King Cruiser Wreck is an 85-meter long passenger ferry that sank in 1997 by hitting the nearby Anemone Reef, and is now one of the most popular dive sites in Phuket. The wreck sits at a range of 12 to 30 meters making it perfect for divers of all levels, and allowing divers to have a good amount of bottom time to explore the wreck. It is now home to many different marine species and is slowly becoming colonised by many different types of colourful corals.
As it was a large passenger ferry, there are many decks and spacious areas for divers to explore. Divers are advised not to penetrate the wreck as the wreck has not been made dive safe and is in a poor condition. The large numbers of fish that live in the wreck, make it an extremely good dive for photographers. Large schools of snappers, barracuda, lionfish, fusiliers, goatfish, and rabbitfish have all taken up residence on the wreck. There are also crabs, shrimps, and eels hiding in the nooks and crannies of the wreck. The wreck has many scorpion fish and divers need to be careful what parts of the wreck they touch because of how many there are.
Divers have also seen reef sharks and groupers swimming along in the deep ocean next to the wreck. The dive is made more authentic by the continuous creaking of the wreck adding to the atmosphere of the dive.
The King Cruiser, Shark Point and Anemone Reef are normally done in one day by taking a trip commonly referred to as “Super Day”. This trip departs from the mainland (Krabi town and Aonang beach at 08:00 hrs) and from Phi Phi at 09:00 hrs.
The King Cruiser is about 14½ km (9 miles) west of Koh Phi Phi, a ferry that curiously sank in broad daylight in calm seas by driving into the limestone outcrop known as Shark Point. No lives were lost, and the wreck now lies in 30m (98ft) of water about 0.8km (½ mile) off Shark Point. Sea fans and oysters have thrived, stunning shoals of barracuda patrol above the wreck and literally hundreds of lionfish and scorpion fish guard the decks. The main deck collapsed a couple of years ago so don’t even think of penetration. On its day because of all the different shoaling fish, this can be an awesome dive. As with so many of these popular sites, it can get crowded during peak season.