Abundant marine life
Pristine Coral Gardens
Something for every diver
Stunning natural topography
Myanmar is quickly establishing a reputation as one of the top dive destinations in Southeast Asia. The Mergui Archipelago and the Burma Banks are a collection of more than 800 individual islands located in the Andaman Sea, belonging to Myanmar. Most of the islands and surrounding areas are completely uninhabited and remote. With a rich and diverse marine ecosystem untouched by tourism and left in isolation for many years it can offer some truly spectacular liveaboard diving.
Maps & Itinerary
Diving conditions in Myanmar can often be challenging, but rewarding. Due to their isolated and exposed location, there can be strong currents and reduced visibility due to an influx of nutrients at certain dive sites which may make the diving unsuitable for inexperienced divers or those who have not dived in similar conditions before.
Day 1: Thailand exit formalities are carried out at the immigration office in Ranong followed by embarkation, lunch, and briefings. These are followed by a short crossing to Kawthung for Myanmar immigration entry formalities after which The Phinisi will cruise into the archipelago.
Days 2 – 6: Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and, where possible, a sunset or night dive. A typical diving day is scheduled as follows:
- Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
- Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
- Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
- Briefing for Dive 4, where possible
Day 7: We usually schedule 2 morning dives for the last full day on board followed by an afternoon beach visit and snacks at Horseshoe Island before the vessel returns to Kawthung.
Disembarkation Day: Following breakfast on board and immigration clearance out of Myanmar, disembarkation is scheduled for between 09:30 and 10:00am, after which you will visit the Immigration Office in Ranong to obtain an entry stamp back into Thailand before departing on your transfer.
*The itinerary above is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations, guests’ experience, flight schedules, weather and logistics and is at the Captain’s discretion. Adverse weather in the Mergui Archipelago can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.
The Phinisi is a traditional Indonesian sailing yacht offering liveaboard dive holidays in Thailand and Myanmar, comfortably accommodating 18 divers. It boasts a spacious dive deck with plenty of storage space for all your dive gear.
The outdoor dining area at the stern is covered and shaded so you can fully take in the breath-taking views of Thailand and Myanmar. Every day, our chef prepares plenty of dishes from the famous Thai cuisine with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Friendly and experienced, our boat and dive crew are there to meet your every need, making your diving holiday in Thailand and Myanmar unforgettable.
Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your stay on board even more enjoyable. Marine Park & Port fees, Equipment rental, Nitrox and courses can now be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking your liveaboard. For our rebreather or technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.
Marine Park & Port Fees
Southern Thailand – 4 / 5 nights
50 USD (non-diver $35)
Similan & Surin Islands – 4 nights
50 USD (non-diver $35)
Similan & Surin Islands – 6 nights
65 USD (non-diver $35)
Best of Thailand – 10 nights
115 USD (non-diver $70)
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 7 nights
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 10 nights
The applicable marine park fees for your itinerary will be added to your onboard extras to be paid on the boat before disembarkation.
Price 4 nights
Price 6 nights:
Price 7 nights
Price per 10 nights
Full set* (excluding Computer & Torch)
Fins (incl. booties)
Wetsuit (3mm shorty)
UW Torch/Flash light
Upgrade to 13ltr (100 cuft) cylinder
*Full equipment set includes BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Mask, Fins and Snorkel only.
We recommend pre-booking equipment to ensure availability and correct sizes are on board.
Nitrox per day
Nitrox – 4 nights
Nitrox – 6 nights
Nitrox – 7 nights
Nitrox – 10 nights
On-board pricing is liable to change without notice. Though we try to keep documentation as up to date as possible, please be aware that, although it is unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.
Wine (per glass)
Kayaking (subject to availability)
PADI EANx- Nitrox
PADI Advanced Open Water
Other PADI Speciality Courses
PLEASE NOTE: The course prices listed above are for completing the practical (diving) elements only; they DO NOT include course materials or certification registration. You can register for online learning for PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI EANx (Nitrox) here. For all other courses, please speak to our reservations team.
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Do you have questions about diving in Mergui Archipelago?
We’ve tried to include a lot information on our website. You may find, however, that you have additional questions about our Myanmar liveaboard, the diving in Myanmar and the Mergui Archipelago or just general travel information about booking with Master Liveaboards. Via the following link you can find answers to some commonly asked questions. Should you have other questions or queries, please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assist you.
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