The wrecks

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Around Kao Lak, you will also be able to dive upon 4 local wrecks. They are accessible by cruise or one-day expeditions.
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BOONSUNG

Formerly used to transport timber, this boat sank in 1984 and now sits between 18 and 20 metres deep. Remaining whole in the early years, climate and weather, including the 2004 tsunami, have contributed to its total disintegration and fragmentation. Today, the wreck is divided into 5 parts, V-shaped from North to South, with the shallowest piece of wreckage located 15 metres deep.

Highly practicable and accessible, this wreck will delight both beginners and experienced divers.

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Over time, the Boonsung has become a beautiful artificial reef housing a multitude of different fish. You can see the famous honeycomb moray, so rare here in the Similan, as well as white eye moray eels, giant moray eels and other types of moray eels. They sometimes sleep in groups of 3 or 4 different sorts in the same shelter!

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There are also different types of lionfish, sometimes ten twirling together, scorpion fish and crabs of all kinds. Nudibranchs have also made it ​​their home!

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If you look up, you will be amazed by entire shoals of batfish and barracuda, dozens of porcupinefish and pufferfish, not to mention the clouds of snappers.

This wreck is the favourite one among the instructors and guides here in Khao Lak!

Minimum/maximum depth: top of the wreck at 15 metres, bottom between 18 and 20 metres.
Current: moderate.
Level: accessible to all, although a private guide is recommended for beginners.
Visibility: low. Because of the sandy bottom, visibility is rarely higher than 5 to 10 metres.

 

PREMCHAI

Similar to the Boonsung in its depth and position on the sandy bottom, the wreck of the Premchai is made of one single block, which allows you to go around it. It therefore offers a different charm and experience from the Boonsung experience, and is also very rich in marine life!

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Minimum/maximum depth: top of the wreck at 15 metres, bottom between 18 and 20 metres.
Current: moderate, with days of strong current.
Level: accessible to all, although a private guide is recommended for beginners.
Visibility: low. Because of the sandy bottom, visibility is rarely higher than 5 to 10 metres.

 

SEACHART

The Seachart is one of the newest wrecks in Khao Lak. This freighter, that was carrying a large shipment of teak from Myanmar, sank along the coast in 2009. The entire crew was rescued but the lumber is still on board.

Because of its depth (the top of the wreck is 25 metres deep and the bottom more than 40 metres), it is only for experienced divers.

The Seachart is 84 metres long and rests on its left flank.

When visibility allows it, we can assess its massive size during the descent, which makes it a very impressive wreck. It leaves a feeling of a “sea giant”, with its cargo pouring from the side.

There is less life than on other wrecks, but the Seachart is still worth it for its overview. There is still a lot of macro.

Minimum/maximum depth: top of the wreck at 25 metres, bottom at 40 metres.
Current: moderate, with days of strong current.
Level: experienced divers.
Visibility: from 10 to 30 metres on the best days.

 

The newest wreck in the area sank in front of the beach of Bang Nian, and is already accessible to beginners as on the bottom at 15 metres. Because it is relatively new, marine life has not yet had time to form. This being said, it will see very few visitors during the upcoming months because of the weather, so we can probably rely on good surprises next season!

 

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