Not included is: Alcoholic drinks (can be purchased on board), Myanmar Visa and Park Fees – USD 250 per person (subject to change)
Join a 6 Days and 5 Nights Snorkeling Safari – On a Myanmar snorkeling liveaboard you will cruise the beautiful Mergui Archipelago. Although the area has been open to visitors for the last twenty years or so, it still remains largely undiscovered. You will get the chance to snorkel well away from any crowds, we will be the only boat there. On our boat, the eye catching Reggae Queen, you can sit back and enjoy fantastic fresh Thai food and adventure out on our dinghy to unexplored places and visit pristine, white deserted sandy beaches.
You will get the chance to learn all about the Andaman Sea marine life and meet like-minded adventurers who are also there to relax and enjoy. One of the highlights of our Myanmar snorkeling tour is a visit to Great Swinton Island. Here we see the Moken community and how they live on a beautiful beach with-in a beautiful calm bay.
Highlights of the Snorkeling Liveaboard
Wake up at the at unspoiled snorkel spots
Snorkel with Manta Rays (seasonal)
Get the Marco Polo feeling by discovering a area was not accessible until a view ears ago
This Liveaboard Trip is only available between November and April
Discover the beautiful Mergui Archipelago with a mask, snorkel and fins
You get transferred by minibus to Ranong to embark on the MV Reggae Queen.
Whilst welcoming you aboard, staff will complete formalities with Thai Immigration, checking you out of Thailand. During the short cruise to Kaw Thuang, Myanmar we will serve lunch. Once we are cleared by Burmese Immigration we will weight anchor and enjoy a sunset cruise to Horseshoe Island. Dinner will be served during the journey, which takes around 4 hours before we find a calm, secluded spot to moor for the night.
Wake up for a delicious breakfast served on board the boat at 7.30am; this will set you up for your first day of snorkeling in the Mergui Archipelago. Before we hit the water we hold a briefing to tell you important information about snorkelling and to review our safety procedures. We are then ready for our first snorkelling session at Horseshoe Bay.
After that we will enjoy a relaxing morning cruise as we head to our next location, Poni Island about 3 hours away. After lunch we are then ready for our second snorkel session at Poni Island. This is followed by a shorter cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful 115 Island. Here we will enjoy more snorkelling, a fabulous sun set, dinner and drinks. The boat will moor here for the night.
During breakfast you can enjoy spectacular early morning views as the Reggae Queen cruises to Peak Island, our first snorkel spot of the day. This takes around one hour. Afterwards we will visit the small beach at Peak Island where you can cool down in a small, fresh, mountain waterfall.
Back on board the Reggae Queen we will start our cruise to Great Swinton Island, stopping of en-route for a snorkel around Rocky One. Continuing our cruise we will have lunch on board followed by more snorkelling, this time at our destination, on the south side of Great Swinton.
The day starts with another breakfast cruise, this time to Chway Island which will be our first snorkel spot of the day. We will then cruise through one of the most scenic areas of our Mergui adventure, passing small limestone pinnacles and densely jungle clad islands as we make our way to Loughborough Island.
Once at Loughborough we will enjoy lunch moored in a beautiful bay. Refuelled and refreshed we will spend the day snorkelling in the bay and exploring the nature around the island. At this point of the trip we will be far, far away from land, after dinner we can head to the sun deck to enjoy a spectacular view of the stars, with clear views of the Milky Way blanketing the night sky.
During breakfast the Reggae Queen will head south to our first snorkel spot at Cavern Island. Cavern Island features another beautiful bay, a deserted beach and a series of rocky outcrops that offer some great snorkelling possibilities. This is another beautiful area of the Mergui Archipelago, simply cruising along can be entertaining enough, though it won’t be long before our next snorkel spot at MacLeod Island.
Lunch will be served as we cruise further south to Maung Yin Island for our afternoon snorkel adventure. After that it’s time to spend the late afternoon relaxing on the boat as we head towards St. Matthew’s Island. Expect a few ice cold beers to accompany another amazing sun set before we moor up for night.
Breakfast on a final day is an exciting time as we cruise to one of the highlights of our Mergui tour. Our final snorkel spot at one of the most exciting locations, Western Rocky. This small rocky island far out in the Andaman Sea offers the chance to encounter some of the larger fish species such as Whale Sharks and Eagle Rays.
It is then time to weigh anchor and head back to the mainland at Kawthaung Victoria Point. This will take around five hours, plenty of time for lunch and to recap on all the wonderful, unforgettable experiences of Myanmar. Arriving back at the mainland we will complete immigration procedures before disembarking in Ranong where our mini buses will be waiting to drive you back to Khao Lak. The itinerary and timing above are approximate and may be modified without notice to fit tide and local weather conditions.
Boat operators from Thailand have a special license to enter the Mergui Archipelago, which is a part of Myanmar (Burma). We do not use the same procedures as you would if you actually entered Burma by plane or overland. And each liveaboard is issued with a government provided “guide” who makes sure that the boat stays in the designated areas only. Here our overview to clear most of the questions regarding entering Burma with our trip. About any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.
Do I need to apply for a visa to visit Burma?
No, we will take care of this. You only need to send us in advance (at least 4 weeks before tour starts) a scan (color copy) of the face page of your passport and bring along with you:
1. Your original passport (the same you have sent to us before) & 3 copies of your passport (face page & visa/entry stamp & departure card)
2. 4 passport-size color pictures
3. 250 USD entry fees in exact change and CRISP NEW US Dollar bills (cash
only, no checks, credit cards or other currencies are accepted for this fee).
We recommend buying the USD before you arrive in Thailand as foreign currencies are very difficult to buy here. This makes our entry and exit procedures much quicker and easier.
Is there a fee to pay to dive/snorkel in Mergui Archipelago?
Yes, there are fees to pay in Myanmar. You will have to pay a combination of visa, border fee and Mergui entry fee that must be paid in clean US Dollar Bills at the border. Please come with “looking like new”, unfolded Dollars bills, it is not possible to change money at the border. At time the moment the fees for our 6d/5n trip are 250 USD per person. Please note that the Mergui entry fee is not the Burma visa fee. Boats from Thailand enter Mergui waters under a special agreement (license) with the Myanmar authorities. If you already have a visa to enter Burma you still have to pay the Mergui entry fee.
What about my visa in Thailand?
Most of the tourists can enter Thailand and receive an “entry on arrival” visa stamp. If you arrive by air you get a stamp that normally lasts for a single 30 day entry. If you arrive overland your stamp will normally be for 15 days only. When you exit Thailand to enter Myanmar on your live-aboard trip you will be stamped out of Thailand. When we re-entry Thailand after the live-aboard trip you will get a new 15 day single entry stamp. If you travelling with a special kind of visa (Tourist Visa, Non-Immigrant Visa, ED Visa etc.) or if you are citizen of a country that isn’t allowed a visa on arrival in Thailand or if you plan to stay in Thailand longer than that 15 days then please make sure you have a visa that permits multiple entries (NOT single entry) into Thailand. If you have a single entry or standard tourist visa only, you have to apply for a re- entry permit otherwise your visa will get invalid when you leave Thailand with our
trip. You should apply for that re-entry permit in advance at your local Thai embassy. If you stay in Thailand already we can help you to get this but you need to inform us in due in time. For any questions about visa requirements we recommend to contact the Thai Embassy in your country!
Can I join the trip in Khawthong/Victoria Point (Myanmar)?
You can join our trip in Khawthong if you are traveling in Myanmar before the snorkeling tour but please make sure that your Burma visa it valid for the length of your our trip. Please note that the Mergui entry fee is not the Burma visa fee. Boats from Thailand enter Mergui waters under a special agreement (license) with the Myanmar authorities. If you already have a visa to enter Burma you still have to pay the Mergui entry fee.
Can I continue my travel in Burma after the snorkel cruise?
No, you can’t stay in Burma after our trip. The entry permit granted for the snorkel cruise will not allow you to travel around in Burma. You have to re-enter Thailand on our liveaboard. If you wish to visit Burma you have to apply for a visa at the Burmese Embassy in your country or in Bangkok.
It is not only the Reggae Queen’s appearance that is striking. The Similan snorkel boat has a great reputation for serving delicious Thai food, freshly prepared for you on board. The boat crew are friendly and attentive to the needs of all our guests.
Ther guides are out going and extremely knowledgable about our destinations. The MV Reggae Queen has all the safety features you would expect on board, including life jackets, lift raft, marine radios, fire extinguishers and first aid facilities. Let your days be full of discovery and adventure and your evening full of laughter on board the MV Reggae Queen.
Maximum 18 passengers
Crew: Captain, Engineer, 2 Deck hands and Guide/Tour Leader
You can leave your luggage that you don’t need on the snorkel trip at the office, we will store it for free. We also have a safety box if you do not want to bring valuables.
We provide snorkeling equipment but you can bring your own if you want to. Some of the things you should bring in a small bag are:
Very good sun-protection (waterproof, strength of 30 and up)
T-Shirt to wear in the water
Can children can go on the tour?
Children from the age of 7 and up are welcome onboard. But please keep in mind, that you as a parent will be responsible for your children while on the boat.