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For snorkeling, rafting,and scuba-diving. Myanmar offers more than 800 islands in the Mergui Archipelago. There we culture pearls and one can make a visit to the Salone people who are known as Sea Gypsies. They are believed to be descendents of Tibeto-Burmans who came down from China in search of new land. They finally arrived at the southern peninsula and settled there.
The Salone People have used the same techniques of fishing and building house boats for thousands of years.
One could spend several days in the Mergui region studying the life of Sea Gypsies, pearl culturing, and snorkeling.
Diving in Mergui Archipelago
To dive in the Mergui Archipelago, there is no other way than joining in Seat-in-coach Liveaboards or rent a charter boat. The SIC liveaboards we offer vary from 3 nights to 6 nights while the charter boat can stay as long as you like.
To enter the Mergui Archipelago, we recommend the following ways;
(1) Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago – Kawthaung – Yangon
(2) Yangon – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago – Ranong – Thailand
(3) Thailand – Ranong - Mergui Archipelago – Kawthaung – Yangon
(4) Thailand – Ranong – Mergui Archipelago – Ranong – Thailand
From October to May, the period is the main Burma/Myanmar diving season and also this is the only period when the liveaboards run in Mergui Archipelago. At this time of year, the seas are mostly calm, the skies are significantly clear and even the most remote dive sites are easily accessible and enjoy great conditions for the divers. For optimum diving conditions in the Mergui Archipelago, we’d like to recommend you to visit between the months of November and April.
The period from February to May tends to be the most frequent manta ray and whale shark sightings, attracted by feeding opportunities represented by the plankton blooms that occur at this time of year. As you may imagine visibility is reduced since the water is so nutrient-rich. These nutrients bring in the plankton feeders and explain why the hard corals reach such impressive sizes and there is such an array of life, both large and small, at the dive sites.
Water temperatures do not vary hugely during the season from a generally cooler 26-27°C early in the season to a balmy 30°C around the end of the season. The visibility also tends to improve a little towards the latter half of the season.
Good for: Large animals, small animals, underwater photography, value-for-money and advanced divers
Not so good for: Wrecks, beginner divers, snorkeling and non-diving activities
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 5 – 50m
Currents: Possibly strong
Surface conditions: Possibly rough
Water temperature: 25 – 28°C
Experience level: Intermediate – advanced
Ayuda Myanmar Travel Tours Agency provides the following tours and activities in Mergui Archipelago.
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