Explore the remote Mergui Archipelago on this 6-day sailboat cruise aboard the SY Meta IV. An archipelago of 800 remote islands, the Mergui features white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle, a national park, and indigenous people who roam the waters in dugout canoes. Visit a local Moken village, snorkel in the turquoise waters, and enjoy beach hikes and fishing as you explore this lesser-known treasure off the coast of Myanmar.
Day 1 : Embark in Kawthaung, Myanmar | Sail to Barwell Island Day 2 : Mid Group Islands Day 3 : Nyaung Wee Island | Great Swinton Island Day 4 : Ohway Island | Jar Lann Kyun Day 5 : Rhino Island | Za Det Nge Island Day 6 : Disembark in Kawthaung, Myanmar
Be one of the first to explore an untouched world: the Mergui Archipelago
Visit the Moken "Sea Gypsies", a semi-nomadic ethnic minority group
Discover thick tropical jungle, azure waters, and isolated paradise beaches
Swim, snorkel, fish, and kayak through enchanted mangroves
Arrive in Kawthaung and transfer to your yacht, the Meta IV. Enjoy a welcome drink on board, boat orientation, and safety briefing. Set sail toward Barwell Island where you can take a swim before having dinner and drinks on the beach. The first night on the yacht feels like a dream and the evening waves move the boat like a cradle.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board. After a refreshing swim start your passage to Island No. 115, a place often frequented by Moken sea gypsies. In the afternoon reach the group of small islands called Mid Group. If time permits, go for a dinghy excursion into a nearby mangrove forest on Island No. 88. After an evening swim have dinner in this beautiful covered area.
In the morning sail towards the little village of Makyone Galet on Nyaung Wee Island (Buda Island) and visit the local sea gypsy settlement. After lunch sail west to Great Swinton Island (Kyun Pila Island). Jungle walk along the creek and collect seashells on the huge beach. For those interested in Buddhism, you may take a short visit to a local monastery. Life on the island is quiet and the residents are excited to welcome you ashore. Enjoy snorkeling then sundowners on deck. At night, delight in watching the bioluminescent plankton.
Early this morning sail to tiny Ohway Island for the best snorkeling (and great fishing) in the region. Observe the colorful life of the reef, full of soft and hard corals and plentiful of tropical fish. After lunch set sail for Jar Lann Kyun, also called Lord Loughborough, and anchor in its large fjord, one of the most spectacular bays in the archipelago. In the mangrove forest watch the hornbills at dusk. In the evening enjoy fine dining on board and relaxation time under the starry sky.
Today enjoy a long and leisurely sail towards Za Det Nge Island with its beautiful bays and beaches. Visit Rhino Island on the way with its stunning turquoise waters perfect for enjoying the sun. Later sail towards Za Det Nge for a last dinner party on the beach.
Day 6 Disembark in Kawthaung, Myanmar
Head back to Kawthaung today. Have a casual brunch aboard before reaching the pier and saying goodbye. Your crew brings you to the airport if you fly from Kawthaung, or can book your transfers if you are leaving for Thailand.
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This itinerary is only a SAMPLE of what a 6-day sailing itinerary in the Mergui Archipelago may look like. Sites visited and experiences are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseeable factors.
Included in cruise fare:
• Local shared airport transfers in Ranong and Kawthaung
• 3 full meals per day, non-alcoholic-beverages, water
• Fuel, electric power
• Usage of dinghy boat, sea kayak, snorkeling equipment, fishing equipment
• Service of crew during cruise
• Vessel insurance
Excluded in cruise fare:
• Other services not mentioned in package
• Alcoholic beverages
• Visa, immigration and other government fees
• Personal health insurance and other personal insurances
• Other personal expenses
• Tips for the crew
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.