Sailing to Serenity: Discovering the Mergui Archipelago

8 Days - 7 Nights Kawthaung, Tanintharyi Division Island Escape

Tour Overview

Embark on a journey to an unexplored world, a hidden gem in the southern part of Myanmar – the Mergui Archipelago. Immerse yourself in the beauty of pristine tropical paradise and discover its spectacular biodiversity. With the majority of Myanmar’s coral reef and well-preserved mangrove forests and seagrass meadows, the Mergui Archipelago is of high importance to marine and coastal conservation. Our tour offers more than just a classic live aboard sail – it is a spirit of adventure, relaxation, and shared experiences aboard a luxurious, fully crewed sailing yacht. Qualified divers will have an unforgettable week at sea, enjoying adventurous moments while discovering the untouched wonders of this magical destination.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01: Kawthaung – Join the Burma Boating Cruise (Dinner)

    After arriving in Kawthaung, which is the gateway to the untouched and pristine Mergui Archipelago consisting of a beautiful cluster of 800 islands in the Andaman Sea, there will be a land tour to explore the temples, local markets, and wares to immerse yourself in the local culture. Later, check in and enjoy dinner aboard SY Dallinghoo, while taking in the bustling border town of Kawthaung. Spend the first night on board the yacht.

  • Day 02: On Board (Burma Boating Cruise) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

    Embark on a journey of pleasure and adventure in a pristine tropical paradise, as you set sail for South Bay Zardet Kyee Island, renowned as the “Paradise of snorkeling”. This island is home to a diverse range of coral and marine life, and boasts a navy base and preserved Marine Botanical Garden. Prior to visiting Zardet Kyee Island, explore Heart Lagoon, a naturally shaped lagoon with emerald waters that resemble a heart. If tides permit, indulge in kayaking within the enclosed lagoon and discover the vast array of underwater life. Following this, drift towards Say Tan Island, where you can experience pure bliss while snorkeling in the turquoise-colored ocean on a pristine white sandy beach. Spend the night on board the vessel, soaking in the beauty of the untouched paradise.

  • Day 03: On Board (Burma Boating Cruise) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

    Start your day in a tranquil environment and depart early from the South Bay to reach the first diving site, Western Rocky. This site is located in the mid-ocean and features rocky outcrops that pierce through the water’s surface. It’s an excellent spot for diving, and two dives can be arranged here. The Mergui Archipelago is a favorite among divers, offering exciting dive sites around secluded islands. The second dive site of the day is Fan Forrest Pinnacle, a mid-ocean seamount that rises six meters above the water’s surface. You can expect to see impressive marine life and thousands of little creatures in this area, which is a potential UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll be able to relax and unwind with the calming ocean breeze, and there’s no need to play relaxing music like you would in a busy city. Spend the night on board the boat.

  • Day 04: On Board (Burma Boating Cruise) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

    Start your day with a peaceful breakfast in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by an awesome environment, sunshine, and ocean breeze. Your first dive of the day will be at Boulder Island, which has several diving sites and walking tracks. The island gets its name from the numerous spectacular boulders that cover it. The island’s edge is lined with sandy beaches, stony rocks, and large boulders, and there is abundant wildlife both above and below the water surface. Activities like diving, walking, kayaking, and snorkeling are available on this well-protected tropical island, ensuring that you can stay in vacation mode throughout the day. Spend the night on board the boat.

  • Day 05: On Board (Burma Boating Cruise) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

    Begin your day by departing for your first dive at the southern rocks of Bo Wei Island. The island’s main diving attraction is a smaller islet located at its southern end, which has a spectacular large hole that provides excellent photo opportunities to capture lasting memories. After the dive, you’ll take a short trip to Jar Lann Kyun Village and/or Kyun Pila East Bay, one of the most breathtaking bays in the archipelago. Jar Lann Kyun features a small village that is home to a large temple, local shipyards, and a bustling fishing transfer port. This location provides an opportunity for those interested in experiencing the Mergui culture. Spend the night on board the boat.

  • Day 06: On Board (Burma Boating Cruise) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

    Today, you’ll make your way to one of the top diving sites in the Mergui Archipelago, Three Islets. This vast area comprises one small island and two large rocks, all of which rise well above the water’s surface. The combination of unique topography and a tremendous variety of creatures underwater makes this one of the best diving spots in the Mergui Archipelago. While the main island is likely the best site for diving, both smaller islets are also worth exploring. After your dive, you’ll sail to Salet Galet, a distinctive fishing village where you can explore a beautiful mangrove river if the tide allows. This location is also ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, as you may see monkeys, falcons, sea eagles, and crystal-clear waters. Spend the night on board the boat.

  • Day 07: On Board (Burma Boating Cruise) ((Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

    Set out early and travel 40 nautical miles south to Island 115 for lunch. This island is home to indigenous snakes and water-dwelling lizards, as well as its own bird’s nest cave. With its pristine, powdery white sand beaches, Island 115 is an ideal location for swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling. You can also expect to see colorful schools of fish and a variety of hard and soft corals while snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters.

    After enjoying the island’s natural beauty, continue sailing another 24 nautical miles to Barwell Passage. This scenic channel features a sand spit between two islands and serves as the final night anchorage in the Mergui Archipelago. Spend the night on board the boat.

  • Day 08: Disembark (Burma Boating Cruise) – Kawthaung (Breakfast)

    After a memorable journey through the Mergui Archipelago, set sail on a three-hour return passage back to Kawthaung. Upon arrival, drive to the domestic airport and take a flight to Yangon, which takes approximately two hours. Once you arrive in Yangon, you will be transferred to your hotel or to the international airport for your onward journey.

    Your journey through the Mergui Archipelago may be ending, but your memories will last a lifetime. Say farewell to this unforgettable experience and return home with cherished memories.

    Note: Please note that it is also possible to cross the Myanmar-Thailand border from Kawthaung to Ranong, a border city in Thailand. Please get in touch with us for further information.

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