Myanmar Dive Sites

This coming season, we will be offering 5 day trips where we will be exploring more and more sites in the Mergui Archipelago.   At the moment we have scheduled 3 trips to Myanmar/Burma which will be departing on the 28th of December 2013, 12th of January, and the 30th of January 2014, and will be visiting the top dive sites in the area.  We feel this will give you all some exciting dives and provide an excellent trip to see some new sites.

Cock’s Comb

Named after Cock’s Comb Island, this dive site offers something a little out of the ordinary, we have sloping reefs on the outside of the island, but we can enter through a hold in the wall and to a  hidden lagoon where we can explore.  Visibility tends to be more limited, and this is not a deep site, we can surface and look at the interior of the island then head out shallow back to the external areas of the island.

Northern Rock

This limestone rock makes an exciting rocky wall dive with boulders scattered around decending to around 30 metres.  This is a colourful dive site with Gorgonian fans and yellow anemones covering the walls.  Look out for bent-stick pipefish and stingrays hiding in/on the sand.  Keep an eye out for nurse sharks and marble rays under rocky ledges.

MacNab Island

This is a cool site for a night dive, where we can moor up for a restful night’s dinner after the dive.  Look out for small critters hiding in the rocks and sand.   You can find Moray Eels hunting in the shallows, plus octupuses and cuttlefish stalking sleeping fish.

South Twin

South Twin also has several diving spots as the island is a kilometer long. Under the surface you’ll find large boulders creating swim throughs and overhangs, much like the boulder sites on the Similan Islands.

Ribbon Eels are among the more special inhabitants here so swim slowly if you want to spot these elusive little eels.

South Twin is also a good spot to do night dives.

North Twin

There are several spots to dive around this island, the highlights include a plateau to the south and a pinnacle to the north.

The ridge resembles Koh Bon with a lot of soft coral and sea fans and you can see many reef fish here including batfish, groupers and sometimes nurse sharks.

A reef on the west side of the island is a good spot for night diving where you can see lots of crustaceans and the flamboyant Spanish Dancers.

Sharp Rock

This limestone pinnacle gives depths up to 30 metres, there can be currents, but is is normally possible to find shelter.  Watch out for sweetlips and snaper, with shoals of Unicorn and Surgeon fish.  As well as the possiblity of finding sting rays, look out for some great marco hiding away, also a great site for nudibranches such as Chromodoris.

Black Rock

This remote little island offers some of the most impressive large pelagic action we have in the region.  One of the best chances you’ll have in encountering the majestic Manta Ray and if you’re really lucky maybe a giant Whale Shark could cruise by during the dive. Other pelagic action includes trevallys and huge barracudas that lurks in the depths, look out for Pompanos with their long dorsal and anal fins making an appearance.

We usually make several dives at different points of the island, as there is so much to see and is such a worth while area to explore.

The dive is mostly a wall dive and the current can be strong here with down current in some places. Depending on the direction of the current we’ll use the island as protection.   A great dive with a variety of marine life to search for.

Rocky steps form under the surface and reaches the bottom at around 70m so watch your gauge, especially if you get lucky and have that super visibility!

You never know what can turn up when scuba diving

 

Shark Cave

This site is one of the more famous sites in the archipelago and has many different names,  as the name suggests it is a swim through cave with hopefully some sharks including grey, reef and nurse sharks having been seen here.  We will do several dives around this island including a sunset dive on the reef at the northeast side which is a very good spot for the small critters such as sponge crabs, pipefish, seahorses and crustaceans.

 

Painted Spiney Lobster
Painted Spiney Lobster hiding

There is a cave that goes through the whole island and with several different entries to it. In the cave it’s common to see different types of crustaceans like the Painted Spiny Lobster, Trevally, and Barracuda, also look out for the small critters such as Ghost Pipefish and Tigertail Sea Horses.

 

Sharks are not a threat to divers, but we should always treat them with respect and since we are in their cave we should always give them right of way.

Rocky Island

Dive site is like its name, which is great for searching for cool stuff during a night dive, lots of macro to be found alongside Giant Morays hunting.

Western Rocky Point

This limestone island is more like a series of pinnacles rather than one single rock. It creates a lot of crevices for our fishy friends to hide and lurk which is perfect for stingrays and other bottom dwellers.

The terrain is dramatic and there’s and arch with a tunnel that goes through the whole island. It becomes completely dark in the middle so a good torch is needed.

Shoals of Barracuda
Barracuda!

 

 

Steward Island

A 200m long ridge running north to south is the main feature here. It breaks the surface so you will find shelter on both sides of it if the current is running strong that day.

There’s a huge arch cutting through the island on the surface and several smaller caves do the same below the surface.

You don’t need to go very deep on this site since the most interesting stuff is between 12-20m with an abundance of reef life, beautiful soft corals and sometimes white and blacktip sharks.

High Rock

This funny looking rock has a single tree growing on it. This is one of the best sites for macro diving since the visibility is sometimes poorer here and the smaller guys covers the rock.

Several different species of nudibranchs, scorpionfish, pipefish and seahorses hide among the rocks. So take it slowly and be bedazzled in natures weird design on the little critters.

Fan Forrest Pinnacle

As the name suggest the main feature of this site is a huge number of undamaged sea fans spread along the bottom, some of which are below 30m. So watch your deco time during the dive!

Coral fish like blue ringed angelfish, lionfish and coral groupers are common here but you might find bigger animals like leopard shark, white tip shark or the occasional pelagic like manta or eagle ray.

Clown Fish

Clown fish protecting their anemone.

 

Western Rocky Pinnacle:

There’s a pinnacle 20 km north of the island. It’s exposed to the ocean currents though so the tides has to be right to be able to dive here. Huge pristine sea fans grow here and the pinnacle get visits from large pelagic life.