Pandaw Cruise – The Mergui Archipelago
The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners. Though now some live-a-board dive boats and yachts venture with special permission into the southern islands from their bases in Thailand, the bulk of the archipelago has remained unvisited since colonial times. During that period when the archipelago was first charted most of the islands were named after colonial civil servants, a number retain these quaint names to this day.
The local population IS Mokkein, often called sea gypsies and sometimes called pirates. During the Burmese socialist period the Mokkein controlled the smuggling routes and would prey on shipping. Nowadays they have reverted to fishing and fish curing. They are a people with their own language and culture who entirely live on the sea and have evolved a remarkable way of life. We will visit Mokkein islands such as Lampi in the Sullivan Islands.
The ship carries kayaks and snorkelling equipment for free use.
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Day 1: Kawthaung
Passengers embark at the border port of Kawthaung. After lunch explore the town of Kawthaung and surrounding area. Overnight in Kawthaung.
Day 2: Naung Wee Island
Sail on to Naung Wee island to visit a Moken (sea gipsy) village and learn about their extraordinary water bourn life. Overnight off Barwell Island.
Day 3: Lampi Marine National Park
Visit the Lampi Marine National Park with its mangrove forests and diverse bird life including the hornbill. After a tour of the area with excellent bird watching we return to the beach to relax.
Day 4: Kyun Pila Island
At sea and on to visit the Kyun Pila island for a picnic ashore.
Day 5: Nga Man Group Of Islands
We explore the Nga Man group of one hundred and fifteen islands and land on the main island for a trek inland and time on the beaches to snorkel and see something of the amazing marine life here.
Day 6: Sailing The Mergui Archipelago
Sailing the Mergui.
Day 7: Cockscomb Island
Sail to Cockscomb Island with its limestone caves and hidden lagoon accessible only on the ship’s tenders. In the afternoon we will move round to the South Bay where we can kayak and swim off pristine white sandy beaches and watch the sun go down as cocktails are served on the beach.
Day 8: Kawthaung
Arrive at Kawthaung in the morning and disembark for your onward journey.
|Meals:||All meals & locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.|
|Accommodation:||7 nights on-board the Pandaw Cruise|
|Equipment:||Kayaks & snorkelling equipment|
|Guide:||English Speaking Guide|
|Gratuities:||Gratuities to crew on board the Pandaw Cruise|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itainerary|