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Scuba diving in Myanmar (Burma)

Only open to tourism since 1997, Myanmar offers a glimpse into unspoilt reefs and undiscovered territory. Big fish sightings and rare macro life reward divers who venture into this remote destination.
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Diving in Myanmar (Burma)

Quick facts

Unexplored Myanmar already has a plethora of dive sites with more just waiting to be discovered. The currently mapped sites are spread out mostly up and down the southwest coast which is home to the Mergui Archipelago. Further west of the archipelago, lie a series of open ocean dive sites which feature larger marine life. Whatever your dive experience, you are sure to find a site to satisfy the explorer in you.

With more than 800 islands, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is home to some of southeast Asia’s best diving. While the south area of the archipelago has recently suffered from overfishing and shark finning, the northern half remains untouched. Dive masters are still discovering everything the area has to offer, but you can expect healthy corals, schools of devil rays and the occasional whale or nurse shark. The small stuff is turning heads too. Frogfish, lobsters, crabs and colorful shrimp create a macro-lover’s dream.

Further west of the Mergui Archipelago, sites like the Burma Banks offer a different picture of what Myanmar has on offer. What may look like small 49 foot (15 meter), flat-top mountains on the surface, are actually giant mountains that plunge 1000 feet (300 meters) to the sea floor. Shark sightings are all but guaranteed on these open ocean dives. Nurse sharks are frequently seen with a few reef sharks thrown in here and there. Burma Banks is definitely the place to go if you love to see pelagic species.

While Myanmar’s dive sites are just opening up, their popularity is growing too. Do yourself a favor and get to this beautiful and unspoilt region before the crowds do.

When to go

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What to see

Visitors to Myanmar can expect everything from big fish action to rare macro interactions.

On the larger end of the spectrum, nurse sharks, armies of barracuda, devil rays and reef sharks are commonly seen. Whale sharks and manta rays may make an appearance when the plankton blooms are in full swing.

While the number of pelagic species in Myanmar is impressive, the region has recently gained fame as a destination for macro life. Multi-colored shrimp, crabs, lobsters, nudibranchs, ghost pipefish and frogfish enjoy the unhurried life of Myanmar’s waters.

Whichever area your liveaboard visits, you are sure to have some unusual creatures donning the pages of your log book at the end of the trip.

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