From €3300 Euros p/p
Mergui Archipelago Myanmar
24th Nov - 2nd Dec 2019
3rd - 12th December 2019
What makes this trip special
– The ability to explore a remote tropical paradise.
– Spectacular coastal scenery, sea cliffs, sea caves, sea arches and stunning beaches.
– 8 days on board a luxury catamaran
– Fantastic sea kayaking opportunities in an area that very few people have paddled.
– The opportunity to meet the Moken Sea Gypsies.
– Excellent snorkelling opportunities
Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, with more than 800 limestone and granite islands, is a kayaking paradise. The islands are cloaked with tropical rainforest that contains a variety of terrestrial animals such as deer, monkeys and numerous exotic bird species. The shoreline is punctuated by gorgeous sandy beaches, rocky headlands, fringing reefs and mangrove forests. Each island is different, providing variety and interest to each kayaking outing. The marine ecology is highly diverse containing dolphins, whales, sharks and if we’re lucky dugongs. Using a 51ft Catamaran we’ll sail through the island chain in absolute comfort. With a dedicated fleet of sea kayaks on board we’ll explore as many of the area’s magical secrets as possible.
Myanmar is one of the most amazing and least travelled destinations on the planet.
Also known as Burma, it’s a land blessed with spectacular scenery, breathtaking landscapes and a fascinating history and culture. Our kayak journey will focus on the South Eastern corner of Myanmar, an area known as the Mergui Archipelago. This island chain extends 400km north from border with Thailand, and contains more than 800 limestone and granite islands. There is very little tourism, meaning the islands are incredibly pristine and well preserved. The area is a kayaking paradise, the islands contain a huge variety of kayaking experiences from long sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs to extensive mangrove systems and rugged cliff lines.
The areas traditional people, the Moken, are a semi nomadic “sea-faring” culture who’s lifestyle is heavily based on the ocean. They spend most of their lives on boats in the Mergui Archipelago foraging and hunting for marine flora and fauna.
November to April is the best time of year to visit the Mergui Archipelago. During this period the weather is normally stable with sunny skies and light winds. Day time highs normally reach between 26 and 30 deg C, and cool off to 21 to 25 deg C at night.
- Eight nights on the yacht
- All meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 9
- Sea Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, skirts and safety equipment
- Dedicated Kayak guide
- Dedicated Chef and Skipper
- Sailing Instruction
- Accommodation in Ranong before and after the trip.
- Permit to enter the Mergui Archipelago
What's Not Included
- Airport transfers
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Meals while in Ranong
Arrive in the town of Ranong Thailand . Check into the Tinidee Hotel. Evening meeting in the hotel lobby at 7pm.
Day 2 – Kawthuang and Barwell Island
Transfer to Ranong harbor, we’ll take a long tail boat across the Pakchan river to Myanmar and the town of Kawthuang.
After clearing customs, we’ll board the catamaran Mahayana, get settled and set sail for Barwell Island about 30km from Kawthuang. We’ll aim to go for an evening paddle. L,D
Day 3 – Buda Island
Morning catamaran transit to the triple Islets south of Buda Island. We will anchor in front of a beautiful sand spit and enjoy a refreshing swim and snorkel during the heat of the day. Mid afternoon we will circumnavigate the western island in triplet islands. A mix of gorgeous beaches and cliff lined coast will greet us as we paddle in the turquoise green waters.
Day 4 – Peaked Island and Great Swinton Island
We will transit west and stop at the stunning Peaked Island. A beautiful white sand beach situated within a jagged rocky island is a perfect stop for snorkeling. As we snorkel, we will see small reef sharks, a variety of fish, and coral. After our refreshing snorkel, we will transit to Great Swinton Island. We will enjoy paddling beside stunning sea cliffs, sea caves, arches and sea stacks. We will be picked up by the catamaran at a beautiful beach where we can swim and snorkel.
Day 5 – Lord Loughborough Island
As we enter the westerly part of the Mergui archipelago, the landscape changes dramatically as granite and limestone cliffs dominate. We will paddle along the West coast of Lord Loughborough and marvel at the incredible rock formations, cliff walls and dense jungle. The feel of our days on the water will change as the Islands take on a much more rugged and dramatic feel. After a stunning paddle of Lord Loughborough Island, we will anchor in a protected bay on the south coast of the Island.
Day 6 – Ba Wei Island and Macleod Island
We’ll start the day with a stunning morning transit over to Ba Wei Island. Here we will paddle below 350 m cliff walls, paddle into numerous caves, and enjoy the incredible views of these stunning islands.
Another short transit during the afternoon and we’ll arrive in a string of island just north of Macleod. To celebrate the heat of the day we’ll go for a snorkel and swim.
In the afternoon we will paddle through these small island featuring stunning sea cliffs punctuated with beautiful pocket beaches. The catamaran will follow us as we move south, finishing at our paddle at an incredibly beautiful isthmus beach.
Day 7 – Macleod Island and Hero Islands
Early start this morning, we’ll beat the mid day heat and continue our paddle south along Macleod, the coastline becomes more and more rugged as we encounter caves, cliff walls, and sea stacks. We’ll finish this paddle at another stunning beach where the catamaran will meet us.
After a short transit in the Catamaran while having lunch and by the early afternoon we’re back in the kayaks exploring the Hero Islands. These two islands are exceptionally dramatic, featuring towering rock walls and impressive rock spires. In the later afternoon we’ll transit further south to Say Tan Island, anchoring in a small protected bay with stunning white sand beach
Day 8 – Limestone Islands
Early start, we’ll paddle through an island group of stunning limestone islands. We’ll explore hidden lagoons, immense caves and impressive cliff walls containing huge stalactites.
These islands also contain the areas best snorkeling opportunities, we’ll make frequent stops to explore this amazing underwater world.
Day 9 – Kawthuang & Ranong
A sunrise paddle or swim provides the perfect send off and the perfect lasting memories of this incredible archipelago.
We’ll have breakfast as we transfer over to Kawthuang and go through the customs formalities. We’ll then take the longtail boat across to Ranong and check back into the Tinidee Hotel. Final dinner in Ranong.
Day 10 – Fly Out
Mahayana is a 51ft custom built Aluminium catamaran, she is perfectly set up to explore the wonderful Mergui Islands.
The main attraction of this yacht is her sheer abundance of space, both above and below deck. Her 4 double cabins (2 with their own ensuite bathrooms, and 2 with a shared bathroom) are all extremely comfortable and spacious. All come with electric fans, reading lights, roof & side hatches allowing for good ventilation.
In the communal areas, she offers a large dining table within the saloon or the option to eat outside under the stars.
The trampoline area with its numerous bean bags is the perfect place to sit back and relax feeling the wind against your face while under sail, either reading a book or taking in the spectacular views on offer
Length – 51ft
Number of Guest Cabins – 4
Number of Guest Bathrooms – 3
Water maker with 500 litre capacity
There are four guest cabins all located in the pontoons of the catamaran. There are two cabins with king beds and private ensuites. As well as 2 cabins with double beds and shared ensuites. All cabins are well ventilated with roof and side hatches , have electric fans and private reading lights. There is plenty of space to store gear as well as a couple 220 volt charging stations to keep your electronics topped up.
The Living Spaces
Mahayana features a large saloon with plenty of space for meals or for quiet relaxing time. There is also the trampoline area with a number of bean bags which is the perfect place to take in the views or to sleep under the stars.
Mayahana features two private ensuite bathrooms with a toilet, sink and shower in each. As well as two shared bathrooms with toilet, sink and shower.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Are Sharks or Crocodiles a concern?
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Can I charge my electronics onboard the boat?
What is the food like onboard?
Do I need to be an expert paddler?
Do I need a Visa to enter Thailand or Myanmar?
Is Malaria a problem / do I need other vaccinations?
What language do they speak in Myanmar?
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Once you’ve filled on our online booking form we will contact you within 24hrs. Our follow up email will include the detailed trip notes.
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