In 1997 the Mergui Archipelago in the south of Myanmar (Burma) was opened up to foreigners for the first time in over fifty years. Back in the 17th Century the port of Mergui used to be the main gateway to the Gulf of Siam and beyond – all passing boats came to the port to offload cargo or replenish supplies.
Since then the Mergui Archipelago has been left largely alone and today it is an area of some mystery. Numerous islands remain unexplored, and the region presents the possibility of hundreds of exciting new dive sites. Even now, trips here maintain an exploratory feel, with visitors being amongst the first foreign faces ever seen by local nomadic Moken people (Burmese sea gypsies).
|In Khao Lak
|iQ DIVE | Siam Adventure Divers|
|All4Diving | All4Diving Academy | Andaman Ocean Safaris ||
|Indepth Dive College (IDC) | Mermaid Liveaboards |
Scuba Cat Diving | Sea Bees Diving | Water World Asia
Coral representation is sporadic, and the underwater terrain is quite rugged and not as colourful as that around Mu Koh Similan Marine National Park. However, the area’s waters are certainly not without their own special attractions.
Sites such as Black Rock attract a variety of sharks as well as manta, eagle and marbled rays, whilst The Three Islets has a healthy array of smaller reef life which is second to none.
Virtually all the diving around the Archipelago is done from liveaboard excursions operating out of Phuket and Khao Lak.