MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO, BURMA – MYANMAR
If you want the most unique diving experience on the planet, then Myanmar ( formerly known as Burma ) is the place for you. Its waters were closed off until 1997, which means that they are relatively unexplored and undiscovered by even some of the most seasoned divers. With gorgeous landscapes made of caves, soft and hard corals, incredibly rich wildlife, and exclusive dive sites, it is diving like you’ve never done it before.
Burma’s Mergui Archipelago offers over 800 islands sprinkled throughout 12,000 square kilometers of crystalline waters just begging to be discovered. Since Burmese waters were opened, only a few boats have begun to appear, yet the islands remain almost entirely uninhabited save for the odd Burmese sea gypsies. Most divers who go to Burma seek the mysterious waters of the Mergui Archipelago. This off-the-beaten-path diving destination is made mostly from limestone ( ensuring there are plenty of caves and tunnels) and a few granite pinnacles circled by a wide diversity of corals of beautiful colour.
CONDITIONS FOR DIVING
Water conditions are dependant on annual monsoons governing Myanmar’s climate. November to April is the North-East monsoon. Winds blow across Myanmar bringing cool, dry air from China. Offshore winds create favorable sea conditions.
May to October the climate is controlled by the South-West monsoon. Strong winds carrying hot, humid air from the Indian Ocean bring clouds, heavy rainfall, and make for unsafe sea conditions. Travel to the Mergui Archipelago is not recommended.
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR FOR DIVING
Optimum weather and sea conditions for visiting the Mergui Archipelago is between JAN and APR. Best time to encounter Giant Manta rays at Black Rock and westerly dive sites.
PRICE FOR LIVEABOARD 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS ON MV SMILING SEAHORSE
- Standard cabins with two shared bathroom: 45,000 THB (total 4 pax)
- Deluxe cabins with own bathroom: 47,000 THB (total 8 pax)
- Master cabins with own bathroom : 50,000 THB (total 4 pax)
Itinerary and Dive site could be flexible due the weather & current