Racha Yai Shipwrecks
- Distance: 25 Km boat trip of approx. 90 minutes.
- Depth: 18-30 meters
- Experience: Advanced
Reef type: Coral garden, sandy area, artificial reef and small shipwrecks
Visibility: Good to very good (20 m or more)
Current: Variable, mild to medium
- Corals: Heavy Metall!
- Fish: Barracudas, batfish, scorpionfish, moray eels, groupers
- Highlights: 5 shipwrecks on 1 dive site
Racha Yai has five boat wrecks all located around bays 1 and 2 on the east side of the island.
There is the old sail boat wreck (often incorrectly called the speed boat wreck) which is situated at 21 metres at the northern part of Bay 1. This wreck is in quite bad condition but is a fantastic wreck for the marine life that is gathered around it. Large schools of snapper and glass fish gather around the wreck and you may find giant moray eels on the wreck along with great barracudas which come down for a look!! Shrimp are always in abundance and if you are lucky you can find some ornate ghost pipe fish and occasionally large Jenkins rays can be found lurking under the wreck itself.
The Harruby Liveaboard ship wreck is situated in between Bays 1 and 2. The bottom of the wreck is at around 20 metres with the top at about 14 metres. This makes it an accessible wreck for all levels of certified divers. The wreck is in excellent condition and is the best wreck in the area for both penetration and to conduct the SSI Wreck Specialty Course. The loveable Batfish have made this place home and large schools are always found here. Barracuda, Scorpion fish and Bannerfish also inhabit the wreck. On occasions Ornate Ghost Pipefish can be found along with the odd Nudibranch. A favorite creature is the snake eel – and they may be found sticking there heads up out of the sand close to the wreck so keep your eyes peeled for them!!
The old Thai wooden fishing boat wreck is located a little further east of Harruby. The wreck is rapidly deteriorating but is still an interesting site to visit. It is a little deeper with the top of the wreck at about 24 metres. It contains a lot of common reef fish. It cannot be penetrated due to its poor state however it has an eerie feel about it and makes for some wonderful underwater photo opportunities.
The latest addition to the Racha Yai Shipwrecks is the container cargo ship Sinaran Andaman which struck rocks off Koh Hei and began taking on water in July 2015. The Coast Guard transported this 65 meter long container cargo vessel to Racha Yai and dropped the entire bow section on the sandy seabed at a depth of 24 meter, north of the Harruby Liveaboard.
Marla’s Mystery is a barge wreck purposely sunk approximately 150 metres east of the center of Bays 1 and 2 and is lying in about 34 metres. In the attempt to sink the wreck in shallow water, it sadly drifted away from the island on descent. It is not often dived as it is difficult to locate and is for experienced divers only.
All scuba diving dive sites are visited at the discretion of the tour leader on the day. Dive sites are selected based on the weather conditions, currents, overall safety and suitability for the majority of divers on the boat. We cannot guarantee specific dive sites prior to the boat departing.
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