Mergui Archipelago (also known as Myeik Archipelago or Myeik Kyunzu) is located far in the Southern part of Myanmar and is part of the Tanintharyi Region. It consists of more than 800 islands, varying in size from very small islands to large islands hundreds of square kilometers wide, all lying in the Andaman Sea off the Western shore of the Malay Peninsula, near its landward (northern) end where it joins the rest of Indochina.
This is Burma’s tropical paradise. The British colonial name of ‘Mergui’ still remains as opposed to the Burmese ‘Myeik’. Mergui has crystal-clear turquoise waters, palm-fringed white sand beaches, amazing dive sites, rich wildlife, and lush mangrove forests. The islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora and fauna and beautiful underwater scenes and marine life. One of the most alluring attractions for divers will be exploring the interesting marine life such as sharks and rays. Furthermore, there are countless species of exotic tropical fish living within the coral reefs. Mergui Archipelago is also famous as a destination for activities such as diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing and research. There are few islands left in the world as pristine and untouched as those in Mergui Archipelago. In fact, the Mergui Archipelago is one of the world’s best-kept secrets due to the fact that it was only opened to tourism in 1997 and arrivals are still limited by strict regulation.