Only recently opened to underwater tourism, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago offers a glimpse of untouched coral reefs and encounters with nurse and silvertip sharks at the Burma Banks.
Open to tourism since 1997, Myanmar is still a relatively unexplored diving destination. However, it already has a variety of sites to please every type of diver. Most of the mapped sites are spread throughout the Mergui Archipelago, a chain of 800 islands off the southwest coast. To the west of these islands lie a series of open ocean dive sites which boast larger marine life. Because of the distance between the islands and the coast as well as the remoteness of southern Burma, divers who wish to explore Myanmar’s best dive sites must do so by liveaboard. Dive safaris in the region last between 6 and 7 nights, and the best time to dive in Myanmar (Burma) is from November to April.