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Discover Pattaya Wreck Diving Thailand

FROM WARSHIPS TO REEFS

Pattaya Wreck Diving is one of the best aspects of scuba diving in Pattaya. For some, becoming a wreck diver is one of the main reasons for learning to scuba dive and remains one of the most exciting types of dive available.

If you haven’t been diving on a wreck before you really should because discovering what sea life now inhabits these once fine Navel Ships whilst at the same time, imagining the history behind each wreck! Simply fascinating!

 

For Advanced divers, we visit one of the Pattaya shipwrecks every day.

Pattaya dive shops have five wreck dive sites to choose situated closely to the local Islands

  With this many wrecks, Pattaya is the best place in Thailand to take the PADI wreck diver course.

HTMS Khram (Former USS LSM-469) Pattaya Far Island Wreck

HTMS KHRAM WRECK DIVING PATTAYA

About HTMS Khram

The HTMS Khram is probably one of the most frequently visited shipwrecks for Pattaya wreck diving. This navy vessel was sunk on February 1st, 2003 about 300 meters east of Ko Phai at the Pattaya far islands. The warship lays at a depth of 28 meters, the deck of the boat is at 24 meters, and its overall length is 56 meters. The ship has two 20mm gun towers, one in the middle and the other at the back and in front a 40mm gun tower.

A truly marvelous and ferocious warship of its time. Originally from the U.S. (Former USS LSM-469) the vessel was given as a gift to the Thai navy on May 25th, 1962. The Vessel was capable of carrying tanks, troops, and equipment to shore because of the flat platform and the opening doors in the front.

After 16 years, the wreck is in good condition, great for tech divers and ship penetration specialist. Amazing sea life and coral growth make this a prime choice for Pattaya wreck diving trips.

 

Khram Wreck Summary:

Location: Pattaya Far Islands Near Koh Phai

Max Depth: 28

Currents: Slack to Mild

Special Features: Engine Room Swim Through and Winny Bear Hidden inside

Common Aquatic Life:  Nudibranch, Batfish, Scorpion Fish, Sweet Lips,  Barracuda

HTMS KUT (FORMER USS LSM-333) PATTAYA NEAR ISLAND WRECK

ABOUT HTMS KUT

The ‘HTMS Kut’ is pronounced Khood. The sister ship of the HTMS Khram. The Kut became the closest shipwreck to Pattaya beach, in the Pattaya wreck diving arsenal. (Former USS LSM-333), was sunk not far from the small near island of Koh Sak. The ship lays at 30 meters deep and is 56 meters long. The Vessel was a gift to the Thai navy during 1962. She served the Thai navy as LSM-731 until she was sunk on September 17, 2006.

It should be known that silt covers many parts of this wreck, so as a warning, watch your finning to avoid slit outs, especially if you do the engine room swim through.

Swarms of jackfish tend to stay close to the wreck and aquatic plants have grown on the ship that now inhabits many types of macro life, such as Nudibranch and shrimp. While stonefish and other exotic sea life like dolphins can be seen sometimes when diving the wreck.

 

Kut Wreck Summary:

Location: Pattaya Near Islands Near Koh Sak

Max Depth: 30m

Currents: Slack to Mild

Special Features: Engine Room Swim Through and Giant Hawksbill Turtles

Common Aquatic Life: Giant Sea Turtles, Nudibranch, Scorpion Fish, Grouper &  Barracuda

HTMS KUT PATTAYA WRECK DIVING THAILAND

HTMS MATAPHON (FORMER LCT MK6 761) PATTAYA NEAR ISLAND WRECK

HTMS MATAPHON WRECK DIVING IN PATTAYA

About HTMS MATAPHON

HTMS “Mataphon” is a Mark VI Landing Craft Tank. Formerly know as USS LCT-1260, sank not far off the island of Koh Larn on 20th October 2012.

The shipwreck lays upright in the sand below 23 meters of seawater. This wreck is smaller than the others and shallower. This results in longer bottoms times to explore the deck is at 18-19 meters. Although this is not as deep as the other wreck dive site, it’s recommended for divers to have reasonable dive ready experience before diving here. The ship is 36 meters long and is a great wreck dive because of its depths for a bit longer bottom times.

This wreck has great open spaces on the deck floor, originally a transport ship the front deck carried such things as tanks, supplies, and also troops. It’s common for divers to see many small fish together with bigger fish because of its depths, shallow water fishes seem to feel very comfortable living on this vessel.

 

Mataphon Wreck Summary:

Location: Pattaya Near Islands Near Koh Lan

Max Depth: 23m

Currents: Slack to Mild

Special Features: Toilet Room and Surrounding cube city structure

Common Aquatic Life:  Seahorse, Nudibranch, Rabbit Fish, Bat Fish, Grouper &  Barracuda

THE HARDEEP WRECK (S.S. SUDDHADIB) SAMAE SAN ISLAND WRECK

ABOUT THE HARDEEP WRECK

The Hardeep wreck was once known as the Steam Ship SUDDHADIB.  It’s believed that foreigners writing the wreck name may have got it wrong. You see, the letter ‘b’ sounds similarly like a ‘p’ sound in Thai. Whilst named after princess Suddhadib, the nickname ‘Hadib’, was then miswritten as Hardeep. This started the legend of the Hardeep wreck been a hard and deep wreck dive site.

During the second world war, the ship was probably on a course to Bangkok. It was bombed by a passing RAF B-24 Liberator and sank. The bomb that sank the ship didn’t actually detonate on impact, but rather went right through the ships hull. Both the bomb and the ship were left alone for many years after this event on June 1st, 1945.

The Hardeep is listed under the world’s top 10 most notorious wrecks.  This is part of the reason why it’s so popular. This other reason is its an amazing wreck dive. On a good day (slack high tide) it is a wonderful wreck to see with your own eyes. However, in contrast, on other days it’s a difficult dive. A few accidents over the years are a testament to when due care and respect was not shown the currents that can run around it. Please ask the dive shop when it would be best to dive there for a most enjoyable experience.

 

Hardeep Wreck Summary:

Location: Samae San Islands Near Koh Chuang

Max Depth: 29m

Currents: Most days Calm with little current, other days powerful currents

Special Features: Incredible coral growth and ‘swim’ through capabilities

Common Aquatic Life:  Blue Spotted Rays, Nudibranch, Tusk Fish, Angel Fish, Jack &  Travali

SS SUDDHADIB HARDEEP WRECK PATTAYA WRECK DIVING THAILAND

THE BREMEN WRECK (Kaeo Samud) FAR ISLAND WRECK

Petchaburi Bremen WRECK DIVING near PATTAYA

ABOUT SS Petchaburi / Kaeo Samud

The Petchburi Bremen Wreck was one of the first wreck dive sites used in Pattaya. It lays in a channel between Koh Khram Yai and Koh Era.

Due to the distance from the Pattaya Harbour, the ships condition and incredible currents, this wrecks less visited these days, except on planned Pattaya wreck diving trips.

Also known as the Siamese steamship co vessel ‘Kaeo Samud’. This was originally a German vessel that somehow ended up in Thailand during WWI. One day while the ship set the course the vessel hit an uncharted rock which breached the hull. The captain of the ship tried to land to shore but was unable to. Finally, the ship had an explosion in the engine room which eventually sank the ship in 1920.

 

The Petchburi Bremen Wreck Summary:

Location: Pattaya Far Islands Near Koh Khram

Max Depth: 24m

Currents: Mostly running current except large slack windows

Special Features: The Oldest Intact Wreck Dive in Pattaya and REAL Stonefish

Common Aquatic Life:  Stonefish, Nudibranch, Turtles, Rays, and Sharks

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