Plan your dive
At a Glance:
Max. Depth: 28m
Level of difficulty: Open Water Certification
Visibility: between five metre to twenty
Current: Weak but can pick up quite quickly
Special features: the wreck is easy enough to navigate
Quick tip: Use the buoy lines for your ascent/descent.
Recommended season: All year round
Remember: Special training is always required for wreck penetration
HTMS Kletkaew was sunk on the 19th March 2014 just off the west coast of Phi Phi Ley. It is a large wreck, 47 metres in length weighing in at 382 tons.
The nearest wreck dive prior to Kletaew being sunk, the King Cruiser, about one hour due west, which is a very popular dive site for the Phuket day Boats as well as the Liveaboards that do the southern Andaman Seas Dive sites.
HTMS Kletkaew is an old Thai Navy ship and was built in 1948 for the Norwegian Royal Navy. After eight years of loyal service, it was sold to and renamed by the Royal Thai Navy and was primarily used as a transport support vessel.
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We were one of the first Liveaboard dive operations to dive this site and I can tell you that it is superb. The Thai Navy has done a fantastic job not only preparing the vessel but also sinking it, it is even in an upright position, every credit to those involved.
Making it easy for the Wreck Diving Enthusiast to penetrate it and still feel perfectly safe. If like many you are uncomfortable penetrating wrecks then it is just as good swimming on the outer decks it really is ideal for all levels of diver.
Wreck Dive Speciality is ideal for this dive
To assist in the sinking of the ship a number of large holes were cut into the ship, these now allow qualified wreck divers to enter and explore the interior of the ship.
The dive site is on the opposite side of PP Leh to Maya Bay and in clear view of Bida Nai and Bida Nok and Palong is not too far away either.
I would recommend diving the shipwreck first if you are on a two dive day, as it is the deepest site.
There has been a lot of marine life moving onto the site recently be wary of lionfish and other scorpionfish as they like to stay close to the wreck in the hunt for smaller fish.
The best time for diving this wreck will be the “High Season” from November to May, but should still be dive-able most days during the rest of the year.