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.
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.
“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
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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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.