The country of Myanmar, former Burma, is home to a vast number of islands, coral reefs and banks. The Mergui Archipelago consists of over 900 islands, of which very few are inhabited. The area was closed off to the outside world for over fifty years, until late 1996, when some diving companies were granted a license to explore the Mergui Archipelago. This region is blessed with crystal clear waters, although some sites may have strong currents, with visibility from 5 to 50 meters and a rich bio-diversity due to its virtual isolation. The islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of wildlife great and small, together with huge barrel sponges, soft and hard corals. These sites include various species of sharks, manta rays, giant groupers and schooling fish, with occasional sightings of whale sharks and bull sharks. The dive sites here are perfect for experienced divers interested in new exploratory frontiers. There is no other way to take in enough of the sites than through liveaboards, for the dive sites are too far apart. Burma Banks is Burma's best dive destination to encounter big sharks. These incredible submerged sea mounts lying in the open sea are best for experienced divers looking for excitement, big animal encounters and a chance to dive an environment well off the beaten path. The best scuba diving of Burma is: the Burma Banks, where nitrox is a popular choice; Black Rock, an islet with steep walls and a procession of exciting creatures like rays and sharks; Shark Cave, with a group of nurse sharks, although the entrance is often crowded with grey reef sharks; Tower Rock, in the northern Mergui region features breathtaking topography with large submerged boulders and walls of rock vaulting high into the water column. Liveaboards run to the Burma Banks and Mergui Archipelago from mid-October to mid-May, but the very best diving conditions are from December to April. During these months the seas are calm, with average water temperatures ranging from 25°C to 28°C, the weather is fantastic, and it is safe to venture offshore to this huge and remote area.
Myanmar, or Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. It lies on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea coast with Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north, and Laos and Thailand to the east. Generally, Myanmar is considered to have 3 seasons. The hot season is usually from March to April, and temperatures would then cool off during the rainy season from May to October. The peak tourism season is the cool season from November to February. During these months it rains least and it is not so hot. Much of the country lies between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. It lies in the monsoon region of Asia, with its coastal regions receiving over 5,000 mm of rain annually. Coastal and delta regions have an average maximum temperature of 32°C. The southwest monsoon starts between mid-May and mid-June, bringing frequent rains that dunk the country through till October. October to May sees the main Burma diving season.
You will need a passport. Visa requirements to visit Myanmar change on a regular basis and it's best to check with the Burmese embassy in your country before making your travel plans.
Dengue Fever is endemic in Myanmar and can occur throughout the year, particularly during the rainy season (December to April). Vaccinations against Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Rabies, Japanese B encephalitis, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended. For more informations, please consult your doctor.
International calls are difficult to place outside hotels. There is no international roaming in Myanmar. Mobile phones may be collected by customs on arrival and released to you upon departure. There are a few Internet cafes, but access to many free international e-mail services is blocked. All Internet use is monitored by the government and is usually expensive.
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Myanmar is an extremely safe country for travellers. It is officially an offense to exchange with the black market. There are no functional ATMs. Visitors must bring enough cash with them to cover their entire visit, as there's no easy way to get more without leaving the country. Only good banknotes are accepted. Travellers should be aware of the threat from terrorism in Myanmar.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Myanmar (Burma)? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Myanmar (Burma), organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Myanmar (Burma) have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Myanmar (Burma) and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Myanmar (Burma)? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Myanmar (Burma)? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Myanmar (Burma).
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Myanmar (Burma)? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Myanmar (Burma). Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Myanmar (Burma)? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Myanmar (Burma). Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Myanmar (Burma)? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Myanmar (Burma). Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.