Burma Dive sites - Moken, Myanmar Sea Gypsies

Kawthaung&Vincinity

Kawthaung,Myeik,Dawei

profile of Myeik(Mergui)

The Mergui Archipelago and the remote Burmese Banks are today the "must" for every serious sea lover. Myanmar opened its rich waters to foreigners in 1997, after a closed period of over 50 years. More than 800 islands are scattered on 3600 km2, waiting for exploration. Some of themare inhabited by the sea-gypsies that once were the sole population of the Siam's.
 
The Mergui Archipelago and the remote Burmese Banks are today the "must" for every serious sea lover. Myanmar opened its rich waters to foreigners in 1997, after a closed period of over 50 years. More than 800 islands are scattered on 3600 km2, waiting for exploration. Some of themare inhabited by the sea-gypsies that once were the sole population of the Siam's.
 
West Coast, the only people you may see during your trip. A few dive
shops only have been allowed to operate the Burmese waters. So just
imagine : underwater, untouched reefs, no boat engine to tear your ears apart, no curtains of bubbles to obstruct your vision; at the surface, deserted beaches, fishing villages, amazing rock formations… Do not miss this unique opportunity to explore truly non-crowded sites. You'll be cruising a long lost archipelago, one of the lasts.

Black Rock is a rocky island approximately 100 meters long. The bare rocky outcrop of Black Rock may not be so spectacular above the surface. The steep cliffs of Black Rock continue as dramatic walls below the water. You will see a large variety of nadibranchs, crabs, shrimps, spindle cowries, filament wrasse, maray eels, and an bundance of large pelagies including Whitetips, Blacktips, Silvertips, Gray Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, Eagle Rays and Manta Rays. Keep an eye out too for stocky bull sharks emerging out of gloom an impressive sight indeed.
The Burma Banks are series of seamounts that rise up from over 300 meters to just below the surface lying the Andaman sea, some 200 km west of mainland. Depths average 15-22 meters on the flat areas on top. Some banks have a more dramatic drop off than others. Guided drift divers are the norm, usually starting on the edge of the bank in 35 meters of water where divers stare out in the blue looking for large silvertip, nurse or grey reef sharks. The "Silvertip" Burma Bank is a flat plateau at a depth of 15 m, covering about 1 square km. "Brutus" the giant barracuda and "Freddy" the inquisitive photo cod are also resident at the "Silvertip" Burma Banks. The "Nurse" Burma Banks is further out and a little deeper.

Western Rocky is one of Mergui's best spots for sharks encounters. It located 80 kilometers off shore, Western Rocky offers a sloping reef, great wall diving and several surrounding pinnacles, Western Rocky's unique features are a large tunnel that runs right through the middle of the island and a large submerged arch carved out of the Limestone. From the middle of the cave one can just see daylight coming from either end. Looking with you torch at the walls of the cave, Lined with spiny Lobsters. Outside the cave one can see a plethora of marine life, often including octopus and variety of rays.

There is a Larger underwater plateau Located close to the North Twin Island. One of deeper side of this dive site, there are big boulder dropping down to 40 m where you usually find a large population of black spotted stingrays sleeping on the sand bottom. The shallowest point of this pinnacle is around 12 m and continues down to over 60 meters. At around 25 meters you can find larger Indian nurse sharks sleeping in the overhangs.

There are one small and two large rocks in three islands. Each could be considered a separate site. All three are perfectly suited for multilevel profiles, which thriving marine life from the bottom to the surface. Underwater, the combination of unusual topography and tremendous variety of creatures makes this one of the best dive sites in the Mergui Archipelago. Long snout pipe fishes, tiger tail seahorses, cuttlefish, squid octopi, banded sea kraits, orangutan spider crabs, nudibranchs different moray eels, several species of shrimps and many other creatures are commonly found here. Another outstanding feature is a large canyon on the north end of the middle islet. Past the canyon on the right you will find an opening to a tunnel that runs completely through the island and exits on the east side at about 15 m.

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MSK - 01 (3 days 2 nights) Kawthaung Base
Kawthaung - Taung La Bo - 115 Island - Myauk Ni Island - Thay Yae Island( USD 937/ Pax )
MSK - 02 (4 days 3 nights) Kawthaung Base
Kawthaung - Taung La Bo - 115 Island - Nga Man - Kyun Phila - Myauk Ni - Thay Yae Island - Kawthaung ( USD 1158/ Pax )
MSK - 03 (5 days 4 nights) Kawthaung Base
Kawthaung - Taung La Bo - 115 Island - 254 Island - 256 Island - Nga Man Island - Kyun Phila - Bo Ywe - Myauk Ni Island - Thay Yae Island - Kawthaung( USD 1389/ Pax)
MSK - 04 (6 days 5 nights) Kawtthaung Base
Kawthaung - Taung La Bo - 115 Island - 254 Island -256 Island - 60 Island - Crocodile Creek - Ko Phwat - Tar yar Island - Nga Man Island - Kyun Phila - Bo Ywe Island -  Myauk Ni Island - Thay Yae Island - Kawthaung ( USD 1621/ Pax )
MSK - 05 (6 days 5 nights) Kawthaung Base
Kawthaung - Taung La Bo - 115 Island - Nga Man Island - Kyun Phila - 254 Island - Salet Galet Island - Marble Island - Wal Island - Mergui Island - Myeik (USD 1812/Pax)
MSK - 06 (6 days 5 nights) Kawthaung Base
Myeik - Mergui Island - Wal Island - Marbel Island - Salet Galet - 254 Island - 256 Island - Nga Man Island - 115 Island - Taung La Bo - Kawthaung (USD 1812/Pax)
MSK- 07  (4days/3nights) Kawthaung Base
Kawthaung – Kyet Mauk I (Cock’s Comb) – Say Tan I (Dunkin I) – Nyaung Oo Phee I – Kha Yin Gwa (Maclcod I)  – Myauk Nee I (N.Phipps) – Thay Yee Island – Kawthaung. (USD 1158/ Pax)

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The Islands in the Mergui Archipelago

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