Experience one of the diving world’s best-kept secrets: Mergui. This stunning archipelago, in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Mergui, Myanmar, is teeming with vibrant underwater life. Its thriving sea population has much to do with the area’s isolation from the outside world. Feel like an underwater Indiana Jones as you explore sites most divers never get to see, from Honor Rock, to Shark Cave, and High Rock. Enjoy some beach time on some of the world’s most stunning beaches, and visit ancient Sea Gypsy villages.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Under the Sea: The best reason to visit the Mergui Archipelago lies under the waves. Besides some of the most untouched dive spots in Southeast Asia and abundant sealife, the unique underwater landscapes make for fantastic swim throughs.
• Sea Gypsies: Also known as Moken or the Salon, these people of Mergui spend their lives on and under the waves, living a largely nomadic life on Myanmar’s least explored waters.
• Liveaboard: With little on-land development in the region, travelers explore the Mergui Archipelago by private sail or motorboats.
Your trip begins either from Yangon, flying down to Kawthaung, or with a drive from Phuket, Thailand to Ranong, with a crossing to Kawthaung. The choice is yours. Upon clearing immigration, leave from Kawthaung’s Myoma Jetty on a boat that will take you to Kyat Mauk island. This island is part of an archipelago of limestone islands, containing mountains, cliffs, caves, and stunning white sand beaches. This one of the world’s best kept secrets in terms of diving havens, with colorful soft corals and caves teeming with exotic underwater life. Today, you’ll make two fun dives and a night dive, upon which you’ll catch glimpses of, and have encounters with the likes of blacktip bharks, tuna, snapper, stingray, turtles, and other rare and beautiful sea species.
Start your day with a dive at Honor Rock, a site that’s similar in nature to Thailand’s famous Richelieu Rock, but far larger. Divers often rave about the quality of the coral here, as well as the huge seafan forest that can be seen underwater. Your second dive today will be through a tunnel/ cave at 20-meters depth, which extends under the entire island. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to catch sightings of Bowmouth Guitarfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Harlequin Shrimp, Seahorses, and more. Finish the day with a dive at South Rock, where you could see lobsters and reef fish.
Today, you’ll be diving sites around Macleod Island. If you wish to take a break from diving today, there are a slew of beachside activities you may choose to indulge in, from snorkelling, to swimming on remote islands, to relaxing with a good book. Alternatively, pay a visit to the Sea Gypsy villages. The Sea Gypsies here are called Moken, and while they currently mostly live on land, in the past they lived primarily on the sea. These people can dive up to 30 meters’ depth, using only goggles.
Today you may choose to either do some more diving, or explore the area by kayak. If you choose to dive, you can see the North Twin Island and its North Pinnacle, an area famous for its crystal clear waters, providing incredible visibility. Dive the Shark Cave, swimming with - you guessed it! - sharks. If you’re up for it, do a final dive at Gt. Swinton, where Barracuda parade around beautiful reefs. Alternatively, kayak through the archipelago’s lush mangroves.
Get in two final dives before the end of your trip - today, you’re off to Rocky Island and High Rock. These fantastic dive sites are famous for the tiny creatures that roam their waters, from Pipefish, to Frogfish, to Seahorses. After completing these dives, return to Kawthaung for your return journey home.
Take a 10-day journey to one of Southeast Asia’s most mysterious countries: Myanmar. You’ll discover the charming nation’s most adored destinations, flying in a hot-air balloon over Bagan’s temple-studded plains, observe expert leg-rowers at Inle Lake, circumambulate gilded temples, and get to know the people and their livelihoods.
Experience the heart of both Buddhism and Myanmar’s enriching heritage on this 12-day expedition across the country, whether you are witnessing a breathtaking sunset at the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, marveling over the carvings decorating the walls of the Kawgun Cave, or discovering enlightened Buddhist meditation practices at the Pha Auk Forest Monastery.
Experience mysterious Myanmar from top to bottom on this thrilling 14-day journey through its hotspots. You’ll take in the temples of ancient Bagan, interact with locals at a local silk weaving factory, and cruise down the calm waters of Inle Lake, all the while spending your nights in some of Myanmar’s best hotels.
Discover Myanmar's charming Putao region on this exciting 5-day luxury journey. Have close encounters with local Lisu, Rewang and Shan villagers, explore the Nam Lang River, take a scenic cruise down the Malikha river, and see the area by bike, while staying at the cozy Malikha Lodge.
Explore Myanmar’s great outdoors on this exhilarating 14-day adventure. You’ll make friends with local villagers, check out Bagan’s 2,000 temples, cruise down the legendary Inle Lake, raft the exciting Malikha river, and stay in some of Myanmar’s most luxurious hotels, like the iconic Governor’s Residence.
Spend 9 luxurious days taking in Myanmar’s ancient culture in ancient Mruak U, and lazing on its stunning coastline on beautiful Ngapali beach. You’ll meander through age-old temples and palaces, make friends with Chin tribespeople, and enjoy free time looking out upon the Bay of Bengal, while staying in luxury hotels.
This 6-day luxury Myanmar adventure will take you to remote ethnic villages in the Northwest of the country. Make friends with members of the Mon Chin, Dai Chin and Magan Chin tribes, whose female members have intricate facial tattoos. You’ll trek alongside scenic rivers and farms, and stay in luxury hotels.
Discover the history, industry, and beautiful nature of Central Myanmar (Burma) on this exciting six-day adventure. You’ll visit a colonial outpost in Pyin Oo Lwin, a local gem mining area, and spend a few days cruising down the Ayeyarwady river to enjoy encounters with its eponymous dolphins.
Discover Myanmar’s hidden hilltribes in the country’s Shan state on this whirlwind 4-day luxury adventure. You’ll make friends with the traditional tribespeople, and learn about their day-to-day lives, rituals, customs, and more, while staying at the peaceful New Kyaing Tong Hotel.
On this 12-day luxury private jet adventure, stroll the streets of emperors in Vietnam, visit old-word temples scattered across Southeast Asia, and try your hand at bargaining with the locals at different fresh markets. This trip hits all of Southeast Asia’s must-see destinations, traveling from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. See isolated cities and towns not frequented by the average traveler, made accessible by a private jet.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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