Upon being greeted by your guide at the airport In Kawthaung or Ranong or the pier, your check-in procedure will be completed. If there is time before the departure take in bustling seaport of Kawthaung. The sidewalk shops overflow with a sizeable and varied stock of goods. Victoria Point is nearby and is the most southern point of mainland Myanmar. There are great photo ops at King Bayint Naung statue and the Pyi Daw Aye Pagoda where you can capture scenic views across the river to Ranong, Thailand.
Departing Kawthaung smooth seas and adventure await as we cruise into the Mergui Archipelago. Once on board of MV Sea Gipsy, take a little time to get acquainted with your cabin. But don’t wait too long as a deck chair is calling to you. Relax, take in the luscious sea breeze and enjoy the smooth ride to our first stop at Taung La Bo Island for some water fun. This quaint island is a perfect place for your first dip in the beautiful waters of the Mergui Archipelago. Returning to the boat after your fun in the water the MV Sea Gipsy heads to Poni Island for same more water fun, before we cruise to Island 115 where we spend our first night.
Day two dawns as you rise in the morning with the sun. We set sail from Island 115 and head to Bo Cho Island where we will visit the Moken Village. Bo Cho island boasts the biggest Sea Gypsy Village in the area. From there a visit to the local school gives you a glimpse into everyday life for these people of the sea.
A brisk walk to the Hilltop Temple affords picturesque views of the bay, so be sure your cameras are ready to capture it all.
From there we sail on to Lampi Island. Once we arrive a kayak trip up the magnificent mangrove river will thrill you with the sites and sounds. The Mangrove River in Lampi is our nighttime stop as well. The gentle breezes are sure to lull you to sleep.
As soon as you finish breakfast enjoy our stop at Tar Yar Island. This small island has exceptionally clear water due to being protected by the other islands nearby.
From there we explore Ko Phawt Bay at Lampi Island. If you are a bird lover then you can spy the graceful Hornbills in their natural environment. There is a Sea Gypsy village here also and with not many tourists it is a wonderful place to visit. Or kayak through a huge mangrove forest.
The MV Sea Gipsy then heads to Shark Island.
Day breaks on Shark Island and don’t fear, the island gets it’s named because of its shape, like a shark, and not for sharks being in the safe waters around the island. The water is fun and inviting but more adventure awaits with swimming or snorkeling.
Next up is the visit the Moken village and home of the Sea Gypsies. It’s a sure bet that the local Moken children will be on hand to greet us with smiles and waves.
Late afternoon sees us heading to lagoon Bay where following dinner you can relax at the end of your fourth day on the MV Sea Gipsy. Rest well, with the stars shining brightly overhead. With no light pollution, the night sky will be filled to overflowing with celestial beacons.
Bidding goodbye to Lagoon Bay we cruise on to our stop at Ba Wei Island for an invigorating swim before departing for the real jewel of our tour finds us at Boulder Bay where you will have your choice of swimming, kayaking or you can go on to the island for an unforgettable trek on this previously uncharted island. The island offers so much more than what you can experience in a day with five beaches, all with great snorkeling. Kayaks are available to explore the waters around Boulder Island. If you brought your hiking shoes there are amazing treks that take you to various locations on the island. One of our favorites is the hike to Eagle Rock, the highest elevation on the island. The view of Boulder Bay is spectacular.
You’ll spend the night here in Boulder Bay. Spend some time on the deck soaking up the beauty of this magical island before turning in for the night.
Awake to the sounds of the islands as the birds serenade you before breakfast. The best news is that you still have time for more adventures on Boulder Island. Kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddling Board). snorkeling in one of the many locations. Or hike to Moken Bay or Bamboo Cove. For something really special hike to Secret Cove and return via kayak!
Watching Boulder Island shrink into the distance we travel onward with a stop at Myauk Ni (or Red Monkey) for a refreshing swim before our final destination for the evening and overnight stay at Thay Yae Island at the Barwell Channel. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and sunset before retiring for the evening.
Day seven sees us heading back into Kawthaung. We will arrive about 10am so if you have an early flight to catch you won’t be hurried. At Kawthaung, our staff will assist you with your return travel plans and immigration.