Myanmar Liveaboard Diving
Diving by Liveaboard in Myanmar
Liveaboards in Myanmar only started exploring the Mergui archipelago in 1997 when the borders were opened for tourism. Since then liveaboard operators started searching the chain of 800 islands for new dive sites.
This relatively unexplored liveaboard destination already has to offer some great dive sites with untouched reefs and an abundance of marine life.
Because of the remoteness of the islands, you will be most likely be the only liveaboard that you will see for the whole week, and for even more unwinding on your diving holiday phone reception and wifi are not available for the whole trip.
Burma is not quite open yet for mass tourism so the choice of liveaboards is limited. Still, you have a good variation for every divers budget. here is our selection.
Myanmar Liveaboard destinations
Burma dive boats offer different liveaboard trips to the Mergui archipelago. Whereas one liveaboard offers a week-long scuba diving in Myanmar including the Burma banks others choose to depart from Khoa Lak and first stop at diving sites in the Surin island such as Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock before crossing the border.
Myanmar marine life
Myanmar brings some fantastic dive sites including Western Rocky where you can see anything from Frog Fish and Harlequin Shrimps as well as Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.
Black Rock is a rocky outcrop 100 miles from Kawthaung. Well worth a visit to the large schools of Barracudas, Trevallies, and Snappers along with the large pelagics such as Manta Rays. Shark Cave offers beautiful soft corals, seahorses, Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish, and Nurse Sharks. And a great cave!
And finally, another highlight is the Burma Banks where you can expect 50-meter visibility, Silver Tip Sharks, and Nurse Sharks.
Myanmar liveaboard 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 depart 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 depart 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
Depending on the length of stay there is a fee to pay onboard 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, 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.