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Myanmar Mergui Overview

Diving Myanmar with Liveaboards have started in 1997 under the leadership of Phuket diving centers, the Mergui Archipelago opened to foreign tourists for the first time in over 50 years.
Diving Myanmar is deemed exceptional, both for the potential of the many unexplored sites around its 800 islands, set in granite and limestone, which span an area of 36,000 km², there is underwater richness everywhere. Four years later, in 2001, Andaman Scuba organized its first Myanmar Mergui liveaboard dive cruise onboard its previous boat, Bunmee II. The dive sites vary between pinnacles, canyons, plateaus, swim-through and tunnels, where there are presently colorful hard and soft corals, giant sea fans, soft coral forests where sedentary and pelagic faunas intersect.

With an abundance of colors and shapes, blue and red, green and orange, pink and purple, each site has its own uniqueness and offers a distinctive path on each dive.

It is often the case that your liveaboard will be the only boat on the site, allowing you to explore every detail of the fixed fauna and discover the indigenous species including; Seahorses, Pipe, and Ghost pipe fish – Comb and Spider crabs, Sponges – Frogfish and Pineapple fish … subtle crossovers of moving and fixed species … out in the blue swim the rays, barracudas, batfishes, giant trevally, tunas, and even whale sharks during the migration period …

Location

Most Famous Diving Myanmar Burma Sites in the Mergui Archipelago

Diving Myanmar first encounter is around 15 miles from Kawthaung, this small island is very characteristic with its single tree. On the northwest of the Islet you’ll dive along an orange-green colored wall and to the southwest along a coral reef. The high density of fish includes shoals of snappers, glassfish, yellow fusiliers, blue fusiliers, titan triggerfish, groupers, nurse sharks, seahorses, many invertebrates and crustaceans, …
Not so far away from the mainland, the visibility can be a little poor during some tidal periods but High Rock is the perfect spot to start diving Myanmar.

Situated on the north of High Rock on the way to Three Islets and Shark cave, this site offers one of the largest fields of anemones of the Mergui Archipelago if not in all of the Andaman Sea.
All marine life is concentrated and swirls around the rock: kingfish, barracuda, and tuna with a high density of sedentary reef fauna.

One of the favorite places to dive in Burma boasting: ghost fish, striped yellow seahorses, pipefish, nudibranch, harlequin shrimp, striped knit snake … they are all here! At the North of the central island, a large canyon leads to, Shark Cave! This canyon, shaped in a horseshoe, probably offers of the densest marine life found in the Mergui Archipelago. From small: frogfish, ghost pipefish, spider crab, harlequin shrimp … to large: giant trevally, jackfish rainbow runner, tunas, snappers, marbled stingrays and the occasional gray shark, turn around at the tunnel entrance, you will never tire of diving here. The tunnel is about twenty meters long with a depth of 15 meters. At the end of this tunnel, a lower cave is accessible, home to a group of nurse sharks, the largest being around 4 meters long.

The flagship dive site of Myanmar-Burma, the area is dense and dives are along its walls covered with hard and soft corals. The lonely rock lies out the end of a remote part of the Mergui Archipelago. Black Rock is a natural magnet for marine life, attracting many pelagic

The terrain is gently sloping from 5 to 35 meters on the northeast face while falling away at its southwest side where the depth reaches easily over 50m. The abundance of underwater and variety are striking;
While shoals of Giant trevally, barracudas, platax fish and fusiliers pass by, holes and cavities abound with ghost pipefish, frogfish, harlequin shrimp, striped ribbon eels and all kinds of crabs … You can observe leopard, gray reef and white tip sharks, eagle rays. Black Rock is among one of the most privileged sites in South East Asia, for encountering the passing of manta rays.

North Twin is one of the best dive sites in Myanmar Burma. Located in the northwest of the island, the rocky plateau is between 24 and 30m, upon which lie dozens of widely scattered granite blocks. A white sandy area around the plateau gently slopes down to a giant sea fan forest of orange and pink. There is an abundance of fish and leopard sharks, and white tip seen in the deeper areas. Visibility is excellent and this site regularly sees Manta Rays pass by.
Located on its deeper side in the southwest of the island, the Pinnacle is from 5m to 35m deep and again we find large granite boulders here, covered with corals and pink and purple sponges, Zebra moray eels, morays ribbons, ghost pipefish between the blocks and giant sea fans. Be on the lookout for the Barracuda, kingfish, and tunas patrolling just above …

Located 10 miles south of its sister North Twin Island, South twin is one island you will remember from the Mergui Archipelagos. A granite island, with trees and white sandy bays, form its geological structure. Under the surface, the terrain is of rocky structures forming canyons and cavities where small and sedentary fauna are present on coral tables with colorful beds of anemones: large varieties of nudibranch, ribbon moray eels with passing kingfish rainbow runner jackfishes and barracudas. Emperors Angel Fish, parrotfish and Oriental sweetlips are also found on this site and it is an excellent site for night dives with very little current.

Diving under the surface of this remarkable and pierced large rock, the seascape consists of drop-offs covered with sponges all around the island with cavities, tunnels and swim-through, bringing you out in the middle of shoals of snappers and fusiliers. The dive is interesting for the macro sea life and juvenile nurse sharks can be found in the cavities which are also home to many varieties of shrimps including boxers and mantis. Diving down to 25 meters you will find a white sandy bottom where you will encounter marbled stingrays, blacktip and white tip sharks.

Certainly one of the most colorful of the diving sites with an incredible density of orange-rose giant sea fans around which the lionfishes dance their ballet. From small harlequin shrimp, pipefish, seahorses and yellow striped seahorses to big Marbled Stingrays, leopard sharks, white tip and gray reef sharks. Out in the blue look for the barracudas, trevally and of course, manta rays and eagle rays during migration periods.

Near to the west of MacLeod Island, this limestone rock resembles a boat to sail.
The dives here are from 5 to 35 meters deep and cast in a colorful orange. You’ll find Parrotfish, angelfish, sweet lips, marbled stingrays and nurse sharks are frequently seen.

Diving Myanmar last encounter, located further south of the Mergui Archipelagos, Western Rocky offers extensive underwater scenery including, pinnacles, walls, caves, and tunnels where life is abundant and varied.
At 20 meters we find a tunnel through the island, which is populated with crustaceans. Rarely will you find such diversity on the same site: crabs, shrimps, lobsters, Pharaoh Squid, frogfish, lionfish, moray eels, schools of small barracuda, angelfish, parrotfish, groupers. Western Rocky is also in a prime location to encounter whale sharks during their migration

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Myanmar Mergui Itinerary

6 Days / 7 Nights / 20 Dives

  • 16h30 – Boarding & Thailand Immigration
  • 20h00 – Dinner and Navigation
  • 08h00 – Breakfast
  • 09h00 – Myanmar Immigration – Kawthaung
  • 09h30 – Stop at Kawthaung village
  • 10h30 – Navigation to Mergui Archipelago
  • 12h30 – Lunch
  • 15h00 – 1º Dive Burma: High Rock
  • 17h30 – 2º Dive Burma: Rocky 1
  • 20h00 – Dinner
  • 07h30 – 1º Dive: 3 Islets – Shark Cave
  • 09h00 – Breakfast
  • 10h30 – 2º Dive: 3 Islets – Shark Cave
  • 12h30 – Lunch
  • 13h30 – 3º Dive: 3 Islets – Shark Cave
  • 16h30 – 4º Dive: 3 Islets – Shark Cave
  • 18h00 – Sunset
  • 20h00 – Dinner
  • 07h30 – 1º Plongée : Sites de Black Rock
  • 09h00 – Petit-Déjeuner
  • 10h30 – 2º Plongée : Sites de Black Rock
  • 12h30 – Déjeuner
  • 13h30 – 3º Plongée : Sites de Black Rock
  • 16h30 – 4º Plongée : Sites de Black Rock
  • 18h00 – Sunset
  • 20h00 – Dîner
  • 07h30 – 1º Dive: North Twin Island
  • 09h00 – Breakfast
  • 10h30 – 2º Dive: North Twin Island
  • 12h30 – Lunch
  • 13h30 – 3º Dive: South Twin Island
  • 16h30 – 4º Dive: Stewart Island
  • 18h00 – Sunset
  • 20h00 – Dinner
  • 07h30 – 1º Dive: Western Rocky Pinnacle
  • 09h00 – Breakfast
  • 10h30 – 2º Dive: Western Rocky Sites
  • 12h30 – Lunch
  • 14h00 – 3º Dive: Western Rocky Sites
  • 17h00 – Sunset
  • 19h00 – Night Dive: Western Rocky
  • 20h00 – Dinner
  • 07h30 – 1º Dive: Fan Forest Pinnacle
  • 09h00 – Breakfast
  • 10h30 – 2º Dive: Laguna Wall
  • 12h30 – Lunch
  • 15h30 – Arrival Kawthaung – Immigration
  • 16h00 – Tour in Kawthaung
  • 17h00 – Navigation back to Khaolak
  • 07h30 – Breakfast
  • 08h30 – Thailand Immigration & Disembarkment