The Mergui Archipelago lies in the Andaman Sea along the South
Taninthary Coast and includes over 800 islands and reefs.
The gateway to the archipelago is Kaw Thaung (Victoria Point) on the southern tip
of Myanmar (Burma) a 25 minute boat trip from the Thai fishing port of
Ranong. The Salones also called Moken inhabite the Archipelageo. They
are sea gypsies and live in their small boats as well as in houses
built on stilts located along the coast.
Different species of sharks and stingrays as well as an assortment of
small and semi-rare creatures such as Ghost Pipefish and Razorfish
have been spotted here. The reefs are mainly rocky with hard corals
although some areas have sponges, fans and soft corals as well.
the southernmost town, is where the border checkpoint with
Thailand is. It's the starting point for your island hopping!
is a seaside town and another secondary port in the south of
Myanmar. It's directly connected to Yangon by sea, road and air and
situated on a tidal cut-off connecting the Great Tanintharyi and
Reclining Buddha at Myeik
THE WESTERN ROCKY
There is no dive site quite like Western Rocky in either
Thailand or Myanmar. Situated in open sea, the island has a long
sloping reef on the northeast side while the other sides offer wall
diving. The sand bottom starts at 30 to 35 metres and is dotted with
boulders and coral heads that are covered with large fans and colorful
THE BLACK ROCK
The bare rocky outcrop of Black Rock may not be so
spectacular above the surface but is underwater truly a divers
paradise with marine life studded from just below the waterline to way
down deep. It is another superb site with a tremendous amount of macro
life including a large variety of nudibranchs, crabs and shrimps,
spindle cowries, filament wrasse and moray eels.
THE BURMA BANKS
The Burma Banks are a series of completely submerged sea
mounts The shallowest bank tops out at 15 metres from the surface and
the surrounding ocean floor is over 400 metres deep. The Banks offer
one of the world’s best shark dives, with a thriving population of
Silvertip Sharks. Diving here is exciting to say the least.
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