Myanmar live aboard scuba diving cruise – 2

Diving cruise in Mergui Archipelago and Myanmar Andaman Sea

(5night 6day, 18 dives)

Myanmar (Burma) live-aboard diving cruise in pristine Mergui Archipelago.

Discover some of the best dive sites in the world, explore the rich biodiversity and marine life in Mergui Archipelago and Myanmar Andaman Sea.

Enjoy diving, snorkelling and island hopping.

Duration: 6nights 7days
Number of dives: 22
Coverage: Kawthaung – High Rock – Rocky 1 – Shark Cave – Black Rock – North Twin – South Twin – North Pinnacle – Shark Cave – Sea Fan Forest Pinnacle – Western Rocky – Shark Point – Secret Lagoon – Kawthaung
Accommodation: on board a live-aboard diving boat
Meal: Full board meal, water and soft drink on board as per itinerary
Best time to go: October to April
Getting to the yacht: Kawthaung in MYANMAR, transfers can also be arrange for the arrival and departure in Ranong (hotel, jetty, airport) in THAILAND.


MV Sea World

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MV Sea World is a 25 meters long brand new Wooden boat with spacious and comfortable private air conditioned cabins to accommodate up to 24 guests. She was built in Ranong -Thailand to open ocean cruising specifications.
Our fantastic crew on board always do their best to make you feel safe and comfortable. Our master cook is able to prepare very tasty Thai and Burmese cuisine in any condition. We usually buy fresh fish and seafood from local fishermen we meet during the trips. Vegetarian dishes can be ordered in advance. All cabins are kept clean and
tidy throughout your stay. Friendly staff and excellent food will ensure one of the most enjoyable live-aboard adventures.


Cabins & Quarters

  • Four VIP rooms with shower and toilet.
  • Six private Ben-bed rooms for two person.
  • Four separate toilets and showers.
  • Two Coltri-Sub compressors.
  • A large dive platform and gearing up area.
  • A nice saloon fitted whit the latest TV, DVD and stereo systems for you to enjoy any music or movie during relaxation times (massages can be arranged).
  • Two Sundecks.
  • A huge table whit an integrated barbeque occupies the upper deck – the place to enjoy delicious meals in good company.

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Brief Itinerary

Day – 1: Kawthaung (Myanmar)/ Ranong (Thailand) – High Rock

Day – 2: High Rock – Rocky 1 – Shark Cave – Black Rock

Day – 3: Black Rock

Day – 4: Black Rock – North Twin – South Twin

Day – 5: South Twin – North Pinnacle – Shark Cave

Day – 6: Shark Cave – Sea Fan Forest Pinnacle – Western Rocky

Day – 7: Western Rocky – Shark Point – Secret Lagoon – Kawthaung
NOTE:We reserves the right to change the itineraries (rearranging the order of the tour programs, to cancel or substitute places to visit) at any time without prior notice depending on the weather, operational and local conditions. Customers are liable to pay for all the supplementary and extra costs that may occur due to these changes. Please also ensure your travel insurance covers for the extra costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances.
Contact us for special offers, tailor made requirements, accommodation options, pre and post sailing travel services, extensions, transfer to and from boat for arrival and departure in Kawthaung (Myanmar) or Ranong (Thailand), and zone specific on-arrival-visa that is valid for travel only in Kawthaung and Mergui Archipelago area.

Detailed Itinerary

Day – 1: Kawthaung (Myanmar)/ Ranong (Thailand) – High Rock

Upon arrival at the Kawthaung (Myanmar) or Ranong (Thailand), meet our representative who will assist with Thai and Myanmar immigration clearance as required. Transfer to the boat. Embark onto the boat in the afternoon. Enjoy a dinner on-board at sunset. We will arrive at the first dive site early next morning.


Day – 2: High Rock – Rocky 1 – Shark Cave – Black Rock

After a good night rest, we will start whit an easy diving for first day in High Rock and Rocky 1. These sites are with full of spot rays and cobia as well as a lot of small marine organisms hiding in the coral. It’s a good day to test your eyes! Here we can find all the special things like Pinefish, Pineapple fish, Frogfish, Sea Horses and many different species of Nudibranchs. Another 2 more dives for first day are in shark cave, one of the most famous dive sites of Mergui Archipelago where you have a very good chance to see more than one shark inside the cave. If you are lucky, you can see Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, Whale Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Shark and big blotched sting ray in that dive site. The site also has Ghost pipe fish, harlequin shrimps, frog fish, seahorse and gorgeous coral everywhere. The boat will be heading north towards Black Rock during the night.


Day – 3: Black Rock

Second day diving is the adventure diving. Black Rock is the most famous dive sites in Myanmar (Burma) with great visibility, rich macro life, colourful corals and many big marine fish like sharks and rays. You will never forget about this dive site.


Day – 4: Black Rock – North Twin – South Twin

Third day diving is also the adventure diving. We will dive 3 dives in North Twin and pinnacles around North Twin Island, and 1 dive in South Twin. Dive sites in Twin Islands usually offer the best visibility and highest chance for pelagic. They also present with the chance to see Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, Whale Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Shark, Zebra Shark and giant Sea Fans.


Day – 5: South Twin – North Pinnacle – Shark Cave

First dive on the fifth day of the trip is in north pinnacle of North Twin, another great dive site of Mergui archipelago. Second and third dives are in Shark Cave, a famous dive site in Mergui Archipelago where you have a very good chance to see more than one shark inside the cave. Forth dive for today is a night dive in Great Swinton Island, a good site to spot Barracuda around a beautiful reef.


Day – 6: Shark Cave – Sea Fan Forest Pinnacle – Western Rocky

The fifth day of diving may be the finest diving on this trip. We will have 2 dives in Sea Fan Forest Pinnacle, the dive site with a forest of beautiful giant sea fans where you have a very good chance to see some of the big marine animals. Another 2 dives for today are in Western Rocky, one of the best dive sites in Myanmar (Burma). One of the highlights is a tunnel (cave) at 20 meters depth that goes all the way through the island. There are good chances of seeing Bowmouth Guitarfish, Nurse Shark, Grey reef shark, Cuttlefishes, Harlequin Shrimps, Frogfish, Sea Horses and plenty of lobsters.


Day – 7: Western Rocky – Shark Point – Secret Lagoon – Kawthaung

The last day of diving. We will have 2 dives in Shark Point and Secret Lagoon. These dive sites are amazing, especially for colourful soft coral and caves. There we have opportunity to see black tip sharks, Tunas, Snappers, Stingray, Turtle, rare and beautiful different species of Nudibranchs and many small marine organism. After the last dive the boat will be heading back to Kawthaung. Disembark the boat and end of our service.

Contact us for special offers, tailor made requirements, accommodation options, pre and post sailing travel services, extensions, transfer to and from boat for arrival and departure in Kawthaung (Myanmar) or Ranong (Thailand), and zone specific on-arrival-visa that is valid for travel only in Kawthaung and Mergui Archipelago area

Cruise Dates Cabin without en-suite bathroom
Price (US$) per person
Cabin with en-suite bathroom
Price (US$) per person
01 to 06 October 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
09 to 14 October 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
17 to 22 October 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
25 to 30 October 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
01 to 06 November 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
08 to 13 November 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
15 to 20 November 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
02 to 07 December 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
09 to 14 December 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
16 to 21 December 2015 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
22 to 27 December 2015* US$ 1230 US$ 1297
04 to 09 January 2016 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
19 to 24 January 2016 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
03 to 08 February 2016 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
18 to 23 February 2016 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
04 to 09 March 2016 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
21 to 26 March 2016 US$ 1230 US$ 1297
10 to 15 April 2016* US$ 1230 US$ 1297
19 to 24 April 2016 US$ 1230 US$ 1297

* Prices are based on twin shared cabin, single supplement applies.


Private chartered rates

Private Charter Rates Up to 22 guests – Diving
Price (US$) per day
Up to 24 guests – Non Diving
Price (US$) per day
MV Sea World US$ 2900 US$ 2400

Contact us for tailor-made itinerary, privately chartered boats and yachts, pre and post sailing travel arrangements, transports to and from yachts from either Kawthaung (Myanmar) or Ranong (Thailand), zone specific on arrival visa valid for travel only in Mergui Archipelago zone, domestic flight booking, extensions wihtin Myanmar and other travel requirements within Myanmar.
On arrival visa arranged in Kawthaung on this tour is valid for travel in Mergui Archipelago region only.
If your first point of entry into Myanmar on this trip is via Kawthaung/ Ranong Myanmar/ Thai border and if you are planning to travel to other destinations in Myanmar outside the Mergui Archipelago zone, you will need to obtain Myanmar Visa in your passport prior to your arrival in Myanmar. Please note that Myanmar border ports are currently not able to process a standard on-arrival-visa and eVisa that is valid for travel in Myanmar.

Service includes:

  • Twin shared air condition cabin (with or without en-suite bathroom as per booking)
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner
  • All soft drinks, drinking water, coffee & tea
  • Fresh fruits, yoghurt & snacks
  • Towel, shower gel
  • 12 Litre Aluminium Cylinders (empty), weights & weight Belt
  • PADI professional dive guide/ dive master
  • Pre and post cruise same dayt transfer between the boat and Kawthaung Airport in Myanmar/ Ranon Jetty in Thailand


Service excludes:

  • Domestic airfare (we can arrange Myanmar domestic flights to and from Kawthaung)
  • Single supplement 50% of the price
  • Mergui Archipelago zone entry fees (~US$ 140 per person)
  • Myanmar Visa (~US$30 per person subject to changes, on arrival visa which is valid to travel only in the Kawthaung and Mergui Archipelago zone could be arranged for you)
  • Insurance (Please refer to Terms & Conditions), also click here for insurance that covers your trip
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, gratitude to guides & crew
  • Diving equipment rental – wet suit, BCD, regulator, fin & masks (US$ 20 per day per person)
  • Dive computer hire (US$ 10 per day)
  • Nitrox to fill up a 12 litre cylinders (US$ 10 per tank)
  • Any service items not mentioned in price inclusion above



  • Deposit equivalent to 30% of the price will be requested to secure your booking
  • The balance needs to be paid at least 35 days prior to the departure date
  • If full payment has not been received as per above timeline, Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. Lts has the right to cancel the booking
  • Booking made within 35 days of the departure date must be paid in full at the time of the booking
  • All payment should be made in US Dollar only via a Bank Transfer or by using major credit or debit card via paypal.


Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit is non refundable
  • Cancellations 30-15 days prior to departure will be charged 75% of the total price
  • Cancellations 15 days or less before departure will be charged 100% of the total price
  • In case of no-show, 100% of the total price
  • Cancellations during the trip, 100% of the total price
  • Unused services, 100% of the total price

What is a Discovery / Adventure cruise?

Discovery / Adventure cruise consist of live-aboard boat with island hopping, Mangrove tour, island trekking, Kayaking, snorkeling, bird watching and observation of native Salone or Moken sea gypsies. Meals are served on the boat with dedicated cook. You can discover the hidden and well protected beauty of Nature in its pristine condition.


What is liveaboard diving cruise?

Diving facilities and living accommodation for divers are provided or live aboard diving cruise. The boat becomes your home and you eat, sleep and dive from it! Liveaboard boats stay at sea for the duration of the cruise and therefore can explore more remote destinations. This type of diving opens up a whole of top class scuba opportunities that would simply not be available on a regular daytrip boat.


When is the best time to visit?

The Myanmar (Burma) dive season runs from end of October to April. The weather and Andaman Sea are at their calmest during the months of February to April and this is when visibility is at its best. This time of year is also manta ray and whale shark season.


What will the water temperature be like?

Beautiful, during the day time 26-29°C or 79-84°F! The water temperature will be about 26-29°C.


Will I need a visa for Myanmar?

Yes. Most travellers will get a visa-on-arrival in Myanmar and we will take care of the procedure when you enter the country while you relax or explore. It takes no time at all. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the end of your cruise.


Is it safe to travel in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago?

Yes, it is! There are no violent conflicts in our sailing area, nor are there any pirates.
The archipelago is not home to crocodiles and, unless you swim around with cutlets tied to your hips, you are very unlikely to attract the attention of sharks. In fact, the number of sharks in the area has unfortunately dwindled due to shark fishing.
There is a mid-level malaria risk in southern Myanmar and you should take precautions by using mosquito-repellent and wearing long sleeves and trousers if onshore at night (which you are unlikely to be much).
All guests should get a suitable travel insurance before joining our cruises.


Is it ethically OK to travel to Myanmar?

We think so.
Until a couple of years ago, Myanmar was shunned by most international travellers. Visiting the country was seen as endorsement of the then military dictatorship, a view supported by Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader. Since then, things have fundamentally changed in Myanmar and Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest. She and her party now embrace individual and ethical tourism by travellers whose money does not go straight into the pockets of the generals. We are here to support just that.


How do I book?

Easy. Just send us an email stating your preferred cruise dates, number of guests and preferred cabin type. We will be in touch to confirm or answer your questions. Also do let us know if you preferred to charter the whole boat/ yacht for a private cruise.
We accept all major debit and credit cards via paypal, paypal payments and bank transfers. Card payments and paypal transfer incur a charge of 2%. In case of payments by bank transfers, clients need to ensure that the net amount is transferred and all transfer charges their bank may apply are debited from their account.


How far in advance do I need to book?

Due to the limited number of reliable boat operators running liveaboards in Burma, you must try to book 2-3 months in advance to ensure availability. You can always check with us by sending an email.


Where can you pick me up from?

We can arrange transfers to your liveaboard from your hotel in Kawthaung and Ranong, jetty in Ranong and also from the airports in Kawthaung and Ranong if you arrive just before the departure of your boat. Please make sure you check the departure and arrival time of the boat in Kawthaung for your trip before booking y our flights. Please advice us of your preferred transfer point before you arrive.


What about money, cash and the local currency?

The local currency is the Myanmar Kyat (MMK) with an exchange rate of 1 USD to about 1,000 MMK. Do bring cash as the newly installed ATMs in Kawthaung may not function and as credit cards are not always accepted. For any purchases in the region, you can also use Thai Bhat – the change you will receive will most likely be in Kyat.


What kind of food is served?

Chinese, Myanmar, Thai cusine for meals and European breakfast is served on board. The standard of cuisine is quite good throughout the industry here.


Can I request vegetarian food?

Yes, you can. You just need to tell us your dietary requirements at the time of your booking and we will cater as per your request.


Can I bring alcohol on board?

Yes, you can bring any food and drink you would like on board. If you have a favourite tipple or taste, feel free to bring it along.


Is there on-board power, fresh water and internet?

It is recommended to rechange your batteries while cruising current is stable during cruising as we can run large generator. Please check with the boat captain how to change your batteries. There is fresh water for showering and in the kitchen. Internet is not available on-board.


What else should I bring?

You don’t need much. Bring your bathers, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, your camera and you’re pretty much set! It’s best to also bring mosquito repellent and you may want to consider bringing anti-malarial tablets. Do remember to get a travel insurance before joining our cruise. On board, you won’t need shoes but you can bring flip-flops or reef shoes for beach outings if you want.


What should I bring on board?

All your personal equipment (expect tanks, weights and weight belts), barthers, beach towels, toiletries, T-shirts, shorts, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, prescription medicines if you take one, your camera and an underwater digital camera if you need one for diving or snorkelling. You may also want to bring something a little warmer for the evenings.
It would be great if you could bring soft luggage instead of a hard-case suitcase so that it can be stored away more easily after unpacking.
We provide full lodging, including bedding, towels, all meals, water and soft drinks. We also provide fishing and snorkelling equipment and first-aid, if necessary. We recommend you brin your personal first aid kits for your convenience.


Where can I leave my access baggage when I go on a cruise?

If your hotel can not help you store your baggage, then we are more than willing to help. You can store your bags at our office in Kawthaung for the duration of your liveaboard trip. Please don’t leave any valuables and money, take these with you.


Will I get sea sick?

All the liveaboards in the Mergui Archipelago use mooring points to over-night at the islands visited on the cruise. These mooring points are located in the island’s bays, sheltered away from any open sea swells. If you are particularly susceptible to motion sickness, then you should consider joining a cruise in February to April, when the seas are very calm. Do bring your own motion sickness medicine.


Do I need a travel insurance?

Yes. Before joining any of our tours in Mergui Archipelago, you need to get a suitable travel insurance that covers for your journey in Myanmar water and remote Mergui Archipelago and the activities you will be participating during the trip.


Is Malaria a problem?

The Myanmar liveaboard scuba destinations are free of Malaria. However, please do bring mosquito repellent and you may want to consider bringing anti-malarial tablets if you are concerned.


Can a non-driver go on a liveaboard?

Non-drives and snorkellers are welcome on all our liveaboard safaris. Most of the sites visited offer good snorkeling too.


Do I have to share a cabin?

As space is the ultimate premium on all liveaboards, single cabins are extremely rare and expensive. Unless we manage to book you a single cabin, you will be expected to share. It may be, if the boat is not full, that you can have your own cabin but this situation can not be guaranteed. The only way to guarantee a cabin for yourself is to pay for two beds!


Can I explore the beaches at the islands?

Our Discovery/ Adventure cruise will stop at each selected destination for you to discover the island, beach & under water beauty. Please do advise the tour leader before and each time you disembark from the boat. Note, make sure you bring sun-cover of some sort as it can be very hot.


What about tipping?

Tipping is entirely a matter of your choice. If your Myanmar (Burma) liveaboard charter met or exceeded your expectations, you may wish to leave a tip of up to 10% of your cruise price. Smaller tips are welcome too!



How many dives will I make per day?
Generally you can make three dives a day. A typical liveaboard cruise day in Myanmar starts at 07:00 hrs with the first dive, and the last being either a sunset or night dive. You have about three hours between dives at your leisure.


What scuba diving license do I need?

An open water diving license is acceptable for diving in Myanmar (Burma) provided that you have an intermediate level of experience. Although there are some deep and exposed divesite sites, there are also many easy dive sites and enough divemasters on board so that you will never need to dive beyond your limits.
To make the most of your Myanmar (Burma) liveaboard diving adventure you need PADI Advanced Open Water Diver license. We can also arrange dive training with PADI certified instructors.


Are there any strong currents?

Some of the Myanmar (Burma) dive sites visited by liveaboards can have strong currents. This depends on the site, time of the month and time of the day. Your divemaster will advise you in your dive briefings. Generally, there is never an occasion when you need to swim against a strong current.


I don’t have my diving license with me, can I still visit?

If you have a PADI certification, we can check your details direct with PADI. Please provide your name as it appears on your card and your date of birth. If you contact the dive centre where you were certified, they can help you obtain a new card before you travel.


Can I dive on my own?

Liveaboards in Myanmar are recreational diving boats, and as such follow recreational scuba diving guidelines. This means you’ll be expected to dive with a buddy to a maximum depth of 40 metres and observe safe diving time limits. If you prefer to dive without a guide, then this is not a problem provided you have the required level of skills and experience, all the equipment necessary to conduct dives unassisted i.e. dive computer or timing device, safety ballon, compass and dive knife.


Can I charge the battery of my electrical applicance?

It is recommended to rechange your batteries while cruising current is stable during cruising as we can run large generator. Please check with the boat captain how to change your batteries.


Can I rent an underwater camera?

You can buy a disposable single use underwater camera with film loaded. Please check with our crew for availability. We are not able to rent a digital underwater camera, we advise to bring it with you if you want a digital underwater camera.


Will I see sharks?

We certainly hope so! Leopard sharks and white-tip reef sharks are the most common and seen on all trips. Nurse sharks and silver-tip sharks can be seen quite commonly on Burma Banks liveaboards. Whale sharks sightings also occur every year – keep your fingers crossed!
Manta rays sightings have been very common in recent years, and you will always see blue-spotted sting rays, marble rays, and fantail rays.



Excellent quality and regularly serviced diving gear and equipment can be rented daily or for the duration of your live-aboard trip at a competitive prices. We will deliver your equipment to the dive boat of your choice and also collect the equipment from you upon completion of your trip for your convenience and peace of mind.



New Aqualung Wave BCD. Whilst still retaining their rugged, fade resistant materials, the new Wave BCDs have been refreshed with exciting new cosmetics and additional features.

  • Made from tough, fade resisant 1000D Armourshield™ Cordura©, BCDs look still new after thousands of dives!
  • A scooped octo-pocket on the top of the right lobe makes it easy to deploy and stow an octopus.
  • A console pocket on the left side holds the console safely in place.
  • Two large utility pockets are easy to access and will hold all your goodies.
  • Pull dumps are with hi-viz orange colour to be seen and found easily.
  • The waistband is adjustable over 3 and removable.
  • Features two stainless steel flat D-rings.
  • Includes cheat strap and lower rear pull dump.
  • SureLock II wieght system


Aqualung CALYPSO Regulator. This simple design makes it a popular choice for divers. It is compact, lightweight, easy to service and it breathes like a regulator of other much more expensive brand. The high-visible orangle colour accents make it a logical choice to coordinate with the Wave BCD.


Mask & Fins

Aqualung Look masks, a longstanding favourite with all divers, and snorkel. Experience has taught us that fullfoot fins worn repetatively over several dives can cause blisters so all our rental fins are open-heel supplied with booty socks.


SMB & Dive


As the tools of extra safety measures, we hightly recommend you to always take a dive computer and surface marker buoy as extended parts of your standard rental equipment.


Web Suit


Please do let us know if you need to hire the wet suit and the details such as size, etc at the time of booking or by sending email.


Equipment Upgrade

In case you require more advanced equipment, we also offer limited amounts of Pro BCDs like the legendary AquaLung PRO QD and weight integrated wing type BCDs. Please contact us with your detail rental requirements.

Transfer to and from Yacht in Kawthaung (Myanmar) and a few places in Thailand

We can arrange transfer to and from the yacht at Kawthaung pier whether you arrival or departure for onward journey is in Kawthaung on Myanmar site or Ranong, Phuket, Surathani, Khao Lak and Krabi on Thai site. Please contact us to arrange the transfer. See the rates for road transfers.


Domestic Flights

Current season air fares between Yangon and Kawthaung is US$198 per person each way and subject to changes by airlines for the following seasons. We can arrange your flights on request.


Pre and post sailing travel services

Hotels, airport transfers and other excursions before or after your arrival in Putao for our Myanmar Himalaya Tours. We can arrange these services on request.


Travel Insurance

It is client’s responsibility to ensure that they take a suitable travel insurance that covers for the trips and activities involved, before joining our tours.

Extend your stays in Myanmar. Add more destinations in Myanmar before or after your tours.
Contact us for tailor made extension on your journeys to Myanmar (Burma).