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Local Diving around Khao Lak

Dive courses at Khao Na Yak,
Wreck Diving at Boonsung,
Premchai, Sea Chart Wreck
or at the Wreck Park
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At Boonsung Wreck



Aboard the Longtail Boat Sairung



Lionfish



Harlequin Nudibranch



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Wreck Diving


Boonsung Wreck

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At Boonsung Wreck


We arrange local half-day trips by long-tail boat to the wrecks, Khao Lak has to offer.

One of the trip sites is the outstanding wreck "Boonsung".
Here you will find an old tin mining platform which sank in 1984 and rests at a depth of 20 meters. The boxing day Tsunami of 2004 separated the wreck into several parts, making the dive site bigger and even more attractive.

Over several years, it became colonized by thousands upon thousands of fish, glad to be lucky enough to have an artificial reef in a vast expanse of sand.

Around the wreck, which locals describe as “fish soup,” you will pass through clouds of snappers, fusiliers, batfish, and trevally as you look for the special things living within the wreck and in the surrounding sand.

Crocodile fish, stonefish, scorpionfish, lionfish, ornate ghost pipefish, a lot of moray eels in different sizes and much more reside with the kings of the site, the nudibranchs.

Itinerary
We start the trip about 8:45 am from Khao Lak and bring you by Taxi to Pakarang Beach where the long-tail boat is waiting for you. We need about 30 minutes to the dive sites and doing 2 dives with a lunch break during the surface interval. We will be back at the beach latest 2:00 pm and in Khao Lak 20 minutes later.

Pick-up times
Baan Nam Khem Pier - 8:50-8:55 am (Transfer + 600 THB / person)
Bang Sak Beach - 8:55-9:00 am
Pak Weep Beach - 9:05-9:10 am
Pakarang Cape - 9:15-9:20 am
Khuk Khak (Main road) - 9:05-9:10 am
Khuk Khak (Beach) - 9:05-9:10 am
Bang Niang Beach - 8:55-9:00 am
Nang Thong Beach - 8:40-8:45 am
Khao Lak Beach - 8:30-8:35 am

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 • Boonsung Wreck  

Whale Shark at the Boonsung wreck

A big surprise at the season's start


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The ceremony on March 22 2014



T13 on the last journey



it sinks ...



... and sinks



Tour to the wreck park by long-tail boat



The ship's bow today



Truck



Sculpture



Artificial reef



The place is already well inhabited


The sinking of T13


Wreck Park T13

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On March 22, 2014, the T13 patrol boat was sunk about 4 kilometers off Khao Lak at La Flora Resort as the first part of a wreck park called Khao Lak Underwater World .
Later, a second patrol boat is to join T13 and over the years the wreck park is to be supplemented by several used trucks, tanks, train carriages, old aircraft and in a few years even a full-blown warship.

The aim of the project is the creation of a dive site in the immediate vicinity of the beach resorts of Khao Lak, on the one hand, to offer the new dive tourism new excursion possibilities. Furthermore, the experience of the Boonsung Wreck, a tin mining machine sunk in front of White Sand Beach in 1984 and one of Khao Lak's most popular dive sites, shows that steel wrecks in this area are extremely beneficial to underwater fauna.

These wrecks provide perfect breeding and mating conditions for all types of aquatic life - the abundance of fish on the Boonsung Wreck, e.g. far exceeds than at the Similan Islands. Furthermore, several studies on the Boonsung Wreck have shown that the vast majority of them are young, which have perfect growth conditions. Once individuals reach adulthood, they leave the wreck and populate the surrounding sea.

There is also the hope of the local fishing industry that the new wrecks have a positive impact on the fishing grounds of the entire area. In the weeks after the sinking of the ship, therefore, were also several fishing boats at night on site, directed their strong lights, which are actually used for fishing, on the new wreck to lure the underwater life to the wreck. This was the first known case in Khao Lak where fishing boats contributed to the blossoming of a dive site ...

Now the wreck lies at about 12 to 15 meters, the shallowest point is about 8 meters deep - depending on the tides. Due to the close proximity and easy accessibility with our long-tail boat, a trip to the T13 wreck is possible as a half-day tour. The shallow depth is perfect for beginners' courses, and it also gives experienced divers two neat long dives, as with a surface break (lunch break) of about an hour, enough rest time can be set up for a second 60-minute dive.

Specifications
Name: T13
Commissioning: 1968
Shipyard: Peterson Builders
Country of origin: USA
Decommissioned: October 19, 2011
Displacement: 130 tons

Itinerary
07:30 am - Pick-up at Khao Lak, Nang Thong area
08:00 am - Departure from Tablamu pier
08:45 am - Arrival at the Wreck park
09:00 am - 1.dive
10:00 am - Surface interval, lunch
11:30 am - 2.dive
01:15 pm - back at the pier
01:30 pm - back in Khao Lak

The wreck park is usually approached on Fridays as part of the 3- dives-day

Pictures: Arandora (Google Album) and Natt (iQ-DIVE Khao Lak)


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at Premchai Wreck



The wreck is well inhabited



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Fish Soup at Premchai Wreck


Premchai Wreck

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at Premchai Wreck


Though sunk on purpose in 2001 for the benefit of recreational diving, the Premchai is the twin sister of the Boonsung Wreck.
As the Premchai was sunk after the Boonsung, it is not quite as heavily inhabited, but month after month more and more aquatic life is finding it’s home on this beautiful wreck.

Placed close to the Tablamu coast, the visibility is largely affected by the coastal tide. On a good day, the visibility may not get much better than about 10m, but you can still hope to see a variety of nudibranch, mollusks, pipefish scorpion fish, cuttlefish, crocodile fish, mantis shrimp, orangutan crab, and moray eel.

Don’t expect to get any deeper than 22 meters unless you bring a shovel. You’ll have to pay close attention to your deco limit because, although you can’t go any deeper than 22 meters, you will spend the majority of the dive between this depth and the top of the wreck around 15 meters.

We are using this wreck for the second dive after the Sea Chart.

Daily schedule
We start the trip about 7:30 am from Khao Lak and bring you to Tablamu Pier where the long-tail boat is waiting for you. We need about 20 minutes to the dive sites and doing 2 dives with a lunch break during the surface interval. We will be back at the pier latest 1:00 pm and in Khao Lak 20 minutes later.

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Tec Diving at Sea Chart Wreck



On a clear day there is a lot to discover



The spot is perfect for Tec Diving



The ship propeller



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Whale Shark at the Sea Chart


Sea Chart Wreck

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Tec Diving at Sea Chart Wreck


MV Sea Chart was in the process of transporting 1.200 logs of wood in its 3.200 tonnes hold from Burma, heading across the Andaman Sea, down through the Straits of Malacca and then on to its final destination in Vietnam.

However, in August 2009, the bulk-carrier encountered problems not far from Thailand’s coast, where rough seas and severe weather battered the ship, causing multiple leaks in its hull. Water leaked into the engine room and began to sink the vessel. All crew on board the Sea Chart managed to escape on inflatable rafts soon to be rescued by a Thai Navy ship. MV Sea Chart, 84 meters long and 12 meters wide, now rests on her starboard side in 40 meters of water.

This fascinating shipwreck still with cargo aboard and many other original features makes a jaw-dropping dive for wreck divers. A huge amount of marine life has already settled on this wreck. There are lots of Lionfish, a school of huge Batfish, several different unusual nudibranchs, a school of big Rainbow runners, a big old Baracuda, Octopus, Ghost Pipefish, Frogfish and many others.

This is a dive site for more experienced divers and for our deep diver courses.

Itinerary
We start the trip about 7:30 am from Khao Lak and bring you to Tablamu Pier where the long-tail boat is waiting for you. We need about 50 minutes to the dive sites and doing 1 dive there. After the first dive, we head forward to the Premchai Wreck and offer lunch on the way during the surface interval. The dive at the Premchai starts about 12:00 pm and we will be back at the pier latest 1:30 pm and in Khao Lak 20 minutes later.

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 • Sea Chart and Premchai Wreck  

Local Dive Prices

Boonsung Wreck daily on request, minimum 2 divers 2.700,-
Khao Na Yak reef Wednesday & Friday, for Beginner courses 2.700,-
Premchai Wreck on request, minimum 2 divers 2.700,-
Wreck park T13 on request, minimum 2 divers 2.700,-
Sea Chart / Premchai Wreck on request, minimum 2 divers 3.000,-
3 Wrecks with MV Chai Yo Friday, minimum 10 divers 3.700,-

At the Khao Na Yak reef, we usually do dives 1+2 with the necessary practical lessons for all beginner courses.

For Sea Chart required minimum Advanced or Deep as well Nitrox certification and at least 50 logged dives, the last dive did not more than 3 months ago.

Itinerary 3-dives-day
07:30 am - pick-up at Khao Lak, Nang Thong area
08:00 am - departure from Tablamu pier
09:00 am - 1st dive, at Premchai wreck
10:00 - 11:30 am - drive to the next location, breakfast on board
11:30 am - 2nd dive, at Boonsung wreck
12:30 - 02:00 pm - lunch and drive to the next location
02:00 pm - 3rd dive, at the Wreck park
03:00 pm - departure to the pier
04:00 pm - arrive at the pier
04:30 pm - arrive at Khao Lak

All Prices in THB (Thai Baht).
Baht per passenger.

Price included
Travel Insurance, Transfers Khao Lak Hotel / Boat / Hotel, lunch, drinking water, soft drinks, fruits, towel, mask and snorkel, fins, life-jacket, guide, basic insurance and NITROX (If Nitrox is not available, there is no right to a refund!)

Not included - rental equipment per day
BCD 200 THB, regulator 200 THB, shorty 3mm 100 THB,
Dive computer 250 THB, LED Flashlight 200 THB, Compass 150 THB

These tours are not recommended for Non-divers or children!