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Dive Mergui Archipelago - 8 Days / 7 Nights

MV Thai Sea

Cruise with MV Thai Sea to the Best dive sites around the Mergui Archipelago incl. Tower Rock, Princep, Torres, Black Rock, High Rock, Shark Cave, North Twin, Macleod Island, Western Rocky, Seafan Forrest...

Mergui Archipelago - Myanmar/Burma
Itinerary for Scuba Diving in Myanmar
Harlequin Scrimps
Sandy Beaches at the Mergui Archipelago
Black Rock Myanmar / Burma

Our most thrilling Myanmar cruise around Black Rock, High Rock, Shark Cave, North Twin, Macleod Island, Western Rocky, Seafan Forrest...

Departure day - Day 1: Meeting time at the Dive Shop 12.00 in Ranong. You will have time to try your rental equipment before we board MV Thai Sea. Before we can start our cruise the Thai Immigration is coming on board to do all the check out of Thailand procedure. Now we will cross the river to Kawthaung , where you will get your visa for Burma and permit to visit the archipelago. Officer will come onboard to control that all the papers are in order.  After all the administration part it is time to actually depart into the adventure but not before we do a little ceremony to wish for a great and save journey.  Enjoy the sunset before dinner will be served on board while we are cruising into the night.

Day 2: Our first dive will be at High Rock which is a great Macro spots. Here we can find all the special things like Pipefish, ghost pipe fish, Pineapple Fish, Frogfish, Sea Horses and many different species of nudibranchs.  The second dive is planned for Stewart Island where 3 tunnels cross the islands from part to part. Afternoon and night dive at Tower Rock which can be a very special experience ... Opportunity to see Grey Reef shark, Nurse Shark (and they are big…) and a lots of small things like Sea Horses, Frogfish, Ghost Pipefish and spanish dancers in the evening.

Day 3: Today we will do 4 dives around the very special "Shark Cave", one of our favorites. In the afternoon we put food on a bounty beach where we can get some sand between our toes and we might also pass by a local fishermen village. Chance to see Eagle Ray, Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Shark sleeping in their cave, blotched sting rays, frog fishes, leaf fish, Spearing Mantis Shrimp and many more. Beautiful coral makes it a very colorful dive site.

Day 4: After a night of crossing, we will reach Black Rock, a small rock out in open sea. Here we are going for big stuff, like Sharks and Rays and whatever is passing by. Out of 4 days we spent the last years on this very special dive sites we had 2 days of "Manta Festival" with Manta rays coming in dozens from everywhere during the whole dives... in this condition, it is quite difficult to focus on the coral side and find the small stuff but it is also very rich in Macro Life. Black Rock is probably the best dive site in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago.  

Day 5: We stay offshore with North Twin and its pinnacle where there is another good chance to cross Manta rays and sometimes eagle rays and even mobulas. Because there are many patches of sand between the boulders making the particularity of this dive site, we also sighted Leopard sharks sleeping quite regularly. Giant sea fans are also often hiding wonders so look thoroughly!

Day 6: Today we will visit Seafan forest in the morning, its name says it all, many boulders and many seafans attract many kinds of fish. You will often see schools of barracudas or batfish on top of the site as well as tuna hunting schools of fusiliers.  In the afternoon we will go around Western rocky for 2 more dives there.  

Day 7: 4 dives are planned around Western Rocky today, which is one of the most famous dive sites in Burma. One of the highlights is a tunnel (cave) at 20 meters depth that goes all the way through the island. You will see lobsters hiding in dark corners as well as sleeper lobster and many types of crabs (sponge crab, spider crab, anemone crab...) We have also spotted Bowmouth Guitar Fish, Whale Shark before as well as various shark species. But do not forget to keep your eyes open for  Harlequin Shrimp, Frogfish and Sea Horses… 

Day 8: The last dive goes into a volcano where a group of black tip sharks likes to hang around…  this is also a special space to find seahorse and rare tropical fish like the comet long fin, the shaded batfish or the pineapple fish... open your eyes! 

After the last dive we will head back toward Kawthaung where there will be opportunity for shopping.  Once we got our passports back by the Burmese authorities, we will sail back to Thailand where we get a new visa.


Note: Schedule and Itinerary depending on the weather conditions and the discretion of the Cruise Director and Captain and 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 they are not yet certified, we will ask them to pass their advanced open water certification onboard for 6000thb or 1000 thb for a single training dive, the deep diving adventure dive. Both will allow you to dive up to 30 meters.

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 needed to get all Immigration and Permit procedures ready. 

 

Package included:
Full accommodation and board, Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon bites, Dinner, all soft drinks, drinking water, filter coffee & tea, fresh fruits, yoghurt & snacks,  12 Liter Alum. Cylinders, Weights & Weight Belt, PADI Professional Dive Guide /4 divers, all Dives during the Trip, towel, shower gel, sea kayak and hamac, dive lamps for night dives and first set of batteries  

Package do not included:
Any transfers to and from your hotel to the pier which is not mentioned in the Itinerary (but can be organize on extra charge), Any international or domestic airfare, Myanmar Entry and Visa permission * (payable on board), Diving /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 220 US$, Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

 

 *** Rental Equipment:

•  Full set Equipment (BCD, Regulator, Mask, Fins and Wetsuite) rental (500THB/ day)
•  Computer (300/day)
•  camera (400/day)
•  Nitrox (250/tank)

Important Information:
All divers are required to show valid certification and to sign a liability release form and medical statement prior to the boat’s departure. If medical clearance is needed, please arrange this prior to checkin. Guests that have not been diving for more than 1 year before check-in should complete a scuba review signed in their logbook.


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.

Travel & Diving Insurance

Including medical repatriation insurance is mandatory on all our trips. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable insurance package. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting, scuba diving, cycling, cruises, trekking etc.  Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc., are quite inadequate to cover you our tours, so make sure you check the policy before your travel. You are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, we will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not able to respond adequately in case an emergency if you do not have the right insurance. Please also contact your doctor for further preparations regarding to your chosen travel destination including immunizations.

Diving Insurance
There are two very good option diving insurance companies on the market. If you are a European Citizen, you can get your diving insurance directly online with us. Just follow HERE and enter all your details, you will get a confirmation within 24hrs.

For outside Europe Citizen you are able to visit the Webpage of DAN to apply for your diving insurance: http://diversalertnetwork.org/

Travel Insurance
For those who are still looking for a good Travel Insurance with a worldwide coverage. No matter from which country you are, just follow the link HERE and get your insurance package. Buy, extend and claim online, from anywhere in the world, even while you away from home and already on the way.

Price is quoted per person and subject to change without prior notice