Mergui Archipelago (Tanintharyi Region)

An ultimate vacation spot in Myanmar is the Mergui Archipelago, an area of natural and unspoiled beauty.

Myanmar's marine 'Lost World', the 800 islands of Myanmar's Mergui archipelago, is a largely desolate area, tucked away from the rest of the world. Its isolation is such that much of it has not even yet been thoroughly explored.

Not only is the archipelago home to 800 islands with outstanding marine and terrestrial life, it is also the home to the Moken. The "sea gypsies" are one of the most enigmatic and appealing peoples of Southeast Asia. They live almost exclusively on the water and their spiritual approach to living is endlessly endearing.


OPEN AGAIN

The Mergui Archipelago was long closed to tourists. It was in 1997 that restrictions were lifted, but restrictions on travel have meant that relatively few visitors entered this fascinating part of Myanmar (Burma).


WHAT'S TO SEE?

The Mergui Archipelago is a big place. The hundreds of islands in the area each have a distinctive nature. Many are covered with enormous rain forest canopies and the illegal logging practices of the mainland haven’t made it out to the islands yet. That means you can enjoy a relaxing walk through the trees, spotting deer, monkeys, wild boar and tropical birds. Rent a boat and enjoy some of the most spectacular fishing in the world. Or pop on a snorkel and go scuba diving over healthy and thriving coral reefs. Keep an eye out for dolphins as you go; while there are sharks in the area, there are no reports of any great problems for swimmers from them.

Or Just Chill For those who prefer just to kick back and chill, pick an island (almost any island) and stock up on beer and barbecue and lay back in the white sand. It's the perfect way to spend a day resting up from traveling the rest of Myanmar.

Tour Code Program Itinerary Available Date
MSK-03 5 Days/ 4 Nights Kawthaung - Taung La Bo Island-115 Island-254 Island-256 Island- Nga Man Island- Kyun Phila Island-Bo Ywe Island-Myauk Ni Island-Tha Yae Isalnd-Kawthaung TBD
MSK-04 6 Days/ 5 Nights Kawthaung - Taung La Bo Island-115 Island-254 Island-256 Island-60 Island- Crocodile Creek - Ko Phawt - Tar Yar Island-Nga Man Island- Kyun Phila-Bo Ywe - Myauk Ni Island- Tha Yae Island- Kawthaung TBD
MSK-05 6 Days/ 5 Nights Kawthaung- Taung La Bo Island-115 Isalnd - Nga Man Island-Kyun Phila Island-254 Island- Sagalet Island- Marbel Island-Wal Island-Mergui Island-Myeik TBD
Please submit the inquiry, we will reply you detailed itinerary with the quote.

If the above pre-arranged programs do not fit into your schedule, you can always rent the charter on your own for your preferred date. However, it will be more expensive unless you have more people. Please see the price below.
Charter Rate Rate Per Day Description
Mergui Princess USD 1,529
(1 - 8 pax)

USD 2,049
(9 - 16 pax)
Price Includes
  • Free flow of soft drinks (while onboard)
  • On board meals (3 meals per day with minimum 3-4 dishes per meal)
  • Two ways transfer in Kawthaung, Myeik & Ranong (2 ways)
  • Local English speaking service
  • Accommodation onboard (Twin sharing each cabin) either MV Mergui Princess
  • Sea Kayaks (sit-on-top), Snorkeling sets (face masks, snorkels and fins), Jungle boots, Fishing poles, Life jacket
  • Dinghy
*Remark there could be additional fuel surcharge depend on the fuel prices with prior notice.
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ANNUAL RITUAL CEREMONY OF SEA GYPSIES (SALONE) WITH CRUISE

INTRODUCTION

The Myanmar Sea Gypsies ( Salone ) nomads still hold on their own beliefs. They worship two spirit gods the good and the evil. Shamanism is the central element during the ritual spirit ceremony. The devotional offerings, at the ceremony, include pop corns, wild boar, alcoholic drinks, honey, betel and flesh and blood of ducks, chickens and turtles. They used to sing at the ceremony. The talents of the Salone are very remarkable that they could sing songs at hand to the scenes, happenings and fact they see. One of the last their musical instruments is a drum made from monitor lizard skin. Nowadays they play the modern studio music song, folk singing in traditional Salone feast.

The rites and rituals at the festival were done by the shaman, who involved not only at the ceremony but also during illness or at death. A few decades ago the Salone do not bury the corpse, instead they left on a scaffold stand and all the people of the village move to another island.

Annual Ritual & Ceremony of the Myanmar Sea Gypsies (Salone) is usually held during the month of February (the Full Moon Day of Tabaung in Myanmar Calendar).

The Salone nomads do not easily mix with other people. They do not participate in economic, social or even cultural development of the country they live in their society has different cultural values from those offered by modern society. They are locked in the value system that they believe to be their own.

SALONE RITUAL CEREMONY, SNORKELING & KAYAKING
Tour Name Salone ritual ceremony, snorkeling & Kayaking
Tour Code MSG (II)
Duration 6 days / 5 nights
Islands covered Kawthaung, Tha Yae Island - 115 Island - Nyaung Wee Island - Bo Cho Island (Makyone Galet where held Salone Festival) - 254 Beach - 256 Island - 60 Island - Ko Phawt - Nga Man Island - Bo Ywe Island - Kyun Phila Island - Myauk Nee Island - Kawthaung
Activities Sea kayaking, Swimming, Sun Bathing, Jungle Trekking, Snorkeling, Fishing, Bird Watching, and visiting to Salone ceremony (Mokens)
DETAIL ITINERARY

01 February, 2015: Kawthaung - Thay Yae Island

Our service starts from Myoma Jetty in Kawthaung. After arrived to Kawthaung embark on Mergui Princess. Depart to Thay Yae Island. Enjoy your own interest such as kayaking around Mangrove Forest, sunbathing, camping and overnight on board nearby. Enjoy the dinner and overnight onboard.

02 February, 2015: Tha Yae Island - 115 Island - Nyaung Wee Island - Bo Cho Island ( B, L, D)

Enjoy your breakfast prepared by the Chef of Mergui Princess. After breakfast, continue to 115 Island. Arrived at 115 island and then free at leisure to explore the beauties of the virgin island. Exciting activities are sea kayaking around the island, snorkeling, fishing, jungle trekking, swimming and sun bathing on the beach. And then continue to Nyaung Wee island. And then depart to Bo Cho Island. Enjoy the lunch onboard. After lunch, exciting activities are sea kayaking around the island, snorkeling, fishing and sun bathing on the beach. Enjoy the dinner and overnight at Mykone Galet village.

03 February, 2015: Makyone Galet Village (Salone Ritual Ceremony) ( B, L, D)

After breakfast participate in salone traditional races like as swimming, diving, rowing and running race. There will also be held food and drink donation ceremony feast to all comers. At night participate in salone ritual ceremony. They worship two spirit gods - the good and the evil. Shamanism is the central element during the spirit ceremony. The devotional offerings, at the ceremony, include pop corns, wild boar, alcoholic drinks, honey, betel and flesh and blood of ducks, chickens and turtles. After arrange offering Shaman recites and call upon the Salone spirit to receive offering and worship. They used to sing at the ceremony. The talents of the Salone are very remarkable that they could sing a song at hand to the scenes, happenings and fact they see. One of the last their musical instruments is a drum made from monitor lizard skin. Nowadays they play the modern studio music song, folk singing in traditional Salone feast. The ceremony will be finished by happily singing and dancing with local sea gypsies. Dinner and over night at Ma Kyone Galet.

04 February, 2015: 254 Beach - 60 Island - Ko Phawt Island ( B, L, D)

After breakfast embark on Mergui Princess Cruise and depart to 254 Beach (Lampi Island) which is small but with its white sand and semi-circle shape of the beach, it is one of the most popular among tourists. Various kinds of fish species can be found while snorkeling. Enjoy lunch on Board and then continue to 60 Island where enjoy swimming around Island then depart to Ko Phawt Island where you can enjoy snorkeling and kayaking around the Island. Dinner and overnight on board.

05 February, 2015: Nga Man Island - Bo Ywe Island - Kyun Phila - Myauk Ni Island ( B, L, D)

After breakfast depart to Nga Mann Kyunn which has both beautiful hard and soft corals as well as Nurse Shark. A Cave is under water where so many kinds of fishes can be seen. Then depart to Bo Ywe Island where enjoy snorkeling. Kyun Phila (Great Swinton) which is one of the most popular and beautiful island in Mergui Archipelago. Enjoy Swimming, Fishing and Sun Bathing on the beach. And then drive to Mayuk Ni. Dinner & overnight on board.

06 February, 2015: Myauk Ni Island - Kawthaung ( B, L )

After breakfast, enjoy the activities at your own interest such as Sea Kayaking, Swimming, and Snorkeling. Lunch onboard. Then the trip back to Kawthaung. Cheers up for your exploration. Arrived back to Kawthaung. Finish your trip. Overnight at Kawthaung.

Remarks: This program is adjustable depending on the flight time, the departure and arrival time of package program will be changed. We would like to suggest you to stop one night before and after this trip in order to able to join full program.
Price Inclusive
  • Free flow of soft drinks (while onboard)
  • On board meals (3 meals per day with minimum 3-4 dishes per meal)
  • Two ways transfer in Kawthaung, Ranong (2 ways)
  • Local English speaking service
  • Accommodation onboard & Makyone Galet Village & Garden Hotel at Kawthaung
  • Sea Kayaks (sit-on-top), Snorkeling sets (face masks, snorkels and fins), Jungle boots, Fishing poles, Life jacket,
  • Dinghy
Price Exclusive
  • Zone fees USD 80 per person
  • Hotel Accommodation in Ranong or Myeik
  • Tips & Drink (Beer & Alcoholic Drink)
  • Personal expenses & Personal insurance
  • Domestic & International air-ticket
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance
Price: $1792 per person with Cruise
Price: $972 per person with Car & Boat
Please send us number of passengers and passenger names through contact us .