Hardeep Wreck Dive Site
The Hardeep Wreck as its most well known, has to be the most exciting Wreck dives in Pattaya due to its rich and violent history and tales of mystique from wreck divers worldwide!
Located just 50min down the coast from Pattaya, The Hardeep Wreck is one of The most famous wreck dives in Thailand, some may say infamous, listed by Sport Diver as one of the top 20 iconic dives in Asia in 2013, no one should miss their chance to dive the Hardeep shipwreck!
The Hardeep Wreck can be a challenging shipwreck to dive, however, If dedicated wreck divers plan special dive trips to the hardeep and hit this wreck dive on high slack water it’s worth the effort, as you will be treated to this amazing Thailand wreck dive without the famous tide it is known all too well for!
This WWII ship was sunk by an RAF B24 Liberator squadron down the east coast of Pattaya Thailand in 1945, and lies on its side at around 25 meters of seawater. Its positioning means that its side portholes now form an arching roof, which dramatically streams light down on divers penetrating the wide-open hull. Seventy years of coral is encrusted around every railing and shard of metal, making the Hardeep a truly evocative dive.
There is so much to see on the Hardeep Wreck, seventy year of grown attract alot of marine life. The ships rusting hull is completely covered in corals and micro life. One of the best locations in Thailand to find a massive array of Nudibranch. I have once counting 17 different species of Nudibranch during one dive on the Hardeep. See this great nudibranch collection by Charlie Frost which shows some of the common nudi’s found each day diving the Hardeep Wreck. You will also always find a good stock of larger fish here. Tusk fish, Parrot fish, Sting Rays, Bat Fish always occupy this wreck. Once in a while some really special visitors arrive to dive the hardeep. Check out this Video showing 3 giant Marble Rays inside the forward hull on the Hardeep!
Inside The Hardeep Wreck you will find massive open overhangs perfect for a wreck penetration dive. Although normal reserved for people who have a Diving Specialty certification in Wreck Diving there are some parts of this wreck you can simply swim trough and around making it a fantastic training ground and fun diving experience.