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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Myanmar

Map of Myanmar

Best time to go

October to May is the liveaboard diving season in Myanmar. The best conditions are from December to April, when the visibility is highest and the sea calmer. The sea temperature ranges from 26°C to 30°C


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Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma is a Southeast Asian nation that is home to more than 100 different ethnic groups and cultures. Myanmar borders Bangladesh, India, Laos, Thailand, and China. The country’s largest city is Yangon (which was previously known as Rangoon) is known for its busy markets, beautiful sights on land and epic dive sites under the surface.

Myanmar has only recently opened its waters to tourism, meaning that there are so many virtually unexplored and untouched coral reefs as well as encounters with incredible marine life.

We'll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It's difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we've gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you'll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Diva Andaman :

Average price is US$ 292 per day

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Year built:2012
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Dive in style on the 18th century schooner dive Liveaboard SY Diva Andaman. The 35m ship only loads fourteen divers, so you will have plenty of room to stretch your legs and relax in luxury between dives, including the opportunity to end your dive day with a Thai style massage. SY Diva will carry you to the best diving in the Similans islands, Richelieu Rock & Mergui Archipelago in Burma.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the The Phinisi :

Average price is US$ 213 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers18
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.No
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The newly-renovated Phinisi joined in 2018 the growing fleet and is now offering unique diving experiences in the Andaman Sea. Like its big brother The Junk, its elegant style perfectly combines colonial and contemporary influences. Admire the colorful landscapes of Thailand, so beautiful you’d feel like in a fairytale; no wonder they call it “the land of a thousand smiles”. The Andaman Sea, meanwhile, contains in the heart of its crystal clear waters the dream of every diver and snorkeler. There’s such a wide variety of fauna & flora and you might even encounter sharks. Visit some of the best dive spots in the world, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock in Thailand but also the newly opened to divers Myanmar.

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There are 8 PADI approved liveaboards available around Myanmar that travel around the Mergui Archipelago. The normal length of a dive safari in the area ranges between 6-7 nights.

Top Liveaboard Dive Sites

Black Rock

Black Rock is a rocky island that’s around 100m in length. Wall dives at this dive site are second to none. They drop down to below 60m and have a major drop off all over. There is great visibility around the wall and it is important to be aware that there are extremely strong currents here, so make sure to stay as close to the rock as possible to avoid getting caught up.

The Burma Banks

This dive site has been known for being home to huge numbers of sharks. Even in the ’90s, divers would flock to the area to see these gentle marine creatures gliding through the surrounding waters. Currents are also strong around the bank, so a drift dive is usually the safest option. These dives are normally guided due to the strong and unpredictable currents. Dives at The Burma Banks begin at the bank and end up with the divers looking out into the deep, blue open ocean, spotting large silver tip reef sharks.

Shark Cave Island

This is a fascinating and much-loved dive site in Myanmar. It consists of 3 rocks that all go down to 40m, which are home to some of the most incredible marine life found throughout the whole archipelago. Grey reef sharks have been known to frequent the area especially in and around the nearby canyon.

Information to know about liveaboard diving in Myanmar

  • Even though the underwater experiences that Myanmar has to offer are second to none, it is important to remember that it has extremely strong currents and surface conditions can be difficult at times.
  • Due to harsh conditions, Myanmar is the place to visit if you are a more advanced diver.
  • The best time to dive Myanmar is between the months of October through to May, where visibility is excellent and can even reach as far as 50m.
  • Water temperature ranges from 25C/77F-28C/82F, which is ideal.
  • If you’re hoping to see large pelagics in the area, then diving in Myanmar between February and May will not disappoint, with the chance to see manta rays as well as whale sharks.
  • Yangon International Airport is the main airport for international arrivals. However, if you are hoping to catch a liveaboard trip around the Mergui Archipelago, then this will require a further internal flight or a long, 2-3 day bus journey. Either way, it is not easy to get to however you will not be disappointed by what awaits.
  • To help with the issue above, the majority of liveaboards traveling to Myanmar tend to leave from Ranong in Thailand, which is easy to get to from Bangkok or Phuket.
  • The local currency is the Myanmar Kyat where there is roughly 1571.70MMK to 1USD.
  • The local language spoken is Burmese, however, some locals do speak English. It might be wise to take a translation book with you.

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