A chain of over 800 untouched islands in the Andaman Sea, the Myeik Archipelago (also referred to as Mergui Archipelago) is one of Burma’s best-kept secrets. With densely rainforested islands and turquoise waters rich with marine life, the archipelago offers an unspoiled paradise off Burma’s southern tip.
Nearly all of the islands of the Myeik Archipelago remain uninhabited, with their lush rainforest interiors and shorelines punctuated with sandy beaches, mangrove swamps and rocky headlands a haven for adventure seekers and resters alike.
Existing in almost complete isolation from the influence of humankind, the archipelago is a biological treasure trove, with crocodiles, whale sharks, emerald doves, civets and dugongs just some of the species that can be spotted amongst the islands and surrounding seas. Beyond its ecological allure, the Myeik Archipelago is home to the Moken people, a group of almost 3,000 nomadic sea-dwellers known for their astonishing ability to free dive as they search of mother-of-pearl on the sea floor.
Activities are almost endless, jump into a kayak to explore the mangrove forests and rivers, enjoy some world-class diving, unwind on deserted beaches and soak up the sun as you sail from island to island. Some particular island highlights include Lampi Island, Burma’s first marine national park, the Moken villages of Nyaun Wee Island and the crystal clear waters and tropical coral of 115 island.
Largely undiscovered by the western traveller, the region lacks much tourist infrastructure, making a multi-day sailing excursion one of the easiest options for exploring the islands. However, a small number of boutique retreats are slowly emerging, soon to offer the ultimate idyllic island escape.