Dive off the beaten track in Burma Mergui archipelago

Why we love it

In this trip the boat goes further into Mergui archipelago, to look for sharks and mobulas. Burma - just the sound of it is promising… always searching for new dive spots, we discovered Myanmar underwater and it was magical. Navigate through Mergui archipelago, jump in the clear waters and discover an incredible macro life. Swim through tunnels and feel like an explorer. During the surface interval, you’ll think you’re Robinson Crusoe while you are kayaking to a white-sand beach. At night, chat with fellow explorers about your daily adventures while you are watching the stars.

Conservation

The dive center is part of Longitude 181 that promotes responsible scuba diving.

Who is it for?

For advanced divers who like variety. Strong currents. Most sites are suitable for deep dives. Other activities: kayak, islands exploration, eating great food on board, chill out in between dives!

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • Burma waters only recently opened in 1997 - everything is still to discover!
  • Over 800 islands sprinkled throughout 12,000 square kilometres of crystalline waters
  • Some small: frogfish, crabs of all types (spider crabs, decorative crab, sponge crab…) seahorses, nudibranchs, and all types of shrimps (harlequin, marble shrimp…)
  • …and big: barracudas, sting rays, turtles, manta rays, reef & nurse sharks

Dive conditions

  • Season: high season from November to April.
  • Currents: strong changing currents
  • Visibility: 5 to 35 meters
  • Water temperature: 25 to 28 degrees Celsius
  • Depth: both deep and shallower dives

Dive sites

  • Gorgeous landscapes made of caves, soft and hard coral, incredibly rich wildlife and exclusive dive sites
  • Dive sites: Western Rocky, Sea fan forest, A secret spot, Mc Leod island, Volcano as known as Seahorse city, High Rock, Shark Cave, North twin, Black Rock, Torres Island - and also Torres island, Princept, Tower rock and The Sisters
  • These last four spots depend on the dates of the cruise chosen, with additional cost as they are more remote

The Team

  • Operation created in 2012
  • PADI courses from beginner to divemaster on request.
  • PADI dive team
  • Instruction in French and English. Other languages please ask us!
  • 4 people maximum per dive guide

Safety information

  • Equipment needed: bring a safety buoy, a whistle and a dive computer, and the usual diving equipment.
  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
  • Hyperbaric chamber: Nearest deco chamber is in Phuket.

Prices and Dates

Depending on the date you choose, the boat might go further in the Archipelago, which is why there are two different prices.

In the most expensive trip, you will dive on more variety of sites, going further north to Torres island, Princept, Tower rock, The Sisters.

What’s included?

  • 25 dives
  • 8 days / 7 nights in a shared cabin
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon bites, Dinner), soft drinks, drinking water, filter coffee & tea
  • Fresh fruits, yoghurt & snacks
  • 12 Liter Alum. Cylinders, Weights & Weight Belt
  • PADI Professional Dive Guide
  • Towel, shower gel
  • Sea kayak and hamac

What’s not included?

  • Burmese entry and diving Fees: 250USD per person or 280 USD per person if you choose the trip that goes to Torres island, Princept, Tower rock, The Sisters
  • Personal insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks and cigarettes
  • Equipment rental (500THB/ day)
  • Computer (300THB/day) or camera (400THB/day) rental
  • PADI Continuing Education Courses
  • 12 Liter Cylinders fill up with Nitrox (250THB/ tank or 3400 for all)
  • Transfers to and from Ranong (on Demand)

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa

For Burma

  • You will have to pay a combination of visa, border fee and diving fee that must be paid in clean US Dollar bills at the border. The dive company will take care of this. You will only need to send us in advance a scan of your passport and bring along with you: your passport (the same), two passport size pictures, entry and visit fees in new US dollar bills: 170 USD.
  • Please come with “looking like new”, unfolded United States Dollars bills, it is not possible to change money at the border and while the authorities will accept Thai Bahts, it will be a lot more expensive than paying with USD.
    • This visa is only valid to visit Mergui Archipelago, if you want to visit the rest of the country, you can apply for a visa at the embassy or online (e-visa), this tourist visa is also valid for your cruise.

For Thailand

  • Please check visa requirements for Thailand in your own country before traveling.
  • Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.
  • As of August 2017, no visa was needed for a stay of less than 30 days for citizens from France, USA, Japan, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and many other countries.

How to get there?

  • You have to go to Ranong in Thailand. You can take a plane, the train and/or the bus.
  • By plane: an hour and thirty minutes from Bangkok, with NOK AIR (usually 2 flights a day from Bangkok Don Muang Airport - the lowcost airport an hour away from the main airport).
  • By train: from Bangkok to Chumpon followed by a 3 hours bus ride to Ranong.
  • By bus:
    • From Bangkok: both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal to Ranong every day for the approximately 9-hour trip.
    • From Suratthani: air-conditioned bus twice a day leaving every hour of the day.
    • from Chumphon: air-conditioned bus leaving every hour of the day.
    • from Phuket or Khao Lak: air-conditioned buses run in the day.

More…

  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, a rashguard, a sweater or a light weight jacket