Wreck Dives in Thailand
So, you have been scuba diving in Thailand for a while now and are wondering what to try next. Why not dive deeper and explore her sunken ships? Wreck dives are an exciting way of discovering the depths of Thailand’s undersea. You not only get to explore the remarkable sea life and corals, but you will also learn a bit of history exploring shipwrecks.
Some of the wrecks are retired army ships with tons of history in the Thai Navy, while others are cargo ships that sunk way back in the 1920s. If you are wondering where to start, the following are some exciting shipwrecks you should check out next time you go wreck diving in Pattaya and Koh Chang.
SS Suddhadib (Hardeep)
SS Suddhadib is a cargo and passenger ship that was sunk during World War II by British Allied Forces. During the war, she was taken over by the Japanese as a supply ship to Thailand. The Japanese were at that time building a railway line linking Japan to Thailand.
At 64 meters beneath the sea, it is an exciting piece of history that you can explore close to Koh Chang. The ship lies on her starboard side with access to her engine room. Although the superstructure has become a bit flimsy, you can dive the cargo hold and deck. Penetration is risky but possible. Lots of deep-sea fish that have made it home.
HTMS Kut (Khood)
HTMS Kood is a Thai Navy ship that was retired 40 mins from Pattaya. Originally a US World War Two landing ship, it is an excellent wreck diving training ship. The Thai Navy has ensured the vessel is safe for wreck diving by removing all armaments. There are plenty of holes for penetration.
The ship is at a depth of thirty meters during high tides and between twenty to twenty-five during low tides. This makes it a bit challenging for beginner divers. If you are an open water certified diver, you can make use of an instructor.
The HTMS Khram is another Navy ship that was sunk by the Thai Navy to commemorate the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 50th birthday. The decommissioned ship forms an artificial reef and a haven for marine life off Koh Phai.
Just like the HTMS Kut, getting to the HTMS Khram requires you to have advanced level diver training or dive with an instructor if you’re a certified open water diver. Being a decommissioned navy ship, it is very secure for penetration. It has a different configuration of penetration holes for wreck exploration compared to the HTMS Kut. On its belly, you will find a selection of stingrays, scorpionfish, among other sea life. The ship lies at a max depth of 28 meters.
HTMS Sattakut was cleaned and sunk in 2011 by the Thai Royal Navy. Sattakut is 49 meters long and 7 meters wide with two canon guns. The ship lies at a max depth of 30-31 meters. Although the ship sunk recently, it has a ton of sea life around it.
Just like the other decommissioned Thai Royal Navy ships, the HTMS Sattakut has a ton of entry points specially designed for penetration by wreck divers. You’ll need advanced diver level skills or a diving instructor to explore the ship.
The HTMS Mattaphon is a shallow wreck dive site with a maximum depth of around 21 meters. It is a Mark VI Landing Craft that is situated south of Koh Larn island and near the bay of Hat Nuan. As with the other shipwrecks in the area, The Thai navy had the vessel prepared to make it safe for scuba divers before being lowered to the seabed.
Expect some marine life around the wreck, such as grouper and batfish with some Nudibranch and dresser craps.