In the Andaman Sea, to the north of the Thai border lie the largely undisturbed seas of Myanmar. You will have the opportunity to dive and cruise far from the tourist’s places.

With more than 800 islands, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is home to some of southeast Asia’s best diving. Here you can expect healthy corals, schools of devil rays and the occasional whale or nurse shark. Frogfish, lobsters, crabs and colorful shrimp create a macro-lover’s dream.

Burma Banks are actually giant mountains that plunge 1000 feet (300 meters) to the sea floor. Watching sharks in local waters is one of the most impressive activities. Nurse sharks are frequently seen with a few reef sharks thrown in here and there.


Location: Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. Myanmar is the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian states.

What to see: Big fish action: nurse sharks, armies of barracuda, devil rays and reef sharks are commonly seen, whale sharks and manta rays. Rare macro: multi-colored shrimp, crabs, lobsters, nudibranchs, ghost pipefish and frogfish.

Depth: 5-40m/16-131ft

Currents: Can be strong

Visibility: 5-50m/16-164ft

Season for diving: All year round. However, the best season is from October to May.

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