Myanmar Snorkeling

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6 Days
Availability : November to March
Min Age : 5
Max People : 18

On a Myanmar snorkeling safari with Andaman Snorkel Discovery you will cruise the beautiful Mergui Archipelago. Although the area has been open to visitors for the last twenty years or so, it still remains largely undiscovered. You will get the chance to snorkel well away from any crowds, we will be the only boat there. On our boat, the eye catching Reggae Queen, you can sit back and enjoy fantastic fresh Thai food and adventure out on our dinghy to unexplored places and visit pristine, white deserted sandy beaches.

You will get the chance to learn all about the Andaman Sea marine life and meet like-minded adventurers who are also there to relax and enjoy. There are many highlights on our Myanmar snorkeling tour including a visit to the fishing community and Moken on Great Swinton Island, nature watching at Lampi Island, cooling showers in waterfalls, a visit to one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see at Horseshoe Island and snorkelling in the secret lagoon at the Emerald Heart inside Cock Combes Island.

Clark's Anemonefish

With our experienced Burmese guide we will visit many of the known snorkel spots dotted around the Mergui Archipelago which boast pristine, abundant and diverse coral reefs. As this is our first season heading to Myanmar we will also have the opportunity to explore and discover new potential snorkel spots.

The best thing about snorkelling in Myanmar is we are very unlikely to encounter other boats at our snorkel locations. When we hit the water we could be the first ever snorkellers to explore that particular spot and we will certainly be alone.

Moken longtail at Great Swinton Island

On our Myanmar Snorkelling Tour we will be surrounded by hundreds of uninhabited, beautiful islands. Some are just small rocky pinnacles and not all the islands have beaches. But the islands that do have beaches, well… WOW! There are so many beautiful calm bays and white sandy beaches it’s simply impossible to visit them all. We will of course try 🙂 We will show you the best spots we find along the way.

Not all of the Mergui beaches are deserted though. We will certainly encounter local fishermen and the Moken at some islands. We get the opportunity to go ashore and visit some of these small communities dotted around the archipelago. The people we meet are always friendly and welcoming and at some stops we can set up some tables and enjoy a drink whilst soaking up island life.

Price Includes

Round trip transfers from and to your Khao Lak Resort

5 night stay in a twin bunk air-conditioned cabin

All meals on board

Fruit, drinking water, tea and coffee

English and German speaking guide

Professional Snorkel equipment

Insurance

Price Excludes

Myanmar entry and visa fees (this is $250U.S. per person)

Alcoholic drinks

Transfers outside of the Khao Lak area (for example Phuket)

Transfers to the Andaman Snorkel Discovery Office

Soft drinks

What To Bring

Good sun protection; at least 30SPF and up. This should be waterproof

T-shirt to wear in the water, bathing suit, towel and extra clothes

Money for alcoholic drinks and any souvenirs you might want to buy on the Surin Islands.

Waterproof camera if you have one with extra batteries and plenty of storage on your SD card (you will be snapping all over the place!)

A long sleeved jumper/cardigan/jacket for the evenings – even in the tropics it can get a bit chilly at night sometimes!

Any personal items you might require. If needed, we advise bringing sea sickness prevention pills, but these are available on board

Don’t worry about all your holiday luggage, you can leave this in the safety of the Andaman Snorkel Discovery office while you are on the boat. You will only need a few things, so it is better to leave your big bags behind and just pack the essentials in a small backpack. We will store it for free and even have a safety box if you have valuables you would like storing safely.

Myanmar Snorkeling South Tour Itinerary

Your Adventure Starts

Departure Day

Heading to remote areas like the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar requires an early start. We will meet at the Andaman Snorkel Discovery office at 06:00 to begin our transfers to Ranong, which will take around 3.5 hours before we embark on the MV Reggae Queen.

Whilst welcoming you aboard, staff will complete formalities with Thai Immigration, checking you out of Thailand. During the short cruise to Kaw Thaung, Myanmar we will serve lunch.

Once we are cleared by Myanmar Immigration we will weight anchor and cruise to St. Matthews Island, the largest island in the southern reaches of the Mergui Archipelago.  There is a Myanmar Naval Base on the island, but snorkelling the outer reefs of the island is permitted.

We will hold a short introduction about the Mergui Archipelago and some of the special areas we will be snorkelling during the trip. After a briefing and instructions on how to use the snorkel equipment it is time to hit the water and get our first impressions of the fantastic underwater world of the Mergui Archipelago in a small bay to the east of St. Matthews Island.  Back on board you can enjoy all the comforts of the boat and end the day enjoying a cool beer or cocktail on the sun deck.

Dinner is served at 19:00, the Reggae Queen will remain anchored in the bay overnight.

07:30 Breakfast is served whilst the Reggae Queen cruises along the spectacular coast of St. Matthews Island to a small, secluded sandy beach. Snorkel stop for approximately 1 hour. Afterwards we will cruise to St. Matthews South Bay.

13:00 Lunch is served followed by a short break. Then is it time to explore South Bay’s reef with a snorkel stop for approximately 1 hour.

Afterwards we cruise to West Bay, an impressively huge bay on the West side of St. Matthews Island. Here we will discover untouched coral reefs with large fan corals and countless colourful fish as well as an uninhabited, lonely snow-white sandy beaches. The snorkel time is again around 1 hour.

19:00 Dinner is served. The Reggae Queen will remain anchored in the bay overnight.

07:30 Breakfast is served on-board the Reggae Queen. The boat will stay in West Bay for the morning where we will make two snorkel stops and visit one of the pristine beaches. After lunch, we weigh anchor and leave West Bay behind us cruising south-west to our next destination, Davis Island. Here we will make our third snorkel stop and visit the beach during the afternoon.

19:00 Dinner is served. The Reggae Queen will remain anchored to the east of Davis Island so we can enjoy a cosy evening with cool drinks recounting the experiences we have shared so far.

07:30 Breakfast is served whilst the Reggae Queen cruises to the Emerald Heart, an island that resembles a great rock rising vertically out of the water. On the south-west side of the island there is an entrance, only visible at low tide, that leads to a hidden lagoon within the island.

We will snorkel along the outer rocky wall of the island and discover beautiful soft corals in the crystal clear waters whilst making our way to the secret lagoon entrance. In the shallow waters of the ‘grotto’ like entrance way there are various types of soft corals and fan corals, as well as juvenile black-tip reef sharks, in the midst of innumerable tropical fish.

The Emerald Heart

Once inside the island, we find ourselves in a large, heart-shaped lagoon with steep limestone walls that tower straight up into the sky. The island takes its name from the shape and green waters of the lagoon and is a truly stunning sight. After lunch we will cruise to the most westerly point of our Mergui Archipelago expedition, Shark Cave.

Do not let the name worry you, Shark Cave is just a rock formation west of St. Matthews Island and is characterised by it’s excellent diversity of fish life found here. As well as countless fish of all sizes there are also huge fan corals in various colours. Our snorkel stop here is approximately 1 hour. Afterwards we will continue on to Horseshoe Island, where we will anchor for the night.

19:00 Dinner is served and there is another great opportunity to relax and socialise with fellow guests onboard the MV Reggae Queen.

07:30 Breakfast is served on-board the Reggae Queen. The boat will stay around Horseshoe Island for a morning of relaxing, swimming and beach time in a small bay with a snow-white sandy beach amidst high limestone rocky cliffs. The island has an idyllic, almost dreamy feeling about it and boasts fabulous flora and fauna.

During lunch we will cruise to our final snorkel stop of the tour before we make our way back to Kaw Thaung, which is approximately 4 hours away. After dinner on board the Reggae Queen we head ashore to experience the hustle and bustle of the city’s small harbour area by night.

07:30 Breakfast is served onboard the Reggae Queen. Whilst Myanmar Immigration complete the formalities for our departure there is time to further explore Kaw Thaung with it’s shops, local markets and temples. The Reggae Queen then sets out for Thailand. While local Thai Immigration process our guests back into Thailand our kitchen crew serve a last delicious Thai lunch. After lunch we say goodbye to the Reggae Queen and her crew as we disembark for the return transfer to Khao Lak, which will take around 3.5 hours.

Safety factor: Itinerary is guide and may change due to conditions, this for your safety.

Myanmar Snorkeling North Tour Itinerary

Your Adventure Starts

Departure Day

Heading to remote areas like the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar requires an early start. We will meet at the Andaman Snorkel Discovery office at 06:00 to begin our transfers to Ranong, which will take around 3.5 hours before we embark on the MV Reggae Queen.

Whilst welcoming you aboard, staff will complete formalities with Thai Immigration, checking you out of Thailand. During the short cruise to Kaw Thaung, Myanmar we will serve lunch.

Once we are cleared by Myanmar Immigration we will weight anchor and cruise to at the 115 Island Group. The journey takes around 6 hours passing by breathtaking island landscapes, spectacular bays and lagoons of the Mergui Archipelago. You can enjoy all the comforts of the boat and end the day with a cool beer or cocktail on the sun deck.

Dinner is served at 19:00, the Reggae Queen will remain anchored at the 115 Island Group overnight.

07:30 Breakfast is served after which we will hold a short introduction about the Mergui Archipelago and some of the special areas we will be snorkelling during the trip. After a briefing and instructions on how to use the snorkel equipment it is time to hit the water for our first snorkel stop which will last approximately 1 hour. The 115 Island Group has beautiful sandy beaches which invite you to linger here for longer.

After lunch the Reggae Queen will cruise to Pony Island for our next snorkel stop. The northern part of the reef at Pony Island has countless coral species and fish of all sizes and shapes, a real highlight for the avid snorkeler. Snorkelling here may extend to 90 minutes. Afterwards we will cruise for approximately 3.5 hours to Lampi Island, the largest islands in the northern part of the Mergui Archipelago.

The Reggae Queen will anchor between Lampi Island and Kubo Island which lies in the flight path of Great Hornbill birds. With a little luck we might be able to observe one or more of these rare specimens. There is an optional visit to a small Moken village followed by dinner at around 19:00.

07:30 Breakfast is served whilst the Reggae Queen cruises to the western point of Lampi Island. Here we find a completely untouched underwater scene with one of the most beautiful reefs we have ever snorkelled. There are Soft corals, hard corals and stag horn corals in an indescribable splendour of different hues and colours in the crystal clear shallow waters. Our snorkel stop here is for approximately 90 minutes.

The Reggae Queen then cruises for around 45 minutes to our next destination, Nine Pin Island located on the eastern side of Lampi Island. We will snorkel here, again for approximately 90 minutes, amongst the impressive flora and fauna found in the turquoise, shallow waters.

Weighing anchor we then cruise on to Great Swinton Island. Dinner is served on the way which is a great opportunity to relax and socialise with fellow guests onboard the MV Reggae Queen.

07:30 Breakfast is served on board the Reggae Queen. The shallow water reefs along the southern length of Great Swinton are all only a few minutes apart. We will spend the day exploring, snorkelling the different reefs. The highlight of the day is White Rock, a small limestone rock formation with beautiful corals and plenty of colourful fish life. Opposite Great Swinton there is a beautiful uninhabited island which begs further exploration. A small freshwater waterfall, which is surprisingly cold, flows directly into the sea and provides welcomed refreshment during the hot afternoon.

Later the Reggae Queen will anchor off a large bay to the east of Great Swinton Island. Whilst the cook prepares dinner there is the opportunity to visit a small fishing village located here. Though small the village boasts an impressive temple complex and the small houses and shops offer a rare insight into the daily lives of the islanders.

19:00 Dinner is served. The Reggae Queen will remain anchored in the bay so we can enjoy a cozy evening with cool drinks recounting the experiences we have shared so far.

07:30 Breakfast is served whilst the Reggae Queen returns to the south of Great Swinton Island. Our first snorkel spot is at a beautiful, untouched coral reef where you can encounter lionfish, boxfish and many more exotic species of tropical fish. Snorkelling here will be for approximately 90 minutes.

Afterwards we cruise to Nga Mann Island for our final snorkel spot of the day and for the tour. Nga Mann Island is an uninhabited island with a kilometre long, snowy-white sandy beach and a small fringing reef. This is a true paradise that will make you feel like Robinson Crusoe. Around noon we weigh anchor for our cruise back to Kaw Thaung, arriving there in the early evening.

After dinner on board the Reggae Queen we head ashore to experience the hustle and bustle of the city’s small harbour area by night.

07:30 Breakfast is served onboard the Reggae Queen. Whilst Myanmar Immigration complete the formalities for our departure there is time to further explore Kaw Thaung with it’s shops, local markets and temples. The Reggae Queen then sets out for Thailand. While local Thai Immigration process our guests back into Thailand our kitchen crew serve a last delicious Thai lunch. After lunch we say goodbye to the Reggae Queen and her crew as we disembark for the return transfer to Khao Lak, which will take around 3.5 hours.

Safety factor: Itinerary is guide and may change due to conditions, this for your safety.