Top Islands of the Mergui Archipelago
A Guide to 10 of the Top Islands in the Mergui Archipleago, South Myanmar
Also known as the Mid Miscos these islands situated at the extreme northern most point of the Archipelago, offshore from Maungmagan Beach. These Islands are not part of the Mergui restricted area and are openly accessible. Access can be arranged by bartering with a squid boat owner. It takes a little over two hours to access the Islands from Maungmagan Beach. Make sure the boat you hire is seaworthy, has floatation devises and take plenty of water. The islands are covered in jungle and for the most part have a rocky coastline with a number of small sandy beaches on the south eastern side. There is no accommodation or food available on the islands so only daytrips are available at this point.
While the Mergui Archipelago is still a restricted area it is possible to visit the Islands directly outside the city. The closer island has a 72m reclining Buddha and large crab farm. Both hilltop pagoda offer panoramic views of both Myeik city and the outer islands
Two islands 2 hours from Myeik. Fresh from the start of 2016 daytrip to these amazing tropical islands. Cost is bartered with your boat captain and depends on the distance and duration you wish to travel. Kala offers plenty of mangroves to navigate through and a variety of birdlife whereas Kadan has settlements where you can observe the fishermen’s catch and see them netting jelly fish. There are also some small beaches at the far north of Kadan Island. to enquire about tours please click here
Bushby is the essence of the Mergui Archipelago. If your reason to come here is to get away from it all on your own little beach miles from anywhere then you will appreciate nowhere more than this island. Outside the usual live aboard circuit in the southern group of islands yet about as far south from Myeik as possible in the Northern cluster this island truly is the epicenter of escapism. The Island has a very large inset cove to the south and a stunning beach for sunsets on westward side.
Kau Ye Island
A hook shaped Island approximately 1 hours boat ride from Bokpyin. the eastern side of the island holds a small number of Burmese fishing villages while the north west presents a beautiful 4km long beach with spectacular sunsets.
The largest Island in the southern archipelago the entire Island is also a nature reserve. The Northern end of the island has a settlement where a number of Moken (Sea Gypsies) were forced to opt for a land based existence. Wildlife is plentiful including barking deer, flying lima, flying foxes, hornbills, leatherback turtles, pythons as well as two elephants of considerable infamy.
Small Island without a name quickly making a name for itself. known for some of the best beaches in the Archipelago and a wealth of shallow snorkeling options. Most live aboard tours will give you a day exploring, kayaking and snorkeling this marvelous piece of creation.
Home of the Andaman Resort, currently the only accommodation in the Mergui Archipelago. The Eco lodge is based on a large bay in the south of the island. The lodge provides a variety of water based activities. in addition walking tracks are formed on the island and it is possible to hike to the top of the hills behind the bay, be sure to take your camera as the views from the top are nothing short of spectacular.
Red Monkey is a small island 40 minutes from Kawthaung in the very south of Myanmar. Local tour companies as well as the Andaman Club offer kayak and snorkeling ventures to the Island. The island is also home to a Flying Fox population which can be an awesome sight fluttering from the tree tops as the leave for their evening hunt.
From above this island has a heart shaped pool in the middle of the island which can be accessed by swimming under the rocks. The island is 2 hours south of Kawthaung. Trips only run weekly and are dependant upon getting minimum numbers. Cocks Comb island is destined to be one of the must do trips as the Archipelago slowly opens up. to enquire about tours please click here