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Mergui Archipelago - Island Hopping and safari

Cruise on board the MV Sawan and discover with it's professional and international team the islands and underwater world of this amazing Archipelago

Trip Details
Trip Code: MM-KAW-2003
Destination: Mergui Archipelago
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Frequency: By Schedule
Departure Time: from Ranong / Kawthaung
Suitable For: Family, Seniors, Children
Trip Theme: Adventure, Cruises
fauna and flora at the archipelago
Mergui Archipelago Cruises - southern Island
Island Cruises Myanmar
Mergui Archipelago Snorkeling cruises
Snorkeling adventure Myanmar
S. Matthew’s Island  - Myanmar
Myanmar Burma Mergui
Mergui Archipelago - cabins
Cock's Comb - Emerald Heart of Myanmar

Day 1   Kawthaung – Zar Bet Kyee Kyunn Island (S. Matthew’s Island)  ( - / L / D )
Meeting point is the multipurpose pier in Ranong between 10.30-11.00. Around 11.00 - 11.30 am embarkof MV Sawan for your adventure within the Mergui Archipelago. She will be in Kawthaung around 12.00-12.30 )all timing will be deending on the immigration officers in both countries). While checking in on board your Cruise Director will complete all formalities with the Thai Immigration so the boat is ready to leave for a short cruise over the river to Kawthaung / Myanmar.  Lunch will served on board, once the team cleared all the paperwork with the Myanmar Immigration the adventure starts and we are on our way to our first stop at St. Matthew’s Island, one of the largest island in the southern part of the Mergui Archipelago.  During the cruise listen to a short introduction about this amazing area and some of the special islands we will be snorkeling during the trip.  After a briefing and instructions on snorkel equipment it is time to hit the water and get our first impressions of the fantastic underwater world of the Mergui Archipelago in a small bay to the east of St. Matthew’s Island. Back on board enjoy all comfort of the boat with a cool beer, cocktail or a glass wine on the sun deck.  Dinner will be served on board – overnight in the bay of St. Matthew’s Island

 

Day 2   S. Matthew’s Island   ( B / L / D )
Breakfast is served on board while MV Sawan cruises along the spectacular coast of St. Matthew's Island to a small, secluded sandy beach.  Time for some more snorkeling (approximately 1 hour) before we continue cruises into St. Matthew’s South Bay. Lunch will be served onboard.  After Lunch it is time to explore South Bay’s reef by snorkel for the next hours.  The next snorkel stop will be made at West Bay, an impressively huge bay on the West side of St. Matthew's Island. Here we will discover untouched coral reefs with large fan corals, and countless colorful fish as well as uninhabited, lonely snow-white sandy beaches.  Back on board enjoy the sunset on deck. Dinner will be served on board – overnight at the West Bay of St. Matthew’s Island.

 

Day 3   S. Matthew’s Island – Davis Island (Tharn Kyunn Island)  ( B / L / D )
Enjoy your breakfast on board. We will stay in West Bay for the morning to do two more exciting snorkel stops as well as a visit on of the pristine beaches.  Back on the boat we will lunch while cruising southwest to our next destination, Davis Island. Here we will do our third snorkeling stop for the day and another visit of the one of Myanmar’s amazing beaches.   Dinner on board will the boat will stay overnight at Davis Island. Time for another Mergui Sunset with some cool drinks while recounting the experience we have shared so fare.

 

Day 4   (Davis Island) -  Cock's Comb (Emerald Heart of Myanmar) – Cave at Nga Man Gu Kyunn –Horse Shoe Island (Myin Khwar Island)  ( B / L / D )
Breakfast is served whilst we will cruise to Cock’s Comb, also called Emerald Heart, an island that resembles a great rock rising vertically out of the water. On the south-west side is an entrance, only visible at low tide that leads to a hidden lagoon within the island. Snorkel along the outer rocky wall and discover the beautiful soft corals in the crystal clear waters whilst making your way to the lagoon entrance.   In the shallow waters of the ‘grotto’ like at the entrance various types of soft corals and fan corals, as well as juvenile black-tip reef sharks, in the midst of innumerable tropical fish.   Once inside, you will find yourself in a large, heart-shaped lagoon with steep limestone walls that tower straight up into the sky. The island takes its name from the shape and green waters of the lagoon and is a truly stunning sight. After lunch you will cruise to the most westerly point of our Mergui Archipelago expedition for another one hour snorkeling stop at, the cave on Nga Man Gu Kyunn Island which oiur captain also called: 'Shark Cave'. Do not let the name worry you; Shark Cave is just a rock formation west of St. Matthew’s Island and is characterized by it’s excellent diversity of fish life found here. As well as countless fish of all sizes there are also huge fan corals in various colors.  Afterwards we will continue on to Myin Khwar Island also called Horseshoe Island, where we will anchor for the night.  Dinner will serve on board and time to relax and socialize with fellow travelers on board.

 

Day 5   Horse Shoe Island (Myin Khwar Island) - Shar Kyunn Island - Kawthaung  ( B / L / D )
After breakfast we will stay around Horseshoe Island for some more relaxing time on the beach, swimming or just sunbathing in a small bay with a snow-white sandy beach amidst high limestone rocky cliffs. The island has an idyllic, almost dreamy feeling about it and boasts fabulous flora and fauna.  Lunch will serve on board while cruising to our final snorkeling stop on this trip before getting back to Kawthaung. After dinner take the opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of the small border town Kawthaung, the southern tip of Myanmar.  Overnight on board in Kawthaung.

 

Day 6   Kawthaung / Ranong/Thailand  ( B / L / - )
Breakfast on board. Whilst Myanmar Immigration complete the formalities for our departure there is time to further explore Kawthaung with it’s shops, local markets and temples. Return on board MV Sawan will cross the river to Ranong in Thailand.  Enjoy the kitchen crew serve a last delicious Thai lunch while local Thai Immigration process all the paperwork to check back into Thailand.  After lunch it is time to say goodbye to your swimming home for the last 5 nights.

Check out in Kawthaung as you wish but not later than 10.00 am. We will be return to Ranong around 11.00 am. Transfer via air conditioned Mini Van can be organized from the harbor back to Ranong, Khao Lak and Phuket.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Depending on the weather conditions (wind and currents), we reserve the right to change the program sequence as well as our route schedule.

 

Prices include:
Accommodation on board of MV Sawan based on shared twin air-con cabin, all meals (with minimum 3 - 4 different dishes); Western, Thai cuisine, snacks, fruits, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, bed lining, Life Jackets, Port and travel permits, English speaking guides and tour leader, fee usage of Sea Kayaks (sit-on-top), snorkeling sets (mask, snorkel and fins),

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

Mergui Archipelago Royalty Fee
Total (payable on board) US$ 250 per person. The above Fee is set by the Myanmar Government and is subject to change without notice.

Myanmar Visa:
Please note that you have to apply for a 28day tourist visa if you like to travel around Myanmar. You can get your Myanmar visa either at your Myanmar Embassy in your country or since 1 September 2016 everybody can apply for e-visa to enter through all parts of Myanmar including Kawthaung and then travel freely in Myanmar, please see  http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/index.aspx for more detail and application.


Children and elderly & Disabled people Policy:

Due to insurance-technical reasons with Thai Insurance Company the boat is not able to take children under the age of 7, disabled people and people older than 75 years on board.

Single Supplement surcharge – Single traveler
The surcharge for single supplement is 5.500 THB


Flights to and from Kawthaung
For airticket we recommend you check following airline webpages, as you will get much better prices if you book direct with the airline as we have to take a service fee to book airtickets. (we are not able to book online as you can, so we have to go actually to the airline to purchase your ticket).

Flight between Yangon and Kawthaung
Myanmar National Airlines (
www.flymna.com)
Apex Airlines (
www.apexairline.com)
Air KBZ:  (http://www.airkbz.com/)
FMI Air: (http://www.fmiair.com)

Flight between Bangkok and Ranong/Kawthaung
Nok Air  (
http://www.nokair.com/)


Travel 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.

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.

 

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

Join in Tour:

From Date To Date Duration Adults Children
22 Nov 2018 27 Nov 2018 6 days / 5 nights on request
24 Jan 2019 29 Jan 2019 6 days / 5 nights on request
21 Mar 2019 26 Mar 2019 6 days / 5 nights on request

Private Tour:

From Date To Date Duration

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