Mergui Archipelago - Myanmar (Burma)
Discover the unspoiled paradise of the Mergui Archipelago and make your dream come true!
Sailing north from Phuket, along the Similan Islands and the Surin islands of Thailand, you enter the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar (Burma), also known as Myeik Archipelago. The islands are made of a mix of granite and limestone formations and are commonly covered by tropical rain forest. The Archipelago lies north of Thailand, on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, and consists of more than 800 islands of different size and shape, sizing up to hundreds of square kilometers! The local people are mostly fishermen of the Moken, a tribe of Sea Gypsies. The Moken are a sea-dwelling people, living on many islands in the Andaman Sea, such as Surin island and Koh Lipe even further south. They follow their traditional way of life since centuries. Their live is based on fishing, building boats, catching crabs an collecting food.a stunning wildlife covers many of the islands you are about to visit. You can find boar, deer, monkeys and a bewildering selection of tropical birds including a rare type of hornbill.
The area was only opened up to foreign tourism in 1997 after negotiations between Burma and dive operators from Phuket in Thailand. The archipelago’s isolation is such that much of it has not even yet been thoroughly explored. Although a five-star casino and golf resort was opened on Thahtay Kyun Island lately, the islands are still pristine and very little affected by civilization as we know it and there has been very little infrastructure development. The only way to visit these waters and some of the best dive sites in the world, is by live aboard or, in this case, on a sail and dive cruise through the Mergui Archipelago.
Dive and Sail – Scuba Diving
The diving is magnificent! The dive sites have exotic names like Big Bank, Rainbow Reef, Shark Cave and Silver Top Reef, just to name a few. Huge boulders interspersed with soft corals, sea fans and the full assortment of underwater activities from conventional reef diving through wall diving to the exploration of underwater caverns and tunnels are waiting to be explored. The marine inhabitants range from sharks to manta rays and include exotic species like frog fish, ghost pipe fish, ribbon eels and a magnificent array of crustacea. All in all; the Mergui Archipelago promises a unique and unforgettable sailing vacation! Contact us here for inquiries.