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Mergui Archipelago Cruise - 5 days snorkeling cruise

MV Sea Gipsy

Discover the remote Mergui Archipelago aboard the unique vessel MV Sea Gipsy.

Explore the amazing Mergui Archipelago with its more than 800 islands, an area which just opened up in 1997 after negotiation between Myanmar and many dive operators from Phuket/Thailand.  
A liveaboard cruise is still the best, and the only real way to visit this remote archipelago. 

Island hopping  Mergui Archipelago Myanmar
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Moken Mergui Archipelago Island hopping Myanmar
Moken Mergui Archipelago Myanmar
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The only human inhabitants in this area are still the Sea Gipsies or Salon as they are called in Myanmar. Due to its isolation and the surrounding sea, the area is alive with an amazing diversity of flora, fauna and beautiful marine life.

Brief Itinerary 

Day 1  Kawthaung - Taung La Bo Island - Poni Island  (- / L / D )
Depending on your arrival details, you being greeted by your guide either at the hotel in Kawthaung or at the airport / hotel in Ranong for your transfer to Kawthaung.  After all the check in procedure you will board your home for the next days. Your tour leader will show you your gazebo and give you an overall briefing, during MV Sea Gipsy embark from Kawthaung into the smooth sea.  Time to explore the boat and taking some last picture from the mainland behind.

Find your spot on the upper deck and enjoy the cruise into the heard of the Mergui archipelago. On the way to Poni Island we will stop at Thaung LaBo island for quick dip into the blue water. Returning to the boat we will continue the cruise to Poni Island where we stay overnight. Enjoy your first sunset on board while sipping a glass of wine or beer before dinner served.  Overnight at Poni Island.

Day 2  Poni Island - Island 115 - Shark Island (Nga Mann Isl) / Pilar Island (Great Swinton)  (B / L / D )
Get up early and watch the sunrise over Poni Island while having a nice cup of fresh coffee.  You will have the opportunity to do either some snorkeling, kayaking or stand up paddling before breakfast is served.  After breakfast we will cruise just 30 min to the island 115 island, take the kayak or join the dingy to get to this beautiful beach with its powder sugar sand.  We will spend some time here and you are able to take a nice nap on the beach, visiting the beautiful clown fish along the rock, or take the kayak and go around the island.

Return to the boat and enjoy the tasty lunch while cruising to Shark Island. The Island received his name from his shape, so no worry. The water around are again just perfect for some kayaking, snorkeling and hopping to the beach. Depending on the weather the crew will decide if we are able to stay overnight or move to Pilar. Dinner and overnight on board

Day 3   Pilar Island / Laguna Bay -  Moken Village  - Bawei Island - Nga Khin Nyo Nge Island (Boulder Island) (B / L / D )
After another amazing sunrise and a heavily Breakfast we will cruise away from Great Swinton to the near by Island to visit a Moken (Sea Gypsies) and Fisherman Village.  Bring some candy’s or small gift (pen, little painting books) for the children. Stroll around the village and observe the daily life of the Villager.  On the right hand of the bay and next to the Village is one of the famous monasteries. The main Abbot is very popular and many Myanmar people all over the country coming visiting this place to blessed from the abbot. This temple is becoming also the place for meditation. After collecting all this new impression get back on board and get ready for our next snorkeling and water activity spot.

Our next stop will be either Bawei island or Lagoon Bay depending on the daily permit of the local Pearl farm operator. Both places are great to explore the sea life while swimming and/ or snorkeling, kayaking or longtail SUP (stand up paddling board). Lunch on board while cruising to Boulder Island, our next stop.

Arriving at this amazing place get ready for some more activities. Take your mask, snorkel and fins and discover the underwater world of Boulder Bay. Or if the tides allow you take the opportunity to explore this great island with its many exciting treks.  As we will spend the night here you will be able to enjoy more action full hours the next morning. Dinner and overnight at Boulder Island

Day 4 Nga Khin Nyo Nge Island - Zar Bet Kyee Island (S. Matthew's Island) - Shar Kyunn Island (B / L / D )
The highlight on your trip is awaits you at Boulder Island where you will have your choice of swimming, kayaking, enjoy the beautiful beach or go for an unforgettable trek on this previously uncharted island. The island offers so much more than 5 beaches. One of the favorites is the hike to Eagle Rock the highest point on the island. The view of over the island is spectacular.

Return on board of MV Sea Gipsy we serve lunch and set off in the afternoon to our next stop. Enjoy the view, read a good book or play one of the many games on board. Or just relax in your gazebo.  Arriving at South Bay at the Zar Det Kyee Hyunn Island time for a refreshing jump from the sun deck into the Sea and a swimming before we reach our final destination for the day the Shar Kyunn Island.  Enjoy the last sunset and dinner on your trip before you retiring for the evening.  Dinner and overnight at Shar Kyunn Island

Day 5  Shar Kyunn Island - Kawthaung  (B / - / - )
After Breakfast it’s time to say good bye as we heading back to Kawthaung. We will arrive Kawthaung about 11.00 am - 11.45 am at Kawthaung the staff will assist you with immigration process before you continue with your travel planes.

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 Remarks: The itinerary can be adjusted depending on the flight arrival and departure times.  The itinerary can be changed within the group. Our tour leader will adjust the itinerary depending on the group’s needs.

Note: Schedule and Itinerary depends 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 usually possible, but not always guaranteed.


Prices include:
Transfers *, all night accommodation on board MV Sea Gipsy based on double bed open-air gazebo, all meals (with minimum 3 - 4 different dishes); Western, Thai, Chinese, Myanmar, snacks, fruits, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, towel, toiletries, Life Jackets, Port and travel permits, English speaking guides and tour leader, usage of Sea Kayaks (sit-on-top), stand up paddling, snorkeling sets (mask, snorkel and fins), Fishing Gear.

Prices do not include:
Any international or domestic airfare & hotels (can be organized by us, just contact us in advanced), transfers to and from Jetty*  Mergui Archipelago Royalty Fee**, rental diving equipment, alcoholic beverages, expenditures of personal nature, service not mentioned above, tips, travel insurance***

* Transfers to and from Jetty in Kawthaung. Transfer from the airport Kawthaung to the jetty will be organized as well as transfers from Airport / Pier in Ranong (Thailand) to the jetty in Kawthaung (Myanmar). Just give us your detailed information.

** Mergui Archipelago Royalty Fee
Total (payable on board) US$ 100 per person
Please note that the above Fee is set by the Myanmar Government and is subject to change without notice.

Travel- & Medical Insurance

Travel Insurance including medical repatriation insurance is mandatory on all our trips. Therefore, we strongly recommend to our guests to make sure to purchase suitable insurance package, which covers all kind of traveling problems, such as losing of luggage, any kind of cancellation of airlines or tours…….. for the value for all the length of your trip.  All our tours are including local accident insurance via the operator, but they are most of the time not European standard. 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, 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.

For those who are still looking for a good Travel-, Medical- & Scuba Diving Insurance with a worldwide coverage. Just visit our different Insurance Package.

No matter from which country you are, just follow the above link 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.

Note: Please note that a private travel insurance is mandatory on all our packages / excursions/tours.


Charter: MV Sea Gipsy is also available for liveaboard charter; please contact us for more details to make your vacation special for you and your friends.


DepartureArrivalDays/ nightsDouble Bed Cabin
03.03.202107.03.20215 / 4
08.03.202112.03.20215 / 4
13.03.202117.03.20215 / 4
18.03.202122.03.20215 / 4
23.03.202127.03.20215 / 4
28.03.202101.04.20215 / 4
02.04.202106.04.20215 / 4
07.04.202111.04.20215 / 4
12.04.202116.04.20215 / 4
17.04.202121.04.20215 / 4
22.04.202126.04.20215 / 4
27.04.202101.05.20215 / 4
02.05.202106.05.20215 / 4
07.05.202111.05.20215 / 4

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