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Thailand - Myanmar - Andaman Island

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Black Rock

Shark Cave

North Twin

Tower Rock

Western Rocky

Seafan Forrest

Dragon Island

North Twin Pinnacle

South Pinnacle

Volcano

High Rock

Caven Point


Cooks Comb Burma

 Myanmar (Burma)

 Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea (Burma) has over 800 tropical islands, covering an area of over 10,000 square miles and it had been closed off to the outside world for over 50 years, until late 1996. Countless uninhabited islands, entirely virgin beaches, lakes and waterfalls… this is truly one of the very few untouched areas remaining on earth.. Due to the virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of wildlife, big and small, together with soft and hard corals and huge barrel sponges.. The big includes giant groupers, all sorts of grouping fish, various species of sharks, regular sightings of large numbers of manta rays. To couple that, really beautiful macro life is present. Sea horses, ghost pipefish and a lot more are amongst the archipelagos rare inhabitants.

Surin Island

 Thailand Surin Island

 The Surin Islands, also within Marine National Park limits, are 2 large tropical islands lying only 4km south of the Myanmar border. A Moken (traditional Thai sea gypsies) village is located on the southern island and can be visited by the dive boats. They are widely known as the location with probably the best hard coral formations in the entire South-East Asia. This, along with all the life to be encountered here and the long distance from the busy resorts of Phuket and Khao Lak (which means that they are less frequently visited by other dive boats), makes the Surins a truly amazing place to dive. Beautiful fringing reefs form shallow-water coral gardens which also make this place ideal for snorkelers accompanying a trip. Underwater life here is really dense and the Surins are frequently visited by larger pelagic species such as manta rays, sharks and turtles, and the possibility to encounter them in some of the dive sites is very high. Being surrounded by huge numbers of colorful reef fish, swimming alongside sea turtles, patiently searching for the stunningly beautiful macro life, spotting blacktips passing by or watching manta rays fly around over your head… diving the Surins is a very very exciting experience.

Richelieu Rock

 Thailand Richelieu Rock

 Richelieu Rock is an underwater pinnacle that lies just under the surface at high tide or breaks the surface at low tide, located 17km east of the Surin Islands. It is generally regarded as the best dive site in Thailand and its reputation is for a good reason. It really feels like you just entered a big aquarium. The amount of life, big and small, is indeed surprising. Hard corals and anemones adorn the shallower rock areas, large sea fans and soft corals lie on the deeper parts (down to 30+meters). Reef fish are in huge abundance with almost every species represented, moray eels hide within the many holes and crevices, cuttlefish and octopuses can be found easily. Adding to the excitement, this is one site where it is not very hard to find ghost pipefish, seahorses and harlequin shrimps. Sharks can sometimes be seen cruising around the sandy bottom or, in the case of the nurse sharks, sleeping in small caverns. This dive site is famous for offering the best chance of encountering whale sharks in the country.

Koh Tachai / Koh Bon

 Thailand Koh Tachai / Koh Bon

 Koh Bon and Koh Tachai offer fantastic dives with many soft corals and schools of large tuna and barracudas. The main attraction of Koh Tachai is a huge underwater reef with big boulders, sea fans, and swim-troughs. Koh Bon offers a beautiful submerged coral ridge. The ultimate spot for deep dives, as the impressive reefs and walls drop down to depths of more than 45 meters (150 ft.) in crystal clear, blue water. Also, manta rays are frequently sighted in this area.

Barren Island

 Andaman Island India

 Separating the Andaman Sea from the Indian Ocean in the southern reaches of the Bay of Bengal lie the Andaman Islands. Once used as a penal colony under British Imperial rule, only 26 of these 576 islands are inhabited. Two hundred kilometers from the nearest Asian mainland, the Andaman Islands are officially part of India, where your adventure to these hidden islands will begin. The capital and administrative center of the this little-known archipelago, Port Blair, was off limits to non-Indian visitors for decades and the adjacent Nicobar Islands are still closed! Visiting and diving the Andaman Islands really is a special adventure! Beneath the waves lie reefs barely touched and hardly seen by other divers. In fact, until recently, only about 50 divers a year have been lucky enough to experience the Andaman’s hidden treasures. It is easy to see why Jacques Cousteau named the Andaman’s the ‘invisible islands.’ You can be among some of the first explorers in this incredible diver’s paradise! A lack of any local commercial fishing fleet, and the granting of only very few licenses to foreign fishing boats, means the reefs are simply teeming with fish and macro life, as well as home to some thrilling sharks and giant rays, and the occasional dugong. The islands themselves are rocky, rainforest-clad droplets in an azure ocean, edged with champagne-colored beaches fringed with palms, and are home to over 150 endemic plant and animal species. You may be lucky enough to witness a ‘snorkeling’ working elephant, as these creatures often cool off in the sea using their trunk to breath above the water! And where else can you go diving and then go off and search for Tigers or visit the wonderful Taj Mahal? At Passage Island the sloping hard coral reef levels out at 22-28 meters and is known for its vibrant fish life. Here you can encounter Spotted Eagle Rays and Mobula Rays, schools of banner fish, both Blue-fin and Giant Trevallies, Oriental Sweetlips and Hawksbill Turtles. Fish Rock is a series of rocky pinnacles and underwater rock formations which now house fan corals in what was once an Indian Navy target practice area. The sea seems to have harnessed the power of the ammunition once fired here and can sometimes unleash powerful currents! Fish Rock is so-called for a good reason! Napoleon Wrasse and an assortment of groupers, as well as octopi and giant Yellow-margin Moray Eels, regularly put in an appearance here. The two adjoined islands of The Sisters ought really to be called The Siamese Twins! The hard and soft coral reefs are usually explored as a drift dive to encounter giant groupers, White-tip Reef Sharks, Great and Chevron Barracudas, and nudibranchs, as well as beautiful Harlequin Sweetlips. Sixty nautical miles out in the open sea is the barely visible pinnacle of Invisible Bank. This ancient reef is home to some enormous coral formations at around 18 meters deep. Drifting along with you on this dive could be Nurse Sharks, White tip Reef Sharks, Black tip Reef Sharks and Whip Rays – quite a collection of the bigger fish! Barren Island is a live volcano. Its wisps of volcanic smoke may well have rendered the land barren, but under the water lies a different story! The reef topography allows for wall diving. Gently sloping lava ridges and seemingly infinite drop-offs can be dived as a drift where you can hope to share the reef with some of the more spectacular residents such as Manta Rays, Grey Reef Sharks, White-tip Reef Sharks, Silvertip Sharks and Blue-spotted Sting Rays – far from barren! What makes this site all the more fascinating and unusual is the effect of the last volcanic eruption. The black sand encrusted walls make for a startling backdrop for the colorful fish and the graceful outlines of the silvery, streamlined sharks. A now extinct volcano, Narcondam Island, is encircled by coral beds where you may witness gas bubbles popping up from the shallow sea floor. As well as the larger sharks and rays which can be found at Barren Island, Narcondam Island’s reefs harbor rich fish life as well as some fascinating macro life. Lionfish, Hawksbill and Green Turtles, Ornate Ghost Pipefish and several unusual nudibranchs all make their home along the ridges and among the coral gardens. Diving here offers pinnacle diving and current-beaten crests and rims, as well as some calmer coral gardens. The hard coral gardens of Button Island offer the macro diver a gentle and shallow experience with anemones, mantis shrimps, banded boxer shrimps and giant clams. Schooling fish including Horse-eye Jacks, while Great Barracudas and an assortment of butterfly fish are found at nearby Campbell Shoal. Named after the 18th century British marine surveyor John Ritchie, Ritchie’s Archipelago comprises 13 islands including Button Island, Havelock Island and Henry Lawrence Island. The thrill of diving in this area is that it is still being discovered and explored, so you really will be among the first divers to have the pleasure of charting new waters. The reefs which ring Havelock Island are home to a plethora of colorful and intriguing fish from lionfish lurking at Lighthouse to numerous splendid sea fans at Seafan City, where residents include some large schools of tuna, jacks and groupers. The gullies and ravines of Pilot Reef make perfect homes for Leopard and White-tip Reef Sharks, and there is always the possibility of encountering a visiting Manta Ray. At Mac Point you might be lucky enough to see a dugong frolicking in the sea grasses! Diving in the Andaman Islands can involve drift and current diving and divers should be comfortable and experienced with diving in these conditions before booking on Andaman Islands cruises, which are not recommended for inexperienced divers.

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