At close proximity from each other, all of the Phuket dive sites allow for a most amazing day trip out on the boat. Always promising you of some most interesting sightings, Phuket’s dive sites are famous for their vast array of colours, large and small marine life, and incredible soft corals and multi-colored anemones.
Spanning 87 meters, the King Cruiser was a catamaran used as a car ferry that was on a routine run to Phi Phi on the 4th of May 1997, when it strayed several kilometers off course, crashing into Anemone Reef. With one of its twin hulls ripped through, she went down in less than an hour, thankfully with no loss of life. Amidst the misfortune, the event provided the diving community and visitors to Phuket with their very own artificial wreck at long last and is now one of Phuket's best highlights.
Schools of snappers and yellowtail barracuda swarm over the wreck, sheltering from the rather strong currents. Lionfish, scorpion fish and porcupine fish are other notable residents. With its multiple decks, great open passages and depths between 15 and 30 meters (50 to 100 feet) the King Cruiser used to be a fairly easy dive. In the last 3 years however, the condition of the wreck has deteriorated and it has collapsed in places. There is now very little shelter from the currents in shallow parts. Also expect to see jacks, tuna, fusiliers, lionfish, bat fish and lots more all around the King Cruiser. At the maximum depth of 30 to 32 meters, you will find the propellers of this Twin Cat. And if it is your lucky day, you will spot the sleepy resident shark that has been living here for many years.
The reef is teaming with life and its proximity to Shark Point and Anemone Reef has undoubtedly had a lot to do with its rapid population growth. The wreck is an extremely popular dive and considered one of the best sites in Phuket. The King Cruiser is an excellent dive particularly for those looking to gain some good wreck diving experience. Sometimes with moderate currents, the site is best suited for divers under supervision of an experienced local guide, and for advanced divers.
Around the neighbourhood from Shark Point is Anemone Reef, which is often a favourite dive spot with its great macro life. This submerged reef is similar in character to Shark Point, and has an amazingly extensive field of sea anemones that envelops the shallower areas of the reef. Ghost pipefish and seahorse await to be discovered here. Harmless leopard sharks are also found together with massive schools of smaller fish life and some larger pelagic such as the tuna, jacks, batfish and barracudas.
Sitting about 1 hour east of Phuket is Shark Point, known in Thai as "Hin Musang", which is a marine sanctuary that derives its name from the leopard sharks that are often found resting on the sandy bottom.
The reef comprises mainly three pinnacles, the largest breaking the surface and appearing as a small barren rock outcropping. But look beneath the surface, and it's quite a different story as this amazingly multi-colored reef offers the diver a marvelous kaleidoscope of schools of tropical fish, colorful soft corals and vibrant sea fans that decorate the limestone pinnacles.
Currents can be strong at this site but we will always drift with the current and reef sections to allow for an excellent and relaxing drift dive back to the boat.