The breathtaking Myeik or Mergui Archipelago lies in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar. To visit these extraordinary islands who will need to be part of a guided tour and they remain largely undiscovered by tourists.
The area is made up of more than 800 islands which vary in size from smaller ones with just a few palm trees to larger islands of several hundred square kilometres, the archipelago offers great opportunities for exploration and diving amongst spectacular marine life and untouched coral reefs, with yachts and cruise boats designed for that purpose.
A hugely diverse range of wildlife can be found on the islands, including lizards, pythons, civets, chevrotains, gibbons and crab-eating macaques. You can also see such birds as hornbills, white-bellied sea eagles, while kites, kingfishers, eastern reef herons, emerald doves, to name but a few of the species that circle the islands.
The best time to visit is the same time frame as the rest of Myanmar, November to April is the high season for visiting. December to February offers the most beautiful and comfortable weather conditions; warm, sunny weather, steady winds, and calm seas.
A special permit is required to visit the Myeik Archipelago on a multi-day liveaboard tour, it can be obtained as part of a cruise package; processing is simple and usually takes around one month to complete.