The Mergui Archipelago

June 10, 2017

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Last month the Andaman Explorer successfully completed a full recce of the Mergui Archipelago. All went according to plan sailing from Rangoon to Kawthaung and back, circumnavigating this incredible archipelago of virtually unknown and uninhabited islands off the coast of Burma. We are proud to have achieved our goal after a two-year restoration project, overcoming many technical challenges and red tape impediments along the way. We are now ready to set sail and explore a previously off limits and inaccessible Maritime Burma.
THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
7 NIGHTS KAWTHAUNG – THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO – KAWTHAUNG FROM US$3,510
SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATESSave 50% on the Mandalay Pagan Packet River cruise when combining with this cruise

The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners. Though now some live-a-board dive boats and yachts venture with special permission into the southern islands from their bases in Thailand, the bulk of the archipelago has remained unvisited since colonial times. During that period when the archipelago was first charted most of the islands were named after colonial civil servants, a number retain these quaint names to this day.

The local population IS Mokkein, often called sea gypsies and sometimes called pirates. During the Burmese socialist period the Mokkein controlled the smuggling routes and would prey on shipping. Nowadays they have reverted to fishing and fish curing. They are a people with their own language and culture who entirely live on the sea and have evolved a remarkable way of life. We will visit Mokkein islands such as Lampi in the Sullivan Islands.

The ship carries kayaks and snorkelling equipment for free use.

Please Note: The voyage plan shown here is very much a rough sketch and subject to daily changes depending on weather, pilot’s instructions and local permissions. We can assure that it will be varied and interesting. The ship carries two Zodiac tenders so we can make various unscheduled expeditions to the islands, beaches and into the coastal ports.

 

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Explore the raw beauty of Lampi Marine National Park with its contrasts of mangrove forests, bountiful exotic birdlife, rainforest and coral reefs, further coloured by the Mokkein sea gypsies and their fishing community. Discover the limestone caves and secret lagoon of Cocks Comb Island by kayak. Swim in crystal clear waters and stroll along stunning white beaches untouched by the tourist footprint. Relax at the end of each adventurous day with a refreshing Pandaw cocktail at sunset and our renowned on board cuisine.

 

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