HTMS Kut Pattaya Wreck Dive Site
Pattaya wreck diving begins just 40 min’s from Pattaya beach shoreline where the might 56m long HTMS Kut is resting.
The Depth Of This Wreck Dive Site
HTMS KUT started life as a warship in the US Navy during the second World War. She is one of the larger landing crafts in Thai waters and is the closest wreck dive available for recreational divers.
The deepest point of this wreck dive is at the forward bow of the ship near the seabed, approx 31m on high tide. As you explore the main deck you can expect your dive profile to be around 22-25m on upper and lower deck sections. To scuba dive this vessel you need to be Advanced scuba diver level upwards or open water certified divers can make it to the decks whilst undertaking a PADI Advanced Open water course accompanied by an instructor.
HTMS Kut - Pattaya Wreck Dive Features
The size of this shipwreck compared to smaller fishing boat types is a feature in itself. The ship was well prepped by the Royal Thai Navy before sinking making it safe for wreck diving. Its is possible to swim thru the upper deck area at three points entering down into the engine room. The penetration point offers wide and spacious areas to swim through and also offers direct access outside if required. This section really provides a good training ground to introduce you slowly to penetration procedures, after which you may find navigating the ship’s passageways the next challenge.
Wreck Diving Hazards
Entering upper deck corridors and swimming along its passages is possible just like on its sister ship HTMS Khram Wreck. For the most part, they rarely take your diving plan to far from a natural light zone unless you drop down within a hatch inside to its sub deck level penetrations. These parts of the wreck serve as a good challenge in buoyancy and hazard awareness for certified wreck divers and wreck specialty training students.