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Mergui or Myeik archipelago comprises more than 800 pristine islands varying in size covering an area of 10,000 sq. Miles. It is renowned for its crystal clear water, pristine white-sanded beaches, and diverse marine life. It is heaven for nature lovers and those looking for a private beach or island at their holidays.

The forests that grow on these islands have a variety of both terrestrial and marine ecosystems and inhabitants. The surrounding waters are rich in marine fishes, mammals (dolphins) and marine turtles and birds The archipelago is virtually isolated but you will find the islands and surrounding seas alive with a fantastic diversity of wildlife, flora, and fauna. Parrots, hornbills, sea eagles Brahmin kites and herons fill the skies. On land, the animal population includes monkeys, wild cattle, elephants, deer, wild pigs, crocodiles, tigers, and rhinoceros. Crab-eating monkeys can be seen here on the shoreline.

Salone or Sea gypsies

They have been the sole inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago over the years, and they still use the same fishing and boat building techniques which they have been using for many generations. Their villages and their lifestyle are very simple. They stayed on Island during monsoon and spent the rest of the year on their boat.

Lampi Marine National Park

It can reach from Myeik, about 90 nautical miles southwest, 30 miles west from Bokpyin and 60 miles northwest from Kawthaung. This marine park offers a great variety of breathtaking scenery and wildlife, with more dense forests, beach and dune forests, tidal mangroves, magnificent beaches, and spectacular coral formation. Its beaches are unspoiled and have beautiful coral reefs for snorkeling. To discover this area entirely, it would need at least three days by boat.

Getting to these islands

The only two places to access the Mergui archipelagoes are Myeik or Kawthaung. Flights depart daily from Yangon to both destinations.

Since 2015 restrictions on day trips in the islands have eased somewhat; there are more and more day trio and shorter cruises option available from Myeik and Kawthaung.

The Southern Archipelago has seen a handful of tourists for the last 20 years, but still not every island has been visited. Mostly visited the island from Kaw Thaung are Mway Daw Island, Bo Cho Island, Nyaung Wee Island, Island 115, Western Rocky, Cook comb, Macleod Island

The Northern Mergui Archipelago remains uncharted as nearly all live aboard leave from the south. Myeik has plenty of options for day tours and just started the overnight cruising. Some of the well-known islands which are easily accessible from Myeik is Kadan Island, Marcus Island, Mergui Island, Dome Island, Smart Island, Kyail Laik Island and Dana Theik Di Island.

From Myeik, licensed tour operators can take travelers on day trips or overnight trips for up to four days. The trippers can spend their time on islands in the northern part of the archipelago by visiting fishing villages, snorkeling relaxing at white-sand beaches, swimming in crystal clear water and do island safari. For overnight tours, accommodation is usually on board the boat.

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