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Explore Mergui – The Lost Paradise of Myanmar

Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life to one of the world’s best-kept secret paradises, Mergui  Archipelago. 

Located in the southernmost part of Myanmar (formally Burma) and comprised of over 800 immaculate, largely deserted islands of various sizes, the region offers great opportunities for exploring and diving amongst spectacular marine life and untouched coral reefs.

Mergui Archipelago

 Mergui Archipelago - The Lost Paradise of Myanmar

Although the islands were completely off-limits to tourists until 1997, when the first parts of the archipelago were opened up to visitors, strict regulations still remain. This keeps Mergui off Google Maps and touristic paths while simultaneously protecting the area. Due to this limited access and relative isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of vegetation and teeming with vibrant scenes of underwater life. With dense brush, mangroves, and rainforest covering most areas above the high-tide line and magnificent white-sand beaches interspersed with rocky headlands, the islands of the Mergui Archipelago offer a wide variety of sights and adventurous activities ranging from hiking, kayaking, and fishing to sailing and sun-bathing. 


Mergui Archipelago - macleod island Mergui Archipelago offer a wide variety of sights and adventurous activities

It is not just the scenery (above or below water) that makes the Mergui Archipelago such a fascinating place to visit; indeed, travelers may have a chance encounter with the Moken, a semi-nomadic sea tribe following a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, who are the only human inhabitants of the area. Residing around these islands for hundreds of years, they live on their boats during the dry season, diving and searching for food. In fact, Moken children can have the same underwater visual accuracy as dolphins due to their lifestyle of diving and hunting for food, and on average can see twice as well as children from other areas! During the monsoon season, the Moken live in temporary huts while building more boats for the upcoming dry season, using techniques that have been in their culture for generations.

Join us for an extraordinary journey through an undiscovered world along a route less- traveled, and discover the untouched, magical world of Myanmar.