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
North and South Twin & Captain’s Rock
Strong currents bring with them teams of schooling fish and with superb visibility the atmosphere on the reef at North Twin is breathtaking. Hard corals have seen damage from the rise in water temperature but soft corals adorn the reef and bring vibrancy.
In South Twin we can expect to see an abundance of moray eels, harlequin sweetlips and cuttlefish.
Captain’s Rock, otherwise known as Bowie Rock, is a sloping reef with huge soft coral covered boulders. Sweetlips, barracuda, a variety of angel fish and many smaller creatures including devil scorpion fish, pipe fish, shrimps and flabellina nudibranchs can be found all over the reef. Mantas may also be seen, not only here. but throughout the Mergui Archipelago.
Sites on the eastern side of the islands tend to be sand covered fringing reefs predominantly made up of hard coral. The reef plateau’s are around 5-10 metres deep and from here you have gentle slopes heading down to the reef edge at around 20-25m. The Eastern sides of the Similans also tend to have more gentle currents. This makes the Eastern dive sites ideal for both divers of all levels and snorkelers too. On Eastern sites you can expect to see a huge variety of coral reef fish. On sand passes look out for garden eels, blue-spot mask rays and the endemic blue-spot jaw fish. Specials include harlequin and robust ghost pipefish, short pouch pygmy pipehorses and hawksbill turtles.
On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives; 3 day dives and a fourth sunset or night dive. The diving day is scheduled as follows:
- Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
- Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
- Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
- Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4, where possible
*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 Liveaboard is a 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 breathtaking 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. Rental equipment, Marine Park & Port fees, and courses can now be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking. For our technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.
Marine Park & Port Fees
Similans – 6 nights
US$65 (non-diver US$35)
Southern Thailand – 4 nights
US$50 (non-diver US$35)
Best of Thailand – 10 nights
US$115 (non-diver US$70)
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 7 nights
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 10 nights
Price per day:
Price 7 nights
Price per 10 nights
Kit: Full set* (excluding Computer & Torch)
Kit: Fins (incl. booties)
Kit: Dive Computer
Kit: UW Torch/Flash light
Upgrade to 15ltr cylinder
Paralenz Underwater Camera
*Full equipment set is BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Mask, Fins and Snorkel
We recommend that equipment should be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes etc are on board.
Nitrox per fill
Nitrox per day
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 Specialties
Courses are subject to availability and must be pre-booked to ensure an instructor is available.
Please note that the course prices listed above DO NOT include the required manual and PADI certification card (PIC). PADI AOW Manual and PIC is $150 USD, PADI Nitrox Specialty Manual and PIC is $125 USD.
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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