The country of Myanmar(Burma) is home to a vast number of islands, coral reefs and banks, all of which lie to the north and west of Thailand. Because of the distance to Myanmar's most popular dive areas-the Mergui Archipelago and the Burma Banks-dive excursions are limited to live-aboards based out of Phuket, Thailand, and Kawthaung, Myanmar(Burma). Known to Thais as Ko Song (meaning "Second Island"), Kawthaung is also referred to by its colonial name of Victoria Point. This small fishing town is the gateway to the region's dive sites-even live-aboards from Phuket need to stop here to go through customs.
While Thailand based vessels usually dive in the Similans and Surin areas as well as Myanmar(Burma), boats based in Kawthaung generally specialize in their national waters. Typical itineraries range from 4 to 10 days, regardless of where the boats are based. If you are shopping for a dive trip to Myanmar(Burma), keep in mind that nearly all dive operators still refer to the country by its former name, Burma.
While diving here is similar in some ways to diving in Thailand, there are also many differences, including an abundance of uncommon and unusual marine life. Another positive point is the relative scarcity of dive boats here compared with Thai waters, at least for the time being.
Mergui Archipelago & Burma Banks Dive Sites
- Western Rocky Island
- Fan Forest Pinnacle
- High Rock
- North Twin Island
- North Twin Plateau
- Three Islets (In Through the Out Door)
- Black Rock
- Northeast Little Torres Island
- Burma Banks