The Mergui Archipelago, located in the southern part of Myanmar (Burma) and 451 km north from Phuket, is the only place in the world having over 800 Virgin Islands with unspoiled beach & wildlife and with few / no people. You have a lot of diving opportunities to experience around these islands.
Overview of South of Mergui Archipelago – 6 Days / 5 Nights by MV Thai Sea
You will discover islands of South Mergui Archipelago on MV Thai Sea to enjoy the sublime beauty of nature & exciting diving among the wonderful marine life & untouched coral reefs.
Our liveaboard cruise will start from Kawthaung closed to the border town Kanong in Thailand, about 300 km north of Phuket. This is the best route and only direct access point to the Mergui Archipelago.
Departure day – Day 1:
You will meet at the Dive Shop in Ranong at 12.00. Prepare your rental equipment before boarding MV Thai Sea. Thai immigration will come on board to check Thailand procedure before sailing. You will cruise to Kawthaung to get your visa for Burma and visit permission for the archipelago. Officers will come on board to check whether all papers are in order or not. After all the administration part you will start for a safe and secure journey. Enjoy the sunset from the boat before dinner while cruising.
Get up early in the morning. You will take 4 dives around High Rock, an exciting macro site. After 2 dives in the morning, go back for 3rd dive. In the afternoon, you will discover a cave where you will find an abode of nurse sharks. In the evening, take an amusing night dive in a coral garden to notice different sorts of crabs such as spider crabs, sponge crabs and spectacular Spanish Dancers swimming. Breath-taking views of thousands of colourful shrimps will offer you the greatest amusement in your tour.
On this day you will visit Mc Leod island to explore some sites full of colourful soft corals. All colours of rainbow represented here will attract you most. The macro life around Mc Leod island is also very amusing. You will spot pineapple fish, ghost pipe fish, nudibranchs…
Today you will take 2 dives around Seafan Forest, as the name suggests it is a forest dive site with very attractive giant seafans & many schools of barracudas. Take third dive around North Rocky and a night dive around Drake Island to see Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, Whale Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Shark and other small creatures.
Today you will take 4 dives around Western Rocky, one of the most amazing dive sites in Myanmar(Burma). One of the attractions is a tunnel going all the way through the island occupied by a lot of lobsters as well as many types of crabs such as sponge crab, spider crab, anemone crab…You will also find Bowmouth Guitar Fish, Whale Shark & other species of sharks. Keep your eyes alert for Harlequin Shrimp, Frogfish, Sea Horses…
On this day you will take 2 most amusing dives around Shark Point and a dead volcano to see Reef Sharks. You will also notice seahorse (up to 10 per dive), shaded bat fish, comet long fins or pinneaple fish, etc. After taking the last dive,return to Kawthaung for some shopping. After getting your passport back by the Burmese authorities, you will cruise back to Thailand.
Note: Schedule and Itinerary depends on the weather/sea conditions and the discretion of the Cruise Director & Captain. It also depends on currents, dive sites activities, light, objective, sailing times etc. The spots are possible, but not guaranteed.
The itineraries include dives deeper than 18 meters. If you want to do these dives and are not yet certified for it, we will ask you to take a diving course on-board at minimum the adventure deep dive training for 1000thb.
Notes: Please note that all Mergui Archipelago / Myanmar trips are closed for any bookings 2 weeks before the departure date of the trip, this time is need to get all Immigration and Permit procedures ready.
Full accommodation and board in shared cabin, all meals incl. breakfast, lunch, afternoon bites, and dinner, fresh fruits, yoghurt & snacks, refreshments such as soft drinks, drinking water, filter coffee & tea, Bathroom Set: Towels, shower gel, sea kayak and hamac, 12 Liter Alum. Cylinders, Weights & Weight Belt, professional Tour leader, Divemaster and Instructor, dive lamps for night dives and first set of batteries, total of 18 Dives during the Trip
Package do not included:
Any transfers to and from your hotel to the pier which is not mentioned in the Itinerary (can be organize on extra charge), Any international or domestic airfare, Myanmar Entry and Visa permission * (payable on board), Diving insurance*** or Travel insurance****, Rental diving equipment ***** (please book in advance if you need to rent a diving computer or underwater camera etc), Nitrox, PADI / SSI Diving courses (please book in advance), alcoholic beverages, Wine, beer, Tip for Crew, Divemaster, Instructor, driver, guide,
Note: For your security, we ask that every diver has a dive computer and every buddy team has an SMB.
* Myanmar Entry and Visa permission
We enter Myanmar (Burma) under a license agreement from the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Passengers for these dive cruises do not need a visa, but are required to pay an entry fee of 170 US$, Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
*** Diving Insurance
There are two option if you do not have any diving insurance yet, check out our Diving Insurance page for more details.
1) If you are a European Citizen: You can get your diving insurance directly online with Aqua Med. Just follow HERE and enter all your details, you will get an confirmation within 24hrs.
2) For outside Europe Citizen you are able to visit the Webpage of DAN to apply for your diving insurance: http://diversalertnetwork.org/
**** Travel Insurance
Get your Travel Insurance with a worldwide coverage. No matter from which country you are. Just follow the link HERE to your insurance package. Buy, extend and claim online, from anywhere in the world, even while you away from home and already on the way.
***** Rental Equipment:
• Full set Equipment (BCD, Regulator, Mask, Fins and Wetsuite) rental (500THB/ day)
• Computer (300/day)
• camera (400/day)
• Nitrox (250/tank)
Charter: MV Thai Sea is also available for liveaboard charter; please contact us for more details to make your scuba vacation special for you and your friends.
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