is barely recognisable after so long underwater, she is teeming with marine life making the trip very worthwhile. Shoals of snapper move as one, blocking out sunlight as they pass by overhead, Barracuda hunt mercilessly and Trevally scream past the wreck in small platoons looking for victims. The wreck is a haven for venomous Scorpionfish, so a keen eye and good buoyancy is of paramount importance during this dive.
Visibility: Varies from hour to hour, 8 – 25 metres
Current: Moderate to strong