The Thai Sea liveaboards was refurbished in November 2014 & operates diving trips to the Similan Islands and Burma, catering to a maximum 12 guests. With 6 fan-cooled cabins & shared bathrooms.
What To Expect On a Boon Sung Wreck Liveaboard
Liveaboards to Boon Sung Wreck offer divers the chance to dive this amazing area. Sailing about 7 nautical miles off the coast, to the north of Khao Lak lays the Boonsung wreck. A 60 meter long tin mining boat that operated up and down the Andaman coast throughout the tin mining boom, which ended early last decade. It sunk in 1984 just off the coast of a small village called Bangsak, which means the wreck can now be dived from a Myanmar Liveaboard. At first the wreck lay close to the surface making it a safety hazard to local fishing vessels, but the Thai Navy bombed the boat, reducing its height by collapsing the decks and creating the opportunity to dive the Boon Sung Wreck by liveaboard.
Due to it's close proximity to the coastline, the visibility of 5 to 20 meters isn't as impressive as the Similan Islands. However, a Boon Sung Wreck liveaboard has fast become a favourite dive site of quite a few dive pro's and photographers in the region, due to the macro critters found on the wreck and that it surpasses and the Similan Islands for quantity and variety of fish life. Now known as one of the best wreck dive sites in the area, and because currents are generally moderate, it's suitable for all levels of experienced divers, novices to advanced scuba divers up to Pro's. A Boon Sung Wreck liveaboard is an ideal dive safari for open water divers and junior advanced open water divers, and even a great place to combine your open water dive training.
The tsunami in 2004 tore the Boonsung Wreck into 5 large pieces and and spread the wreckage over a large area. This makes a Boon Sung Wreck liveaboard interesting, not because of the wreck itself, which is absolutely un-penetrable, but more because of the unbelievable varied marine life that’s here in abundance in, on and around the wreck. Diving with Enriched Air 32% on this dive site to extend bottom time is recommended so you won’t miss out and are able to encounter it all.
What You Can See at Boon Sung Wreck
You will often not see the wreck when descending along the mooring line, because it is hidden below large schools of fish. The wreck itself is fully covered with barnacles and sponges. And as said, tons of fish gather around the wreck, it gets crowded with yellow snapper, trevally, barracuda, and batfish. Diving closer to the wreck you find large numbers of lionfish, scorpionfish, even stonefish and moray eels in various types and sizes, like spotted, white eyed, zebra and leopard. Regularly nudibranchs and frogfish can be spotted on the deck, and because of the sandy bottom stingrays and even whale sharks have been seen at this dive site!
Getting To Boon Sung Wreck
The best way to get to Boon Sung Wreck is to take a Myanmar Liveaboard from Phuket, Khao Lak and Ranong in Thailand.
Bangkok Airways operate direct flight from Bangkok to Ranong, on the Thai side of the Myanmar border. Then you can take a taxi from Ranong Airport to the port of departure. Yangon International Airport is the main hub for domestic flights. Local airlines include Air Bagan and Myanmar National Airlines. It's cheaper and easier to book domestic flights via agencies once you are in Myanmar. There are no international car-rental agencies, most travel agencies in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan, as well as guesthouses and hotels elsewhere can arrange cars and drivers.