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| Myanmar (Burma) LGBT Liveaboard Adventure
Explore Myanmar Underwater!
Ten Night LGBT Scuba Diving Expedition:
February 13-23, 2021
$3450 Deluxe Stateroom,
Explore undiscovered, uncrowded underwater Myanmar next February!
You'll dive Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago and Burma Banks at the peak time of year. Highlights include cephalopods like octopus, cuttlefish, and squid on most dives, colorful soft corals, unique Andaman Sea fishes, zebra sharks, and with a little luck, mantas or maybe something even bigger!
We board from BC Badin Resort in Ranong, Thailand (UNN), where you should plan to arrive by no later than 11 am on Saturday, February 13. We'll depart that afternoon for exotic, exciting Myanmar!
Friday. February 12, 2021: Best to arrive Ranong, Thailand (UNN) today and stay overnight.
Saturday, February 13: Arrive Ranong no later than 11 am.
Board liveaboard at noon and depart for Myanmar.
Sunday, February 14 - Monday, February 22: up to four dives daily
(no night dive at some sites in Myanmar, including Black Rock)
Monday, February 22: Two or three dives in Myanmar followed by return to Ranong, Thailand
Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Afternoon flight to Bangkok (DMK) or minivan transfer to Phuket
Some of our Planned Myanmar Dive Sites:
Western Rocky is one of Mergui Archipelago’s southernmost dive sites and one of the most exciting. Western Rocky is a small island that includes a beautiful underwater passage right that is lit by daylight all the way through. This area is visited by large nurse sharks, other shark species including the famous whale shark, bowmouth guitar fish, harlequin shrimp, frogfish sea horses, while the anemone-lined cavity is full of oversized lobsters and crabs. The four islets off shore are worth a dive on their own, the walls covered with clams and colourful sponges, large reef squid and chevron barracuda. Divers will enjoy a spectacular night dive on the south wall where the red and orange coral are lit to perfection by the moonlight.
The islet of Black Rock is a small rock in the middle of Myanmar's ocean. It provides a steep wall drop with rugged boulder formations and fine soft coral. A shallow section of tube coral can be found with magnificient macro critters. Many consider Black Rock to be the finest dive spot in the Mergui Archipelago. Its crystal clear visibility provides breath-taking views past the rock walls to the ongoing procession of barracuda, tuna, mackerel, rays, reef sharks, whale sharks and eagle rays.
It stands in a northwest to southeast position, with steep banks all around, and with a wall on its west and south west sides. Many divers' favorite spot in the Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock will have your your heart pounding from spectacular passes of whitetips, silvertips, and black-tip sharks. Standing alone in the Andaman Sea 100 miles north west of the Thai-Burmese border town of Kawthaung, Black Rock acts as a natural fish magnet and is just as famous for its incredible schools of mobula rays. Then there's the majestic encounters with manta rays and eagle rays soaring above and around you off the deep north western corner, and huge marble stingrays and leopard sharks on the sandy bottom.
Diving down on to the boulder slopes to the south you'll find sprawling carpets of brown disc anemones and purple soft corals. Home amongst the lower boulders is the granddaddy of all great barracudas.
Soft corals are most dense in the deeper south west sections corner of Black Rock. This colorful area includes orange cup corals, feather stars, gorgonian sea fans, and tiger striped anemones that cover the large boulders. Spotted hawkfish can be found in the sea fans. Black spotted pufferfish seem too lazy to swim here, preferring to just rest on a rock ledge. Blue ringed angelfish swim around the rocks. This is a good spot for seeing reef sharks or even bull sharks. Head to the shallower eastern section for mantis shrimp, red swimmer crabs and large hermit crabs. Moray eels including zebra and white mouthed morays can be seen plus a large number of cowrie shells. Also dotted on the rocks are the unusual white hairy urchins. Black Rock is a truly awesome Burma dive site. Not to be missed!
Underwater cave systems provide plenty of opportunity to see nurse sharks, crustaceans and clown fish. Shark Cave is home to a group of large nurse sharks, grey reef sharks and sweetlips. You will also see a floor covered in yellow sponges, a ceiling of marigold cup corals and a whole host of marine delights, from dancing shrimp, clams and sea stars to moray eels, cowries and sea slugs.
Several miles off shore, North Twin offers a dive experience that is quite unique within the Mergui archipelago. It has large granite boulders covered in gorgonian sea fans and soft corals. This is the place to spot schools of goat fish, bat fish and snapper in the shallow water, a popular manta cleaning station, ,yellowtail barracudas, big eye trevally, tuna and eagle rays.
High Rock is a limestone rock situated 40 nautical miles northwest of Kawthaugh. High Rock has a huge variety of marine life. Large schools of fish covering the reef walls include fusiliers, snappers, barracudas, schooling bannerfish, wrasse, trevallies, triggerfish, leather jackets, flutefish, pufferfish, lionfish, bearded scorpionfish, freckled porcupinefish, scorpionfish, long spine dea urchin, moray eels, giant hermit crabs, sponge crabs, decorator crabs, long hair hermit crabs, painted rock lobsters and banded boxer fish. Species of corals include orange cup corals and red finger soft corals. There is also an abundance of gorgonian sea fans, zigzag clams, crinoids and encrusting sponges here.
High Rock lies some 500 metres to the south of Quion Island, just 25 km from Kawthaung. It is a small islet with a single tree, and has a wall on its north and east sides, and a rocky reef on its south and west. The sheer volume of fish life at High Rock hits you as soon as you descend. Blue line snapper form huge schools that obscure the reef wall from view. Glassfish are equally numerous, as are gold-striped fuseliers and yellow tail barracuda. Trevally dart into shoals of bait fish that move as one, safety in numbers their only defence. Large flutemouths stalk their prey and titan (giant) triggerfish guard their territory.
Striped soldier fish and squirrel fish congregate together in the many cracks and crevices, and barrel sponges dominate the seabed with common lion fish sheltering from the currents inside the rims. The number of bearded and humpback scorpionfish on the wall make touching anything a risky business. These poisonous fish are prevalent most places in the Mergui Archipelago but there numbers are highest here. False stonefish can also be spotted here. Several grouper species such as white-lined and blue-lined grouper are common as are wrasse and leatherjackets. Freckled porcupine fish hide in the crevices.
The walls feature orange and green cup corals and a small overhang. There's a huge variety of invertebrates here such as lobster, hermit crabs, zigzag clams, black diadema urchins, oysters and squid. Yellow-margin, fimbriated, giant and white-eyed moray eels can all be seen in abundance, and different species are often even seen sharing the same hole. Look into the crags and you may be surprised to see Indian Ocean nurse sharks, residents of Mergui, snoozing the day away.
High Rock is also an excellent night dive location too, when all the cup corals burst open in brilliant orange. This, together with the orange reflected eyes of the Durban dancing shrimp, makes a spectacular sight as the whole wall appears alive and feeding in the nutrient rich water. Decorator crabs, hermit and round crabs can be seen. Moray eels swim over the wall, avoiding divers' torches and parrotfish sleep in their protective cocoons.
A magnificent coral reef that starts at 15 feet and plunges to 120 feet. This beautiful dive site is covered with huge sea fan coral. Ghost pipe fish, harlequin shrimp, eagle rays, rainbow runners, jacks, trevallies and barracuda are frequently seen.
Diving conditions in Myanmar can be quite variable, including swift currents. You should have Advanced Open Water training and experience diving in current to join this scuba adventure.
Itinerary and dive site selection are always subject to modification
depending on conditions and captain's judgment.
We'll return to Ranong, Thailand and disembark on Tuesday, February 23.
You may fly back to Bangkok that afternoon, or request a transfer south to Phuket, a five hour ride in a minivan.
- 10 nights aboard The Phinisi in air-conditioned double occupancy staterooms with private bath
- Airport transfers in Ranong, Thailand on day of boat arrival and departure
- Meals and snacks (Asian and International cuisine)
- Coffee, tea, juices, and water
- Up to four dives daily, conditions permitting
- Tanks, weights and weight belt
Airfare to Ranong (UNN) or Phuket (HKT), Myanmar visa & port fee of $350 (paid on board), instruction or gear rental if needed, Nitrox, crew gratuity, or travel insurance (recommended for this vacation).
Please bring TWO photocopies of your passport ID page and TWO passport-sized
photographs for your Myanmar visa!
From North America, please plan to depart no later than Wednesday, February 10 to arrive in Bangkok (BKK or DMK) by the evening of Thursday, February 11. Spend at least one night in Bangkok to give yourself time to transfer to the city's secondary Don Mueang airport (DMK) on Friday, February 12. You'll check yourself and your bags in at DMK for your Nok Air flight to Ranong (UNN).
Alternatively, you can connect in Asia to a flight to Phuket (HKT) arriving by the evening of February 12, or preferably a day or two prior to relax on the beach before diving. From Phuket, it's a five-hour minivan transfer to Ranong early on the morning of February 13.
At the end of this expedition, you can plan to fly from Ranong to Bangkok after noon on February 23, or transfer by minivan five hours to Phuket.
We are happy to help with flight and itinerary suggestions.
$700 to hold your space; second deposit of $1000 due nine months prior to departure, third deposit of $1000 due 180 days prior to departure, and final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
We're happy to arrange a monthly payment schedule if you prefer - just ask!
How to reserve your space:
We'll place a space on courtesy hold for you and send you a confirmation e-mail.
Complete and return the trip application and waiver online, and arrange your deposit by check or credit card.
Make your airline reservations. We're happy to help you find the best flights.