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How to cross the border from Ranong/Thailand to Kawthaung/ Myanmar

To cross the border in Ranong / Thailand to Kawthaung in Myanmar is quite easy and a great start into your Mergui Archipelago adventure. You must cross the border river which separating the two countries. For those who try to make this way by themselves we did a step by step guideline how to do and what you need 😊

Kawthaung in Myanmar

There are a few things you need to bring along with you on the journey. Bring your passport, a copy of your passport and the little white departure card, you received when you entered Thailand (TM6). For the Myanmar side, you need the printout E-Visa form or the visa which is already stamped in your passport from a Myanmar Embassy, as well as some new, nice, and crisp US$ Notes. The officers do not accept any other currency or old US$ notes. The amount payable depends on the length of stay in Myanmar. The Myanmar Authorities do not accept any other currency than US$.

Start point is the Saphan Pla Pier and Immigration Checkpoint in Ranong.

The Saphan Pla Pier in Ranong is a small pier hidden behind the PTT petrol station and the 7/11 convenience store.

Ranong Immigration Checkpoint   Immigration Ranong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google map: 9.948098, 98.594781

Here are the directions in Thai, in case you want to show them to your driver:

กรุณาไปส่งที่   ท่าเทียบเรือ
เทศบาลตำบลปากน้ำระนอง
ถนน เฉลิมพระเกียรติ

As soon you arrive many of tout will offer you a boat to cross over to Kawthaung, the gateway to the Mergui Archipelago. The prices are different and most of the time these guys are trying to fill up their long tail boat with more people, so maybe it can a little bit time to departure.  But you can also negotiate for a private boat.  The usual price is around 300-500 THB per longtail or if you join in the prices per person is between 50 – 100 THB.

Visit Immigration Office

But before you jump into one of the longtails, do not forget to visit the officer at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint as you must check out of Thailand.  The Immigration office are 2 small windows on your right side when you come in. Please make sure you have your passport ready.

The Officer will ask you where you are going and how long you are going to be away for, because they are looking for people who try to do multiply visa runs by crossing the border. By Thai Immigration Law, every foreigner can cross the Thai Border per land only two times per calendar year.  If you needed a visa to visit Thailand, please make sure to get a re-entry visa before leaving Thailand, if you are planning to return to Thailand after your trip to Myanmar and your adventure within the Mergui Archipelago.

After you got your passport with an exit stamp in it back, just walk to the Longtail boat pier. The small and somewhat adventurous looking boats there, are the only available transport option to Kawthaung.

A tip: Bring a copy of your passport as the little boats need a copy for the passing checkpoints.  Otherwise you can make a copy at the little shop next to the Pier in the little kind of supermarket, the longtail guys are also happy to make a copy for you the prices are usually between 5-10 THB.

Crossing the river

The Longtail boats have a cover, so you are protected from the sun. Please put one of the life Jackets before the boat departs.

On the way to Kawthaung, you will stop an Immigration points, where Thai passports were taken up to be stamped. There was a Customs checkpoint next to it. Sometimes they will ask you to show your passport, sometimes not. The process is always different, but you do not have to leave the boat as your captain and crew will take of this whole process, just hand them over your passport which you will get returned as soon as they back.

30 – 40 minutes later you will arrive in Kawthaung, the entry point to the Mergui Archipelago.

On the Way

 

 

 

 

 

After this quick stop at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint you will pass the Thai Customs before you get out to Ranong area to cross the river between Thailand and Myanmar. Enjoy the cruise along stilt houses on your way.

 

On the way you will pass on a tiny island the Thai Army station.

Before you reach the mainland of Myanmar you will stop or slow down at another tiny island with Myanmar Army present, also here you must show the passport by just holding it up, you do not have to get of the boat.

 

Sometimes the driver just must show the passport to the officers by collecting your passport, but you will get them back immediately as before.

Arriving in Kawthaung, Myanmar

In Kawthaung you will be welcome from many touts and men on motorbikes.  Just ignore them and make your way to Immigration.

After disembarkation, turn left along and walk along the road until you get to the. Walk along this road to get to the Immigration Office. It is located at the Myo Ma Jetty also called the Myanmar Immigration Pier, on your left-hand side.  Just have a look for the sight that says, “Warmly Welcome and Take Care of Tourist”.

Enter the pier area and turn behind the little building left to the small Immigration Building.

Get in and give the officer your passport, a copy of your passport and visa. They will stamp your passport and take a picture from you, same as they do in Thailand. If the camera is not working, what can be happen sometimes, have a passport picture ready.  After the Check in process you are ready to enjoy your time in Kawthaung.

Outside the Mya Ma Jetty English-speaking touts will await you to give directions and be waiting for you to exit the office to offer a taxi ride, hotel, guide or suggestions on things to do in Kawthaung.

Welcome to Kawthaung and the Mergui Archipelago!

 

Kawthaung Border Crossing Wrap-Up

Paperwork to bring:  Passport, 2 copies of your passport and proper. Myanmar and Thailand Visa, one Passport picture (just in case)

Price of boat: 300-500 THB for a boat or 50-100 THB to join in

Time on boat: 30-40 minutes including all the Immigration stops around 60-75 minutes

Time Zone:  Myanmar is a half hour behind Thailand time : 7:00 pm Myanmar is 07:30 in Thailand

The Myanmar Immigration Office is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm local time

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How to cross the border from Kawthaung / Myanmar to Ranong / Thailand

Kind of the other way around.

  • Check out at the Myanmar Immigration office (Check your exit stamp)
  • Make your way back to the Myanmar Longtail pier and find a boat to bring you to Ranong
  • Arriving at the Longtail pier in Thailand, go to the immigration office and collect your TM 6 arrival form
  • Fill out the form and see the officer again to check you into Thailand (Check your entry stamp and expiration date)

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Komodo Park – Indonesia is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. It lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east. The island’s surface area covers 390 square kilometers. Komodo Island is home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on earth.

Pillaarsteen 

Find large schools of Fusiliers along the reef slope, which is also covered in an interesting variety of soft corals. Encounter Sharks and the odd Turtle here.  Pillaarsteen is a rock pinnacle located on the shore of a small island east of Padar Besar. Enter just off the point below the rock, where there is a nice wall. Continue swimming to the west towards interesting caves and swim-throughs at different depths. Diving is particularly good at around 30-40m depth. This site is a good choice when other sites have too much current. This area may also be affected by surge, when there are swells from the southwest. 

Pillaarsteen 

Nusa Kode 

The south western tip of Kode island is characterized by large, coral-encrusted boulders and huge Groupers. Amongst the boulders are some of the largest reef fishes residing in the Park, such as gigantic Potato Cod and Malabar Grouper. Schools of large Red Snapper are normally prevalent. Diving entry is west of a small island at this site in Komodo Park – Indonesia. Swim down to a depth of about 10m and follow the ridge, which juts out in a southerly direction. Swim along the crest of the ridge and continue down to a max of 50m depth. 

Dive Site Nusa Kode 

Crinoid Canyon 

You can see many kinds of small invertebrate life on very colorful walls, carpeted in Feather Stars. This site is located in a small cove, just outside the southern entrance of Loh Dasami, on the island of Nusa Kode, almost directly opposite Yellow Wall. Enter the dive site just south of the cove, then continue along the wall in a counter-clockwise direction. Best to start the dive at 25m depth and then continue swimming back and forth up along the wall to the surface. This is an easy dive location with no current and is also good in the early morning as it catches the morning sun here in Komodo Park – Indonesia. 

Crinoid Canyon 

Boulders 

The dive begins with forests of soft coral at 30-35m depth. Along the way to the boulders is the best place to find Fire Urchins with Coleman Shrimp. The boulders themselves have good coral, invertebrate and fish life. You can see quite often Manta Rays in this area as well. This site is located on Nusa Kode where the bay widens just northwest of Crinoid Canyon. Directly below this point there are several big boulders laying on the bottom. The best point of entry is 100m south of the point where the reef slopes down to soft coral forests. Continue the dive to the boulders by ascending to 20m with the reef to the left. 

Boulders  Komodo Dive Sites

Yellow Wall 

A very good place to see invertebrate diversity, especially during a night dive. Walls are packed with a mind-boggling array of marine life and colors including colorful Sea Urchins, bright red Sea Apples, beautiful soft corals, Spanish Dancer Nudibranchs and a great variety of Tunicates. Crevices in the wall reveal sleeping fishes, Spiny and Slipper Lobsters, Cleaner Shrimps, and Decorator Crabs. Yellow Wall is an excellent day or night dive spot just inside the southeastern corner of Loh Dasami Bay. The current is usually flowing south to north, so the best entry point is just around the western-most tip of the headland. The dive should then continue into the bay along with the current. 

Yellow Wall 

Cannibal Rock/ Batu Buas 

This site is famous for its varied and colorful invertebrate life. Rich soft corals abound as well as Sea Apples and other Sea Cucumber species. Amongst many surprises are flamboyantly colored Nudibranch, and Fire Urchins with Coleman Shrimp. The fish life can also be quite good at times with an array of Scorpion Fish, schools of Red Snappers and Surgeon Fish. Unusual fish such as Pygmy Seahorse and Frogfish may also be seen. Cannibal Rock is a small seamount in well protected Loh Dasami Bay, between Rinca and Nusa Kode, which allows for easy diving with little current. Night dives are excellent, especially on the sandy slope of the northern side of the island starting at about 25m depth. 

Sunset at Cannibal Rock/ Batu Buas 

Torpedo Point 

An excellent place to find unusual critters such as Torpedo Rays and Bobbit Worms, Flying Gurnards, Frogfish, and Ghost Pipefish. Located north of Cannibal Rock, critters can also be found on a patchy rocky reef at a depth of 15m. A great low environmental-impact dive for photographers, because most of the rocky habitats are surrounded by sand. 

Toro Sie 

On the south west coast of Rinca you will find a point marked Toro Sie. Adjacent to the point is a rock awash. This rock has a ridge that extends to the west that is covered in Crynoids and soft corals. You can find lots of interesting critters on the seabed around the rock. If you swim out over the sand southwest of the rock there is a patch reef that usually has excellent fish life on it and quite often also a few big Grouper. This dive is usually has better visibility during the NW monsoon along with most of the Parks other southern sites. 

Torpedo Point and Toro Sie

Sebayor Kecil 

Large boulders shelter groups of giant TrevallyWhitetip Reef Sharks, Coral Trout, Snappers and Emperors.  The northwestern corner of Sebayor Kecil is one of the better dive sites near Labuanbajo. A small reef extends northwest from the island, where it drops off to greater depths along the northern coast of the island. A few hundred meters from the shore are some large boulders with notable fish life. Currents can be quite strong at this site in Komodo Park – Indonesia. 

Mini Wall 

The whole north face of this island is good diving. You’ll find Garden Eels on the sandy slopes, and Shrimp Gobies and Sweetlips are also common. Occasionally, Mandarin Fish have been spotted in shallow water. This site also features beautiful coral gardens, with a high abundance of both hard and soft corals. Enter just on the eastern side of the point and swim counter-clockwise around the point at 20-25m depth. Once around the point the reef slope will turn into a wall that drops to about 35m depth. The wall continues to a sandy slope in front of the beach, which marks the end of the dive. 

Sabolan Kecil 

This is another good site and also within easy reach of Labuanbajo. On the west side of the island there is a small white sandy beach. You best enter at the northern most point of the beach, where the sand meets the rocks. The reef slopes down to sand and there is a patch reef a little apart from the islands fringing reef. The Water clarity is usually good and so is the dive. Once you have seen the patch reef, you can return to the fringing reef slope to finish your dive.    

Divesites Sebayor Kecil, Mini Wall  and Sabolan Kecil 

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Komodo National Park is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The waters around Komodo island contain a rich marine biodiversity. In 1980, Komodo National Park was created, with the main purpose to conserve the unique Komodo dragon and its habitat. However, over the years, the goals for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine.

Crystal Rock 

A very colorful dive with excellent soft coral coverage. Encounter clouds of Anthias and schools of Yellow-ribbon Sweetlips, while Frog Fish and Moray Eels and Scorpion Fish are commonly seen. There is a small mound northwest of the rock, where different species of fish school seasonally, including Tuna and Mackerel. An excellent dive usually worth doing twice here in Komodo National Park. The name of this site comes from the very clear water surrounding it. This site is prone to currents, which usually flow eastwards. You best dive here during slack tide. 

 

Castle Rock 

Curious Batfish school here as well as Barracuda, Trevally and Mackerel that swim at 30- 40m depth. At approximately 20m depth there is excellent soft coral growth and numerous Sea Fans that host Pygmy Seahorses. The top of the rock is a good, calm place to explore during safety stops. This site usually has excellent visibility, but is prone to strong currents. The current usually flows eastwards and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water. However, the top of the rock also offers shelter from the current, hence the name “Castle Rock. Recommended dive entry point is in blue water, approximately 50m up-current from the shallowest point of the reef. 

Castle Rock 

Gililawa Laut 

A great dive site to see fish, but it does not have much to show in terms of hard corals. Behind a very large rock is a drop-off with many holes and hidden animals. Excellent Grouper sightings, especially in October and November during spawning gatherings. There are usually many Golden TrevalliesSnappers and sometimes huge Napoleon Wrasse. The site is located on the northeastern tip of Gililawa Laut. The diving here at this site is best, when there is a slight current just before or after slack-tide. 

Gililawa Laut Dive sites Komodo

Tatawa Besar 

Good reef fish life and an endless field of orange soft corals. You’ll often see Mantas in this area in the Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Start the drift dive at the northwest tip of the island and runs along the western side in about 15- 20 m of water. A similar drift dive is also possible along the north coast of the Tatawa Besar from the same entry point. This site is a good dive option if the current is too strong at Tatawa Kecil or Batu Bolong. 

Tatawa Besar 

Tatawa Kecil 

Rocks, caves and beautiful coral gardens grace the reef on the western side of the island. You can see many coral reef fish, including large Groupers, Snappers, SweetlipsTrevally and Sharks. Amazing numbers of Anthias swim amongst colorful fields of branching corals. Dugongs have been spotted here and Manta Rays are often seen on the southern side of the island. This small rocky islet southwest of Tatawa Besar Island is an egret nesting site and a fantastic snorkel and dive site when the current is not too fast. Large or inexperienced groups should only attempt this site around slack tide. 

Tatawa Kecil 

Karang Makasar 

This site is for snorkeling only, please don’t dive here as it will disturb the Manta Rays. The reef at this island does not have much in the way of coral or fish life, however this location is the Manta Ray gathering site. The best way to find the Mantas is to cruise along the eastern face of the reef until you see them on the surface. The best time is during rising tide and there can be between 40 to 50 mantas.    

Batu Bolong 

Covering the top of the reef are colorful corals, invertebrate life and thousands of brilliant reef fish. Along the steep walls in deeper water are many large fishes, including Sharks and Napoleon Wrasse and also Giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna. Large schools of Rainbow Runners can also be observed on almost every occasion here in Komodo. Batu Bolong is a tiny rocky outcropping in the strait between Tatawa Kecil and Komodo Island. This site is one of the top diving locations in the Park, but it can only be dived around slack tide when the current is not too strong. 

Divesite Karang Makasar and Batu Bolong 

Batu Tiga 

An excellent “big fish” dive in Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Large boulders in deeper water to the west offer excellent habitats for Groupers. Mantas, Giant Trevally and other pelagic fishes are frequently seen here. Batu Tiga is without a doubt one of the most current-effected sites in Komodo and is tricky to dive. A rocky reef is situated southeast of Tanjung Kuning in Linta Strait and extends below the surface up towards Komodo Island. You best enter at the northeastern side of the three rocks. Swim counter-clockwise until reaching some big boulders at 33m depth. After exploring the area around these boulders turn around and swim back, keeping the reef to your right. 

Batu Tiga 

Payung Island 

There are many canyons and crevices to explore at this spot in the Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Fish and invertebrate life is diverse and abundant. There are big schools of Surgeons and smaller Yellow Snappers. Rocky reefs are covered with Soft Coral, Gorgonians and Feather Stars. Visibility is relatively low (5-10 m) and the water is cooler (low to mid 20°C range). Dive this site at slack-tide, preferably during slack of low tide. Two dives are possible: The first dive descends at the northwest tip of the island and continues south at 15-30m depth, then turns at the southern-most end of the island and ascends to 10m depth. The second dive starts at the southeastern side of the island and proceeds around the southern tip of the island at 20-35m depth, then ascends to 5-15m depth. 

Payung Island 

Three Sisters/ Tiga Dara 

A pristine reef with excellent coral coverage and also rich fish life. Located north of Pillaarsteen, there are three very large submerged rocks about 10m apart and within easy swimming distance of each other. The rocks run in a line about 100m east of a small reef that juts out on the eastern side of the island. The rocks sit on a sandy bottom in about 20-25m of water and rise to 3-5m from the surface of the water. For the adventurous there is actually a fourth sister located further to the west that starts in about 20m of water and then drops down to 40m with some impressive Sea Fans and good marine life around it. 

Three Sisters/ Tiga Dara 

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Komodo Island Park is a national park in Indonesia between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park consists of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and numerous smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km². Created in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the park is home to the world’s largest Lizard and also protecting other species, including marine animals. Since 1991 the national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Lohwenci Reef 

You’ll find a good variety of corals and plenty of fish life at this site in Komodo Island Park – Indonesia.  This is a pleasant and relatively current-free dive, just north of the ranger station on a small white sandy beach with black rocks. Because of this, you will enjoy longer dives here and also see more variety of marine life. Enter just off the small white beach and continue towards the ranger station with the reef at your left. 

Lohwenci Reef 

Langkoi Rock 

You will get a real adrenalin rush at the right time and also see many sharks such as Grey Reefs. Also Whitetip Reef Sharks and Hammerheads are coming together around this site from July to September. This is a potentially good place to encounter pelagic fish and a resident Potato Cod at the southern point in 30 meters of water. The pinnacle is not marked on most charts of the area, therefore a GPS position is recommended. Best diving entry is up current from the pinnacle, diving straight down, hanging on the wall and watching the show of fishes. Don’t attempt this dive if you are an inexperienced diver.

Langkoi Rock 

The Alley 

Marking this area are very large giant Trevally. Sharks and beautiful coral and a high diversity of other invertebrate life are also present. The waters are relatively shallow between 5-20m depth. Sometimes you’ll see lots of Manta Rays between September and January each year. The tiny rocky islands in this southern Komodo bay are great for snorkeling and diving. Enter this diving spot on the northeastern side of a rock, located near a coral mound that is submerged 3-5m below the surface. The temperature of the water can drop to the low 20°C range and this site tends to be current-prone. 

The Alley 

German Flag 

From September to January high densities of plankton attract many large Manta Rays in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. Encounter them whilst swimming on the surface along the shores and rocks along southern Komodo Island. The water near the shore is quite shallow (5 – 20m deep) and composed of large rocks and boulders. You’ll find huge Malabar Grouper, Potato Cod, Napoleon Wrasse, schools of Surgeon Fish and Red Snappers here. Cooler water from the upwellings off the south coast provides a nutrient-rich environment in this area. There is usually current at this site and you best drift here.

South Tala 

Find here abundant small fish life at shallower depths and also interesting invertebrate life on the walls and lots of larger fish somewhat deeper. Enormous schools of Surgeon Fish sometimes obscure views. Schools of large Red Snappers, Whitetip Reef Shark and huge Groupers further down amongst the boulders frequent the reef. The southern point of Tala island is characterized by steep rocky walls and occasional strong surge. 

Dive Site German Flag and South Tala 

Tanjung Loh Sera 

Large pelagic fish like Dogtooth Tuna can be watched circling off the point and around the pinnacles. Turtles and large fish such as monster- sized giant TrevalliesPotato Cod, Malabar Grouper, schools of Bumphead Parrotfish, Napoleon Wrasse, Manta Rays and much more are seeable along the wall. It is great to dive here all along the southern point of Loh Sera and off the point towards underwater pinnacles. Only experienced divers should attempt to swim to the pinnacles and beginner divers should stay along the wall. You can also enjoy great snorkeling along the northern shore of this cape.

Tanjung Loh Sera 

Indihiang 

Encounter many big fish and good coral diversity when drift-diving along the steep walls at this dive site in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. Top attractions include Potato Cod and large Napoleon Wrasse and schools of giant Trevallies and Snappers. This small island with steeply dropping walls is close to Loh Liang and also an ideal location for divers starting from Komodo Island. Plan this dive around slack tide and avoid excessive currents. Diving here is best at the end of falling tide. The current has slowed and an easy north to south drift dive along the eastern wall is also possible. 

Indihiang 

Loh Namu 

An excellent site for Groupers and Napoleon Wrasse. Most of the fish on this reef are found near the southern corner, because some large boulders spread out over the drop-off. A few caves also offer hiding places for interesting marine life. Some of the largest Coral Trout schools seen in the Park are here along with Malabar Groupers and huge Napoleon Wrasse, which may aggregate here to spawn. You may also find a giant Clam at 8 meters depth. Dive around the point of Loh Namu peninsula from south to north at a depth of about 28m, and always just before high tide. 

Loh Namu 

Pantai Merah/ Pink Beach

There as a great variety of fishes here. A good selection of critters such as Leaf Scorpionfish and Blue Ribbon Eels, Crocodile Fish and Nudibranch are also present too. Visibility varies, but is best during falling tide. Visit this site in the Park for snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling is excellent from the beach and there is a very good dive around a small area of reef. A steep rocky wall is visible from the surface of the water at low tide. This site is also a very good night dive, because it offers excellent macro-photography opportunities. Stationed in the area are several mooring buoys.

Pantai Merah/ Pink Beach

Darat Passage South 

Divers also find lots of Turtles on this pretty coral reef in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. At 20-25m depth you’ll see many small Coral Trout. Large schools of Anchovies and small Tuna and Trevallies come in to feed in the bay. Garden Eels sway and Whitetip Reef Sharks sleep on the sandy bottom near the point. Enter this dive site inside the bay along the eastern shore of the peninsula with the reef to the left side of the diver. The best time to dive is when the current is running from east to west through the narrow passage between Gililawa Darat and Komodo Island. 

Darat Passage North 

Because the reef slope is very rich in marine life and the sandy bottom at 15m depth is covered in Garden Eels, swimming with Turtles is possible here. Around the southwest corner of the island, the shallow reefs are extremely rich and full of fish life. Bumphead Parrotfish swim and gather here and spawn annually around the month of April. Also Sharks and schools of Batfish are moving swiftly in the passage. A large coral head about two thirds of the way through the dive, is teeming with life and activity. Diving from east to west and vise-versa is possible here, depending on the current. 

Darat Passage South and North Divesites

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Discover the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar with its amazing island

Explore the island below the Lampi National Park including the famous Philar Island mergui archipelago.

island south of Lampi National Park

1. Kyunn Phi Lar Island (Pheela Island or Great Swinton Island)

Philar Island mergui archipelago.  Natives call this island the “diagonal island” because it stretches mostly diagonally from east to west. The island is from east to west around 6 – 7 miles long, but pretty narrow from north to south with just 2 miles.  There are three beautiful beaches. The northern beach, called Long Beach, is the longest with a length of 2 – 3 miles, the eastern beach is called Iguana Beach. All three beaches are very beautiful with white and soft sand. Multicolored birds, such us Kites and Sea Eagles, are always around in the skies over this island.

The Coral life is great, the water quite clear and the beaches are most attractive for snorkelers and beach lovers alike. It is the best place for snorkeling in the Myeik Archipelago and the coral reef can be seen under water as a colorful floral bed. Fire fish and clown fish can be found here, by just swimming between the coral reefs. Sometimes visitors might have a chance to see land animals too, such as monitor lizards, monkeys, boar and snakes and watching the inhabitant birds is great fun too.

There is also a very thicket tropical rain forest on the island, which is home to wild pigs, monkeys, mouse deer, wild cats, civets and hornbills. At the southern part of the island, you can find some small and short tidal rivers and thicket mangrove. A perfect place to kayak, trekking and watching some of the very shy tidal animals, like monkeys, monitor lizards, Myanmar python, crab and kingfisher.

There is also a very famous dive site on a mount, just three miles from the island. Mainly known as Shark Cave, after the cave and sharks which are found in 8 to 10 meter depth here.

Great-Swinton-Island-Kyunn-Philar-Island

2. Nga Mann Island (Pula Set or Shark Island)

Pula Set or Nga Mann Island is an island with a small forest and a beautiful beach. Nga Mann is not so interesting for scuba diving, but a great place for snorkeling. The beach in the western part is one mile long, with white and smooth sand. This place is often used for a beach BBQ. The waters are crystal clear, with colorful hard and soft corals, parrot fish, trigger fish, sea urchins, lobster and plenty more to be encountered here.

3. Nyaung Wee Island (Pu-Lu, Buda Island or Palau Bada Island))

Buda Island, also known as Nyaung Wee Island, lies south of Lampi and is part of the Mid Group. These islands lie south of Lampi and offer plenty of overnight options for stop overs. The three islands form a kind of a triangle and offer plenty of hiking, snorkeling over coral reefs or kayaking.  Nyaung Wee Island is home to a small village called Makyone Galet and offers some hikes and great views across the nearby islets. Local fishing boats like to refill fresh water at a stilted house in front of the beach and the local fishing families would be happy to cook meals for visitors and their kids are always excited to see foreign visitors. You will also find a small Moken community here, where you can see what it might feel like, to in a hunter-gatherer society. Moken people often inhabit stilt houses over the water and on Nyaung Wee you can also play around with the local kids or discover the undergrowth on the island. A river, in the northern part of Nyaung-wee is a great place for bird watchers and wildlife explorers.

Nyaung-Wee-Island-Moken-Village

4. Poni Island

Poni Island has three sandbanks at the western shores of the island with only around 12 meters of depth. There are only a few corals, but the area is good for fishing. There is a small mount with coral reefs in the southern part of the island as well though. Small caves are also found here, but no wild animals, apart from some sea otters spotted in 1998.

Po Ni Island

5. Island 115

Around 40 miles north of Kawthaung you’ll find Island 115. Located on the eastern shore and surrounded by crystal clear waters are several sandbanks. With some luck you might see some Monitor Lizards and snakes. Keep your eyes also in the air, to possibly Horn Bills, Kingfisher, Swallow birds, Bat, Kites and Sea Eagles.

On the south side of the island is a Swallow Bird Cave, which you can enter by kayak, since it is around 16 feet in height and 9 feet wide. The island is a great place for snorkeling, as there are a lot of hard coral reefs and colorful fish.

Island 115 myanmar

6. Hlaingu Island

This island has a lot of caves and lies a distance of about 40 miles away from Kawthaung. There is a freshwater stream on the island, so ships anchor here overnight and often freshwater prawns can be seen as well. Many visitors to the island explore the caves and sandbanks by kayak and enjoy the fantastic sunset between the rock formations.

Sunset over the Mergui Archipelago

7. Steward Island (Ba-wei Island)

Stewart Island, or Ba Wei Island is situated due north west of Cavern Island in the Mergui Archipelago. Its main feature is a smaller islet at its southern end, with a large hole in it, offering great photo opportunities, even above the water. There are many swim throughs here underwater as well, where often you can find large schools of fish hiding from predators such as white tip and black tip reef sharks hunting around the coral reef. Clams and sponges cover the walls and little crabs and all sorts of shrimps make a living in the many crevasses. Dive sites like this are a popular spot for a night dive, conditions permitting.

Why not check out one of our amazing packages to visit Philar Island mergui archipelago or even all of these amazing Islands.

 

 

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