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.