DIVA ANDAMAN I 13 - 19 DEC 2020 I MERGUI I MYANMAR (BURMA)

DIVA ANDAMAN I 13 - 19 DEC 2020 I MERGUI I MYANMAR (BURMA)
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A unique Southeast Asian schooner makes guests feel like royalty. The luxury en-suite cabins have flat-screen TVs. Elegant decor accompanies the Thai massage centre. Rebreather friendly, SCUBA kit included. Kayaks.  Island tours complete the experience.



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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 17 - 19 Dives
  • Languages spoken English Dutch, German, Thai, French, Chinese and Japanese
  • Untouched, pristine dive sites in the Mergui Archipelago - Myanmar (Burma)
  • Clear waters and widespread corals make these islands wonderful for divers
  • Giant whale sharks, manta rays, leopard sharks, scorpionfish, blue-spotted stingrays
  • Non divers and Snorkellers welcome
  • Rebreathers welcome
  • Free Full Scuba Dive Kit
  • Island tours, kayaking, snorkelling included
  • Luxurious early 20th century sailing schooner
  • Air conditioned saloon and huge sun deck
  • Thai massage, cocktails, fine wines including grand cru available

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from 2 tenders
  • Battery Charging Station Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck Rinse Hoses
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves 15L ($) Tanks Available Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment (Free) Courses($)
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area UK (3 Pin) Power Sockets Power Socket Adapters Movies
  • Snorkelling Kayaking Land Excursions
  • Massage Services
  • Buffet ,Vegetarian, Fine Cuisine
  • Alcohol –extensive wine cellar, beer and alcohol available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board - Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher Life Jackets Life Rafts Emergency Oxygen Kit Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

Romantic and outstanding journeys aboard the classic sailing liveaboard Diva Andaman. The one-of-a-kind liveaboard, the traditional South East Asian Schooner Diva Andaman is 114 feet (34.8m) long and has an experienced, English speaking crew that will make guests feel like royalty from the early 20th century.

OUR CABINS

This ultimate Dive Safari Vacation is intimate and personalized in the incredible and unique 7 cabins which can accommodate 14 guests. The liveaboard cabins include 5 richly and fully furnished Double bed cabins and 2 Twin bunk bed style cabins. Each liveaboard cabin comes complete with individual temperature controls, private bathrooms with hot water shower, flat screen TV. Guests will find privacy everywhere on board this spacious yacht, however, these luxurious cabins are ideal for sleeping and resting between dives.

FOOD ON BOARD

Diva Andaman completes the ambiance and setting of this amazing dive safari vessel with authentic and mouth watering fine cuisine. The experienced Chefs take liveaboard dining to the next level, providing outstanding fine dining complete with the unparalleled Thai service, buffet style lunches and a la carte menus with table service at dinner. Breakfasts include a complete continental spread with bacon, eggs-to-order, fresh fruit, homemade granola, fresh baked croissants, fresh-pressed juice, local tropical fruit jams, as well as a wholesome Thai breakfast. The Lunch buffet is a Thai spread, usually soup, noodles, rice, a stir-fry, a curry and salads. Dining under the stars is the Diva’s signature experience. A three-course, plated meal served on the upper deck. This brings together flavors of the Andaman Region in a fusion style. We use fresh salads and herbs from our onboard hanging garden. The dining area itself will take your breath away as you feast on incredible cuisine with the backdrop of the crystal blue water and exotic archipelago islands. Snacks will be available all day long as well as beverages including a wonderful selection of beer, wine and cocktails to purchase.

AMENITIES

Diva Andaman liveaboard sailing schooner features a spacious air-conditioned Salon with an audio and visual entertainment system complete with movies. Guests can nap on the cushioned lounge chairs on the shaded Sun Deck, or soak up the rays on the Main Deck. End the ultimate day of world-class diving with a Thai style massage. Or, have your every need waited on by the attentive crew and order a cocktail as you watch the sun set over the spectacular ocean vistas. For guests who want more time in the crystal clear waters between dives, they are welcome to go snorkelling, kayaking or venture on an island tour. 

DIVING IN THE AREA

The marine life is abundant in Thailand: leopard sharks, blue spotted stingrays, white tip reef sharks large numbers of jacks, trevally, barracuda, manta rays, eagle rays, honeycomb groupers, puffer fish, butterfly fish, moray eels, snapper, angelfish, giant barrel sponges, feather stars, sea whips, black corals and gorgonians can all be found there.  

Not many liveaboards can offer diving in Myanmar. This country was recently discovered for diving. You would be amazed at its colorful corals and variety of fish. Devil scorpion fish, pipe fish, shrimps and flabellina nudibranchs can be found all over the reef. Mantas may also be seen here. Also smashing and spearing mantis shrimp, spiny lobsters, hermit crabs, sea stars, cowrie shells, harlequin shrimp, octopus, and cuttlefish. 

DIVING WITH US

Divers will be transported to the early 20th century as they travel to world-class diving sites in the Similans, Mergui Archipelago and Andaman Islands. Some of the most popular diving in the World, these islands offer gorgeous hard coral gardens, vibrant reefs, large bommies (coral heads) rising from the sea beds, blanketed with soft corals, fan corals.

Dive groups are kept small with a ratio of 4 guests per 1 dive guide, ensuring that divers don't miss out whilst on their dive. Enriched air nitrox is available and diving is conducted from the 2 dive tenders for easy entry and exit at the dive sites. At the end of the dives the equipment kit-up, cleaning and de-kit are managed by the dedicated team members for a stress-free diving holiday.

TWIN BUNK BED CABINS - LOWER DECK

2 twin bunk bed cabins. All the cabins have 2m long beds and are located on the lower deck. Cabins have: Air conditioning. Private, en-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin, toiletries, towels and hairdryer. Portholes. Video and music system. Cabinet, mirror and shelves. Reading light. Minibar and refrigerator. Valuables safety box. Bedding .3-pin 220V electricity outlet. Life jacket and fire extinguisher Emergency warning system

  • Size:  14 m²
  • Beds:  2 Bunk Beds
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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DOUBLE CABINS - LOWER DECK

There are 5 double bed cabins. All the cabins have 2m long beds and are located on the lower deck. Cabins have: Air conditioning. Private, en-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin. Toiletries, towels and hairdryer. Portholes. Video and music system. Cabinet, mirror and shelves. Reading light. Minibar and refrigerator. Valuables safety box. Bedding 3-pin 220V electricity outlet. Life jacket and fire extinguisher. Emergency warning system.

  • Size:  15 m²
  • Beds:  1 Queen
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Ranong and ends in Ranong
  • The closest airport is Kawthoung Airport (KAW)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Hotel pickup time is between 13:00 and 14:00 (pick up anywhere in Phuket between 07:00 and 08:00)
  • You can check in on the boat as of 14:00
  • The boat departs Ranong at around 15:00 on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with UK (3 pin) power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the afternoon
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Ranong around 23:00 on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is between 09:00 and 10:00 on the last day.
  • Hotel drop-off time is between 09:00 and 10:00

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Documents required for Entry into Myanmar
  • Please email us a photocopy of your passport information page (4 weeks before the trip).
  • Please bring along 2 recent passport sized photos with you for the trip.
  • Pick up times:
  • Pickup in Phuket: around 07:30
  • Pickup in Khao Lak: around 09:30
  • Pickup in Ranong: around 12:30

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 17 – 18 dives, Open Water with experience
  • In the Mergui Archipelago you can cruise hundreds of unexplored islands and dive at uncrowded sites undisturbed by the passage of the tourist masses of neighbouring Thailand.
  • Liveaboards may visit the Burma Banks and some of the top sites of the archipelago, such as Black Rock and Shark Cave.
  • Black Rock is one of the best dive sites for shark encounters.
  • You can see whitetips, grey reef, and black-tip reef sharks, also you may spot potato groupers, large red snappers and powder blue surgeonfish.
  • Shark Cave is best known for its resident and docile nurse sharks, but there is much more at this site than the name suggests.
  • Banded sea kraits, cuttlefish and harlequin ghost pipefish head the list of smaller but no less exciting creatures regularly seen here.
  • The Southern Mergui Archipelago is known for dives with both an array of sharks and pelagic fish, including eagle rays and whale sharks. But it's also known for a lot of the smaller stuff too, which hide in the crevices of the walls and overhangs that are typical of Myanmar's underwater topography.
  • Some of the other dive sites that you'll visit in the south are Rocky Peaks, Great Swinton, North and South Twin islands, Stewart and McCarthy islands, and Western Rocky
  • Expert dive guides on board
  • Night dives available during the trip
  • The average air temperature varies from 27C/80F to 34C/93F.
  • The average sea temperature January through March stays around 27C/80F and July through September around 29C/84F.
  • The water visibility is between 5-40m/16-131ft. 

PROGRAM  

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. 
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DIVE SITES

High Rock and 3 Islets 

  • The first day will be in an area rich in macro life visiting High Rock or rocky point where we can often spot rays and cobia as well as a lot of small stuff hiding in the coral.
  • It’s a good day to test your eyes! Here we can find all the special things like Pipefish, Pineapple Fish, Frogfish, Sea Horses and many different species of Nudibranchs.
  • We will also show you one of the dive sites we recently discovered with a tunnel often inhabited by the soft giants nurse sharks and do the night dive around Spanish garden, which we named that way because of the many Spanish dancers resident.

Black Rock

  • We will spend the day around Black Rock, with 3 dive sites to explore after second dive we will find a bounty beach where we can get some sand between our toes. If you're lucky: Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, Whale Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Shark and big blotched sting ray
  • Even if you are unlucky with the big stuff: Ghost pipe fish, harlequin shrimps, frog fish, seahorse and gorgeous coral everywhere.
  • For the night dive, you can pick your favourite of these three dive sites and you are sure to have an awesome time. Shrimps are everywhere your eyes look and we often spot Spanish dancers and other big nudibranch here too.

Burma Banks.

  • Our furthest point on this cruise which usually offer the best visibility and the highest chance for pelagic.
  • Chance to see Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, Whale Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Shark, Zebra Shark and giant Sea Fans.

Fan Forest and Western Rocky

  • The first 2 dive will be around Sea fan forest a gorgeous site with giant sea fan like nowhere else on one side and purple vibrant soft coral on the overs.
  • We have seen up to 4 whales sharks at the same time on this site so we might stay for another dive here if they are around or we will do the next 2 dives around Western Rocky which is also absolutely amazing. One of the highlights is a tunnel that goes all the way through the island inhabited by many lobsters.
  • We have spotted here various shark species (Bowmouth Guitar Fish, Whale Shark, reef sharks) and often have resident Harlequin Shrimps, frogfish and Sea Horses and a lot of shrimp and crab species are represented…

PENULTIMATE DAY 

Western Rocky

  • The first dive goes into a volcano where a group of black tip sharks likes to hang around and the other one or two will be in the same area rich in macro life.
  • Here the question is not if you will see a seahorse. the question is how many? up to 10 per dive if you have good eyes as well as rare species such as shaded bat fish, comet long fins or pineapple fish.
  • After the last dive we will head back toward Kaw Thoung where there will be opportunity to explore the market or enjoy the smiling seahorse's hospitality with a beer in the local pub.
  • Once we got our passports back by the Burmese authorities, we will sail back to Thailand where we get a new visa (30 days for G8 countries passport holders, 14 days for the others getting visa on arrival).

FINAL DAY 

  • Breakfast around 9 am, check out and disembark at Ranong

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Night dives
  • Kayak usage
  • Island tours
  • Transport to/from the local hotel and airport in Phuket (for Thailand trips only)
  • Full Set Diving Gear
  • ABC (Snorkel, Mask, Fins)

NOT INCLUDED

  • National Park & Immigration fees for Burma (250 USD (new bank notes) subject to increase per trip)
  • Nitrox (275 THB per dive)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Transfer Phuket - Ranong - one direction (1500 THB p.p. per transfer)
  • Rental equipment 15 Liter tanks 50 THB per day
  • Courses
  • Local beer & wine, alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 70% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 90 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 90 days prior to arrival

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

 

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