MERGUI – SURIN – SIMILAN


Exploration cruise in Andaman sea – Combined Burma / Thailand

7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS FROM KAWTHAUNG TO PHUKET 

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PROGRAM

 

D1 – Sunday: Kawthaung – Red Monkey Island (Myauk Ni)

Kawthaung (1) is located in Kawthaung bay near the Thai border. This cosmopolitan city is inhabited by Burmese, Thai, Chinese, Indian and Malaysian communities. Established on the southern tip of Myanmar, it has been built by the English who called it “Victoria Point”. It is the entry point to Myanmar from the border city of Ranong in Thailand. When you arrive in International Phuket Airport, there is a 4 hour transfer by car towards Ranong and a 30 min trip across the bay with longtail.

Departure in the late morning after visa formalities done aboard Kama Bay. We sail towards Red Monkey Island (9) also called Myauk Ni (3 hours of navigation). Stopover to have lunch near the island of Hastings (3).

Russel Island is also known under the name of Red Monkey Island because of tree-dwelling monkeys with red hair. This will be for us the opportunity, one more time, to enjoy sand beaches, to meet Moken, to do snorkelling among coral reefs or to walk in the island forest and observe birds.

 

D2 – Monday: Border Island (Nga Khin Nyo Gyee)

In the morning, after 2 hours of navigation, we will reach Border island (19) also called Nga Khin Nyo Gyee. This circular island bordered by bright beaches has huge rocks hidden in quite small bays. Snorkling there is amazing. It is the ideal place to spend the evening on the beach and swim under the stars.

 

D3 – Tuesday: Dunkin Island (Say Tan Island) – Horse Shoe Island or Cocks and Coomb Island

Morning departure towards Dunkin Island (17) also called Say Tan Island (3 to 4 h of navigation). This quite small island offers an ideal anchor point for the first night, in front of a white sand beach where groups of monkeys come to look for food. After lunch, you can discover, by tender, two islands :

1 – The island of Horse Shoe (18), called Myin Khwar Island in Burmese, suits well its name: it looks like a horseshoe, unspoilt site around a magnificent bay of white sand. It shelters the biggest birds cave of the archipelago. You can stop there to climb its rock where the sight is amazing.

2 – Kyet Mauk, or Cocks Comb Island in English (20). Its lagoon is as big as a soccer field :  You can kayak or do snorkeling among of fishes and coral reefs.

 

D4 – Wednesday : Surin islands

After breakfast, we will sail (3 hour navigation) towards the SURIN islands (30) in Thailand. These 5 islands form the Surin archipelago, they are classified National Maritime Park of Thailand. They are real granitic headlands which surface from the sea. The turquoise blue of these SURIN crystalline waters is a paradise for snorkelers.

Hemmed with white sand beaches and peaceful bays, Surin islands are covered with rain forests which shelter an important biodiversity. You will observe crabiers macaques or one of the 60 species of birds. Among them, the outstanding “Nicobar Caramail” an endemic species of the Adaman sea, the crowned red-backed Milan… 12 species of bat also live there, as the dogfish of Malaysia, also called Flying Fox.
Surin Islands are inhabited only by some Moken families, the “Sea Gypsies”. We will go by tender to visit Ao Bon fishermen’s village. We will meet the inhabitants and discover their craftmanships. We will also visit a Moken village on the island of Koh Surin and we have a walk through the rain forest, between the beaches of Ao Mai Ngam and Ao Chong Khad, along a coast strewed with isolated creeks (1 hour of walking).

We shall spend the evening aboard Kama Bay to admire these Virgin Islands or on the beach.

 

D5 – Jeudi : Koh Ta Chai – Koh Bon

After 2 to 3 hour of navigation towards south, halfway across the archipelago of Similan, we will reach the island of Koh Ta Chai ( 31 ) to have lunch. We will  do snorkeling and admire unspoilt corals.

We will then continue  towards Koh Bon (32) (1h1/2 to 2 h navigation) where we will spend a night at anchor. This island is also well known for its beautiful corals.

 

D6 – Friday: Koh Similan – Koh Miang

 

Morning time, we leave reach Koh Similan (39) after 1:30H navigation. A ride of 2,5Km in forest will lead us to a very beautiful view on the top of Sail Rock (also called Balance rock).

After lunch, we will quickly reach the very close island of Koh Miang (island N°4). This (a little more visited) island, offers great opportunities of hiking in the National Park. We will reach an incredible panorama after a short ride then, in the evening, we will catch up with “Sunset Point” to admire sunset on the West the island.

 

D7 – Saturday: Phuket

This day of navigation towards Phuket (40), will allow us to rest aboard Kama Bay: idleness on decks, readings of BD/comics, table games … Landing in Phuket at the most suitable time for your transfer to the international airport or the continuation of your stay in Thailand.

 


Remark: Islands, sites and visits proposed can evolve according to the weather situation or the governmental authorizations.


 

We also organize short cruises 5 days / 4 nights in extension of a ground circuit.

To know more about it, contact us.