October to May sees the main Myanmar’s diving season and this is the only period of the year when the liveaboards operate. At this time of year, the seas are calm, the skies are clear and even the most remote dive sites are accessible and enjoy great conditions. For optimum diving conditions in the Dawei, Mergui Archipelago we recommend you visit between the months of December and April.
February to May tend to witness the most frequent manta ray and whale shark sightings, attracted by feeding opportunities represented by the plankton blooms that occur at this time of year. As you might imagine visibility is reduced since the water is so nutrient-rich. These nutrients bring in the plankton feeders and explain why the hard corals reach such impressive sizes and there is such an array of life, both large and small, at the dive sites. Water temperatures do not vary hugely during the season from a generally cooler 26-27°C early in the season to a balmy 30°C around the end of the season. The visibility also tends to improve a little toward the latter half of the season.
Major destination for diving:
- Dawei- there is possible take one day diving trip. The organizers s will take you on the boat and provide the lunch on the boat. 1 day with 2 dives cost about 140USD. It is still new company but the Dawei as a scuba diving site is just perfect, with untouched places, some reef near the island. It takes about 13 hours on the bust to get there from Yangon but still it is the closest diving site form there.
- Myiek is about 18 hours from Yangon but is in the heart of archipelago Mergui, which includes 800 islands which. The islands are so inaccessible that much of this area has yet to be explored. Black rock is a particularly noteworthy site, attracting mobula rays and leopard sharks. The density of corals on this site is higher than almost anywhere else in the Andaman sea. Hiding in amongst the corals, you will find fantastically coloured hawkfish and pufferfish, while blue ringed angelfish flutter past. Banded sea snakes and several species of eel are usually found in cracks and crevices. Please contact us for more information.
- Kawthaung.-in the very deep south of Myanmar is probably best to enter from Thai province Ranong. Approximately 280 km north of Phuket, and 60 km west of Kawthaung. This area of ocean is very rarely visited, and it is possible to spend entire dive trips without seeing a single person outside of your live aboard, let alone anyone else scuba diving on your site.
Price of scuba diving price in Myanmar range from 135 to 200 USD and depends on standard of the boat used to travel, meals, service and number of dives.
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 5 – 50m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 25 – 28°C
Experience level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: >50
Distance: ~280 km north of Phuket (14 hours), 60 km west of Kawthaung (3 hours)
Recommended length of stay: 5 – 10 days