Koho Maru 5 Pak1
The Koho Maru 5 Pak1 เรือจม แพควัน was a Japanese Gas Tanker owned by the PAK Line. Originally the Koho Maru 5 Pak1 (เรือจม แพควัน) sunk 25 Aug. 1996 at the west coast of Koh Chang. At the Time of sinking, there was a 10 head crew on the Boat. Only 3 of them survived the disaster. The Koho Maru 5 Pak 1 เรือจม แพควัน sunk in a very heavy Storm at 3.00 at Night. Most of the Crew was sleeping in the main Cabins.
When the Koho Maru was dived first they found the Ship Wreck in a very unusual position. The Koho Maru 5 Pak1 (เรือจม แพควัน) Stand Vertical in the Water with the Bow at 60m on the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand. That the boat Stand vertical. Was a real attraction for divers. worldwide only 2 Ship Wrecks are Staying vertical on the bottom of the sea. Include the Koho Maru 5 Pak1 (เรือจม แพควัน)5.
Recreational and Technical Divers have explored the Koho Maru 5 Pak1 (เรือจม แพควัน). Suddenly the Boat floats up to the surface and drifted into the shipping line. Which brought a great risk for other Ships passing that way. The Royal Thai Navy tuck off the Gastanks of the Ship. And Sunk it again on a different Position in the Gulf. For a Long Time, Nobody was able to find the Koho Maru 5 Pak1 (เรือจม แพควัน).
but suddenly after long research. some Divers got to know the GPS Coordinates of the PAK1 Wreck and started the search again. It is a quiet long Boat ride (5 Hours) from Koh Chang to get there.
Starting this trip at 9 pm at Bang Bao Pier leaving for a Night Dive to the HTMS Chang and heading after over Night to the Pak1 which we arrive around 6 am. After Breakfast, we have our first Dive at Pak1 followed by a second dive and back to Koh Chang around 5 pm. We manage it 2-3 times a year to visit this unique Ship Wreck with a Small Group of experienced Recreational and Technical Divers.
The PAK1 Lies now on 42m of depth nice and Horizontal as she had never done something else.
Diver Level for this dive site.
Min. certification level: NITROX-, Deep-, Wreck or Technical Diver (or equalled)
Try Diving possibility: No
Snorkelling possibility: No
Our Divemasters will give you a boat briefing and an overview for the day at the time the boat starts. They will give you a Dive briefing before each dive, and be in the front to lead the group while diving. Ask you frequently for Air consumption and knock against the Tank to get your attention. If there is any problem they will assist you, to secure your and others safety. If you and your buddy would like to explore the dive-site yourself the Divemasters will give you a briefing on the boat and check the predive safety procedure before your buddy team enter the water.
Entry and Exit
- Dive Boat
- Dinghy Boat
Predive Safety Check! We enter the water from the side of the Boat with a Giant Strike, if all is OK, clear the place and swim on the surface to the starting point. After the dive, back on the surface we swim back to the ladder on the side of the boat, stand on the ladder and take off the fin’s (give it up to the crew) climb up the ladder with the regulator in your mouth. Never stay under a diver which try to climb up.
Predive Safety Check! We enter the water with a backroll entry. When everything is OK, clear the place and swim on the surface to the starting point. After the dive, back on the surface, we swim back to the dinghy boat. When you reach the dinghy boat remove your weight belt and BCD. Start to get up the dinghy with the help of a few kicks with your fin’s.
- Review the necessary Handsignals for scuba diving.
- What you maight spot while diving or snorkelling
- When you end any dive a safety stop on 5 m of depth for 3 min is recommended.
- Police, Phone: 191
- Tourist Police, Phone: 1155
- EMS, Phone: 1669
- DAN International, Phone: +1-919-684-9111
- Suspicion of DCS
- Recrompression chaimber, Koh Chang Hospital, Phone: 039 521-657 or 039 586-131
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