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Diving Myanmar

With over 800 islands at the coast of Myanmar there is plenty of opportunities for diving around the Mergui archipelago. But said this the development of the diving industry is slow and only a handful of dive centres have opened their doors. This is because the Burmese government only opened the borders for tourism in the late 90s. Since then Myanmar liveaboards started to explore the islands to find some great dive sites such as the Burma Banks, Western Rockies and Black Rock.

The Mergui archipelago brings you a large variety of dive sites such as reefs, walls, pinnacles and plateaus. On the reefs and walls, you see beautiful soft and hard corals where yellow snappers are in large numbers and lionfish are hanging around to wait for the schools of glassfish to come close for it to grab. In the sea fans and small cracks in the rocks have a look for the smaller critters such as seahorses and harlequin shrimps. When you go to the plateaus of the Burma banks you will see also beautiful corals but keep an eye out for reef and nurse sharks patrolling the site. With dropdowns next to the plateau that go as deep as 300 meters you can expect other sharks to come along as well. During all your dives make sure to look into the blue for whale sharks and manta rays.

When going on a liveaboard trip to the Mergui archipelago you probably don’t see any other divers apart from those that joined your diving holiday. This brings you to enjoy the dive sites with only a small group of people.

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How to get to Myanmar

A Myanmar diving cruise can departure either Khoa lak or Ranong depending on which liveaboard you choose. When the liveaboard departures from Khoa Lak you will get picked up by minibus from Phuket as well as Khoa Lak area and get transferred to the liveaboard. These liveaboards also include 2 days of diving in the Similan Islands. The liveaboards that departure from Ranong also includes minibus pick up around Phuket and Khoa Lak. Just bear in mind this is a 5-hours drive whereas you can choose a short domestic flight from Bangkok on a daily basis. From Ranong, you will cross over to Kawthaung for immigration procedures

 

Mergui Archipelago

Diving Season

Due to weather conditions in the monsoon season, a Myanmar diving cruise is only available from November until April. In this time of the year, you get the least amount of rain, and the seas are calm whereas the monsoon season brings along strong winds and heavy rainfall.

How to get to Myanmar

A Myanmar diving cruise can departure either Khoa lak or Ranong depending on which liveaboard you choose. When the liveaboard departures from Khoa Lak you will get picked up by minibus from Phuket as well as Khoa Lak area and get transferred to the liveaboard. These liveaboards also include 2 days of diving in the Similan Islands. The liveaboards that departure from Ranong also includes minibus pick up around Phuket and Khoa Lak. Just bear in mind this is a 5-hours drive whereas you can choose a short domestic flight from Bangkok on a daily basis. From Ranong, you will cross over to Kawthaung for immigration procedures

Myanmar Visa

Depending on the length of stay there is a fee to pay on board your liveaboard before your Myanmar diving trip can start. The fee is US$200 up to US$250 per cruise that needs to be paid in cash. Very important is that your US dollar bills are new as well as that they are in very good condition. Otherwise, the Myanmar immigration officers reject your payment. Besides this bring along 2 passport size photos that are not older than 6 months old as well as a copy of your passport.

Besides this bring along 2 passport size photos that are not older than 6 months old as well as a copy of your passport.

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