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Sail The Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar6 Days, 5 Nights

Private Luxury Cabins Aboard the 85 Ft, Meta IV Yacht




Book a Private Cabin - World Class Tropical Sailing

Located in Myanmar's (Burma's) south, lies a remote group of 800 deserted islands that amazingly enough, are still unknown and untouched.

Lounge aboard the 85' Meta IV yacht, sail from island to island, swim in azure warm clear waters and snorkel above tropical reefs with colorful fish. Visit deserted white sandy beaches lined with Palm trees and tropical jungles virtually untouched by development. Here you will find just your own footprints in the sand. A wonderful experience for the two of you!

Just across the border from Ranong, Thailand is the Myanmar town of Kawthaung, your starting point for this amazing tour! Today and for sometime into the future, the Mergui Archipelago remains one of the planet’s most untouched destinations. 

Sailing Experience

A sailing holiday experience aboard the Meta IV in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is something to savor. With a warm wind in your face, the sun on your back we'll sail a thrilling course or a leisurely cruise to the next island, with your feet up, a drink to hand, enjoy fiendly dolfins and eagles above.

The Mergui Archipelago's tropical waters and air temperatures are constantly warm and pleasant, with average highs ranging between 28 to 33 C or 84 to 92 F. Book this exciting tour only from late October to the end of April. 

Guest Testimonials

“I now know what it must have felt like to be an explorer in the Age of Discoveries. In the Mergui, we came across our personal ‘new world’. ” - Corine, Germany

“One of the most breathtaking travels I’ve done: having the feeling of being the first ones to ever have set foot on the most pristine and untouched beaches is a privilege in a world of mass tourism. Encountering a people for whom doors to the outside world are only now opening is a magical experience.”    - Magali from France, 2013

“Sailing Burma’s coastline is such a different and unusual way of exploring this newly opened country. Being able to mix my passion for sailing with exploring the unique local peoples was just amazing.”  - Melissa from Australia, 2013

"Even now, 3 months after our wonderful trip, there are so many moments I think of  every day: Reaching an uninhabited island for the first time and exploring the shores and beaches.... That was wonderful every time. Seeing the sun rise over the ocean, sailing through the pitch black water in the quiet of the moonlight, and sleeping in the boat, gently shaking like a big cradle. And then, of course: the food!"  - Lilyan from China, 2013

 Watch the tour video, the itinerary and photos

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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


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A driver and guide will meet you at the airport in Kawthaung (Myanmar) or in Ranong on the Thai side of the border and you'll be on board the Meta IV relaxing in no time. On deck, welcome drink while we glide toward the Mergui! 
Enjoy the rest of your day on the beach exploring around Hastings Island.

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Set sail early in the morning so that we will arrive at Lampi Island, the largest in the region. Enjoy brunch on board and visit a village of Moken sea gypsies. Buy some fish or squid for dinner before sailing northwest later in the day to the gorgeous Clara Island. 
The water is exceptionally clear here, yes! 
The experienced crew does all the sailing for you but if you want to give it a go, why not.  We have a hunch that you will probab;ly want to kick back and relax on empty beaches or lounge on board with a drink in your hand and of course, when the time is right we can race with the dolphins. The cabins, kitchen and dining galley aboard the Meta IV are air conditioned. The fine food and professional crew makes this an easy experience for you. 

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Today we cruise to Pila Island and a beautufl cruise it is. We will try a little fishing for tuna again. We will enjoy a barbeque on the long beach and go for a jungle walk along a little creek. This is a good place for bird watchers or monkey watchers. Hornbills are a popular sight here. 
Before a relaxed sunset, we cool down by snorkelling in the azure water. 

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We pick up the east winds and speed towards the Mid Group. We could spend a whole week exploring its small islands, hidden coves and beaches, so we choose the prettiest: Frost and Potter Islands. Spectacular white beaches and huge fig trees

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Today is a busy day sailing as we spend most of the day on the water, only stopping for a dip in the open ocean! Some get busy sailing, others lie on deck and watch the dolphins jump. Tonight, it’s dinner on the beach at Zadetky iIsland. 

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Again we spend most of the day on the water, this is a terrific sailing experience. Watch the crews pick up the winds and calmly sail, only stopping for a dip in the open ocean! You can get busy sailing if you like, others lie on deck and watch the dolphins jump. 
After a long brunch, later in the day, we sail back into Kawthaung.

Good to Know

Sailing conditions during December to February are excellent. Warm, sunny weather and steady 20 knots of winds with calm seas prevail. March and April have a bit less wind, which is why they are good for diving and snorkeling in clear waters. There are numerous large islands providing hundreds of protected anchorages in sandy or muddy bottoms. The arhipelago provides safe sailing. If we encounter days without wind, there is enough to explore in the water and on land to keep everyone busy. The yacht’s engine runs up to 8 knots.

Activities

A few activities to enjoy include beach combing, hiking, trekking, trail blazing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, relaxing, star gazing, bird watching, bartering and trading with the Moken peoples. Not to mention fine dining and enjoying wine with dinner are all normal every day activities aboard the Meta IV.

Snorkelling equipment and fishing rods and misc equipment are supplied which helps with the days fresh catch on board! Fishing for tuna, barracuda, mahi mahi, giant trevally, Spanish Mackerel or snapper while sailing. We also buy fish from the Moken people. 

The Indigenous People

The Indigenous people of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a tradional people who live off, and on, the sea. Known as "sea-gypsies", the Moken are an ethnic minority leading a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering. You will visit Moken villages and  enjoy Moken food, buy fresh cuttlefish, and watch men building dugout canoes the way they have been made for a millennia. Myanmar is home to more than 100 ethnicities from the Sino-Tibetan, Tai, and Austroasiatic ethnolinguistic groups and you will see an array of starkly differing features amongst the people you’ll meet.

Getting to the Mergui Archipelago

This tour depart from Kawthaung, Myanmar which is located in the south of Myanmar just across the border from Thailand. 

Flying to Ranong in Thailand is easy. There are daily flights from Bangkok by Nok Air and Happy Air direct to Ranong.  The airport is well served by local taxi drivers but we can also pick you up from Ranong Airport. Once you are in Ranong, we will take a longtail boat across the Pakchan River to Kawthaung on the Myanmar side, which takes only a few minutes. We will help you with the immigration procedures before boarding the yacht. 

You can also arrive from Phuket International Airport by driving north for 4-hours by car to Ranong, the Thai border town just across the  Pakchan River from Kawthaung in Myanmar.  Talk to us about your travel plans, we can help you plan your trip! 

Terms & Conditions

Myanmar's New Online Visa Application

  • http://evisa.moip.gov.mm 
  • You must travel to Myanmar within 90 days of Visa application
  • Foriegners can stay in Myanmar for up to 28 days
  • Please ensure that your passport has sufficient validity (over six months) before traveling to Myanmar. 

Booking the Tour:

  • Minimum 2 persons per booking required 
  • Suggest booking a minimum of 3 months in advance during high season (October 1 to April 30) 
  • Allow up to 24 hours for TourChoice.com to confirm your booking after you submit your request to us
  • Prices in USD, per person

Payment Terms:

  • All prices inclusive of all local taxes including the VAT rate of 10%. 
  • We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
  • TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
  • Full and final payment must be paid 6 weeks prior to departure
  • If booking more than 6 weeks in advance a 50% deposit is required after your cabin has been confirmed
  • A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation
  • Please read about TourChoice.com's unique consumer protection
  • The tour price does not include the $250 USD fee that they Myanmar Government charges each guest as an entry into the Mergui Archipelago. Please have cash or credit card available for this. 

Single Supplement Fee:

The single supplement fee is the additional amount that a single traveler pays over and above the price per person fee to occupy a whole mid ships triple or double cabin. $1599 USD. 

The Aft Triple Stateroom Onboard the Meta IV:

Only the Meta IV has an aft triple luxury stateroom. The rate for the luxury stateroom is $6200. The rate is the same for 1,2 or 3 people. If you prefer the aft stateroom, please book normal cabin and indicate upgrade in the special requests section on the booking form. 

Child Policy

Generally this is not an adventure overly suited or recommended for children. For the right child over age of 12 it is possible. Please enquire, agreement is required. 

Cruise Cancellation and Refund: 

If prior to commencement of the cabin charter, TourChoice.com and/or tour operator cancels the sailing, the guest shall be entitled to a full refund without interest. The guest shall not be entitled to any compensation or penalty payments. 

If a guest cancels, the following fees will apply:

  • 50% of the booking fee if the booking is cancelled 6 to 12 weeks in advance of the tour start date
  • 80% of the booking fee if the booking is cancelled 4 to 6 weeks in advance of the tour start date
  • 100% of the booking fee if the booking is cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the tour start date. The same applies for no shows. 
  • The yacht will wait for 2 hours for any guest who does not arrive on time. 
  • It is recommended that guests purchase trip cancellation insurance for any tours or holidays. 

Joining the Meta IV: 

Your booking voucher will contain exact details for your meeting point. This is normally the Myanmar Immigration Visa office in Kawthaung which is usually open every day from about 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is important that we know your flight arrival information in advance.

Bar Bills: 

Beer, wine, imported spirits, espresso and imported mineral water are extra. Beer is usually $2.50 and wine $25 per bottle, very low prices to say the least. 

Local Conditions: 

The waters you will sail on can be subject to variations. Where itineraries are given, they are approximate and may be subject to changes on accord to guest requests, official regulations or other circumstances. The final decision regarding itinerary always lies with the Captain of the yacht. 

Medical and Insurance: 

You should check with your doctor to ensure that you are fit for travel and ask your doctor if any inoculations are required. Guests should have their own insurance coverage for all activities and sports they intend to undertake including personal travel medical insurance. Some first aid equipment and some medicines are on board.  

Ship Details

  • 85 feet in length and 18 feet wide
  • Meta IV is made entirely from Thai Teak wood
  • Designed by the famous naval architect, Thomas E. Colvin
  • Built in 1988
  • Substantially restored and refitted in 2012 
  • 4 guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms and toilets (2 double bed cabins & 2 twin bed cabins)
  • 1 triple aft stateroom 
  • 6 bathrooms in total
  • 3 dining areas with ample room for privacy if desired
  • Air-conditioning below in cabins and dining areas
  • Modern safety and navigational equipment
  • VHF radio and satellite phone
  • Snorkeling and fishing gear
  • Sea kayak and dinghy boat
  • A library, games, good sound system, flat screen TV
  • Generators, 12 V / 24 V / 220 V 
  • Fresh water maker and 4,500 l water tank
  • BBQ and dishwasher
  • Crew of 4: Austrian captain, Thai chef and 2 sailors
  • A fully stocked bar

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