Mergui Archipelago Myanmar
2021 - Jan 17th to 26th
Group bookings welcome - Nov to April
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 sailboat
– 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 85 ft Sailboat 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
- 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 Meta IV, get settled and sail to Barwell Island about 30km from Kawthuang. We’ll aim to go for an evening paddle. L,D
Day 3 – Buda Island
Morning 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 sailboat 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 sailboat 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 Meta IV will meet us.
After a short transit 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
We cruise through the Mergui Archipelago in style onboard Meta IV.
Built in 1998, Meta has been through many restorations and refits and is exceptional condition. Built almost entirely of teak she is a beautiful boat and an amazing way to experience this island paradise.
At 85 feet in length, there is lots of space onboard, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re staying in a hotel not on a sailboat.
Length – 85ft
Number of Guest Cabins – 4
Number of Guest Bathrooms – 4
Water maker – capable of producing 200 litres per hour
Electricity – 220 or 12 volt
Engine – Cummins Diesel 15.7 litre
Draft – 2.8 metres
RIB dingy with 30 HP Yahama
There are four comfortable and well appointed guest cabins.
The 3 standard cabins and 1 suite, can house up to 9 guests.
All cabins feature air-conditioning and private ensuite.
Catering to single travellers, or friends is no problem. Two of the standard cabins have twin beds and the suite features a Queen bed and a single. All cabins have excellent ventilation, high headroom and provide lots of natural light through several windows.
A large rear cabin, with lots storage, windows on both sides as well as two retractible ceiling portholes.
The Suite features a queen sized bed as well as a single bed making it a great option for small families or friends.
The Suite is air conditioned and has a private ensuite with
Meta IV has 4 standard cabins in total, 2 cabins with queen sized beds that work perfectly for couples and 2 cabins with twin singles and work well for single travellers or friends. All cabins have air-conditioning, lots of storage, are well ventilated have side windows and a retractible hatch which allows lots of natural light, good headroom and every cabin has a private ensuite.
The Living Spaces
Meta IV features multiple dining area and relaxing areas. The space on the bow is always coveted with a comfortable lounging area perfect for taking in the views as we sail along. The covered rear lounge / dining area is the perfect place to curl up with a book. It doubles as an amazing place to enjoy a meal. If it’s raining or windy Meta also has a spacious and comfortable saloon dining area.
Frequently Asked Questions
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