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S/Y Crescent
Diving Cruise Mergui Archipelago
Trip Code :  SEAL02
Destination :  Myanmar ( Mergui Archipelago )
Price :  1,392.00 US Dollar
Duration :  7 Days
S/Y Crescent<br>Diving Cruise Mergui Archipelago
 
Trip Description

For over fifty years the beautiful Mergui Archipelago, comprising over eight hundred islands, has been closed to foreigners. This area offers pioneer diving as well as the dive sites, which we have found to be excellent.

The waters of the Mergui Archipelago offer sightings of large pelagic and schooling fish. Sharks and Rays are fairly common - Silvertip, Black Tip, Grey Reef shark , Whale-sharks and the occasional Bull Shark can be seen. Great macro life can be found - Sea Horses, Ornate Ghost-Pipe and Stone-fish are amongst the archipelago’s rare inhabitants. Huge barrel sponges, soft and hard corals abound.

 
Itinerary
Day 1

Check in to our Dive Centre in Phuket by 8.30 am for departure by 9.00 am by air-conditioned mini-bus, arriving in Ranong (Thai/Burma border) by 3.00 pm, stopping en route for lunch. Check out at Immigration (Ranong) then cross the Pakchan river (the border) by wooden ‘longtail’ boat to Kawthoung. Board the yacht plus sightseeing and Duty Free shopping in this interesting border trading town, formerly known as Victoria Point. Approx. 5.30 pm depart from Kawthoung for the Mergui Archipelago (Western Rocky Islet).

Overnight :   Liveaboard

Day 2

Western Rocky Islet
Three great dives here. Highlights of the dive site being a big cave filled with fifty or more lobsters and thousands of Glassfish. Good chance to see Manta-rays and Whale-sharks as well as the resident Grey Reef, Black Tip and White Tip sharks at this open ocean dive site.


Overnight :   Liveaboard

Day 3

Stewart Island, Cavern Island and High Rock
Three dives, plus optional night dive. Great macro life makes these sites a ‘must see’ on any diver’s checklist. Commonly seen are Sea Horses, Ornate Ghost-Pipe fish, Frog Fish, Stonefish, Turtles, Rays, Sea Snakes, Cuttlefish and much more.

Overnight :   Liveaboard

Day 4

Black Rock – Three dives
This dive site consistently gives some of the best diving to be found anywhere in the Andaman Sea. A true oceanic dive site, with no other land in sight. Big pelagics are common. Manta-rays, Whale-sharks, plus lots of other different types of sharks and rays can all be seen here. On top of this, you will see schools of Jacks and Tuna. If this isn’t enough the macro life is also first-class but expect to spend your time looking away from the reef at the bigger stuff out in the blue.


Overnight :   Liveaboard

Day 5

Torres Islands & Devil Rock
Expect to see large schools of Mobula Rays (small Manta-rays), virtually guaranteed and quite often in large schools. Bull-sharks are a fairly common sighting at Torres Islands.

Overnight :   Liveaboard

Day 6

Early morning travel south back to Black Rock - three dives again. A night dive is available as additional dive.

Overnight :   Liveaboard

Day 7

In Through the out door
Considered by virtually all of our guests to be the best dive of the trip. The highlight of this dive site is the big ‘swim-through’, which is home to more than ten resident Grey Reef sharks. The majority of the dive is spent being buzzed by these magnificent creatures. Inside the cave also lives a family of Nurse sharks, one of which is about four meters long. A very healthy coral reef, inhabited by a profusion of fish life is another bonus. Sea Horses are very common here. At the end of the afternoon we sail back to Kawthoung.


Overnight :   Liveaboard

Meal : B = Breakfast / L = lunch / D = Dinner
 
Departure Date
See schedule
 
Price
Valid :  01/10/2004 - 31/05/2005 , Rate per person based on Sharing Twin in US Dollar
Joint tour
Prices
1,392.00
Inclusion
- On-board accommodation
- All meals, fruit & soft drinks
- Diving equipment: tanks, weights and dive lights, three dives per day.
- The boats each have a crew of four - Captain, Divemaster, Thai cook and Thai deck-hand.
- Beer is available for purchase.
- Plus US$140 for Customs Entry Permit including 28 day visa fee.
* If there should be an increase in the CEP there will be an additional cost.
 
Remark
Alternative route to join this trip
Passengers can fly direct to Ranong from Bangkok, thus avoiding the mini-bus journey from Phuket. Phuket Airlines have daily flights from BANGKOK to RANONG (Thai side of Thai/Burma border). We can pick up at Ranong airport at 14.30 hrs on the departue day.

Cancellation Clause:
If circumstances should arise, such as political unrest, fighting on the Thai/Burma border, or any other risk to customers or vessels, South East Asia Liveaboards Co Ltd reserve the right to cancel the trip. If this should be the case, we would reroute the trip to another destination at no extra cost to customers. We also reserve the right to change the itineraries shown above to take into account flights, weather, water clarity and pelagic action at time of the trip.
 





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