If you’re looking for adventure and excitement on your holiday then how about diving the Kled Gaeow Wreck? Fascinating to explore and teeming with life, this artificial living ecosystem offers divers a certain mystic appeal, whilst exploring the remains of the ship.
The wreck of the RTN Kled Gaeow lies approx. 1000 meters off the picturesque east coast of Ko Phi Phi Ley, Thailand. Purposely sunk on 19 March 2014, the retired RTN Kled Gaeow served for almost 60 years prior as an auxiliary transport, support and stores vessel (designation number AKS 861) in the Royal Thai Navy.
Decommissioned in 2014, the KledGaeow was donated to the Phi Phi Marine Park, and we are very proud that the founder of The Adventure Club (Andrew Hewett) was asked to propose the location given his knowledge of the local area, and previous work with the DMCR (Department of Marine and Coastal Resources). Taking into consideration year round diving access, a sandy bottom with no other marine growth that would be impacted by the placement, and a site near enough to the islands to allow second dives he suggested the site we visit today.
The 49 meter long wreck lies north to south (bow-stern), and rests at approx. 26 meters, the main deck sits at 20 meters and the top of the tower is around 14-16 meters deep with a line attached to the surface to assist with safety stops and descents. Subject to stronger currents and at times reduced visibility, the Kled Gaeow is considered an intermediate to advanced dive site.
This site attracts plentiful marine life; large schools of yellow and white snappers populate the wheelhouse, and surround the tower and staircases, as do glassfish, juvenile barracuda and trevally in season. The decks and platforms promise divers sightings of numerous porcupine pufferfish drifting almost motionless, while the ambush predators such as scorpionfish and, lionfish lay in wait along the railings and staircases. Turtles, the occasional shark and cobia have been sighted, along with cuttlefish and squid eggs.
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With the majority of the dive site sitting deeper than 20 metres dive time here is dictated primarily by No Decompression Limits. We suggest the use of Nitrox to maximise your dive times and experience, if certified as such, alternatively you could enrol in the PADI Enriched Air Specialty Course which can be completed in just one day as an add-on to your fun dives.
Due to the depths here we require divers to be certified as, or in the process of gaining their advanced certification, or willing to take the Deep Adventure Dive to access this dive site. A number of the adventure dives you could choose for advanced certification can be completed on this site including Wreck, Deep, Nitrox, Fish ID and Computer/Multi-Level.
For those looking to further their diving knowledge and skills beyond this level, we recommend completing your PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course during your stay to learn and gain the skills and concepts required to safely scuba dive around wrecks and artificial reefs.
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