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Liveaboard Diving in Myanmar / Burma

The new frontier for liveaboard diving in South East Asia is Myanmar / Burma  and its 800+ islands of the Mergui Archipelago. After decades of being closed to most international tourists, Myanmar / Burma has opened its doors and quickly become very popular with adventurous travellers. This isn’t just for on land, either. Scuba diving in Myanmar is becoming more and more popular each diving season, and there are plenty of reasons why so many divers want to go there.

Some people still refer to The Republic of the Union of Myanmar as ‘Burma,’ which is a lot easier. In any case, this country located between Thailand’s western border and the north-eastern corner of India, is large, culturally diverse, and has a very long coastline onto the Andaman Sea & Indian Ocean. There are thousands of islands off of the coast of Myanmar, and most are uninhabited, and some unexplored fully. Diving in Myanmar is mostly done from the southern tip of Myanmar’s coastal border with Thailand, in an area known as The Mergui Archipelago. Here, more than 800 tropical islands are home to some very special marine life, some species of which live nowhere else on Earth.

Before joining a Myanmar Liveaboard Diving Trip, there are a few things that you need to know.

  • How do I go diving in Burma (Myanmar)? At present (2017), the only realistic way to enjoy liveaboard diving in Burma is to join a trip that sails from Thailand. These boats most commonly sail from Thailand’s western coastal provinces of Phang Nga and Ranong. Some do a day’s diving in Thailand before crossing the border into Myanmar, while others go directly.
  • What about immigration? This is a weird situation for those coming from Thailand who want to go diving in Myanmar because they officially leave Thailand* but do not get or need a visa to enter Myanmar. *Unless you have a re-entry visa stamp, your Thai visa will expire when you leave, and you will get a new Visa on Arrival stamp when you come back to Thailand. This new stamp may be 14 or 30 days, depending on your nationality.
  • Is there a hidden cost? Yes! Although divers in Myanmar do not get or need a visa to enter the country, they must pay for a diving permit. This permit costs at least $200, depending on the length of the dive trip in Myanmar. In addition, the fee must be paid in cash in new & clean banknotes, and it must be applied for* at least two weeks before departure. *Including a photocopy or scan of the passport and a couple of passport photographs of each applicant diver.

What’s so special about diving in Myanmar?

  • Undiscovered reefs: Because recreational scuba diving in Burma is very new, many of the reefs here are yet to be discovered. And those that are known to the divers and boat captains are not visited by many other diving boats. Therefore, it’s quite common to be the only liveaboard diving boat within sight, which is almost impossible in Thailand. Some Myanmar liveaboard diving trips include some exploration and brand-new dive sites are discovered.
  • Special marine life: Due to the fact that there is a lot less boat traffic in Myanmar than there is in Thailand, the marine life hasn’t been scared off by divers blowing bubbles and touching things. Some species are found almost nowhere else on Earth, and it’s possible that some are yet to be known to science. Although rare, sightings of Irrawady Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) are possible from the boat, which would probably never happen in Thailand. The same can be said for the Dugong (Dugong dugong), as they are both shy mammals that stay away from humans, especially divers.

Have the reefs been fished using dynamite and cyanide?

  • The answer to this question is an unfortunate ‘yes’ but some reefs are untouched and many are recovering well. Also, the more the local people learn about the value of live fish and healthy reefs, the sooner they will realise the long-term benefits of preserving the area instead of destroying it. As each season passes, more diving boats visit Myanmar, and this means more of the locals benefit from this new form of tourism to them. Also, there are international organisations working within Myanmar to educate the people and evaluate the state of each reef.

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Dolphin Queen Liveaboard dive boat

MV Dolphin Queen is a classic Thailand liveaboard diving boat. She is safe and stable, but not unnecessarily large or cumbersome. Enjoyable diving trips at The Similan Islands are something that the crew of Dolphin Queen have been offering for well over a decade. All her cabins are air-conditioned, have opening windows, and there are different sizes and configurations to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. This boat is among the best value for diving at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, and also visits Burma (Myanmar).

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 22
Liveaboard trips from: 19,800 THB per diver
Destinations Duration 4 bunk cabin Twin cabin Double cabin (main deck) Double cabin (upper deck)
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
4D / 4N 4 bunk cabin 19,800 THB Twin cabin 22,800 THB Double cabin (main deck) 22,800 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 23,800 THB
Southern Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma
(18 dives)
5D / 6N 4 bunk cabin 35,600 THB Twin cabin 37,800 THB Double cabin (main deck) 37,800 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 38,800 THB
Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock, Myanmar/Burma
(22 dives)
6D / 7N 4 bunk cabin 42,960 THB Twin cabin 45,360 THB Double cabin (main deck) 45,360 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 46,560 THB
Last-minute discounts available on some trips
Free rental equipment or Nitrox for trips booked 3 or more months before departure.
Big, Safe & Comfortable
Trips to Burma
All Cabins En Suite
Refitted in 2012
Deep Andaman Queen diving liveaboard
Special offers available

The recently-refurbished diving liveaboard known as Deep Andaman Queen is a large boat which offers its guests comfort and luxury comparable to much more expensive diving packages. With cabins to suit every budget and expectation, and facilities to entertain and relax everyone on board, you may feel that you're missing out by getting in the water. However, with its huge diving platform and helpful crew, diving in the Similan Islands has never been easier or more pleasant.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 21
Liveaboard trips from: 30,000 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 3 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Quad Cabin Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Deluxe Double Cabin Deluxe Twin Master Cabin
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck, High Rock, Rocky Island, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, Stewart Island, North Rock, Fan Forest, Western Rocky
(21 dives)
8D / 7N Quad Cabin 59,500 THB Triple Cabin 63,000 THB Twin Cabin 68,250 THB Deluxe Double Cabin 77,000 THB Deluxe Twin 77,000 THB Master Cabin 87,500 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
4D / 4N Quad Cabin 30,000 THB Triple Cabin 32,000 THB Twin Cabin 35,000 THB Deluxe Double Cabin 40,000 THB Deluxe Twin 40,000 THB Master Cabin 46,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(18 dives)
5D / 5N Quad Cabin 41,250 THB Triple Cabin 44,000 THB Twin Cabin 48,125 THB Deluxe Double Cabin 55,000 THB Deluxe Twin 55,000 THB Master Cabin 63,250 THB
Sails from Ranong
Max. 12 guests
Visits Burma Every Week
Good Selection of Trips
Liveaboard Boat - MV Thai Sea

MV Thai Sea is a Thailand diving liveaboard with a difference. Not only is she designed and built for small groups of divers, she also sails from somewhere different to most Similan Islands diving vessels. At 20m in length and taking just 12 lucky guests, she offers wonderful diving cruises in both Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). Small groups on the boat and slightly different schedules to most other Thai diving liveaboards make MV Thai Sea stand out on her own among the dozens of liveaboard diving tours available on the west coast of Thailand.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from:
No. of Divers: 12
Liveaboard trips from: 22,000 THB per diver
8/10 Based on 1 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Twin Double
Koh Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(11 dives)
3D / 3N Twin 22,000 THB Double 24,000 THB
High Rock, McLeod Island, Seafan Forest, North Rocky, Drake Island, Western Rocky, Volcano
(17 dives)
5D / 5N Twin 35,000 THB Double 37,000 THB
High Rock, Rocky Point, Shark Cave, North Twin, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Volcano
(17 dives)
5D / 5N Twin 39,000 THB Double 41,000 THB
High Rock, Stewart Island, Tower Rock, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Volcano
(25 dives)
7D / 7N Twin 55,000 THB Double 57,000 THB
High Rock, Secret Dive Site, Shark Cave, Black Rock, Torres Island, Burma Banks, North Twin, Volcano
(25 dives)
7D / 7N Twin 62,000 THB Double 64,000 THB
Very well-run trips
Selection of itineraries
CMAS & PADI Courses
French & Thai
Bunmee 3 Liveaboard Dive Boat
Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
Dive Boat Departs from: Phuket
No. of Divers: 18
Liveaboard trips from: 19,800 THB per diver
10/10 Based on 1 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Standard Twin Standard Double Comfort Twin Comfort Double Master Double
Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi
(11 dives)
3D / 3N Standard Twin 19,800 THB Standard Double 19,800 THB Comfort Twin 22,000 THB Comfort Double 22,000 THB Master Double 24,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(15 dives)
4D / 4N Standard Twin 26,000 THB Standard Double 26,000 THB Comfort Twin 29,000 THB Comfort Double 29,000 THB Master Double 32,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(15 dives)
4D / 5N Standard Twin 27,500 THB Standard Double 27,500 THB Comfort Twin 30,500 THB Comfort Double 30,500 THB Master Double 33,500 THB
Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock
(19 dives)
5D / 5N Standard Twin 33,000 THB Standard Double 33,000 THB Comfort Twin 36,500 THB Comfort Double 36,500 THB Master Double 40,000 THB
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma
(20 dives)
6D / 7N Standard Twin 46,000 THB Standard Double 46,000 THB Comfort Twin 51,000 THB Comfort Double 51,000 THB Master Double 57,000 THB
Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi, Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(26 dives)
8D / 8N Standard Twin 51,000 THB Standard Double 51,000 THB Comfort Twin 56,500 THB Comfort Double 56,500 THB Master Double 62,000 THB
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma
(24 dives)
7D / 8N Standard Twin 53,000 THB Standard Double 53,000 THB Comfort Twin 59,000 THB Comfort Double 59,000 THB Master Double 66,000 THB
Brand-New 2017
Purpose-Built Liveaboard
Visits Burma/Myanmar
Selection of Itineraries
Bavaria Liveaboard Similan Boat
Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
Dive Boat Departs from:
No. of Divers: 24
Liveaboard trips from: 21,500 THB per diver
Destinations Duration Standard Twin Comfort Double Comfort Twin Deluxe Double
High Rocky, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, South Twin, The Arch, Boulder Rock, McLeod Island, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Shark Point, Secret Lagoon
(22 dives)
6D / 6N Standard Twin 48,500 THB Comfort Double 50,500 THB Comfort Twin 52,500 THB Deluxe Double 56,500 THB
Similan Islands
(10 dives)
3D / 3N Standard Twin 21,500 THB Comfort Double 22,500 THB Comfort Twin 23,500 THB Deluxe Double 25,500 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(13 dives)
4D / 3N Standard Twin 27,900 THB Comfort Double 29,500 THB Comfort Twin 30,900 THB Deluxe Double 33,500 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock
(13 dives)
4D / 3N Standard Twin 27,900 THB Comfort Double 29,500 THB Comfort Twin 30,900 THB Deluxe Double 33,500 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock
(22 dives)
6D / 6N Standard Twin 40,900 THB Comfort Double 42,900 THB Comfort Twin 44,900 THB Deluxe Double 48,900 THB

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