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Klaed Kaew Wreck


Klaed Kaew Wreck

Visibility 10 - 20+ Meters
Depth 27 Meters
Current Mild - Moderate
Level Advanced

Klaed Kaew was originally built in Norway, but some years later sold to the Royal Thai Navy in 1956 as a support ship until it was scuttled on the 19th March 2014 east of PhiPhi Ley. Since then this wreck / artificial reef has offered sanctuary to hundreds of thousands of marine creatures. Initially many frogfish were found around the wreck, but the lionfish invasion made sure all those remaining frogfish stay well hidden within the structures of the wreck.

The wreck dive itself begins at the surface buoy. Slowly using the line as reference we descend down towards the wreck and the bottom that Klaed Kaew rests on. Descending down to 26 meters and then slowly starting our ascent while going around the wrecks features. Visibility can sometimes be challenging, but even on those days these dives will be memorable due to the sheer volume of life here.

The wreck itself is covered in life. All over the wreck you will find massive lionfish, which don’t always bother getting out of the way. So as you go through the vortex of snapper and fusilier scholes, be weary that there might be a big Pacific lionfish down-current in the midst waiting for you. Small scorpion fish also habit this wrecks top decks. They will be resting or hunting on the ridges and sides of the boat. In addition to these fellows, you can’t miss the vast amount of porcupine fish, which love to feed on sea urchins, which also inhabit the wreck in large numbers. Remember your buoyancy control.

On good visibility days, always take a habit of looking into the blue. There might be schools of big barracuda or batfish. However, the most impressive inhabitant here would be the giant grouper that lives somewhere inside the wreck. On occasion it can appear from the blue and surprise you by floating by your shoulder into the wreck. This impressive creature is about 1,5 meters in length, last seen by Lazy Seal staff in 2016.

Once you have used up your air or bottom-time, we have already navigated back to the buoy line on which we ascend to our safety-stop before surfacing and getting ready for new adventures. This site is perfect for Nitrox due to it’s depth. Please ask you Instructor/Divemaster for more information on the Nitrox-Specialty course for longer bottom times.

The wreck is penetrable, but only with the proper equipment and training. Wreck-Specialty courses can be conducted here with our instructors. As a general rule Lazy Seal is strongly against entering wrecks or accessing caves without proper training, experience and equipment.