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Manta Queen 7 is running A 5 Day 5 night’s safari trips to Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Koh Surin and Richelieu Rock. Manta Queen 7 accommodate 24 guests in comfortable air conditioned Twin Bed cabins and 4 Bed Share Cabins. The Liveaboard Vessel is 26 meters long and 5 meters wide wooden hull built liveaboard with 6 dive staff and 8 boat crew. There is plenty of space to enjoy the time in between dives in the open dining and relax area. All meals on board are served buffet style freshly cooked from the on board kitchen. Snacks and fruits are served in between dives. The dinghy gives you the opportunity to spend some time on the beautiful beaches. Nitrox is also available onboard as well as Nitrox courses (EAN) and a wide range of PADI Courses i.e. Open Water Course, Advanced Open Water Course, Deep Speciality and many more.
MANTA QUEEN 7 DECK PLANS
MANTA QUEEN 7 SPECIFICATIONS
Manta Queen 7 is running a 5days/5 night’s safari trips to Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Koh Surin and Richelieu Rock.
Manta Queen 7 accommodate 24 guests in comfortable air conditioned Twin Bed cabins and 4 Bed Share Cabins.
The Liveaboard Vessel is 26 meters long and 5 meters wide wooden hull built liveaboard with 6 dive staff and 8 boat crew. There is plenty of space to enjoy the time in between dives in the open dining and relax area.
All meals on board are served buffet style freshly cooked from the on board kitchen. Snacks and fruits are served in between dives. The dinghy gives you the opportunity to spend some time on the beautiful beaches.
Nitrox is also available onboard as well as Nitrox courses (EAN) and a wide range of PADI Courses i.e. Open Water Course, Advanced Open Water Course, Deep Speciality and many more.
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•• 6:30 Check in start
• 8:00 departure to the pier
• 8:30 general boat briefing
• 8:45 cabin allocation
• 9:00 equipment set up
• 9:30 light on-board dinner
• 7:00 wake up call
• 7:30 Safety/Dive Briefing
• 8:15 dive briefing #1 "Similan Islands"
• 10:00 Breakfast
• 11:45 dive briefing #2 "Similan Islands“
• 3:30 dive briefing #3 "Similan Islands"
• 5:00 Snacks
• 6:15 dive briefing #4 "Night Dive - Similan Islands"
• 8:00 Dinner
• 6:00 wake up call
• 6:30 dive briefing #9 "Similan Islands"
• 8:00 Breakfast
• 10:30 dive briefing #10 "Similan Islands"
• 12:15 Lunch
• 1:45 dive briefing #11 "Similan Islands"
• 3:30 Snacks
• 5:00 dive briefing #12 "Similan Islands"
• 7:00 Dinner
•6:00 wake up call
•6:30 dive briefing #5 "Koh Bon, West Ridge"
•10:15 dive briefing #6 "Koh Bon, West Ridge"
•1:30 dive briefing #7 "Tachai Pinnacle"
•5:00 dive briefing #8 "Tachai Pinnacle"
• 6:00 wake up call
• 6:30 dive briefing #9 "Surin Islands"
• 8:00 Breakfast
• 10:30 dive briefing #10 "Richelieu Rock"
• 12:15 Lunch
• 1:45 dive briefing #11 "Richelieu Rock"
• 3:30 Snacks
• 5:00 dive briefing #12 "Richelieu Rock"
• 7:00 Dinner
•5:45 wake up call
•6:15 dive briefing #13 "Koh Bon Pinnacle"
•9:00 dive briefing #14 "Koh Bon, West Ridge"
•1:15 dive briefing #15 "Boonsung wreck"
•5:00 Transfer to the check out lounge
•5:30 Transfer To Your Hotel
You will arrive approximiately between 6:30 & 7 pm at the Airport
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|Depart||Return||Diver TW or DBL||Snorke TW or DBL||Diver 4 bed share||Snorkel 4 bed share|
|2015-01-28||2015-02-02||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-02-03||2015-02-08||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-02-09||2015-02-14||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-02-15||2015-02-20||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-02-21||2015-02-26||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-02-27||2015-03-04||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-03-05||2015-03-10||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-03-11||2015-03-16||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-03-17||2015-03-22||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-03-23||2015-03-28||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-03-29||2015-04-03||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-04-04||2015-04-09||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-04-10||2015-04-15||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-04-16||2015-04-21||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-04-22||2015-04-27||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-04-28||2015-05-03||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-05-04||2015-05-09||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-05-10||2015-05-15||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-10-27||2015-11-01||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-11-02||2015-11-07||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-11-08||2015-11-13||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-11-14||2015-11-19||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-11-20||2015-11-25||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-11-26||2015-12-01||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-12-02||2015-12-07||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-12-08||2015-12-13||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-12-14||2015-12-19||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-12-20||2015-12-25||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
|2015-12-26||2015-12-31||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||THB 20,900|
Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.
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|Depart||Return||Diver TW or DBL||Snorkel TW or DBL||Diver 4 bed share||Snorkel 4 bed share|
|2016-01-01||2016-01-06||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-01-07||2016-01-12||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-01-13||2016-01-18||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-01-19||2016-01-24||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-01-25||2016-01-30||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-01-31||2016-02-05||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-02-06||2016-01-11||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-02-12||2016-02-17||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-02-18||2016-02-23||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-02-24||2016-02-29||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-03-01||2016-03-06||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-03-07||2016-03-12||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-03-13||2016-03-18||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-03-19||2016-03-24||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-03-25||2016-03-30||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-03-31||2016-04-05||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-04-06||2016-04-11||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-04-12||2016-04-17||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-04-18||2016-04-23||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-04-24||2016-04-29||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-04-30||2016-05-05||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
|2016-05-06||2016-05-11||THB 24,900||THB 22,900||THB 22,900||TH 20,900|
Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.
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THAILAND DIVE SITES
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SIMILAN DIVE SITE INFORMATION
Koh Bon Thailand diving is a granite islet situated some distance to the northwest of the Similan diving Islands, however it is still considered to be part of the Similan National Park near the Khao lak diving destination for Thailand liveaboards and similan diving safaris. A favourite dive site is the western ridge of the island two hours away from the Thailand diving similan islands, which falls steeply away to the deep. Khao Lak Dive liveaboard usually park in a bay located south of the ridge, where they have maximum protection against wind and strong waves.
KOH BON PINNACLE
Located 200 meters north of Koh Bon’s north ridge not far from Similan diving, this impressive deep Thailand pinnacle is worth a Thailand liveaboard dive even if it’s just to stare in awe at the breath taking topography of this Thailand diving underwater mountain.
This is one of the Thailand diving sites where you will be asked to do a negative scuba entry. The top of the diving pinnacle starts at 18m, so during the diving descent you are completely exposed to the currents. The idea is to arrive on the top of the Thailand liveaboard diving pinnacle as soon as possible, as to avoid being blown off the khao lak dive site. Without a diving mooring line to use for the padi scuba descent, we are forced to jump in the similan water with the BCD completely empty, and descend straight away, finning to the top of the scuba pinnacle, where your manta queen dive guide will ask the first “OK?” Don’t worry though! Erase your serious face! Your khao lak scuba adventures dive guide will give you all the liveaboard scuba information you need for the similan liveaboard dive, and will address any worries you may have, in their enthusiastic and thorough manta queen dive briefing.
Check the deeper area for similan leopard sharks, Thailand marble rays, and spotted eagle rays. Careful with dive buoyancy around this wall of the Thailand dive pinnacle, as it drops down to about 50 meters.
Keep an eye out for the really special Sponge Snail that, in theory, resides in the Maldives but is spotted in the Thailand Liveaboard Andaman area and the Similan Islands as well.
A solitary island located 20 km north of Koh Bon within the tour of all Manta Queen Diving Boats and Live aboards cruising along the Similan diving Sites, Koh Tachai has magnificent white sandy Thailand Scuba & Snorkel beaches with two interesting Thailand dive sites, Southern Thailand diving Pinnacles and Scuba diving Thailand Eastern Reef. Thailand diving Koh Tachai Pinnacle or Twin Peaks, are a pair of submerged Thailand diving pinnacles located 500 metres south of Koh Tachai and are marked by a couple of buoys in the National Marine Park Similan Islands and Surin Island. The southern Thailand diving pinnacle is bigger, at a diving depth of 12 metres to the top. It is a dome shape surrounded by large boulders. The Thailand diving sand bottom is at a scubadiving depth of around 30 to 45 metres, with the deepest area on the southern side. To the west you will find large boulders at the Thailand diving divesite, some of which have formed diving swim-throughs. In the east, you will find stacks of small rocks, most of which are covered by hard corals and sea whips. Colourful soft corals and sea fans dominate the northern area of the Marine National Park. The top of the Thailand diving pinnacle is a wide flat plain with bush and mountain coral. This huge first Thailand diving pinnacle links to the smaller second diving pinnacle with a Thailand diving sand patch at 24 metres. From the southern pinnacle, it is about a 50 metre swim at 24 metres depth to the northern pinnacle. The top of the northern pinnacle lies at a depth of 18 metres. This smaller pinnacle comprises a wide range of rock clusters and is home to large sea fans and corals, which are similar to the ones found on the southern pinnacle.
Richelieu Rock (called Hin Plo Naam in Thailand) is a Thailand dive site in Thailand in the Andaman Sea near the Similan Islands . It is part of the Thailand diving Mu Koh Surin marine park although being about 18 km east of Surin Island. One of the most famous Thailand dive sites of Thailand, Richelieu Rock is an isolated diving pinnacle to the east of of Thailand Surin Islands. The site is marked by the top of the scuba diving Thailand pinnacle which is 1 metre above Andaman sea level during low tide, and disappears underwater during high tide. The horseshoe-shaped reef discovered by Jacques-Yves Cousteau on his way to the Similan Islands is known for its Thailand diving purple corals as well as diverse Thailand marine life ranging from small fish and harlequin shrimp to large pelagics like Liveaboard whale shark, manta ray, barracuda, and grouper. The Thailand diving pinnacle falls steeply to the surrounding sand bottom at a maximum depth of 35 metres. The south side is a bay with a slope that gently falls to the deep, while the rest comprises sheer walls, groups of rocks and numerous small caves that are home to various marine life in the National Marine Park in Thailand The majority of corals are colourful soft corals jostling against the wall, accompanied by huge sea fans, hard corals and sea anemones. Covered with colourful soft corals and sea fans, the group of rocks to the northwest host some spectacular species.
Due to the large scale of Richelieu Rock, it is not possible to explore the whole site in one dive. You should plan at least two dives here. Enter at the southeast mooring line and then take the left or right side depending on the current. Ascend with caution, when finishing every dive use a surface marker, swim away from the pinnacle and surface slowly, looking for boat traffic all the time.
EAST OF EDEN
Thailand diving site East of Eden (called Ruan Gluay-Mai in Thaiand) East of Koh Pa-Yu (Similan Island diving number 7), the East of Eden Similan dive site runs from North to South and is an ideal scuba similan live aboard dive site for reef diving in Thailand. The reef slope ranges from 5 to 40 metres. In the north of the Similan diving Island, there is a cluster of staghorn coral and blue coral punctuated by sparse rocks for Thailand Liveaboard Trips. In the middle of the site, you will find mostly sand and scattered fire corals.
The highlight of the Thailand and Similan diving site is a pinnacle called Ruan-Mai (the Orchid Garden), which is covered with colourful soft corals and sea fans, a magnificent sight that shows the diversity and beauty of the marine life in the reef for Similan Liveaboard and diving in Thailand. This dive site is believed to be one of the best in the Similan Islands by experienced PADI scuba divers. On the southern side, some further corals can be found. In addition, in the shallow parts, you will find a huge plain of small grass-like soft corals on the sand that create a very pretty picture that looks similar to an underwater Japanese garden
WEST OF EDEN
When East of Eden became too crowded divers started to look for other Liveaboard Thailand dive sites in the area, they went to the west side of Koh Pa-Yu (Island 7) and discovered that the Garden of Eden does not only face east. Like other western Thailand Liveaboard PADI dive sites in the Similan Islands, West of Eden basically comprises giant granite boulders that create nice canyons, with walls covered with colourful soft corals and giant sea fans. Some areas are characterised by rubble and sand slope falling to a depth of 30 to 35 metres. The shallows are home to many reef fishes, and have stacked granite boulders covered with hard corals, soft corals,gorgonians and feather stars.
NORTH POINT / ROCKY POINT
Similan Liveaboard North Point also known as Similan scuba diving Rocky Point is a Thailand liveaboard dive site comprising submerged rocks located to the northeast of similan island 9 and north of similan island Breakfast Bend. Marked by a diving buoy one kilometre north of the similan liveaboard island, the huge boulders are surrounded by large areas of sand. The northern boulders extend to below 35 metres thailand liveaboard diving depth. The formations of adhering rocks create holes and a swim-through at around 20 meters. Remarkably, in the southern area, a steep gigantic boulder forms a scenic, elongated channel five metres below the surface that runs from east to west. Next to the channel, near the island are shallow fringe reefs that consist of staghorn and hard corals, stretching all the way from the northeast to the southwest of the Similan Liveaboard diving National Marine Park in Thailand About 300 metres to the northwest of the liveaboarrd diving site lies another pinnacle. This fantastic similan island pinnacle is totally covered with soft Thailand corals and giant sea fans. However the top of the Thailand divesite pinnacle is at about 30 metres and falls steeply to betwen 40 and 45 metres, which is in excess of the limits for PADI Thailand recreational liveaboard diving. Divers should note that there is no shelter between this pinnacle and the shallower site, so heading back from the Liveaboard Thailand pinnacle requires care in case of currents, however you may be rewarded with the sight of leopard sharks resting in the sand.
Similan Island liveaboard diving Anita's Reef (Hin Muan Deaw) spreads betwen between two Thailand liveaboard islands, Similan #5 and Similan #6 which are two of the smaller liveaboard islands adjacent to one another. The scubareef starts from the east of Similan island 6 and runs to the south of Similan island 5. The reef slope from the reef flat at five to ten metres to the sandy bottom at a maximum of 26 to 28 metres. Shallow Thailand liveaboard coral gardens comprise huge pore and staghorn corals with small pinnacles. Colourful corals are scattered along white powdery sand, creating beautiful natural scenery. A big outcrop located on the south east makes this dive site unique and attracts many photographers at the liveaboard Thailand divesites. From the sandy bottom base at 20 metres to the top of the rock at 12 metres, this fantastic rock is surrounded by various colourful soft corals, gigantic sea fans, and many species of hard corals. The thai name for this spectacular rock is "Hin Muan Deaw" meaning "Whole roll [of film] rock", is the best way to describe how beuatiful this must-see rock really is. At the south side of Liveaboard Thailand Anita's Reef are gigantic boulders that extend from similan island 5 and continue southward. These gigantic boulders lie at between 30 and 35 metres on the sandy bottom, and form a channel to swim through.
in 2003, the Similan National Park authorities sank a 30m x 12m fibreglass fishing boat in the area to create a new dive site known as Tuna Wreck, which is located to due south of the south western corner of similan island #5, marked by a buoy. The wreck sits on the sandy divesite bottom just beyond the outer edge of the reef, with the depth varying from 28m metres, down to the deepest point at 40 metres Thailand diving depth
Thailand Similan Liveaboard diving Deep Six is a cluster of submerged boulders is located on the north of Similan Island #7 (Koh Pa-Yu). The Khao Lak Liveaboard Divesite Deep Six is an extension of the main island that continues underwater, with a maximum depth of 35 to 40 metres. There are many outcrops throughout the area, along with scattered rocks with soft corals and sea fans on the outer parts. At the big boulder in the centre, a pile of smaller rocks form swim-throughs at depths of between 12 and 22 metres Thailand diving Liveaboard depth. In addition, there are sheer walls covered with dense soft Thailand corals. Shallow patch corals and rock surround the island at a depth of 10 to 15 metres. You may see whitetip reef sharksoff the boulders, and Kuhl's stingrays are common on the sandy bottom. You will find black and white snapper, giant travallies and tuna swimming amoung boulders, as well as schools of neon fusiliers, bluefin trevallies and yellow snapper. When passing through the swim-throughs, you may encounter big snappers, oriental sweetlips or harlequin sweetlips, and if you are lucky, you will spot ghost pipefish and frogfish camouflaged amoung the pinnacles. The lush corals are home to various small marine critters such as red fire gobies, blennies and nudibranches.
Located on the east side of Island 8, this site is a perfect location for a relaxed sunset or night dive.
The top plateau located between 5m and 12m is great for training and night dives. Below 12 meters a lucky few will find the sloping reef dropping to 25m inhabited by Moray eels, nudibranches, shrimp and the home of one of the few wrecks located in the Similan Islands archipelago. Around 20 meters lies a sunken wooden liveaboard collapsing slowly and making a great home for Batfish, Snapper, Scorpionfish and Lionfish.
SHARK FIN REEF
Located off the south east side of Island 3, this site was named for the shape of its elongated ridge rising above the surface which reminds many of a shark fin. Our main reference above and below is the ridge itself. The elongated shape covers a long distance, making walls, platforms, cracks, and small caves where we can spend the second half of the dive after exploring the deeper parts of the surrounding area. Let’s see if you will be lucky enough to find leopard sharks resting in the sand, humphead parrotfish, marble stingrays, or even pink whiprays. The shallow areas will excite photographers when they have to choose between interesting subject in some the clearest waters of the Similan Islands.
This dive site on Island 9 consists of two sections and is ideal for any dive of the day. The fringing reef starts at 5m and slopes to 20m with a mixture of healthy hard corals. This is the home of many different types of marine life such as Moray, Octopus, Mantis shrimp and Lobster. This site is also a great feeding ground for Hawksbill turtles. If you choose to leave the reef and head to the outer boulders have a look on the sand for Khul’s stingrays and Jaw fish. Leopard sharks can occasionally be spotted among the boulders starting at 22m.
MV Sea Chart 1 was in the process of transporting 1,200 logs of wood in its 3200 tonnes hold from Burma, heading across the Andaman Sea, down through the Straits of Malacca and then on to to its final destination in Vietnam. However, in August 2009, the bulk-carrier encountered problems not far from Thailand’s coast, where rough seas and severe weather battered the ship, causing multiple leaks in its hull. Water also leaked into the engine room and began to sink the vessel. All crew on board the Sea Chart 1 managed to escape on inflatable rafts soon to be rescued by a Thai Navy ship. MV Sea Chart, 84 meters long and 12 meters wide, now rests on her starboard side in 40 meters of water. This facinating ship wreck still with cargo aboard and many other original features makes a jaw dropping dive for wreck divers. A huge amount of marine life has already settled on this wreck. There is lots of Lionfish, a school of huge Batfish, several different unusual nudibranchs, a school of big Rainbow runners, a big old Baracuda, Octopus, Ghost Pipefish, Frogfish and many others. This is a dive site for more experienced divers and for our deep diver courses.
Sunk in 1985, this tin dragger went down in 20 meters of water, after somebody flushed the toilet and the water started rushing in and did not stop! Over several years, it became colonized by thousands upon thousands of fish, glad to be lucky enough to have to an artificial reef in a vast expanse of sand. When the tsunami hit in 2004, it broke the structure into four main pieces, making it ever more interesting. Around the wreck, which locals describe as “fish soup,” you will pass through clouds of snappers, fusiliers, batfish, and trevally as you look for the special things living within the wreck and in the surrounding sand. Crocodile fish, stonefish, scorpionfish, lionfish, ornate ghost pipefish and much more reside with the kings of the site, the nudibranch. Do you think you will be able to find more than 10 different species on the same dive? I know I will! Avoid penetrating the wreck at all costs. Since the tsunami broke it apart, the separate structures are very unstable. Also keep your eyes peeled for the many lionfish found hovering about the entire site. They always have the right of way.
Though sunk on purpose in 2001 for the benefit of recreational diving, the Premchai is the twin sister of the Boonsung Wreck. As the Premchai was sunk after the Boonsung, it is not quite as heavily inhabited, but month after month more and more aquatic life is finding it’s home on this beautiful wreck. Placed close to the Taplamu coast, the visibility is largely affected by the coastal tide. On a good day, the visibility may not get much better than about 10m, but you can still hope to see a variety of nudibranch, mollusks, pipefish scorpion fish, cuttlefish, crocodile fish, mantis shrimp, orangutan crab, and moray eel. Don’t expect to get any deeper than 22 meters, however, unless you bring a shovel. You’ll have to pay close attention to your deco limit because, although you can’t go any deeper than 22 meters, you will spend the majority of the dive between this depth and the top of the wreck, found around 16 meters.
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