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Burma Trips

Six days diving at
Mergui Archipelago
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Burma Trips and Specials

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With our many years of experience operating liveaboard scuba diving vacations amongst the beautiful tropical islands of Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), we promise you the best scuba diving available in all of the destinations we will visit. The experienced multilingual team will always make sure you are fully satisfied. Once you are with us we will take care of everything.
You just have to relax and enjoy your diving.

We conduct the tour with the safari boat MV Bavaria

7 days and 6 nights, max. 22 dives at Mergui Archipelago,
Shark Cave, Twin Island, Western Rocky and Black Rock

Specials and group trips on request

For inquiries please send an email to
info@iq-dive.com


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Schedule and Prices for Regular Trips

November I 22.11. - 28.11.2017
November II 29.11. - 05.12.2017
December 27.12.2017 - 02.01.2018
January 24. - 30.01.2018
February I 21. - 27.02.2018
February II 28.02. - 06.03.2018
March 14.03. - 20.03.2018
April fully booked

Prices per person in a shared cabin

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Mergui Archipelago, Shark Cave, Twin Island, Western Rocky, Black Rock,
7 days and 6 nights, max. 22 dives

diver
Standard cabin 1.289 EURO
Comfort En-suit cabin 1.399 EURO
Deluxe En-suit cabin 1.499 EURO

Price includes
- All cabins are air-conditioned and private for 2 person
- Breakfast, lunch, fresh fruits, snacks, dinner
- Drinking water, soft drinks, coffee & tea
- Towel, shower gel, shampoo
- 12L Alu tanks, weights, weight belts
- Transfers from Khao Lak to Ranong and back

Not included
- National Park and Visa fees: 230 US$
- Personal insurance
- Alcoholic drinks and cigarettes
- Rental equipment, computer
- Dive courses
- 15L-tanks (250 THB/day) = 7 Euro
- Nitrox (200 THB/tank) = 5 Euro
- Nitrox packages
10 tanks -20% = 1.600 THB = 43 Euro
15 tanks -25% = 2.300 THB = 62 Euro
Nitrox Flatrate (all dives with Nitrox ) -30% = 3.000 THB = 81 Euro
- Phuket transfers (on request)


Sun deck and bridge



Main deck and lower deck



Comfort cabin



Master cabin



Salon


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Mergui Archipelago



Magnificent Anemone



Giant Pufferfish



At Mergui Archipelago



Bearded Scorpionfish



Manta Ray



Paraoh Cuttlefish



Hawksbill Turtle



Leopard Shark



Fish, fish, fish



Miracle of life



Bubble Anemone



Hemprichs Soft Coral



Kawthaung Bridge to the Imigration



Kawthaung Pier


Itinerary

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Mergui Archipelago


Arrival Day
Around 11:00am Pick up in your hotel in Khao Lak.
Assembling of the equipment and the completion of the formalities. After that transfer by minibus to Ranong.
Check-in at the ship and departure from Ranong about 4:00pm. Crossing to Kawthaung in Burma (Myanmar) for the immigration formalities. Then we go toward Mergui Archipelago, while dinner is served on board.

Dive Day One
The first dive sites of our safari are High Rock and Rocky I.: Rays and Cobias encountered frequently here, besides many macro creatures are native at the coral gardens. Pipefish, frogfish and seahorses are here discoverable and various types of slugs.
Two more dives in the afternoon will take place on one of the best diving spots in the archipelago: the Shark Cave. This dive site is known for its sharks, rest during the day in the cave before they go to hunt in the evening. Around the rocks one has also a very good chance to spot manta rays, eagle rays, gray sharks and - with luck - a whale shark. But even small creatures such as seahorses, frogfish and ghost pipe fish that live in the beautiful coral, can be detected with a good eye here.

Dive Day Two
On the second dive day of our adventure safari we drive to the most famous dive site in the archipelago: the Black Rock. Far away from the coast in the open sea the rock is located and he’s a unique attraction for rays and sharks that can be encountered in very good visibility. In the coral gardens around the rock are countless macro creatures located. Ghost pipefish and frogfish we see here regularly.
A dive site which you will not forget, only because of its secluded location. This makes diving here a special experience.

Dive Day Three
On our third dive we drive to the Twin Islands. 3 dives at North Twin and 1 dive at South Twin are planned here. These dive sites are located west of the archipelago alone in the open sea and provide with its remote especially good visibility and the best chance for big fish. Giant Gorgonian adorn these dive sites, which are also a cynosure for rays and sharks.

Dive Day Four
On the fourth diving day our safari we drive to the dive site The Arch, Boulder Rock and McLeod Iceland. The underwater world here offers spectacular, beautiful and colorful soft corals with an abundance of macro organisms such as ghost pipefish, nudibranchs, schools of perch and the ability to spot a whale shark at Boulder Rock. McLeod Iceland in the evening is a great place for a night dive or just to chill out only at one of its beautiful beaches.

Dive Day Five
The fifth day of diving offers stunning places as Sea Fan Forest Pinnacle, which, as the name suggests, is covered with huge Gorgonian throughout the rock. Through its secluded location in the open sea here has also a good chance to see big fish like sharks and rays. As well as octopus, harlequin shrimp and cuttlefish are located here.
After 2 dives here we go in the afternoon to Western Rocky, one of the most spectacular dive sites in the southern part of the archipelago. The highlight here is the huge cave in 20 meters depth, which runs through the entire rock and is easy to dive for beginners, as the exit can be seen from any point of the cave. To the rocks around is sifted with a little luck guitar sharks, nurse sharks, gray sharks, cuttlefish, frogfish, seahorses and lots of Lobster, mainly inside the cave.

Dive Day Six
On the last day of our safari we drive to the dive sites Shark Point and Secret Lagoon. The dive sites here have beautiful, colorful coral with small hidden coves. Black tip sharks, schools of tuna and snapper, stingrays and turtles are resident here.

After our last dive in the morning we start the drive back to Kawthaung.

On arrival at this bustling trading town on the border to Thailand, we have some time to visit the local market. After the departure formalities are completed by the Burmese authorities, we start our drive to Ranong in Thailand, where we will arrive in the evening around 6:00pm.


Terms and Conditions

- Visa and Royalty fee for six day Myanmar trip is 230 US$ /person
- the passport must be valid at least 6 months (please bring 2 copy of the front page of your passport and 4 recent color passport-size photographs)
- it is strongly recommended to bring sufficient cash in US dollars only (!) US dollar notes of the series before 1996 and 100 US dollar notes of new series with serial numbers that begin with the letters CB will not be accepted. The same goes for worn, damaged, bent or heavily soiled notes!
- it is recommended to carry only brand new, undamaged and smooth dollar bills!
- we recommend the dive safari for advanced divers only, not for absolute beginners.
- the last dive should be less than 1 year ago!
- we strongly recommend a private dive insurance and travel insurance (for example AquaMed https://www.aqua-med.eu/de/index.html)
- we can also provide dive insurance coverage from “Indepth” for 1.000 THB / week

Please send us following information latest 2 weeks before the trip starts
- Full name as written in your passport
- Passport number, nationality, date and place of issue
- Date of birth
- Gender


Dive deck




Booking and Cancellation Policy

Bookings should be made well in advance. For Booking confirmation a 30% deposit is required (for full charter 50 %). We cannot hold reservations without deposit. The remaining 70% (50 %) must be paid no later than 30 (90) days before the cruise departs. If the balance is not received on time we reserve the right to resell your spot(s).
Last Minute and Special Offers have to be paid full in advance.

We strongly recommend obtaining travel cancellation insurance.
In case of cancellation on your part, the following rules apply
(counting back from the cruise departure date)

60 days or more - deposit returned minus bank charges.
Between 30 and 60 days - deposit lost.
Between 15 and 30 days - 50% of total price returned.
Less than 15 days - total price lost.

Important note
Although we will refund all money paid in case of a cancellation on our part, we wish it to be expressly understood that we cannot be held financially responsible for any changes in itinerary due to weather conditions, political problems or civil unrest.

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Sun deck



Dinner deck



Bar


General Information

How to get there

We will organize transportation to Ranong and back to Khao Lak after the trip but some times our guests like to travel independent.

By Bus
- from Bangkok
Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal to Ranong everyday for the approximately 8-hour trip. More information you can find here.

- from Khao Lak
Buses depart from Takuapa to Ranong everyday for the approximately 4-hour tour.
There also can take the buses from Phuket and Krabi that pass to Takuapa for Ranong.

By Taxi / Minivan
- from Khao Lak
can be organized on request if you don't like to take the regular transfer.

By Airplane
Bangkok - Ranong
Nok Air offers daily flights to Ranong and the journey takes 1.10 hours.
For more information please visit the website from Nok Air.

Where to stay
There are a lot of luxury business hotels, resorts and guest houses in Ranong and some provide nature hot spring water.
Here are some hotels and resorts we would like to recommend (please click on the hotel name below)

Tinidee Hotel
Numsai Khaosuay Resort
Le' Sarin Chalet Resort
The Blue Sky
The B Ranong

Weather in Ranong
http://www.tmd.go.th/en/province.php?id=74