When people come to Khao Lak they often think of liveaboards and day trips to the Similan and Surin Islands. But, did you know there’s somewhere much closer and just as much fun to dive? And you don’t even need to get out of bed that early!
What am I talking about? It’s Boonsung Wreck. The old tin mining vessel sunk in 1985 and lying at between 15-18m deep is the best local dive site in the area. The 2004 tsunami spread the wreck apart making the dive site more varied and more interesting. If you haven’t dived it you should and here’s why:
Your day will start with a leisurely 8:30-9am pick-up from your hotel where you will be whisked to the beach to jump aboard our Wicked long tail, captained by the ever friendly Pi Noi. After a brief boat briefing we set off on our short voyage of some 20-30mins to the dive site with excitement for the dives ahead. After a more thorough divesite briefing we gear-up and on the count of three in we roll!
There are few dive sites I’ve been to that I can truly describe as “fish soup” – Boonsung Wreck is one of them. This will become clear the moment you descend on one of the 3 buoy lines – you will greeted by huge schools of fusiliers, and maybe a smiling pufferfish or two. The pufferfish here are unique – as well as being really friendly and curious, rather unusually they school around the wreck. I have dived this site several times now and they seem to get closer and more inquisitive with every dive.
On top of this, you will see an abundance of other marine life – nudibranches, honeycomb eels as well as scorpion fish and lion fish so always keep your buoyancy in check!
If you look into sand you may spot some kuhls stingrays buried, chilling out. You will definitely notice the small holes in the sand. If you’re patient you will be able to witness a small goby edging cautiously out of the hole. Once the coast is clear it’s partner, the shrimp, will burrow sand out from then hole all the time keeping contact with the goby. These two live in a symbiotic relationship – the goby has the eyes and is on the lookout whilst the shrimp searches for food and maintains the burrow. At the sight of a predator, the goby swishes it’s tail and both quickly retreat in the hole. Look out for these guys on the dive – they are a lot of fun to watch.
No surface interval is complete without food and laughter and here at Wicked we aim to provide both. Fresh food along with plenty of water is served and, if you’re lucky, some light music for a little bit of dancing on the longtail!
Who can dive the wreck? Anyone with an open water certification and above. This wreck really appeals to all types – Nitrox divers, open water courses dive 3 & 4 etc, I have seen them all below the surface.
Interested in signing up? Check here for our prices. Look forward to you joining us on a trip soon!