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North of the Thai border, in the middle of the Andaman Sea, lies Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, a collection of some 800 islands scattered across 4,600 square miles of relatively unexplored ocean. The Burmese government first opened this remote area to tourism in 1997, and in the years since, the islands have earned an almost mystical reputation amongst the international diving community.
To many, they represent the road less traveled, the unbeaten track and the last frontier of underwater exploration. Even today, almost 20 years after the islands became accessible to international visitors, Mergui’s dive sites continue to benefit from their isolated location.
Those who visit the archipelago will be struck by the significant increase in marine biodiversity at Mergui, a clear advertisement for the advantages of so many years of isolation. Best of all, the distance between Mergui’s dive sites and the small number of liveaboards that ply the area mean that divers will often have even the most popular reefs all to themselves. In this sense, Myanmar allows us to recapture the sense of adventure and discovery that defined the dawn of recreational scuba.
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