Virtually unknown to the outside world, the Mergui Archipelago is located in Myanmar’s (Burma’s) remote south: a group of 800 deserted islands that lie at the heart of our sailing area. Think white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle. Think swimming in azure water amongst colourful reef fish, spotting corals, and collecting seashells. Now, picture eagles circling above, gibbons and monitor lizards eyeing you from the thickets, while a sundowner is being mixed for you on board the yacht. And best of all: you have this entire experience to yourself. You can sail for days on end and meet not a soul but the odd fisherman in a dugout canoe. Just across from the Thai border, the archipelago opened to foreigners as recently as the late 1990s. With only a few of the 800 islands sparsely populated and a couple dozen visitors to the entire area each month, the Mergui Archipelago remains one of the planet’s most unspoilt destinations. – “Burma Boating”
Boarding time is at 3 pm. The crew welcomes you aboard with a glass of champagne and takes care of official formalities. While Drenec sets course for Barwell Island, the captain introduces the area and our itinerary. Drenec’s gourmet chef serves dinner under the stars.
After an early morning swim by the beach, Drenec heads towards the Mid Group: some of Myanmar’s most scenic islands. After a picnic on the beach, we visit the Moken sea gypsy village on Nyaung Wee, where we spend the afternoon. We visit the temple and the school before heading north to Tar Yar Island. At night, the gibbons’ song from the beach lulls us to sleep.
After breakfast aboard, we explore the wildlife and the mangrove forests of the Lampi National Park. We’ll head towards Kyun Phi Lar and check the fossils on the islands. After we board the yacht, Drenec heads towards Za Det Kale Kyun. We celebrate the last evening with a bonfire on the beach. The sun sinks into the ocean and we don’t ever want to leave.
We jump into the crystal water for a swim before enjoying a long brunch on deck while Drenec makes her way back to Kawthaung. Arrival is at noon.
After the welcome aboard your yacht, we set sail to Barwell Island where we spend the evening on the beach. We’ll go for a swim before dinner and drinks.
Leisurely breakfast on board. After a refreshing swim we start our passage to Island No.115, a place often frequented by Moken sea gypsies. In the afternoon we will reach the group of small islands called Mid Group. If time permits, we go for a dinghy excursion into a nearby mangrove forest on Island No. 88. After the evening swim we have dinner in this beautiful covered area.
In the morning we slowly sail towards the little village on Nyaung Wee Island and visit the local sea gypsy settlement. After lunch we sail west to Great Swinton Island. Jungle walk along the creek and collecting seashells on the huge beach. For those interested in Buddhism, a short visit to a local monastery. Snorkelling, then sundowners on deck. Watching the bioluminescent plankton at night.
Early-morning sail to tiny Ohway Island for the best snorkelling (and great fishing) in the region. Observe the colourful life of the reef, full of soft and hard corals and plentiful of tropical fish. After lunch we set sails for Jar Lann Kyun and anchor in its large fjord, one of the most spectacular bays in the archipelago. In the mangrove forest we watch the hornbills at dusk. Fine dining on board. Relaxation time under the starry sky.
Long, leisurely sail towards Za Det Nge Island with its beautiful bays and beaches. Visit Rhino Island on the way. Its stunning turquoise waters are perfect for enjoying the sun. Later we move towards Za Det Nge’s for a last dinner party on the beach.
Early morning travel towards Kawthaung. Casual brunch aboard before we reach the pier and say goodbye
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