The Mergi Archipelago of Burma (also called Myanmar) comprises over 800 islands and cover an area of 10,000 square miles, these pristine islands which had, until January 1997, been closed to all foreigners for well over fifty years.
This area is totally untouched by modern development, with a rich history of maritime trade, mysticism and piracy. The Mergui Archipelago today is as it was in days gone by, bar the piracy! Due to the archipelago’s virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna.
Best Diving Destinations in Burma
Only a few dive operations from Phuket (Thailand) have a permit for liveaboard operation in Burmese waters. The waters around Black Rock, Western Rock and North and South Twins are known for their sharks and soft corals. This is true open ocean diving. Currents can be erratic and swells can be rough, making this area more suitable for advanced divers.
When to Visit Burma
Best time do visit the area is between November and April till the beginning of May when the North-East monsoon sets in steadily which will bring clear days, sunshine and perfect diving conditions.