Diving Expeditions Program
PHUKET TO KAWTHAUNG (6 Diving
Days/ 7 Nights)
Sailing Yacht ‘CRESCENT’ 60 ft. mono-hull glass ketch,
professionally built to a very high standard. Eight passengers in four
separate cabins (with air-conditioning), 3 showers/toilets.
ITINERARY (Approximate only)
Day 01: Check in to our Dive Centre in Phuket by 8.15 am
For departure by 9.00 am by air-conditioned mini-bus, arriving in Ranong
(Thai/Burma border) by 3.00 pm, stopping en route for lunch. Check out at
Immigration (Ranong) then cross the Pakchan river (the border) by wooden
‘longtail’ boat to Kawthoung. Board the yacht plus sightseeing and Duty Free
shopping in this interesting border trading town, formerly known as Victoria
Point. Approx. 5.30 pm depart from Kawthoung for the Mergui Archipelago
(Western Rocky Islet).
Day 02: Western Rocky Islet
Three great dives here. Highlights of the dive site being a big cave
filled with fifty or more lobsters and thousands of Glassfish. Good chance
to see Manta-rays and Whale-sharks as well as the resident Grey Reef, Black
Tip and White Tip sharks at this open ocean dive site.
Day 03: Stewart Island, Cavern Island and High Rock
Three dives, plus optional night dive. Great macro life makes these
sites a ‘must see’ on any diver’s checklist. Commonly seen are Sea Horses,
Ornate Ghost-Pipe fish, Frog Fish, Stonefish, Turtles, Rays, Sea Snakes,
Cuttlefish and much more.
Day 04: Black Rock
Three dives. This dive site consistently gives some of the best diving
to be found anywhere in the Andaman Sea. A true oceanic dive site, with no
other land in site. Big pelagics are common. Manta-rays, Whale-sharks, plus
lots of other different types of sharks and rays can all be seen here. On
top of this, you will see big schools of Jacks and Tuna. If this isn’t
enough the macro life is also first-class but expect to spend your time
looking away from the reef at the bigger stuff out in the blue.
Day 05: Torres Islands & Devil Rock
Looking for Pelagics? Devil Rock will blow you away! Expect to see large
schools of Mobula Rays (small Manta-rays). Virtually guaranteed and quite
often in schools of one hundred and more. Bull-sharks are a common sighting
at Torres Islands.
Day 06: Black Rock
Early morning travel south back to Black Rock
Three dives again. A night dive is available as additional dive.
Day 07: In Through the out door’
Considered by virtually all of our guests to be the best dive of the
trip. The highlight of this dive site is the big ‘swim-through’, which is
home to more than ten resident Grey Reef sharks. The majority of the dive is
spent being buzzed by these magnificent creatures. Inside the cave also
lives a family of Nurse sharks, one of which is about four meters long. A
very healthy coral reef, inhabited by a profusion of fish life is another
bonus. Sea Horses are very common here. At the end of the afternoon we sail
back to Kawthoung.
NOTE: Alternative route to join this trip.
Passengers can fly direct to Yangon Ranong from Bangkok, thus avoiding
the mini-bus journey. Phuket Air has flights from BANGKOK to RANONG (Thai
side of Thai/Burma border). We can pick up in RANONG.