Best Burma Liveaboard Reviews 2019


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Liveaboard diving in Burma

Burma, popularly known as Myanmar today, is a country in the Southeast Asia and is bordered by Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, China and India. Apart from its splendid underwater scenery, this country also own islands with lush vegetation and primary jungle. Its jungle reportedly houses the last jungle cats and other large mammals found in Southeast Asia! While staying in Burma, foreign visitors can go for jungle walks, river trips, bird watching and of course, SCUBA diving that is filled with thrill and adventure!

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Burma is a shark haven. Do you know that around nine species of sharks have been reportedly seen in the waters of Burma? That includes the Hammerhead, Bull, Tiger, Gray Reef and the most highly-anticipated: the Spinner Shark! You can also spot Silvertip and Whitetip Sharks in Burma.

The Spinner Shark is named such because of its ability and habit to leap out of the water surface when feeding.

The Spinner Shark is named such because of its ability and habit to leap out of the water surface when feeding.

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However, there is more to diving Burma than merely be amazed with its sharks. SCUBA divers realize that is the smaller things that is harder to ignore like the shrimps, crabs, and lobsters in every shape, colour and size joined by frogfish, cuttlefish, ghost pipefish, and octopuses, all having a great time dwelling in the unsurpassed aquatic environment found in Burma!

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SCUBA Diving Condition in Burma

If you are looking for another destination which offers a world-class diving, the reverberating waters of Burma might be the ideal choice for you. Here, you can feel like you are in another world about to discover the stacks of adventure-bound liveaboard experience that only the marvellous Burma can offer. However, Burma is noted to have strong currents and surface conditions can be rough. This is the main reason why intermediate to advance scuba divers are encouraged more to visit the place than the newbies.




Best time to Liveaboard in Burma

Diving season in Burma runs from October to May, wherein visibility can reach of up to 50 metres. Diving and exploring the Mergui Archipelago with a water temperature of 25 – 28°C is what most divers need to have a good excellent diving condition. However, If you are gearing up to witness some pelagic action, then don’t hesitate to visit Burma between February and May and see more Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

Play this video to watch a diver’s encounter with a Whale Shark in the Andaman Sea in Burma.


Burma Liveaboard Routes

Burma is famous for sharks and you will be given plenty of opportunities to spot this huge fish. Other breathtaking creatures as well are also waiting for divers. Attractive dive sites filled with panoramic underwater sceneries are somewhat spread far and wide from each other. There is no other better way to fully take in the beauty of these dive sites but to hop in and join an entertaining liveaboard cruise.
Located at the southern part of Burma is the Mergui Archipelago which consists of more than 800 islands in various sizes which are incredibly laid out in the Andaman Sea. This archipelago also contains some of the most diverse and interesting marine ecosystems in the world: offshore fringing reefs which present a better visibility, healthy corals and small rocky islands that attract sharks and rays and countless number of marine species.

Since the Mergui archipelago is closer to Thailand than to any other city in Burma, majority of the liveaboards wanting to visit this interesting place depart from Thailand, particularly from Ranong. However, there are also some liveaboards that depart from Phuket and Khao Lak. Liveaboards that depart from Ranong usually offer 5 nights of cruising around the Mergui Archipelago.

Burma has a handful of diving sites. Some liveaboards even let their guests experience the delightful sight found in Thai coast before crossing over into the Burmese waters.

Burma has a handful of diving sites. Some liveaboards even let their guests experience the delightful sight found in Thai coast before crossing over into the Burmese waters.

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Remember that these are just a few of the interesting dive sites that you would visit on a liveaboard cruise:
The Burma Banks
This site is notorious for housing a lot of sharks especially before the 90s. The currents are often strong and unpredictable so diving here requires careful planning. Most of the drift dives are guided starting on the edge of the bank where divers stare out in the blue looking for large silvertip sharks.

Shark Cave Island
This is an extraordinary dive site which gives rise to three rocks with a depth of 40m that harbour some of the best marine life in the archipelago. You can see throngs of fish in different kinds such as fusilier, silversides and harlequin ghost pipe fish. You can also find a canyon that leads to a tunnel where you can witness gray reef sharks swimming in and out of the canyon.

Black Rock
From its name alone, Black Rock is a rocky island which is approximately 100-meters long. Divers enjoy doing a wall dive here, with a depth of over 60m and a dramatic drop off in most areas. This spectacular site has quite good visibility however, divers are advised to watch out for strong currents and try and stay close to the rock itself to duck out of the currents.



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5 comments on “Best Burma Liveaboard Reviews 2019

  1. Chances to see whale sharks are variable from one year to the next. The season 2013/2014 has been a great one and we have had dives with 4 whale sharks at the same time from November till May.
    The Smiling Seahorse is specialized in diving Burma with up to 4 departures per month from Ranong (the border town). more details

  2. Do you any available liveaboards leaving in May going into southern Burma? My wife and I would like to do a trip leaving in a week and a half or two weeks. Thanks!

  3. Hello,

    we’re diving community from Bulgaria.
    I’m a leader and I organize our diving trips around the world.
    We want to rent a Liveaboard Boat for 5 days/6 nights Mergui Arhipelago Burma and 5 days/6 nights Thailand…

    The idea is two voyages to be one after another!!!
    So one part of the group will do both and another part only one optional.

    I will ask you to send me an offer / offers.
    We are interested in a boat with at least 14 seats for example.
    Months are February-March-April 2017
    We look for the best value for quality.
    And one last question: How many people who are paying you give one / more free of charge place?

    I expect an answer from you.


  4. Visited Mergui Archipelago recently (Feb 2019). Based on my experience there it was overfished and lacking in many standard reef fish, let alone any large pelagics. Our dive guide said that he had seen two sharks in three seasons of diving there. Some of the corals – Fan Forest – are beautiful and there’s some interesting macro at some sites but it seems to be on the decline. Other divers may be more lucky than I was, however, based on what I saw I would not recommend.

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