King Cruiser/ Shark Point/ Koh Dok Mai – 3 Dives - Walkabout Tours Phuket

King Cruiser/ Shark Point/ Koh Dok Mai – 3 Dives

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Boats depart for King Cruiser/ Shark Point/ Koh Dok Mai every day

The King Cruiser Wreck: Is a large passenger ferry of 85m in length that sunk in controversial circumstances in 1997. On a clear morning with minimal wind or swell, it struck Anemone Reef, a well known and well charted hazard— and limped another kilometer to its final resting place, where it sank in a little over 3 hours time

Shark Point: This is Phuket’s best known dive site. The Thai name is ‘Hin Musang’ and in 1992 the Thai Government declared this special place a national park.

Koh Dok Mai: Is located approximately 1 hour East of Phuket. A small limestone karst formation which juts steeply out of the sea, the name translates as island of flowers.

7:00-8:00- Pick up by minivan and transfer to Chalong Pier.

8:30- Depart Chalong Pier, a light breakfast is served and we have a boat briefing.

10:15- Arrive at Hin Musang National Park and take our first dive. At either Shark Point or King Cruiser Wreck.

11:30- Take our second dive at the Hin Musang National Park.

12:30- A Thai style buffet lunch is served. And the boat departs Hin Musang for Koh Dok Mai.

14:00- The boat then leaves Hin Musang to takes us to our 3rd dive site.

15:00- Take our 3rd dive, which will be Koh Dok Mai.

16:00- Depart Koh Dok Mai and head back to Chalong Pier

17:00- Arrive at Chalong Pier for minivan transfer back to your hotel.

The King Cruiser Wreck:

Is a large passenger ferry of 85m in length that sunk in controversial circumstances in 1997. On a clear morning with minimal wind or swell, it struck Anemone Reef, a well known and well charted hazard— and limped another kilometer to its final resting place, where it sank in a little over 3 hours time. The impact tore a large hole in the hull of the vessel. All of the 500+ passengers and crew were rescued safely by local police and fishing boats. Today the vessel sits upright on a sandy bottom in around 30m of water. The shallowest part of the wreck is currently deeper than 16m. Substantial coral growth has covered the wreck, and the ships walls host an abundance of marine life, including Nudibranchs, Clams and Mussels, Sea Stars, and various crustaceans. Small White Eyed, or Honeycomb Moray Eels can often be seen poking out of the array. 5 lined Snapper congregate in large schools around the top of the wreck, occasionally Giant Grouper are spotted traversing the ships lower cavities. You can nearly always see a few Lion Fish here, and often there are predatory species, such as Barracuda and Trevally, patrolling the ships boundaries, and occasionally hunting the Snapper. Rays also seem to favor the area’s sandy bottom. Corrosion and strong currents have taken their toll on the King Cruiser, and it is no longer a safe wreck to penetrate, but when the visibility is good, there is always lots to see here. Once or twice during the season, Whale Sharks are known to pass by the wreck. The wreck is located 10 nautical miles south of Phuket.

Depth: 16-30m, visibility: 10-20m – The King Cruiser is suitable for intermediate to advanced divers only. It can have moderate to strong currents.

Shark Point:

This is Phuket’s best known dive site. The Thai name is ‘Hin Musang’ and in 1992 the Thai Government declared this special place a national park. Leopard Sharks are the big attraction here. These docile creatures have no teeth, and instead have a special set of platelets adapted for crushing crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans. They hunt their prey by night, and can often be seen sleeping on the sandy bottoms or swimming gracefully through the shallows during the day. Shark Point is made up of 7 pinnacles running from North to South. The first pinnacle breaks the surface and has a navigational marker on it, while the other in the series are submerged, each one progressively smaller than the last. Divers rarely get past the 3rd pinnacle.

The pinnacles are covered in a vast array of huge sea fans, barrel sponges and an plethora of soft corals. Seahorses and Ghost Pipefish can be found, along with a magnificent variety of Sea Anemones. Its home and habitat to one of the world’s biggest super stars among fish, Nemo and his overprotective father Marlin. Here you can see and photograph the Clown Anemone, as well as a few of their cousins, such as the Clark’s Anemone, or Three-Spotted Dascyllus. Shark Point is located about 1 hour and 40 minutes East of Chalong Pier.

Depth: 10-25m, visibility: 10-20m – It is suitable for intermediate to advanced divers, the currents can be moderate to strong.

Koh Dok Mai:

Is located approximately 1 hour East of Phuket. A small limestone karst formation which juts steeply out of the sea, the name translates as island of flowers, but curiously there are very few, if any, flowers on the island. To understand the island’s name, you have to do a night dive, and witness the incredible array of colors of the soft and hard corals as the tiny animals living inside the coral structure appear to blossom, by extending their tentacles out to feed at night.. It’s a beautiful day time dive as well, but it is only the island of flowers at night.

Koh Dok Mai can best be described as a wall dive, which also boasts 2 caves. At the base of the walls Bamboo Sharks can be found. Along the walls, near the entrance to the caves, resident Seahorses and Ghost Pipefish can be found. Koh Dok Mai is world famous for its abundance of Nudibranchs and other macro life, some of which are unique to this island. There are numerous small invertebrates here too including lobsters, crabs and mantis shrimps.

Depth: 10-30m,visibility: 10-25m – Suitable for beginner to advanced divers, it generally has little to moderate current.

Note: All though staff will do their best to keep to the itinerary, weather and sea conditions may change the tour schedule.

Package Includes: PADI Instructor, insurance, lunch, light snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments, national park fees.Guests should bring, swimming suit, towel, sunscreen, extra dry clothes, and a camera.

 

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