Myanmar Divesites

Mergui Archipelago

 
This movie was taken on a liveaboard trip to the Mergui Archipealge including Burma Banks  

Mergui Archipelago, located in southernmost part of Myanmar (Burma), comprises over 800 beautiful islands. Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life.

Myeik or Mergui Archipelago, located in southernmost part of Myanmar (Burma), comprises over 800 beautiful islands. Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life.

The only human inhabitants in the area are sea gypsies, they live on boats during dry season and remain on land during rainy season. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generation.

Mergui Archipelago

Just north of the Surin Islands, an imaginary line divides Thai waters from Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago. Also known as the Myeik Archipelago, this immense area covers approximately 14,000 sq miles and includes roughly 800 islands. Diving here is still in its infancy, as the entire region has been off-limits to outsiders since the late 1940s. After several years of negotiation by Phuket dive operators, the archipelago was opened for tourism in 1997, yet much of the area remains unexplored.

The islands are similar to their Thai counterparts, with rugged, high-profile limestone and granite topography. One obvious difference, aside from the sheer number of Myanmar islands, is their unspoiled terrestrial scenery. Dense brush and rainforest cover most areas above the high-tide line, while vast stretches of mangroves and magnificent white-sand beaches are interspersed with rocky headlands, tidal creeks and a few freshwater rivers. Though several of the larger islands are home to small communities of Moken 'sea gypsies,' the vast majority are uninhabited and largely untouched by humans.

View into a bay in the similan islandsUnderwater, this region offers scenic reefs, fascinating topography and prolific fish and invertebrate life. One of the main attractions for divers is the strong possibility of seeing big animals, especially sharks and rays. More dependable, however, is the tremendous variety of smaller fish and reef creatures, including many unusual species, some of which are rarely encountered in Thai waters. Add to this the allure of diving where few people have before and you've got all the ingredients for a top-notch dive destination. Considering the vast number of islands and reefs, many more dive sites are undoubtedly waiting to be discovered.

In addition to dedicated drive trips, several companies offer eco-adventure trips in Mergui Archipelago, combining sailing, snorkeling, diving, beach-combing, island exploration and, in some cases, kayaking.

Overview of the Burma divesites

Please be aware that this is a very wide area and not all boats are going to all the divesites. Also the names for the divesites can be different. A map to these divesites is on progress now ...

Name of Divesite Max Depth Current Max
Viz
Rating

Description


High Rock
30m

medium - strong

-20m

Spectacular single rock with a tree on the top. Mostly soft corals, sandy bottom. Schooling fish, lot of small stuff, nudibranches, seahorses. "Macro"-place. Normally poor visibility.


Shark Cave
25m

medium - strong

-30m
Two small and a big rock, on 18 m a cave which goes through the whole rock, about 4 m/12 ft high and 1,5 m/5 ft wide.
Grey reef sharks, rays, whip corals, anemones, crabs, shrimps, lobster.

Clara Pinnacle
30m

medium - strong

-30m
Underwater plateau with soft corals and fan corals. White and black tip sharks, gray reef sharks.

North Twin Pinnacle
40m

medium - strong

-25m
Submerged reef, east side steep slope down to 65 m, west side shallow, soft and fan corals.
Zebra sharks, blue spotted sting rays, bull sharks have been sighted, sometimes strong currents.

North Twin Plateau
40m

medium - strong

-25m
Submerged reef, south west of the main island, boulders, all kind of hard and soft corals, gray reef sharks, white and black tip sharks and often mantas.

Burma Banks
40m

medium - strong

-25m
Big submerged plateau, more than one sqkm, rising up from 300 to a top level of 18 meters. The main attraction there are the silver tip sharks.

Black Rock
40m

medium - strong

-25m
Single rock in the middle of nowhere, south west side steep slope, north east side shallow. Rocky landscape, corals,
gray reef sharks, chances for mantas, lot of stingrays on the sandy bottom.

Leo Point
40m

medium - strong

-25m
Beautiful reef, lot of big stuff, mackerels, tuna, wahoos, zebra sharks, white tip sharks.

Western Rocky

35m

medium - strong

-25m
One of the most beautiful divesites in Burma. It consists of two parts, the main island and the pinnacles with the coral garden. Thriving, intact marine life. Encounters with sharks of all kinds.

Northern Rocky
35m

medium - strong

-25m
When i dived there the last time it was an uneventful place. Quite possiblel that it improved in the last years.

Little Torres

25m

medium - strong

-25m
Small island, beautiful boulders, nurse sharks, bull sharks! Lots of fishes!

Double Rock
25m

medium - strong

-25m
Small rocky island with two big boulders, mostly hard corals.
Black spotted sting rays, devil rays, nurse sharks, white tip sharks.

South Twin

18m

mild - moderate

-25m
Beautiful bay, lot of under water rocks, hard corals, small stuff, good place for night dive.

Tower Rock
40m

medium - strong

-25m
About 100 m high rock - therefore the name Tower Rock! Wall dive down to 35 m, hard corals, a lot of small caves with lobsters, crabs, shrimps. Devil rays. Current.

Devils in the Sky
25m

medium - strong

-25m
Big boulders with relatively small corals, most of the time strong currents. All kind of big schooling fish like mackarels, tuna, barracudas, all kind of reef sharks, bull sharks.
Big schools of devil rays!

Lion Rock
25m

medium - strong

-25m
Big fan corals, white tip sharks.

Swinton Bay North
15m

mild - moderate

-25m
Sandy bay, blue and black spotted sting rays, hard and soft corals
Ideal place for night dives.

Swinton Bay Southeast
15m

medium - strong

-25m
Sandy bottom, soft and hard corals, good night dives.

McCarthy Island
25m

medium - strong

-25m
Small rocky island, wall dive on the south side - all kind of reef fish.

Cavern
25m

medium - strong

-25m
Rocky bottom covered with hardcorals. Nothing spectacular, lots of shellfish, good for night dives.

Steward Island
25m

medium - strong

-25m
Island with a lot of caves.
Rocky bottom with soft corals, barracudas, rays .
           

 

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