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Sailing the Mergui Archipelago


The waters of Myanmar have only been open to foreigners since the late 1990s and the Mergui Archipelago is a stunning tropical archipelago, inhabited by the semi-nomadic Moken people and an array of charismatic animals and birds. The 800 islands of Mergui are cloaked in ancient mangrove and lapped by seas that receive not much more than a couple of dozen visitors a year. A voyage here is characterised by discovering empty beaches and having them all to yourself, kayaking through mangrove forests that resound with the calls of birds and macaques, swimming and snorkelling over coral reefs and cruising to the sounds of the sea, the breeze and the birds.

There are a variety of boats to choose from. Depending on your choice, you can book a cabin and follow a pre-determined route or explore places of interest at your own pace by chartering a yacht privately.


Day 1 - Set Sail to Barwell Island
On arrival at the airport in Ranong or Kawthoung you will be met and transferred to board your yacht. After a welcome drink the boat will sail northwest from Kawthoung, the southern tip of Myanmar, towards Barwell Island. There you can spend the evening on the beach or swimming before dinner and drinks back on board.

Overnight: SY Meltemi / SY Meta IV / SY Raja Laut 

Day 2 - Islands 115 and 88
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and swim before the boat begins its passage to Island 115, a place often frequented by the Moken sea gypsies, semi-nomadic people who move with the tides and survive by fishing, trading and bartering. In the afternoon you will reach the Mid Group of islands. If time permits, there will be a dinghy excursion into the dense mangrove forest on Island 88 before an evening swim and atmospheric dinner. 

Overnight: SY Meltemi / SY Meta IV / SY Raja Laut 

Day 3 - Nyaung Wee Island
Your boat will sail slowly to the little village on Nyaung Wee Island, where you can visit the local sea gypsy settlement. After lunch, it's onwards to Great Swinton Island for a walk through the coastal jungle and along a large, sweeping beach usually dotted with beautiful shells. There will also be time to visit the Buddhist monastery, snorkel in crystal clear waters and enjoy sun downers on deck before dinner. After dark, look out for the bioluminescent plankton that inhabit these waters.

Overnight: SY Meltemi / SY Meta IV / SY Raja Laut 

Day 4 - Ohway - Lann Kyun 
Early this morning set sail to Ohway Island for the archipelago's best snorkelling and fishing. The colourful reef is bursting with multi-coloured soft and hard corals and tropical fish in numbers. After lunch, voyage to Jar Lann Kyun and anchor in its large and impressive fjord before heading to see hornbills in the mangrove forest at dusk and enjoying dinner on board. 

Overnight: SY Meltemi / SY Meta IV / SY Raja Laut 

Day 5 - Za Det Nge
The long sail to Za Det Nge Island is rewarded with paradisiacal bays and beaches, and there will be chance to stretch your legs when you stop at the equally beautiful Rhino Island along the way. Today will be a leisurely day with plenty of time to relax on the beach, ending with a special farewell dinner on deck this evening.

Overnight: SY Meltemi / SY Meta IV / SY Raja Laut

Day 6 - Back to Kawthaung
The yacht will set sail early for the journey back to Kawthaung. Enjoy a casual brunch on deck as you admire the scenery and then disembark and make your way back to the airport for you onward journey.


From £2,065 / $2,600 per person on a cabin share basis (excluding international flights), based on two people sharing a double/twin cabin all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, fuel and local airport transfers.

Private yacht charter rates available starting from £1,740 / $2,190 per night.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Myanmar holidays specialist, Edward Granville, for your own luxury holiday to Myanmar on +44 (0)1242 787805.

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