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Boat trips

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With the southern reaches of the Mergui Archipelago just offshore, there’s huge potential for island visits and boat trips from Kawthaung.

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While we’d expect this to develop quickly, for now it’s still very much a work in progress. Live-aboard diving and snorkelling trips from Thailand are certainly the best way to see any of these islands, for now.

With tourism so new to this region – at least under the new largely unrestricted conditions – no one seems sure as to what they can and can’t offer. As well, suitable boats are not available and adequate services simply aren’t in place yet. As with Myeik, we heard plenty of rumours about some chap with a boat, or a would-be guide who spoke a bit of English setting up boat tours. Locals also told us that the currently (as of early 2016) redundant Myeik ferries may even be used to provide boat trips.

For now though the only relatively organised – and safe – excursions we came across were offered by the upmarket Victoria Cliff, at correspondingly upmarket prices.

They do have good speedboats, English-speaking staff and equipment, and offer occasional day trips taking in Nyaung Oo Phee Island, where they are opening their new beach resort. Their trip includes buffet lunch at the resort, plus morning and afternoon snorkelling sessions. It costs either 3,900 baht or $114 per person. The snorkelling ought to be good, equipment should be okay and lunch will certainly be excellent. Trips depend upon good weather and getting together enough people. When we enquired, they said the trips were offered at weekends and only if there were enough takers. They do have an office on Strand Road, so you can enquire in town to see what the situation is while you are there.

For now this would undoubtedly be a good day trip though hard on the wallet. We’d expect things to get more organised by high season of 2016. As often in this area: watch this space.

TZK Tours: Strand Rd, Kawthaung; T: (098) 489 8384, T: (081) 979 7525.

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