HTMS Sattakut

HTMS Sattakut is a former US Navy ship that saw action in the Second World War. This 246 ton ship was laid down at Commercial Ironworks in Portland Oregon. She was launched on February 27th, 1944 and commissioned into the US Navy as a Landing Craft Infantry (L)arge.

She was then transferred to the Royal Thai Navy in 1946. She was sunk to become an artificial reef in 2011. The vessel is 49m long, 7m wide. She lies in 29m of water making it ideal for intermediate and experienced divers, nitrox divers and those on deep training and even entry level technical training too. It is also possible to complete your PADI Wreck Diver course here.


The Location:

This huge ex-Thai Navy vessel has been sunk just Southeast of Hin Pee Wee. It’s buoy is visible from the Koh Tao island and only a few minutes away by speedboat.

The Dive Leader:

I dived this wreck four times during my PADI Wreck Specialty Certification. Flash has been my instructor for most of my training and we had excellent coordination and great fun diving this wreck.


The Planning:

Planning is a key pre-dive step. If you plan it well, you can enjoy the dive to the max. I spent hours mapping, planning and mentally thinking through the dive.

The Dive:

It was thrilling but also mind-broadening experience. This was the first wreck I explored. It was in fairly deep waters. I managed to keep good buoyancy and was able to effectively focus on the training.


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