Myanmar Snorkel North Tour Itinerary

We are extremely excited about our new North Myanmar snorkel tour

At Andaman Snorkel Discovery will always strive to provide the best itineraries for our Andaman snorkel tours, very carefully taking into consideration avoiding busy snorkel sites and including less well known spots that hold some hidden gems.

With this in mind we are extremely excited to introduce our new North Myanmar snorkel tour for 2017-2018. A tour that will take us to undiscovered snorkel spots, to an area of breathtaking beauty and where we will certainly avoid the crowds.

This new Myanmar snorkelling tour explores the northern areas of the Mergui Archipelago.

An Exclusive Tour to the Mergui Archipelago

It has always been a source of great pride at Andaman Snorkel Discovery to offer exclusive destinations to our guests. We are still the only snorkel liveaboard to visit the Surin Islands in Thailand. We are now the first Thai snorkel liveaboard to head north into Myanmar.

Our new Northern Mergui Archipelago snorkelling tour opens up almost endless possibilities of discovery. There are a vast number of uninhabited islands with potential snorkel spots, beautiful scenery and abundant nature, both below and above the surface. We will snorkel and marvel at the topside nature around Lampi Island and also visit pristine white sandy beaches and a fisherman’s village  at Great Swinton Island.

MYANAMR SNORKEL SOUTH TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Snorkel spots where nobody else goes and discover new spots

Enjoy exciting underwater and topside wildlife encounters around Lampi Island

Visit Kaw Thaung and explore the bustling markets of this busy border town

Relax on our boat as we cruise through breathtaking scenery

Visit deserted sandy beaches for nature watching, exploration and relaxation

Enjoy a barbecue on the beach with fish caught fresh that day by the local Moken

Myanmar Snorkel North Tour Dates

December 2017

28 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018

February 2018

22 - 27 February 2018

April 2018

12 - 17 April 2018

Your Adventure Starts

Day One – Thursday

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.

Clark's Anemonefish

Day Two - Friday

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.

Day Three - Saturday

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.

Common lionfish seen in Burma

Safety factor:

In order for our days to run smoothly we have a rough schedule for each day of the trip. The schedule states when we will snorkel, when food will be served plus any other activity we have planned for that day.

However, in order for our days to run safely we may have to adjust the schedule depending on environmental conditions including the weather, wind and waves at sea and the tides which affect the currents at our snorkel spots. These factors are often out of our control but we must take them seriously, your safety on board is our number one concern.

We make every effort to plan our day around forecast conditions but we can not provide exact information and precise timings when dealing with mother nature.

Please note our Myanmar itinerary covers a much wider area than our Thailand trips so timing is important if we are to cover the longer distances between snorkel spots.

The small village at Great Swinton Island

Day Four - Sunday

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.

Day Five - Monday

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.

Day Six - Tuesday

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.