The Depth Of This Wreck
The deepest point of this wreck dive
is at the rear stern of the ship near the seabed, approx 29m on high tide. As you work the main deck
you can expect your dive profile to be around 21-24m on upper and lower deck sections and the tip of the conning tower situated in the midships is at approx 12m right at the top of the mast.
Due to the depth of most of this shipwreck, to wreck dive this vessel you need to be Advanced open water diver level upwards or open water certified divers can make it down to the wreck whilst participating a Deep Adventure Dive or PADI Advanced Open water course accompanied by an instructor.
HTMS Khram - Pattaya Wreck Dive Features
This was a huge ship in its day, and now its a huge underwater eden. Every inch of its decks you'll find its encrusted with shells and soft coral sponges and strewn out along the main deck, span stunning gregorian sea fans.
Wreck Diving Hazards
The ship was well prepped by the Thai Navy for wreck diving, like the HTMS Kut
you have no concerns for hazards such as armaments or oil and a different configuration of large holes have been cut in many areas to provide access for penetration dives very different to the Kut.
You can find sting rays, blue spotted rays all along the sands around the wrecks along with at fish, grouper, scorpion fish and the occasional hawksbill sea turtle
as you explore the massive deck areas. Pattaya Dive centre instructors have thousands of dives on the wrecks between them so serve perfectly as professional guides to show you around including the shark hole where bamboo sharks regularly lay if you know and have the experience to find them!.
Wreck Swim Thrus
This is a fantastic wreck dive since it attracts some very interesting swim through features
of the engine room and the bow doors ‘black hole’ especially. The funniest and easiest swim thru is right at the bottom of the bow line. Between the bow doors and the landing ramp lies a triangular space forming a short vertical passage. At the bottom of the ramp, where it meets the deck, there's a hole. The hole is large enough to allow
1 diver ( single or double tanks) to pass thru with ease. You can either descent through this swim thru into "The Black Hole"
and out at the bottom via the hole onto deck level. Or beginning at deck level, swim directly along the deck to the bow and ascent up and out and into the light
at the top. The vertical variation is trickier
due to you need excellent buoyancy control to slowly descend headfirst into this swim thru. less experienced advanced divers would be better off diving the "Into the Light" additional from deck level up.
The Wreck Passages
Entering main deck corridors and swimming along is possible on the HTMS Khram. Quite frequently whilst diving these you'll find many doors and hatches with load of out access. The engine room areas also have a swim thru but not as direct as HTMS Kut. Mostly within a natural light zone There is a large cutout in the deck to exit or path around 1 inner wall to another exit. These parts of the wreck serve as a good challenge in low light reel work and hazard awareness for certified wreck divers and wreck specialty
Sub Deck Level Penetrations.
Other subdeck rooms and routes are also possible to explore to fully qualified and confident wreck specialty divers and technical divers. Please note, due to the age of this wreck there is now serve silt build up in lower levels, some have built into corners actually partially or completely blocking previous usable exits. Corridor roof panels are starting to collapse in some areas, currently secure but evidently in an unstable progression. Having hundreds of dives on this wreck regularly is the only way to know for sure, previous known penetrations are still viable.